CONSTRUCTION

Dome Construction Wins Two Construction Employers’ Association Awards

Dome Construction | January 21, 2022

Dome Construction, one of California’s leading general contractors, announced that the company won two awards from Construction Employers’ Association (CEA). Dome Construction won the Excellence in Safety award for the 19th year in a row, proving its consistent work towards safety in the industry. The company also earned the President’s Safety Award for the second year in a row, making this their 6th President’s Safety award win

“We are proud to be recognized by the CEA again this year for the results our teams have produced in safety, Our peers in the CEA have impressive safety records, so to earn the President's Award two years in a row is a real accomplishment. Safety is an important part of our culture and deeply rooted in our values. Our people work hard every day to create a safe working environment for everyone who steps foot onto our projects. Sending everyone home safe each day is our definition of success.”

-Brent Miller, Director of Risk Management at Dome Construction

The Excellence in Safety Award winners have achieved both a total incident rate and a lost workday incident rate 25 percent below the industry average, an experience modification rate below 1.0, a flat or negative experience modification trend over the past four years and demonstration of an active safety training program.

The President’s Safety Award recognizes CEA member firms whose safety programs far exceed the industry standard. President’s Safety Award winners are recognized for having achieved both a total injury and incident rate and a lost workday rate at least 50 percent below the industry average, an experience modification rate of .70 or less.

About Dome Construction
Dome Construction was founded in 1969 on a people-first philosophy and the idea of developing a thoughtful, innovative, and sustainable construction firm with fundamental values rooted in integrity, transparency, and a solid commitment to doing it right. Dome ranks in the top five of the 44 highest rated California general contractors with the lowest EMR rate, putting the company in the top one percent of the safest builders in the state. The strong safety culture Dome has built is why they have been recognized for the past 19 years by the CEA for Safety awards and are a three-time winner of the NAWIC Safety Award. As pioneers of innovative construction practices, Dome is committed to utilizing methodologies and technologies that push construction forward, such as creating technologies like eMOD. For additional information about Dome Construction, please visit www.domebuilds.com

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EarthDaily Analytics Provides Strategic Update and Announces Initiation of EarthDaily Constellation Construction

EarthDaily Analytics Corp | January 13, 2022

EarthDaily Analytics Corp. ("EDA" or the "Company"), a vertically-integrated data processing and analytics company pairing cutting-edge Big Data tools with proven Space technologies, provided a strategic update on its progress, including the initiation of construction on its EarthDaily Constellation of super-spectral satellites. Subsequent to EDA's formation in February 2021, the Company has undertaken a series of steps to ensure its long-term success, including but not limited to the following: Completed detailed plan for development of the Company's integrated EarthDaily service offering, including the launch of the EarthDaily Constellation satellites throughout 2023 Completed acquisition of Geosys agricultural geoanalytics business Incorporated Short Wave Infrared ("SWIR") and Thermal cameras into the EarthDaily Constellation to further enhance service offering and breadth of addressable markets Completed extensive industry procurement survey, RFP process, and vendor due diligence Received commitment from Antarctica Capital, an international private equity firm with $2 billion of assets under management, to support the construction of the $150 million EarthDaily Constellation Initiated construction of the EarthDaily Constellation, which is currently four months into the build process, with payments made for long-lead components ordered from market-leading industrial partners, who will be announced shortly Ongoing recruitment of additional software engineering personnel to support the EarthPipeline Software-as-a-Service ("SaaS") Ground Segment Invested in marketing and sales organization to drive both near-term revenues from the existing agricultural geoanalytics offering and long-term commitments for the forthcoming EarthDaily service offering Received AWS certification for EarthPipeline SaaS offering "With Antarctica Capital's solid backing, we have been able to move expeditiously in progressing the development and commercialization of the fully integrated EarthDaily service offering, while also increasing near-term revenues and diversifying the customer base for our Geosys agricultural geoanalytics business. By pairing the fully automated, endlessly scalable, cloud-native SaaS EarthPipeline data processing system with the ultra-high quality, Analytics-Ready Data and daily global coverage provided by the EarthDaily Constellation, EDA is positioned to provide innovative Big Data solutions to some of the greatest challenges facing our world today." -Don Osborne, Chief Executive Officer of EarthDaily Analytics Chandra Patel, Managing Director of Antarctica Capital, said, "EarthDaily represents an incredible opportunity to apply the tools of Big Data and Artificial Intelligence to an ever-expanding and extremely rich, super-spectral dataset that captures the Earth's landmass every single day. As firm believers in the promise of EarthDaily Analytics, our ability to provide the Company with both strategic guidance and substantial growth capital allows EDA to position itself as a well-capitalized and largely de-risked innovator, supported by both growing near-term revenues and material momentum towards unlocking its full potential with the launch of the EarthDaily Constellation. Whether as a means of supporting ESG monitoring and assurance mandates, predicting and tracking wildfires, monitoring containership traffic off the coast of California, measuring water uptake and harvested acres to support crop insurance underwriting in Brazil, or informing trading strategies for carbon and other global commodity markets, we are thrilled to support EDA in providing truly differentiated and value-added solutions to the diverse challenges of today and tomorrow." Mr. Osborne concluded, "As a well-capitalized company with proven capabilities in Space technologies and ultra-high volume data analytics, a growing book of both near-term revenues and long-term committed business, and a substantially de-risked path to the launch of the EarthDaily Constellation in 2023, we are very optimistic about the prospects for our business and look forward to providing further updates during this exciting period for EDA." About EarthDaily Analytics EarthDaily Analytics (EDA), a Canadian company with headquarters in Vancouver, British Columbia, provides evidence-based, actionable insights for addressing some of the world's greatest challenges, from sustainable agriculture and disaster management to climate change monitoring and forestry protection, among many others. Its Geosys division, with operations in Minneapolis, USA, and Toulouse, France, has more than thirty years of AgTech experience analyzing weather and satellite data for agriculture, serving stakeholders across the agricultural value chain with proven solutions for monitoring and benchmarking crops throughout the growing season. EDA has developed EarthPipeline, the world's first Ground Segment as a Service, that uses proprietary algorithms combined with the latest advancements in computer vision and machine learning to produce scientific quality Analytics Ready Data in the cloud at massive scale for "big data" infrastructure and geoanalytics. This fully automated processing pipeline is used with data from a number of satellite sensors to power the geoanalytics services by its Geosys division and is now also being offered commercially. EDA is also developing the EarthDaily Satellite Constellation to image the Earth's landmass and large maritime areas every single day, with the data being processed by the EarthPipeline to produce scientific-quality superspectral imagery that will power groundbreaking innovations in a wide range of AI and machine learning applications. For more information, visit www.earthdaily.com. About Antarctica Capital Antarctica Capital is an international private equity firm headquartered in New York with assets under management in excess of $2 billion as of December 31, 2020. Antarctica Capital is a registered investment advisor and is dedicated to investments in private markets and real assets and the establishment of long-term capital vehicles to leverage this investment focus. Antarctica Capital's investment approach is active ownership with an inherent focus on sustainability and to provide more than capital to develop companies. The firm has an absolute return focus, which leads the firm to rigorously evaluate and build conviction around idiosyncratic investment opportunities and build value through the implementation of its investment strategies, such as SIGA®, SARO® and SEREY™.

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ENGINEERING TECH

Japan's Largest Construction Company, Obayashi, Selects Innoviz's LiDAR for its New Proprietary Automatic Tower Crane System

Obayashi Corporation | December 18, 2021

Innoviz Technologies (Nasdaq: INVZ), a leading provider of high-performance solid-state LiDAR sensors, and Obayashi Corporation (TYO: 1802), a major Japanese construction company, announced Obayashi's development of an automated tower crane system that utilizes Innoviz's LiDAR sensors. Obayashi's automated tower crane system is part of its recently announced autonomous solutions for excavation equipment, construction of concrete dams and backhoe loaders.Obayashi began using Innoviz's LiDAR on their sites in 2018 and is currently in the process of developing a full-scale system for building sites throughout Japan. Obayashi's recognition software extracts the data generated by Innoviz's LiDAR to measure the exact distance from objects and identify people and equipment in construction areas. Obayashi's system uses the data to send a series of step-by-step warnings to the crane operator, which enhances safety and enables a more streamlined and efficient process. Using Innoviz's LiDAR together with Obayashi's proprietary software has resulted in substantial savings related to the manual operation of the crane. Obayashi's engineering team said: Obayashi has been testing Innoviz's products for three years now, and we have great confidence in the company's solutions. We are very satisfied with Innoviz's LiDAR performance, reliability, and durability. "We were thrilled to see the result of Obayashi's use of our LiDAR. This is a cutting-edge solution and a true testimony that our LiDAR can be used in a significant number of use cases. We believe we will see more partnerships like this come to fruition. Additionally, we're grateful to our distributor and partner, Macnica, for connecting us with Obayashi's innovative team." -Omer Keilaf, Co-founder and CEO of Innoviz Technologies Innoviz is represented in Japan by Macnica, the country's largest distribution company. About Obayashi Corporation Obayashi Corporation was established in 1892 and is one of the five super general contractors in Japan. Its main business is construction, including regional development, urban development, resource and energy development, and environmental development, as well as civil engineering, including research, surveying, planning, devising, design, and supervision. The company has approximately 15,000 employees and 21 offices in 14 countries. The company has a high level of technology backed by history and tradition, and actively introduces new technologies. For more information on Obayashi's autonomous solutions, please click here.www.obayashi.co.jp About Macnica, Inc. Since its establishment in 1972, Macnica has been providing leading-edge semiconductors, electronic devices, networking and cyber security products with added technological value. In recent years, Macnica has been developing new businesses in the fields of AI/IoT, automated driving, and robotics, based on its traditional strengths of global sourcing of cutting-edge technologies and technology planning. The company is headquartered in Yokohama, Japan, and conducts global business based on 85 offices in 23 countries around the world. For more information, please visit Macnica's website at www.macnica.com. About Innoviz Technologies Innoviz is a global leader in LiDAR technology, working towards a future with safe autonomous vehicles on the world's roads. Innoviz's LiDAR and perception software "see" better than a human driver and reduce the possibility of error, meeting the automotive industry's strictest expectations for performance and safety. Operating across the U.S., Europe, and Asia, Innoviz has been elected both by an internationally-recognized premium car brand for use in consumer vehicles as well as by other commercial and industrial leaders for a wide range of use cases. For more information, visit www.innoviz.tech.

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ROBOTICS AND AUTOMATION

Geek+ announces 16th European country with successfully implemented solutions

Geek+ | June 02, 2022

Geek+, the global leader in AMR technology, has now successfully deployed its smart logistics technology in 16 countries in Europe. Having recently seen the installation of a Geek+ goods-to-person solution for an e-commerce retailer, Hungary has become the latest European country to benefit from world-leading goods-to-person technology. Since arriving in Europe in 2019, Geek+ has successfully completed automation and modernization projects with some of the continent's best-known companies. Household names such as ASDA, Leroy Merlin, and DB Schenker have all turned to Geek+ technology to upgrade their logistics and supply chain operations. Over the course of the past three years, Geek+ Europe has grown by leaps and bounds. The company's European headquarters in Düsseldorf, Germany was originally staffed by a team of three revolving around Geek+ Europe president Jackson Zhang, but is now the home base for over 120 employees. This team offers the full range of Geek+ services including, sales, engineering, solutions innovation, marketing, customer support, and implementation. Europe has always been a key market for Geek+ and represented a unique and exciting challenge. I'm very proud of the team we have built here and everything that they have achieved. Having successful projects in 16 countries in three years is a testament to their hard work." Jackson Zhang,Geek+ Europe president Geek+ today offers a full range of warehouse solutions developed through years of research and hands-on experience. These include world-leading goods-to-person mobile robots for retail, e-commerce, and apparel logistics; parcel sorting robots used by major couriers and postal services; and high-density storage solutions for racks and pallets. Geek+'s success has not gone unnoticed. The company's solutions have been awarded several awards in recognition of the advances in innovation that they represent. Geek+'s RoboShuttle high-density picking solution was awarded the 2021 European Product Design Award in the industrial robot category. At this year's Semaine de l'Innovation du Transport & de la Logistique (SITL) in Paris, the 8-meter tall version of RoboShuttle won over the jury and took home the Innovation Award in the Intralogistics, Robotics, and Automation category. This week, members of the Geek+ Europe team and senior management will be at LogiMAT, where they will be presenting PopPick, a next-generation goods-to-person solution that represents the culmination of Geek+'s experience and expertise. Visit Booth D51 in Hall 7 to see the solutions and consult with Geek+ experts. About Geek+ Geek+ is a global technology company leading the intelligent logistics revolution. We apply advanced robotics and AI technologies to realize flexible, reliable, and highly efficient solutions for warehouses and supply chain management. Geek+ is trusted by over 500 global industry leaders and has been recognized as the world leader in autonomous mobile robots. Founded in 2015, Geek+ has over 1500 employees, with offices in Germany, the United Kingdom, the United States, Japan, South Korea, Mainland China, Hong Kong SAR, and Singapore.

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FEV Expands Development Capabilities with Launch of FEV.io Intelligent Mobility Software Brand

FEV North America | April 25, 2022

FEV Group is combining its long-standing expertise in intelligent mobility and software development with the establishment of their new FEV.io brand. This move is intended to accelerate and optimize innovative power and interdisciplinary collaboration in the areas of automated and autonomous driving, as well as connectivity of infrastructure, people, and vehicles. The result will be powerful new solutions for intelligent, safe and sustainable mobility. Tomorrow's vehicles will be embedded in the digital lives of their users. Software-driven areas such as ADAS/ADS, infotainment and connected functions will be key differentiators in the user experience. "We have been supporting our customers in the successful development of intelligent mobility solutions for many years, and we see the FEV.io brand as a way to extend the value we provide in this space significantly, This ranges from design and industrialization to the provision of frameworks and tools." Professor Stefan Pischinger, President and CEO of FEV Group. Software upgrades and a constant flow of data between vehicles, infrastructure, people, and the cloud backend, have a significant impact on how modern vehicles are developed today due to their complexity. As such, they also directly impact customer needs and the pace of development. "Our methodologies in scenario and model-based systems engineering provide a unique benefit and help us to master even the most sophisticated system complexity," said Dr. Thomas Hülshorst, Group Vice President of Intelligent Mobility & Software at FEV. This approach allows the company to bridge the gap between the vehicle and ITC (information technology and communications) and deliver state-of-the-art connected solutions with an end-to-end view of the data pipelines from the vehicle to the backend. FEV.io's structure allows it to guarantee an agile and quickly adaptable working model for its customers around the world. Therefore FEV.io is globally presented as a brand in the local organizations and additionally established as an agile legal entity FEV.io GmbH close to the German FEV headquarters in Aachen. Should a customer also require support in energy and mobility system - or even complete vehicle - development, the newly founded brand will work closely with the FEV Group to offer all solutions "from a single source" at more than 40 locations worldwide. In addition, FEV.io will continuously strengthen its expertise with input from the consumer electronics, cloud, and automotive industries; and collaborate in the IT arena with market leaders such as Wipro. Intelligent mobility – FEV.io's range of services: Systems Engineering enables FEV.io to describe digital representations of real systems for its customers in a model-based manner. On this basis, dependencies are identified, and test scenarios are derived, enabling cost-efficient and fast product cycles. Functional Safety & Cyber Security is organized in accordance with all industry standards for connected, automated and electrified vehicles. FEV.io accompanies and leads customers through all development steps. Connected mobility will offer a unique user experience in the future. The provision and connection of vehicle data will help make mobility significantly safer and more convenient. FEV.io develops corresponding ecosystems where cross-domain competence is crucial. ADAS/ADS systems interact with all areas of the vehicle, such as steering, brakes, powertrain and infotainment. At the same time, they also interact with intelligent infrastructure and digital maps. FEV.io supports its customers in mastering this complexity. Infotainment: A seamless and holistic human-machine interface (HMI) is a key point of differentiation for vehicles today. 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