Engineers to Work on Cybersecurity for Systems Linking Solar Power to Grid

University of Arkansas | April 16, 2020

Distinguished Professor Alan Mantooth of the University of Arkansas received a $3.6 million award from the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Energy Technologies Office to advance technologies that integrate solar power systems to the national power grid. Mantooth and engineering researchers at the university’s National Center for Reliable Electric Power Transmission will lead a large, multi-institutional research group that will develop systems to protect solar technologies from cyberattack. As U.S. energy policy shifts toward more diverse sources, particularly solar, the Energy Department understands the critical importance of protecting these systems and technologies, said Alan Mantooth, Distinguished Professor of electrical engineering and principal investigator for the project. Our group is nicely qualified to address these problems. We’re already developing systems to protect the power grid from cyberattack, and this work will be a logical extension of that effort.

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Green Canopy NODE Launches Equity Crowdfunding Raise to Democratize Investment, Now Live on StartEngine

Green Canopy NODE | December 02, 2022

Green Canopy NODE is pleased to announce the launch of its first crowdfunding campaign, now available for investment to the public on StartEngine. The Seattle-based construction technology, real estate development, and fund management company has long believed that investment in private companies should be democratized. Launching this campaign allows everyone, not just institutional or accredited investors, to invest in revolutionizing the construction industry to build more sustainable, healthy homes faster. "We are excited about crowdfunding because it gives more people an opportunity to be a part of transforming how homes are built while at the same time offering real positive social and environmental impact for our communities and the planet, When individuals with normal incomes align their values to their investments, they become direct participants in positive transformation with us –they become impact investors for a better world." -Co-CEO Aaron Fairchild. Green Canopy NODE is raising capital to scale its technology development with innovative construction products that simplify construction while boosting productivity – building faster and more sustainably. The company leverages its integrated construction ecosystem, proving product-market fit on-site through its certified green real estate development pipeline and real estate funds. In 2023, Green Canopy NODE plans to install millions of dollars worth of utility and structural products on site and develop a new region of expansion across the US – selling to other developers and builders directly and through channel partners with its configurable product catalog. "Our roadmap is clear – we're here to scale healthy and sustainable homes from everyone, Given the labor and supply shortages, traditional homebuilders simply can't produce enough. It's time to revolutionize the industry, and we see our integrated construction ecosystem as the model required for scale." -Co-CEO Bec Chapin. The vertically integrated company is also an experienced fund manager. Green Canopy NODE Capital has successfully launched and managed four real estate funds and is soon to launch its pioneering fifth fund on mass timber. Learn more about Green Canopy NODE's offering and how to invest at www.startengine.com/greencanopynode. About Green Canopy NODE: Green Canopy NODE is an integrated construction technology, real estate development, and fund management company. Over its history, it has sought to embrace the innovation required to change the current paradigm of housing development and deliver on its commitment to help regenerate communities and environments. The company works with its clients and investors to develop high-performing, deep green, all-electric, and healthy housing.

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The Atlanta NECA chapter partners with StructShare to help electrical contractors effectively manage procurement and materials

StructShare | September 30, 2022

Atlanta Electrical Contractors Association (AECA) today announced a partnership with StructShare, the leading provider of purchasing and material management software. StructShare will grant special offers to members of the innovative chapter of the National Electrical Contractor Association (NECA) in the Atlanta region, to enhance effectiveness and accelerate supply chain management and cost tracking. "We seek partnerships with those contractor-focused vendors who we can rely on to offer the best to our members, Our members will benefit greatly from this relationship, We provide our members access to resources that will help them thrive in their business." -Joey Shorter, Executive Director of the AECA. Over the past few years, AECA members have used StructShare to streamline the entire purchasing cycle, connecting the office, the field, the warehouse, and their suppliers on a centralized, mobile, and cloud-based platform. StructShare makes an antiquated and cumbersome process much easier for the field and office by digitizing field requisitions, approval flows, POs, RFQs, deliveries, and invoice reconciliation while integrating all data into the common ERP and project management systems. According to NECA research, processing a single PO costs electrical contractors $42. Taking into consideration the amount of POs generated, this adds up to an undebatable pain that must be solved. AECA member and StructShare customer, Cariboo Industrial Electric has immediately maximized efficiency by eliminating double entry and overhead as well as received inventory visibility, seamless cost tracking, and preventing errors across the entire workflow. StructShare, a powerful purposely-built solution, offers end-to-end procurement, materials, inventory, and costs management. The flexible system is used by subcontractors of all sizes from $1-million in revenue to some of the largest in the country. "After working with the AECA team and members for a long time, I am excited to officially establish the partnership and provide the members with a tailored solution to their needs." -Or Lakritz Co-Founder and CPO, StructShare. AECA has a reputation of providing members with outstanding benefits and services including safety classes, professional and leadership development, education and training, as well as networking events. StructShare contributes to these efforts with technology and procurement education. We are honored to be a part of AECA, states StructShare CEO and co-founder, Arik Davidi. We've enjoyed the work with our Atlanta-area customers and look forward to bringing the same success to others in the region. About Atlanta Electrical Contractors Association: AECA is the leading, professional trade association representing, promoting, and advancing the electrical contracting industry in Georgia since 1929. AECA leads the industry in the practical application of new and emerging technologies in the construction industry and the public it serves. About StructShare: StructShare is a construction software company based in Austin, Texas and Tel Aviv, Israel, building digital solutions for specialty contractors to maximize efficiency and reduce costs.

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Unanet Selected to The Top Construction Technology Firms™ List by Construction Executive

Unanet | October 10, 2022

Unanet, the leading provider of project-based ERP and CRM solutions for architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) and government contractors (GovCons), has earned a place on Construction Executive's prestigious list of Top Construction Technology Firms™, further cementing Unanet's best-in-class standing in the AEC business. Unanet CRM by Cosential was recognized for its outstanding CRM capabilities purpose-built for the AEC industry. This award follows numerous other recognitions Unanet has earned for its innovative, customer-focused approach to ERP and CRM. Unanet AE also won a 2022 Gold Stevie® Award as part of the 20th Annual American Business Awards®. Additionally, Unanet AE consistently ranks among the highest in G2's independent software rankings for critical attributes such as: Fastest implementation Highest user adoption Most implementable Easiest setup Best customer support Best relationship Easiest to use, and, Best usability "Industry recognitions like being named among the Top Construction Technology Firms affirm what decision-makers at architecture, engineering and construction have been telling us: that Unanet is a viable, preferred alternative to the status quo, with solutions and support that empower them, from a vendor that won't try to force them into a CRM or ERP box, I'm proud of the Unanet team for continuing to push the innovation envelope on behalf of customers. The CRM by Cosential product offers frictionless user experience that drives user adoption by bringing CRM to users on the go and to their email." -Akshay Mahajan, General Manager of AEC for Unanet. Now in its 20th year of publication, Construction Executive is the leading trade magazine about the business of construction. In its September/October 2022 issue, CE published a comprehensive list of The Top Construction Technology Firms™. CE developed The Top Construction Technology Firms™ list by asking hundreds of firms that provide technology and software solutions for the construction industry to complete a nomination form. The information collected included: 1) the firm's product offerings specific to the AEC industry; 2) the user profile (type and size of firm for which each product is recommended); 3) how each product is sold (by seat, user, license and/or project, etc.); and 4) the number of active users within the past 12 months (by individual users and/or companies). There was no fee to participate and not every firm that completed the nomination form made this curated list. After carefully scrutinizing the data collected, CE developed its 2022 Top Construction Technology Firms list. For more information, contact surveys@magazinexperts.com. Note: Some technology firms that did not submit the nomination form by the deadline were included for the sake of completeness. About Unanet: Unanet is a leading provider of project-based ERP and CRM solutions purpose-built for Government Contractors, architecture, engineering, construction, and professional services. More than 3,700 project-driven organizations depend on Unanet to turn their information into actionable insights, drive better decision-making, and accelerate business growth. All backed by a people-centered team invested in the success of your projects, people, and financials.

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Kojo Raises $39 Million Series C to Accelerate Modernizing the Construction Industry

Kojo | September 17, 2022

the construction industry's leading materials management platform – today announced the completion of its $39 million Series C funding round led by Battery Ventures with participation from new investors Schneider Electric, RXR, and Bienville Capital. Existing investors including 8VC, Suffolk Construction, Human Capital, AME, and BoxGroup also participated in the round. Additionally, Kojo shared that Michael Brown, general partner at Battery Ventures, joined its board of directors. "Our mission is to make it faster, easier, and more sustainable to build the world around us. Supply chain disruptions and inflation have made it incredibly challenging to keep projects on-time and on-budget. With this new round of funding, we're excited to continue building best-in-class products that help contractors all over the U.S. save money, increase their productivity, and become more resilient." -Maria Rioumine, CEO and Founder of Kojo. The $800 billion a year commercial construction industry is facing more volatility than ever with soaring construction costs, material and labor shortages, and supply chain constraints. Too many contractors today lack control and visibility over their supply chains, and critical projects are slowed down by error-prone and manual materials ordering processes. Kojo's software brings field, office, warehouse, and vendor teams onto a single platform, making it easy for contractors to manage their materials needs from project takeoff to closeout. To date, Kojo has powered the construction of nearly 10,000 projects, including hospitals, schools, and multi-family housing projects, across 46 states. Despite the recent economic slowdown, Kojo has grown annual recurring revenue 3.5x year over year and expanded to serve all major construction trades. In the last 18 months, Kojo has seen a 12x increase in users and saved customers more than $19 million on their materials orders. Alongside the new round of funding, Kojo is launching new products to further streamline payments and project spend management. Contractors will be able to reconcile their invoices and pay for materials directly on Kojo's platform, allowing them to accurately track project spend. With new distributor integrations, contractors will also be able to directly see distributor pricing and inventory to make the best buying decisions. "At Battery, we're focused on investing in entrepreneurs building industry-transforming companies, The construction industry has been underserved by technology for far too long, and that's led to huge challenges over the past few years. We're thrilled to be partnering with Kojo to change that and bring much needed software and financial services to commercial trade contractors." -Michael Brown, general partner at Battery Ventures. About Kojo: Kojo, the construction industry's leading materials management platform, enables trade and self-perform general contractors to take control of their margins by consolidating the procurement process onto one, all-inclusive digital platform. By connecting the field, office, warehouse, accounting teams, and vendors, contractors gain visibility into real-time materials spending and usage, streamline workflows, and increase labor productivity. Contractors have access to a network of thousands of vendors to source the best prices and availability, find cost savings and reduce material waste. Kojo is trusted by hundreds of contractors and utilized by thousands of construction professionals across the country every day.

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From light bulbs and television to cell phones and GPS, modern advances in electrical engineering have illuminated, informed, and connected the world. But did you know electrical engineering can be traced back to long before Thomas Edison? Discover the many ways electrical engineering has been shaping society for thousands of years.

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