Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning Enhancing Tasks for Engineers

ETF Trends | February 11, 2020

Engineering, in any sector, is already a complicated endeavor, but with the help of disruptive technology like artificial intelligence and machine learning, the tasks that engineers must undertake is getting less arduous. For humans, change is innately difficult. This becomes even more contentious when that change involves replacing human beings with machines, but in some instances, it’s not a matter of replacing current tasks, but enhancing them with the help of humans. In the case of engineering, AI and machine learning are helping to improve processes and provide engineers with capabilities they may not have had prior to disruptive technological advances. Artificial intelligence that’s used in the engineering sector uses software and hardware components. As machines become more sophisticated, they will be able to support not only smart production lines and complex manufacturing tasks, but will also be able to design and improve tasks over time-with little or no human intervention-through machine learning, wrote Bernard Marr in Forbes.

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Reimagining Michael Baker International to Accelerate Growth and Innovation

Michael Baker International | January 24, 2022

Michael Baker International, a global leader in engineering, planning and consulting services, announced that the firm is implementing a new organizational structure to Reimagine Michael Baker, which will better position the company for accelerated growth and broaden its capabilities, services and solutions over the next five years to execute its vision of evolving to become a full-service engineering and consulting firm. This requires the firm's leaders and every colleague to redefine how the firm will protect and grow its core business in Transportation, Bridge, Water, Planning, Construction Services and other areas, while accelerating growth in Federal and dramatically advancing innovative, technology-based solutions. The firm will also attract new clients who benefit from the company's expanded offerings in the consulting space to grow and provide limitless opportunity for colleagues to develop professionally and personally. To affect this evolution, the company established an Executive Committee (EC) led by Chief Executive Officer, Brian A. Lutes, that will focus on driving the company's strategy of short- and long-term growth objectives. Three newly appointed Presidents join Mr. Lutes and the firm's Chief Financial Officer, Amy N. Davis, to comprise the new EC: Kent Zinn, P.E., S.E., has been promoted to President, Infrastructure James E. Koch, Ph.D., P.E., has been elevated to President, Federal Programs and Services; and Dan Kieny has been named President, Consulting and Technology Solutions. "Our company's goal is to constantly evolve, grow and improve, and our new organizational structure and enabling strategies reinforce our commitment to Reimagine Michael Baker and partner with our clients to uniquely employ various technology solutions to reinvigorate and reinvent our nation's infrastructure, There are myriad opportunities in our sector, challenged by unprecedented complexities, and we must leverage our capabilities to seize the limitless possibilities ahead." -Thomas J. Campbell, Chairman at Michael Baker International and Founder and Managing Partner at DC Capital Partners. Michael Baker possesses long-established relationships with departments of transportation across the country and Federal clients that span its nearly entire 82-year history. The firm has many aggressive avenues for growth with new opportunities within its DATAMARK business, the public safety geographic information systems team within Michael Baker; by leveraging the firm's strong position in the growing broadband infrastructure segment; by capturing more structural engineering projects; by increasing work in Mechanical Electric Plumbing (MEP) and fire protection as well as deepening its portfolio in asset management services, including data processing and analysis, Artificial Intelligence (AI)/Machine Learning (ML), enhancing workflow capability and automation, among others. "To Reimagine Michael Baker, we will boldly move forward with the goal of serving our clients with expanded offerings, harnessing technology that differentiates the solutions we deliver and providing additional personal and professional growth opportunities for our employees, while continuing to reinvest in new training and incentive compensation," -Brian A. Lutes, Chief Executive Officer at Michael Baker International. The firm will encourage initiative and out-of-the-box thinking and provide better recognition and accelerated advancement for its talented people. The firm's strategic intent to Reimagine Michael Baker will require enhanced collaboration among colleagues across the company and bold thinking and action to emphasize deeper connections with its clients to bring to bear the strength of Michael Baker's international expertise and its trusted local relationships. About Michael Baker International Michael Baker International is a leading provider of engineering and consulting services. The firm's Practices encompass all facets of infrastructure, including design, civil engineering, planning, architecture, environmental, construction and program management. For more than 80 years, the company has been a trusted partner, providing comprehensive services and solutions to commercial clients and all branches of the military, as well as federal, state and municipal governments. Embracing emerging technologies and the latest innovations – like intelligent transportation and design-build project delivery – Michael Baker is an industry leader that delivers expertise and quality. The firm's more than 3,000 employees across nearly 100 locations are committed to Making a Difference for clients and communities through a culture of innovation, collaboration and technological advancement. To learn more, visithttps://mbakerintl.com/.

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CONSTRUCTION

British tunnelling start-up hyperTunnel backed by VINCI

hyperTunnel | June 14, 2022

hyperTunnel, the British underground construction innovator, has received a financial investment from VINCI, a global leader in concessions, energy and construction businesses. The funds will be used for business expansion and to further develop and test hyperTunnel's revolutionary construction method in practical situations. The deal further strengthens hyperTunnel's connections with VINCI Construction technical departments. hyperTunnel recently joined VINCI's innovation platform Leonard as a member of its start-up accelerator programme, Catalyst. hyperTunnel also won the prestigious annual Construction Start-up Competition in Miami last year, which Leonard co-organises with other sector heavyweights such as Ferrovial and Cemex Ventures. "hyperTunnel's technology can be truly game-changing when it comes to improving the safety and sustainability of underground construction projects," said Guillaume Bazouin, Head of Start-up and Intrapreneurs programs at Leonard. "It strongly aligns with our goals of rapidly responding to the climate emergency by enabling technological advances that have a substantial environmental impact. hyperTunnel also boasts exceptional leadership and engineering teams, and we are looking to support their great success in the near future." VINCI and Leonard are real experts when it comes to construction innovation, so to get their backing in such a concrete and substantial way means we must be doing something right. They can see the huge potential of the technologies we're developing, and they share our passion for improving how the world works. We're excited to see what we can achieve together over the coming months." Jeremy Hammond,hyperTunnel co-founder Aquaa Partners acted as exclusive financial adviser to hyperTunnel on the transaction. Last week, the European Innovation Council (EIC), Europe's flagship innovation programme to identify, develop and scale up breakthrough technologies and game-changing innovations, selected hyperTunnel to receive funding of 1.88 million Euros under its EIC Accelerator scheme. The funding will be used to complete the development of hyperTunnel's advanced swarm robotics underground construction platform. About hyperTunnel hyperTunnel is a deep tech scale-up developing a revolutionary methodology for tunnels and underground schemes substantially faster, safer, more economically and more environmentally friendly than current techniques. hyperTunnel uses a unique combination of proven technologies from diverse industries – digital twins, robotics, 3D-printing and digital underground surveying, supported by AI and VR – to redefine possibilities in tunnel construction, enlargement, monitoring and repair. Founded in 2018, hyperTunnel employs 40 people located at its Basingstoke headquarters, and outdoor learning environment (the hOLE) and Geolab in the North Hampshire Downs. In 2021, hyperTunnel announced a contract with Network Rail. hyperTunnel has received a string of awards and funding of 1.88 m Euros from the European Innovation Council (EIC)'s EIC Accelerator scheme. hyperTunnel was recently picked by the government's Innovate UK agency to join its Global Business Innovation Programme. It won Startup of the Year at this year's Construction Technology Awards; was highlighted as a Top 50 Contech Startup and among 10 winners of the global Construction Startup Competition.

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ENGINEERING TECH

Volvo Construction Equipment enters partnership with FIA World Rallycross Championship to drive sustainable change

Volvo Construction | April 19, 2022

Demonstrating the potential of electric power on a global stage, Volvo Construction Equipment (Volvo CE) will become the Official Construction Equipment Supplier to the new fully electric FIA World Rallycross Championship (World RX). Volvo Construction Equipment signs three-year agreement to become official supplier to inaugural fully electric FIA World Rallycross Championship The championship will be held in iconic locations from July to the end of 2022, expanding to additional markets in subsequent seasons Establishes a multi-stakeholder engagement platform to accelerate sustainable transformation in the construction equipment industry and motorsport A partnership to accelerate transformation The three-year partnership will see Volvo CE put to work a mix of its industry-leading electric construction equipment and its most sustainable and innovative solutions in the exciting world of motorsport as the FIA World Rallycross Championship now enters a completely new era of fully electric racing. Further exciting details about the pioneering partnership will be revealed over the coming weeks. World RX has always been a spectator-friendly race series that sees production-based cars race on short, closed circuits on asphalt and gravel. Now for the first time, the championship is being reinvented for 2022 as a fully electric series – as it targets a younger, more diverse audience. Arne Dirks, Executive Director of World RX, says: "We are very proud to announce Volvo CE as our Official Construction Equipment Supplier. They are a great partner for World RX, and they join us at a seminal moment as the World Championship goes electric. Not only do we share similar goals with regard to sustainability, but Volvo CE will be working with us on some hugely exciting top-secret projects that we will be able to confirm shortly and which we are confident will kick-start rallycross' new era in sensational style." Change starts here Volvo CE intends to use its involvement in the championship to push the boundaries for sustainability, safety, equality, and diversity. Like the rallycross cars themselves, Volvo CE has a track-record of delivering high performance off-road solutions – and will use the international electric race series as a platform to showcase its growing range of electric construction equipment and innovative services to a global audience. Bill Law, Head of Brand, Marketing & Communications at Volvo CE, says: "A global shift to an electric future is inevitable and urgent – and we know that more sustainable construction solutions are a vital part of driving that change. That is why we are thrilled to partner with the now fully electric FIA World Rallycross Championship – a series that shares our commitment to not only demonstrate the power of electromobility today, but also work together on a journey to build the world we want to live in." Exciting journey ahead The season will begin with a 'Launch Event' at iconic Swedish circuit Höljes, before travelling to Germany's famous Nürburgring, Hell in Norway, Riga in Latvia, Montalegre in Portugal, Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium and one additional venue still to be announced. Sustainable and digital As part of a shared sustainability roadmap, the parties will aim to limit transportation and logistics' emissions at the races, boost inclusivity and reduce travel-related emissions. Volvo CE will engage principally local customers to attend races and roadshows, with digital tools including the championship's RX+ livestreaming platform allowing a wider audience to enjoy the races virtually. "The integration of the physical event and the digital experience makes World RX a good fit into our new marketing approach, reflecting evolving ways to reach all our stakeholders in an engaging and exciting way," Bill Law, Head of Brand, Marketing & Communications at Volvo CE

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CONSTRUCTION

L&T Technology Services (LTTS) selected as Global Preferred Engineering Supplier by Airbus Group

L&T Technology Services | March 08, 2022

L&T Technology Services Limited (BSE: 540115, NSE: LTTS), a leading global pure-play engineering services company, announced that it has been recognized as a Global Preferred Engineering Supplier for European multi-national aerospace major Airbus, under its EMES3 (Engineering, Manufacturing Engineering and Services Strategic Suppliers) program and has been awarded with a multi-year contract. The result is an outcome of an extensive Airbus Group assessment of LTTS’ capabilities and expertise across Engineering, Manufacturing Engineering and Customer Services domain conducted over a year. The engagement covers all Airbus divisions, subsidiaries and affiliates. With the EMES3 selection, LTTS has entered into a long-term commitment to provide best in class technology and engineering capabilities to the Airbus Group. LTTS has also scaled up operations across Airbus’ key geographic locations including Toulouse (France), which is poised to become the main R&D Centre of Excellence (CoE), serving LTTS’ wide aerospace customer portfolio, along with LTTS’ strong talent pool of 17,000+ engineers operating out of India and leveraging conventional and digital expertise. LTTS has been a strategic supplier with Airbus global and its India subsidiary for more than a decade, providing engineering services across verticals like engineering, avionics and digital. Last year, LTTS was also selected by Airbus to provide technology and digital engineering solutions for Airbus’ Skywise platform as part of the ‘Skywise Partner Program.’ Under this program, LTTS is supporting Airbus’s global customer base of airlines. LTTS’ offerings to the aerospace sector encompass a wide spectrum of services including Aero Structure & Systems Design, Manufacturing Engineering, Avionics and Software Development, Aero Engine Design, ATM solutions and Airlines & MRO solutions engulfed by its digital solution portfolio which caters to all phases of the aircraft lifecycle. “Airbus Group is our esteemed customer with whom we have had a decade-long relationship which is further strengthened by our selection as an EMES3 supplier. We are delighted to be selected and look forward to #EngineeringTheChange for Airbus and its ecosystem. The latest empanelment is a true reflection of LTTS being a focused technology organization with a strong engineering DNA stemming from the parent L&T group.” Amit Chadha, CEO and Managing Director at L&T Technology Services About L&T Technology Services Ltd L&T Technology Services Limited (LTTS) is a listed subsidiary of Larsen & Toubro Limited focused on Engineering and R&D (ER&D) services. We offer consultancy, design, development and testing services across the product and process development life cycle. Our customer base includes 69 Fortune 500 companies and 57 of the world’s top ER&D companies, across industrial products, medical devices, transportation, telecom & hi-tech, and the process industries.

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