Engineering services bodies launch Coronavirus impact survey

FMJ | March 17, 2020

Given the developing situation regarding coronavirus, a new engineering services industry survey has been launched by ECA, BESA and SELECT. The survey aims to obtain an early picture of the current and anticipated business impact in the engineering services sector and its supply chain, to enable effective representation and advice on important issues. The survey, which is completely confidential, and should take around three minutes complete can be accessed here. ECA Director of CSR Paul Reeve commented: Coronavirus is a fast-moving situation with significant social and economic implications. It is vital that we understand the key problems being faced by companies and how to both represent and practically support our industry in what is fast becoming a changeable and challenging near future. BESA Director of Legal and Commercial Debbie Petford added: Our biggest challenge is ensuring our members have certainty in this extraordinary and evolving situation – especially when we do not yet know how long it will last or what extent the economic impact will be. We have already provided guidance on a range of topics on our website but this survey is necessary to ensure nothing is overlooked.

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Cyber security engineer is one of the fastest growing jobs in the IT field with over 35,000 plus openings according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). In fact, the jobs are so in high demand that some workers command a salary of over $107,000 on average. It has never been a better time to be a cyber security engineer, especially with many universities and colleges offering bachelors and master’s degree programs in this field.


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MATERIALS, CONSTRUCTION

Carrier Ventures Invests in Next-Generation Sustainable Technology Startups

Carrier | September 15, 2022

Carrier Global Corporation ( NYSE: CARR), the leading global provider of healthy, safe, sustainable and intelligent building and cold chain solutions, has completed three new investments through its Carrier Ventures group. Archilogic, Butlr and Transaera – innovative startups in the healthy and green building space – are the newest additions to the Carrier Ventures investment portfolio of companies selected for their next-generation technology, high-growth potential and sustainability focus. "Carrier is pleased to add three more disruptive companies to the Carrier Ventures investment portfolio that share our commitment to decarbonizing buildings and creating healthier, safer environments for the people who occupy them, Our partnerships with Archilogic, Butlr and Transaera will help to accelerate the commercialization of next-generation technology, contributing to a more sustainable world." -Jennifer Anderson, Senior Vice President, Strategy, Business Development & Chief Sustainability Officer, Carrier. Archilogic is the holistic spatial data platform for the internet. It provides product managers and software developers with infrastructure for building scaled, spatially aware apps that let end users interact with their spaces in the way they need. Archilogic's software will be used in Carrier's Abound cloud-based digital platform to give customers a clear and accurate view of their building interiors in one easy interface, allowing them to unlock and visualize building data to create healthier, more efficient spaces. Butlr, a venture-backed startup spun out of the MIT Media Lab in 2019, was named one of the World Economic Forum's Technology Pioneers of 2022. The company's award-winning people-sensing platform uses body heat and machine learning to detect occupancy, headcount and activity, and generate accurate, real-time and historical spatial insights without collecting personally identifiable information. Butlr's thermal sensing technology will be embedded in the Abound digital platform. The combination of these cutting-edge technologies will provide building owners and operators with real-time insights to make confident decisions to improve energy efficiency while ensuring occupant wellness. Transaera is developing a new class of affordable, energy-efficient, sustainable cooling systems. Buildings account for about 40% of global energy greenhouse gas emissions, and 40% of that is from HVAC. Current air conditioners consume more energy in humid conditions, and the majority of future cooling demand is expected to come from people living in hot and humid climates. Transaera's novel desiccant technology uses a unique sponge-like material that grabs moisture from the atmosphere to enable its air conditioner to cool air more efficiently. The heat generated by the air conditioner is then used – instead of being wasted – to dry the material for the next cycle. Transaera intends to use this technology in partnership with Carrier to develop ultra-efficient climate systems. The company was named one of eight finalists in the Global Cooling Prize, an international innovation competition to develop an affordable and sustainable residential air conditioner. Launched in 2022 with a vision to accelerate the development of sustainable innovations and disruptive technologies, Carrier Ventures is an important accelerator of Carrier's 2030 Environmental, Social & Governance (ESG) Goal to help its customers reduce their carbon footprints by more than one gigaton. Carrier has also committed to investing more than $2 billion by 2030 to develop healthy, safe, sustainable and intelligent building and cold chain solutions that incorporate sustainable design principles and reduce lifecycle impacts. About Carrier: As the leading global provider of healthy, safe, sustainable and intelligent building and cold chain solutions, Carrier Global Corporation is committed to making the world safer, sustainable and more comfortable for generations to come. From the beginning, we've led in inventing new technologies and entirely new industries. Today, we continue to lead because we have a world-class, diverse workforce that puts the customer at the center of everything we do.

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CONSTRUCTION

Electrical Contractor Houle to Manage Hybrid Workplaces and Distributed Teams with Procore

Procore | November 16, 2022

Procore Technologies, Inc. (NYSE: PCOR), a leading global provider of construction management software, today announced that Houle Electric Ltd. has selected Procore Technologies as its construction management platform. Based in Burnaby, B.C., Houle delivers diverse construction services to industrial, commercial, institutional and residential customers, including construction management, design-build/design-assist and installation and retrofitting services. Its services include electrical construction, security and network systems, building automation, healthcare technology and integration. The company’s project portfolio includes hospitals, universities, shopping malls and industrial facilities. The Procore construction management platform will empower Houle to provide a centralized source of information for its project and administration teams, which enjoys a hybrid work environment at its offices in British Columbia with staff distributed across BC, Alberta and internationally. As construction becomes more complex, multi-trade collaboration has become more important. The platform will enhance Houle’s ability to communicate and collaborate with external partners, ensuring all project stakeholders have the most current information. With Procore it will be possible to assign tasks and track the contributions of staff and consultants, all in one place. “There’s a lot of complexity in managing distributed and hybrid teams, The volume of projects and information we’re working with has grown beyond the capabilities of manual tools. The Procore platform will enable us to keep everyone on the same page, wherever they are and whether they’re on our team or a partner. Our team appreciates the hybrid workplace we offer and this will make the experience even better.” -Keith Parsonage, President and CEO, Houle. Houle is committed to attracting the best talent in western Canada, and digitizing processes with Procore will also help Houle attract talent during the construction industry’s ongoing labour shortage. They can now double down on the quality of work they deliver to clients through a more standardized operation using Procore, said Jas Saraw, Vice President, Canada at Procore. This is exactly the kind of forward thinking we want to enable and enhance with our platform. Houle will enjoy rich information upon which to base its decision making, which will pay dividends for years to come. About Houle Electric: Since 1944, Houle’s been bringing communities to life. From airports, shipping terminals, and water treatment facilities, to hospitals, universities, and shopping centres, they deliver integrated electrical solutions for our industrial, commercial, institutional, and residential customers. While they are leaders in electrical construction, they also specialize in a wide range of in-house technology solutions, including building automation, healthcare technology, structured cabling, and security. As a certified Great Place to Work, and one of Canada's Best Managed Companies, they take pride in their talented people and collaborative culture that bring their client's vision to life. About Procore: Procore is a leading global provider of construction management software. Over 1 million projects and more than $1 trillion USD in construction volume have run on Procore's platform. Procore’s platform connects key project stakeholders to solutions Procore has built specifically for the construction industry—for the owner, the general contractor, and the specialty contractor. Procore's App Marketplace has a multitude of partner solutions that integrate seamlessly with Procore’s platform, giving construction professionals the freedom to connect with what works best for them. Headquartered in Carpinteria, California, Procore has offices in the United States, Canada and around the globe.

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ENGINEERING TECH, CONSTRUCTION

Sciens Building Solutions Announces First Acquisition in Maryland

Sciens Building Solutions | September 23, 2022

Sciens Building Solutions ("Sciens") today announced it has added to its growing portfolio Maryland-based LS Systems just outside of Baltimore. With four already-established Northeast locations, LS Systems increases Sciens' presence in this region, along with the Washington metropolitan area, allowing them to provide coverage and expanded capabilities to even more customers, while leveraging the unique offerings of LS Systems across the Sciens portfolio. "Sciens' commitment to a Mid-Atlantic regional expansion, combined with our capabilities and relationships, will enhance our ability to serve our loyal customers, as well as new clients, We chose to partner with Sciens to become part of a platform that can serve our customers locally, regionally, and nationally. LS Systems and Sciens both view growth as a top priority, not only for our customer base but for our valued employees, so we're excited to be a part of the ongoing expansion across the country." -Derrick Mitchell, President of LS Systems. LS Systems was established in 1996 just outside of Baltimore, Maryland, where it quickly became a well-respected life safety powerhouse focused on design, construction, and maintenance of fire protection, electronic security, and emergency communication systems. Its team of over 90 professionals are market leaders in providing fire and life safety services in the complex healthcare, retail, hospitality, higher education, and government spaces. "We're taking the fun Sciens journey to Maryland, an exciting addition to our many locations across the country. LS Systems is a true life-safety leader in the Baltimore-area with a team of industry experts whose experience positions them well for growth, Sciens is delighted to partner with Derrick and the entire LS Systems team as we continue on our quest to build the largest independent fire and life safety integrator in the United States." -Terry Heath, CEO Sciens. About Sciens Building Solutions: Headquartered in San Francisco, California, and backed by The Carlyle Group, Sciens Building Solutions is a holding company focused on the fire detection and security services sector. This includes the design, installation, and provision of maintenance services for fire detection and clean agent fire suppression systems in a variety of commercial, institutional, and government facilities. About LS Systems: Founded in 1996 and headquartered near Baltimore Maryland, LS Systems is an industry leader in safety and security systems design, implementation, and maintenance. They offer their clients leading-edge technology, integrated solutions, and passionate problem-solving.

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SquareOne Energy Announces Engineering, Procurement, and Construction (EPC) Partnership With CTCI Americas, Inc.

CTCI Americas | October 31, 2022

SquareOne Energy, LLC (“SquareOne” or the “Company”) announced today the continued advancement of its initial discarded and used oil recycling facility in the Philadelphia region through its engagement of CTCI Americas, Inc. (“CTCIA”) to serve as lead engineering, procurement, and construction (“EPC”) partner for SquareOne’s initial facility in Paulsboro, NJ. With extensive knowledge and experience in global EPC, CTCIA provides comprehensive engineering and construction services for advanced technology facilities. CTCIA is working to finalize SquareOne’s FEL-2 engineering process for the Paulsboro facility and will serve as the Company’s EPC lead through the initiation of turnkey operations, providing both a fixed price and performance guarantee. The Company has also partnered with the Axens Group (“Axens”), a worldwide leader in refining, renewables, recycling and petrochemical technologies, to license its existing designs for the front-end pre-treatment facility and hydrocracker unit. The combination of the Company’s innovative approach to used-oils, Axens’ proven technology, and CTCIA’s world-leading EPC experience uniquely positions SquareOne to provide an environmentally focused solution in the first facility for processing discarded and used oils into clean on-road fuels. “We are very excited to partner with CTCIA as the EPC lead for our initial facility. CTCIA’s extensive experience at the forefront of advanced, large-scale industrial development is the ideal partner to ensure execution excellence. Our agreement with CTCIA is a meaningful step on our path to commence operations, which remains on track for early 2024.” -Steve Herzog, Chief Operating Officer of SquareOne. Patrick Jameson, Chief Executive Officer and President of CTCIA, stated, CTCIA brings an experienced EPC team of engineers, designers, supply chain, and project management to the SquareOne Energy sustainable ULSD and Group III base oil plant. As part of our strategic focus, CTCIA has engaged in several sustainable and renewable fuel/lubricant projects and is excited that SquareOne Energy has selected CTCIA to help bring this project to successful operation. SquareOne’s Innovative Process and Initial Recycling Facility SquareOne is a Philadelphia-based independent enterprise formed to create a progressive solution to address the critical issue of used oil disposal and processing in the U.S. The Company recognizes the existing used oil re-refining industry needs an innovative approach to a) broaden the waste streams that are recycled and b) advance the products created from these feedstock materials. According to government studies, as much as one-third of used oil is either burned or illegally disposed, causing significant environmental harm to the ground and waterways. As such, significant energy potential from these previously refined hydrocarbons is wasted. As the country aggressively pursues steps towards energy transition to a cleaner future, so must the used oil re-refining space, which SquareOne is addressing through its advanced recycling process and move beyond existing, less complex technologies in the industry. The Company’s facility design will have a sophisticated front end and pre-treatment stage, which will enable the facility to accept and process numerous types of recyclable feedstocks, many of which are currently being improperly disposed. SquareOne’s wider array of recyclable feedstocks differentiate it from the existing re-refiners that traditionally only process used motor oil. Acceptable feedstock materials, in addition to used motor oil, will also include residual marine oils and more unmarketable material (unusable distillates combined with gasoline) as well as various other off-spec and distressed hydrocarbons. SquareOne will also license proven technology for its facility, delivering the cleanest set of product yields in the U.S. re-refining industry. The Company’s primary product will be Colonial Pipeline specification ULSD, with associated products including low sulfur naphtha and high viscosity Group III base oil blendstock. SquareOne’s facility will be constructed on an active refined products terminal site in the Philadelphia region owned and operated by PBF Logistics LP (NYSE: PBFX) and PBF Energy Inc. (NYSE: PBF) (collectively, “PBF”). PBF’s terminal, located in Paulsboro, NJ, provides the Company strong benefits from its existing infrastructure, multiple modes of transport access and comprehensive utilities, substantially reducing the development cost of the Company’s new recycling facility. By leveraging the significant advantages of the existing infrastructure, the Company expects the facility to be operational in the first half of 2024. About SquareOne Energy: SquareOne is an independent enterprise founded in the Philadelphia area, committed to creating and growing a holistically sustainable blueprint for re-energizing waste oil. SquareOne is currently developing an innovative used oil recycling process, which will be the first in the U.S. to recycle used oil materials into clean on-road fuel products. About CTCI Americas: CTCI Americas is a subsidiary of CTCI Corp., a global engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) firm, with $2.3 billion in revenue and extensive technology and energy industry EPC project experience and is recognized as being a reliable contractor by many of its clients. With a globally dynamic team of over 7,000 employees in around 40 affiliates spanning across more than 15 countries—including 40 years of experience in the industry—CTCIA is working to solve some of the world's most technically challenging problems. About Axens: Axens is a group providing a complete range of solutions for the conversion of oil and biomass to cleaner fuels, the production and purification of major petrochemical intermediates, the chemical recycling of plastics and all natural gas treatment and conversion options. The offer includes technologies, equipment, furnaces, modular units, catalysts, adsorbents and related services. Axens is ideally positioned to cover the entire value chain, from feasibility study to unit start-up and follow-up throughout the entire unit cycle life. This unique position ensures the highest level of performance with a reduced environmental footprint. Axens global offer is based on highly trained human resources, modern production facilities and an extended global network for industrial, technical supports & commercial services. Axens is an IFP Group company.

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Cyber security engineer is one of the fastest growing jobs in the IT field with over 35,000 plus openings according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). In fact, the jobs are so in high demand that some workers command a salary of over $107,000 on average. It has never been a better time to be a cyber security engineer, especially with many universities and colleges offering bachelors and master’s degree programs in this field.

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