Engineering Smart Cities Should Focus on Technologies that Make Cities Better Places to Live

All About Circuits | February 20, 2020

When we think smart city, many picture a vast landscape governed by technology in every way, shape, and form. Swathes of tech do not necessarily make cities smart nor an objectively better place to live, however. Today, national governments, businesses, and institutions are using tech to gather data, share information, connect products, improve urban infrastructure, and enhance communications. In other words - to create what we like to call smart cities. At the core of these efforts is one goal: To make city life more efficient, productive and viable for a rapidly growing population. Over the next three decades, it is estimated that 68% of the world’s population will be living in cities. In this time, the cities that we know today will have massively changed and adapted to accommodate this – they must – and we should ensure that they change in a way that improves the quality of life for people living in them.

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ERP implementations result in significant changes to an organization. Business process reengineering ensures that unique processes that offer competitive advantage are not lost during implementation. Processes should be improved based on the needs of the organization - not based on software functionality.


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MATERIALS, CONSTRUCTION

Holcim US Unites Legacy Brands in Colorado

Holcim | September 29, 2022

Holcim US, the leader in sustainable building solutions, announced today plans to unite its legacy brands in Colorado. The regional rebrand will advance Holcim's innovative ideas to build progress for people in the Centennial State, while maintaining the existing teams and products responsible for unmatched customer satisfaction. A trusted partner for decades in Denver, Colorado Springs, Boulder and Fort Collins, Holcim's Colorado-based legacy brands and operations include aggregates, cement, concrete, and asphalt and will join the Holcim Portland cement plant in Florence under the Holcim name. This next phase of the Holcim US transition will impact the Mountain Region, including Aggregate Industries, Metro Mix Concrete and Transit Mix Concrete. "In joining the state's legacy brands and operations, our goal is to continue leading the industry into a more sustainable future, while providing the same distinguished products and services we're known for in Colorado, Uniting these brands as Holcim builds on the market strength of each and streamlines the company's collective work as a sustainable builder of progress. Operations at each of the locations will continue to provide the same level of quality service and products customers have come to expect over the years, now under the Holcim name." -Chance Allen, general manager, ACM Mountain Region, Holcim US. The timely transition kicks off just after the Inflation Reduction Act was signed into law, containing roughly $5 billion for various programs that aim to accelerate the industry's shift toward low-embodied carbon building material, making now a critical time to band together and maximize innovation. Uniting these brands as Holcim builds on the market strength of each and streamlines the company's collective work as a sustainable builder of progress. About Holcim: Holcim builds progress for people and the planet. As a global leader in innovative and sustainable building solutions, Holcim is enabling greener cities, smarter infrastructure and improving living standards around the world. With sustainability at the core of its strategy Holcim is becoming a net zero company, with its people and communities at the heart of its success. The company is driving the circular economy as a world leader in recycling to build more with less. Holcim is the company behind some of the world's most trusted brands in the building sector including ACC, Aggregate Industries, Ambuja Cement, Disensa, Firestone Building Products, Geocycle, Holcim and Lafarge. Holcim is 70,000 people around the world who are passionate about building progress for people and the planet through four business segments: Cement, Ready-Mix Concrete, Aggregates and Solutions & Products.

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ENGINEERING TECH

Honda and COSI Launch New Engineering Learning Lunchbox and Kick Off Nationwide "Honda Engineering Roadshow"

COSI | October 11, 2022

Honda and the Center of Science and Industry (COSI), a nationally renowned science museum, are coming together to launch a nationwide initiative—the Honda Engineering Roadshow—to deliver 20,000 hands-on science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM) kits, called Engineering Learning Lunchboxes, to students in kindergarten through eighth grade. Distribution of the kits will take place in collaboration with local food banks across the country to help feed hungry lives and hungry minds. The new Engineering Learning Lunchbox was created in partnership with and as a result of a contribution from Honda, using funds raised via the auction of the first Acura NSX Type S supercar. In 2021, Honda donated all proceeds from the $1.1 million auction of the very first serial production 2022 Acura NSX Type S supercar to charitable organizations, including COSI to support STEAM youth education across the U.S. Each Engineering Learning Lunchbox contains 10 hours of STEAM content and provides five engineering-focused learning activities showcasing the diversity of STEAM careers at Honda, from aerospace to electrical engineering. It also includes a "Honda Career Connections" game to drive home the importance of engineering education for future career opportunities at modern manufacturing companies like Honda. "The goal of our Honda Engineering Roadshow partnership with COSI is to inspire young people to consider a STEAM career path, When students get to experience real-world applications of STEAM for themselves, they have a better understanding of what opportunities are available to them in the future." -Yvette Hunsicker, vice president of Corporate Social Responsibility and Inclusion & Diversity at American Honda Motor Co., Inc. The Honda Engineering Roadshow includes stops across the nation, from California to North Carolina, over the next year. Distribution of the 20,000 Engineering Learning Lunchboxes will take place in partnership with local food banks across the country to help feed hungry lives and hungry minds. This innovative, community-based model will bring together other science centers and museums, after-school providers and community leaders to highlight the importance of STEAM. At the first Honda Engineering Roadshow stop today in Bellefontaine, Ohio, 750 people experienced science experiments with COSI Education Team Members and received the free Engineering Learning Lunchboxes along with a food donation from Second Harvest Food Bank of Clark, Champaign and Logan Counties. "COSI is grateful to have an incredible partnership with Honda, which helps fuel our mission to engage, inspire and transform lives and communities, STEAM education is critically important, and the new Engineering Learning Lunchbox kit, built in partnership with Honda, will bring access and exposure to STEAM to young learners across the country." -Dr. Frederic Bertley, president and CEO of COSI. About COSI: COSI, the "#1 Science Museum in the Country" as voted by USA Today's 10Best, is an esteemed science center that has delighted Central Ohio, with all things science for 58 years, inspiring interest in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) topics and delivering our experiential, "hands-on fun" brand of learning. COSI has been awarded five EMMY awards for its effective science communication television and video productions impacting science literacy for people of all ages. As a trusted educational resource for families, schools and community partners, COSI is an essential element of our regional and national community, engaging millions of people annually through onsite, offsite and online experiences. About Honda Corporate Social Responsibility and the Honda USA Foundation: For more than 60 years in the U.S., Honda has been committed to making positive contributions to the communities where its associates live and work. Honda's mission is to create products and services that help people fulfill their life's potential, while conducting business in a sustainable manner and fostering a diverse and inclusive workplace. Advancing its corporate social responsibility, Honda and the Honda USA Foundation support this direction through giving focused on education, the environment, mobility, traffic safety and community.

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PRODUCTS, CONSTRUCTION

Deltek ComputerEase Once Again Named a Top Tech Firm by Construction Executive Magazine

Deltek | October 13, 2022

Deltek, the leading global provider of software and solutions for project-based businesses, announced that it has been recognized as one of the Top Construction Tech Firms™ in 2022 by Construction Executive (CE) Magazine. This is the second year Deltek ComputerEase has been selected for the list. The annual list by Construction Executive Magazine highlights the firms that are helping construction companies streamline construction accounting processes, improve productivity and safety, and increase profitability. Each year, Construction Executive reaches out to more than 1,000 technology firms who serve the construction industry and asks them to complete a nomination form for the annual list of The Top Construction Technology Firms™. This year's 2022 list is a snapshot of the largest technology firms serving the architecture, engineering and construction industry. Deltek ComputerEase was recognized in several categories, including Accounting & Job Costing; Asset Management; Field Reporting & Daily Reporting; Financial Technology; and Project Management, Collaboration & Scheduling. "We are thrilled to be recognized again by CE magazine as one of the Top Construction Tech Firms! It is critical for construction businesses of all sizes to optimize performance across accounting and project management to stay competitive. We're proud that our industry-focused products enable contractors to manage costs, improve scheduling and enhance collaboration, With Deltek ComputerEase, we've been able to help thousands of businesses dig into the data and get the visibility into each job they need to boost efficiency and maximize productivity and revenue." -John Meibers, Vice President and General Manager of Deltek ComputerEase. About Deltek: Better software means better projects. Deltek is the leading global provider of enterprise software and information solutions for project-based businesses. More than 30,000 organizations and millions of users in over 80 countries around the world rely on Deltek for superior levels of project intelligence, management, and collaboration. Our industry-focused expertise powers project success by helping firms achieve performance that maximizes productivity and revenue.

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ENGINEERING TECH, CONSTRUCTION

ABC’s Contractor Confidence Rebounds; Construction Backlog Indicator Flat in August

ABC | September 14, 2022

Associated Builders and Contractors reports today that its Construction Backlog Indicator remained unchanged at 8.7 months in August, according to an ABC member survey conducted Aug. 22 to Sept. 7. The reading is a full month higher than in August 2021. Backlog is down from the levels of the second quarter of 2022 but remains higher than at any point from March 2020 to March 2022. While the CBI reading fell for contractors in the South in August, it remains the U.S. region with the lengthiest backlog. ABC’s Construction Confidence Index readings for sales, profit margins and staffing levels increased in August. The index for profit margins bounced back into positive territory while the sales and staffing level indices remained above 50, indicating expectations of growth over the next six months. “Despite the high risk of recession, contractors collectively expect sales, employment and profit margins to grow over the next six months, Backlog is down from the cyclical peak in early 2022 and has been roughly flat in recent months,The buoyancy of the nation’s nonresidential construction marketplace is really quite remarkable, Rising interest rates have already driven the single-family homebuilding market into recession, but brisk nonresidential activity continues. Many nonresidential contractors are operating at capacity, and their principal frustrations relate to supply-side issues like worker shortages, equipment delivery delays and elevated materials prices, as opposed to demand for their services." -Anirban Basu, Chief Economist ABC.

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ERP implementations result in significant changes to an organization. Business process reengineering ensures that unique processes that offer competitive advantage are not lost during implementation. Processes should be improved based on the needs of the organization - not based on software functionality.

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