Digital transformation: Cultural and behavioural barriers

PBC Today | February 18, 2020

Digital Transformation is a huge opportunity for the AEC industry that has struggled for decades with low productivity and low profitability. Fully embedding digital tools into business as usual offers a way out of this trap, unlocking new, profitable business models based on greater collaboration and a deep, data-driven insight into how to deliver value to its clients. However, many companies are struggling to make the most of existing products and few are on top of the possibilities created by emerging technologies. Survey results suggest the industry is caught in a bind. It is not making the most of the technology available because of unawareness about what it can do. At the same time, we found that when technology is deployed it can fail to deliver its potential because of a lack of fi t with existing processes and ways of working – or its effectiveness is undermined by the existence of out of date legacy IT systems.

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ENGINEERING TECH

HCL Technologies Expands Reach in Canada with New Engineering and R&D Center

HCL Technologies | January 28, 2022

HCL Technologies (HCL), a leading global technology company, has opened its Innovation Center focused on Engineering and R&D services in Edmonton, Alberta. Bringing together an ecosystem of partners from academia, government institutions, startups and technology providers, HCL’s Innovation Center will serve as a hub for HCL Engineering teams to co-innovate with customers and solve complex business problems for clients globally.The Edmonton Center will house an engineering and co-innovation lab, which will enable high tech and software clients, including Fortune 100 leaders, to not only envision their products, but also to see rapid product prototyping, collaborative research and continuous learning to create faster time to market. Clients can leverage the Center to create new product designs while collaborating on go-to-market solutions. The Edmonton team will be engaged in product engineering, platform engineering, operational technology services and next-generation engineering, research and development. As part of its expansion, HCL Technologies will hire college graduates from local educational institutions including The University of Alberta, MacEwan University, NAIT, SAIT and others. “The Edmonton Innovation Center represents a significant expansion of our world-class technology talent and exceptional engineering presence in Canada, Engineering-led digital transformation is set to re-imagine the business landscape, and the excellent facilities at our Edmonton Center provide the right environment for shaping the future of the IT industry.” -Joelien Jose, Executive Vice President and Country Head, Canada, HCL Technologies. I am pleased to welcome HCL to our community," said Amarjeet Sohi, Mayor of Edmonton. “This announcement is the beginning of a new partnership between our city and the company, and today's announcement is proof that Edmonton is a great place to do business. HCL's expansion into Edmonton is another sign of the record growth of Alberta's technology sector,” said Doug Schweitzer, Minister for Jobs, Economy and Innovation, Government of Alberta. “It is exciting to see HCL identify Alberta as the place to invest due to the amazing talent we have here and the business environment we've created. I look forward to seeing the partnerships and innovations that come from this new Center. The Edmonton Metropolitan Region is a great place for HCL Technologies to continue its expansion into Canada,” said Malcolm Bruce, CEO, Edmonton Global. “Our region's tech sector continues to attract investors through our high quality of life, world-class talent and affordability. We're excited to watch HCL expand and grow here. In addition to the Edmonton Center, HCL Technologies’ continued success in Canada is driven by the support of Global Delivery Centers in Mississauga, Ontario, and Moncton, New Brunswick. For more details on employment opportunities at HCL Technologies, please visit www.hcltech.com/careers. About HCL Technologies HCL Technologies (HCL) empowers global enterprises with technology for the next decade, today. HCL’s Mode 1- 2-3 strategy, based on its deep-domain industry expertise, customer-centricity and entrepreneurial culture of Ideapreneurship™, enables businesses to transform into next-gen enterprises.HCL offers its services and products through three business units: IT and Business Services (ITBS), Engineering and R&D Services (ERS) and Products & Platforms (P&P). ITBS enables global enterprises to transform their businesses through offerings in the areas of applications, infrastructure, digital process operations and next generational digital transformation solutions. ERS offers engineering services and solutions in all aspects of product development and platform engineering. P&P provides modernized software products to global clients for their technology and industry specific requirements. Through its cutting-edge co-innovation labs, global delivery capabilities and broad global network, HCL delivers holistic services in various industry verticals, categorized as Financial Services, Manufacturing, Technology & Services, Telecom & Media, Retail & CPG, Life Sciences & Healthcare and Public Services. As a leading global technology company, HCL takes pride in its diversity, social responsibility, sustainability and education initiatives. For the 12 months ended Dec. 31, 2021, HCL had consolidated revenue of US$11.18 billion. Its nearly 198,000 ideapreneurs operate out of 52 countries.For more information, visit www.hcltech.com.

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MARKET

Terracon Acquires Wang Engineering Inc. of Illinois

Terracon | February 16, 2022

Terracon, an employee-owned firm with a long history of providing excellence in engineering consulting services, is pleased to announce it has acquired Wang Engineering Inc. (Wang) of Lombard, Illinois, which specializes in geotechnical engineering, construction inspection, and materials testing services. Over the past 39 years, Wang has provided geotechnical services to a wide range of clients throughout the U.S. including state and federal government as well as the private sector. The company has extensive experience performing geotechnical services for the City of Chicago, the Illinois and Indiana departments of transportation, and on other public transportation projects including highways, tollways, and railroads. A subsidiary company, Wang Testing Services, Inc., has been sold separately and was not purchased by Terracon as part of the acquisition. Wang Engineering and Terracon will continue to work with Wang Testing Services, Inc. as a teaming partner. "Wang is a well-respected provider of geotechnical engineering services in Illinois and Indiana with an impressive track record, We look forward to the addition of Wang's highly qualified team as we expand our services to transportation and infrastructure clients." -Gayle Packer, Terracon chair, president, and CEO Wang's 25 employees will immediately become part of Terracon. The firm will continue to operate locally as Wang Engineering Inc., A Terracon Company, and the transition will be seamless for clients. The new acquisition is supported by Terracon's existing offices in Chicago, Glendale Heights, Downers Grove, and Hartford, Illinois, as well as offices throughout Indiana and nearby states. "Joining Terracon enables Wang to continue to provide the same high level of quality services we've always provided to our clients, while providing expanded access to Terracon's national resources and expertise," said Paul Wang, president, Wang Engineering. "We look forward to sharing our enhanced capabilities to benefit our clients." "As a 100 percent employee-owned firm, we feel joining with Terracon is a terrific fit with how we value our employees,Our employees will continue to grow and bring new enhancements to our client relationships." -Corina Farez, P.E., P.G., and vice president of Wang Engineering The transaction was brokered by Environmental Financial Consulting Group (EFCG) of Denver. Jessica Barclay, managing partner of EFCG, said, We worked hard to find the best fit for the outstanding Wang Engineering team, and Terracon has already exceeded our expectations. They listened extremely well throughout the process and have prepared for integration and joint pursuit of new business opportunities with amiable professionalism. About Terracon Terracon is an employee-owned consulting firm comprised of more than 5,000 curious minds focused on solving engineering and technical challenges from more than 175 locations nationwide. We provide on-time and real-time data driven insights, provided by our talented employee-owners, to create an unmatched client experience that spans the lifecycle of any project, any size, anywhere. Terracon consistently ranks as a top 25 design firm by Engineering News-Record. Start to explore with us by visiting terracon.com. About EFCG The Environmental Financial Consulting Group (EFCG) was founded in 1990 to provide a data-driven and strategic edge to Architecture, Engineering, and Construction (A/E/C) firms to advance innovation, sustainability, and success of the industry. Services include M&A advisory, financial and strategic consulting, valuations, peer benchmarking analyses, industry executive conferences, and board presentations. Learn more at efcg.com.

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CONSTRUCTION

XCMG Ranks in Top Three in KHL Group's Yellow Table for Second Consecutive Year

XCMG | June 07, 2022

XCMG is ranked among the top three original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) in the world for the second consecutive year, according to the Yellow Table published by International Construction Magazine, a subsidiary of global construction media company KHL Group. Furthermore, XCMG's aerial work platform also ranks fifth worldwide in the Access M20 Manufacturers list. XCMG has performed well in other global performance indicators, with mobile canes and horizontal directional drilling ranked first, tower cranes ranked second, truck-mounted cranes and road machinery ranked third for the first time, mine surface excavation equipment ranked top five, and complete sets of piling machinery and concrete machinery ranked first. XCMG's excavation equipment ranks second in China and sixth in the world and has exceeded 200,000 units in production and sales. Additionally, XCMG's has made the industry's first position of lifting fire trucks and boom-type aerial work platforms more stable, improving profitability. Revenue for small construction machinery and forklifts increased by 50% and 258% respectively year-on-year. XCMG's new maintenance base is also in operation, with the asphalt station and chassis maintenance products ranking among top two in the industry. Not only has XCMG's operating income reached a record high, the revenue balance across different product categories has also become more even." Wang Min, CEO and Chairman of XCMG Internationalization of markets In 2021, despite obstacles presented by the pandemic, XCMG expanded to overseas markets and achieved export revenue exceeding RMB 13 billion, a year-on-year increase of more than 90%. Other international achievements also include investing USD 99 million in North American market expansion, winning a contract for a large order of cranes worth RMB 100 million in Asia-Pacific, deploying almost RMB 200 million of large-scale open-pit mining equipment to Africa, supplying 500 excavators to Southeast Asia and delivering over 100 aerial work platforms to North America. Additionally, XCMG Brazilian manufacturing base is making breakthroughs in the South American construction machinery market. In 2021, its production and sales volume saw a more than 200% year-on-year increase and its operating scale increased by 198% year-on-year. "The development goal of our Five-Year Plan is to ensure that income from internationalization is no less than 40%," Wang added. Driving industry change As a world leader in the construction machinery industry, XCMG's vision is driven by long-term investment and high-level innovation in research and development into the technology surrounding its equipment. In recent years, XCMG has continued to strengthen its innovation capacity and develop leading scientific and technological research. Among its products are the world's largest tower crane XGT15000-600S, the world's largest rear-drive mining dump truck DE440, super-large mining grader GR5505, and domestic tonnage loader XC9350, which form part of its extensive catalog of high-quality machinery.

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DESIGN

Graber Homes, LLC Announces New Name and Brand as Graber Co

Graber Homes | January 03, 2022

Graber Homes, LLC, a leader in Sarasota construction services, has announced that their company will operate under a new name and brand and will now be known as Graber Co, effective immediately. This rebranding strategy reflects the vision of the company as well as the future with a focus on relaxed living for the inspired home. Along with the name change, a modern new logo has been revealed and a new website launched today which will highlight the company’s design expertise, new construction opportunities and renovated spaces. The cornerstone of Graber Co will be creating designs and spaces that capture what is meaningful in the home. The ownership and staff have not changed. “As a part of our vision for future expansion and inspirational focus, we are happy to showcase the newly reveled Graber Co brand all while offering the same level of care and attention-to-detail our clients have come to appreciate, This rebrand allows us to better represent our business to our consumers and local community.” -Brandon Graber, CEO and Founder of Graber Co It is rewarding to see our company vision come together on such a beautiful canvas. This new brand will allow our team members the freedom to explore and richly develop their creative focus,” said Esther Graber, Lead Designer. “It’s a chance to grow and nurture our distinctive talents with the goal of creating inspiring spaces for our clients. For more information on the new Graber Co name or to schedule a consultation, visit http://www.GRABERCO.com or contact (941) 330-3808. About Graber Co Founded by husband and wife team, Brandon and Esther, Graber Co is a design-to-build company based in Sarasota, Florida. With over 22 years of combined experience, Graber Co creates relaxed living spaces that inspire. Their client-centered approach focuses on making creative visions come to life. Their services include design, new construction and renovations.

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