Facade engineers to 3D print face shields for emergency services

PBC Today | April 02, 2020

Solar shading contractors, Solinear is using its 3D printers to produce face shields for emergency services in the battle against COVID-19. Based in Sherriff Hutton, York, Solinear is more familiar with the manufacturing of feature facades not face shields. However, due to the critical shortfall in protective face shields, the Solinear team is concentrating their efforts on 3D printing vital pieces of equipment for the emergency services. The idea was proposed by one of Solinear’s welders, Elliot Headley, who subsequently discussed his proposition with Andy Moore, Solinear’s design manager. Headley suggested that in the current situation, Solinear’s 3D printers could be better applied to the production of face shields. He continued: The sooner we can contain COVID-19 the sooner we can take stock, begin to recover, get back to some level of normality. For me, personally, coronavirus meant that I lost out on one of the greatest adventures of my life – travelling the world – but I’m aware that there are people who have lost their jobs, lives and loved ones to this devastating virus.

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Schlumberger Announces Deployment of Reservoir Engineering Digital Solutions for Global Customer

Schlumberger | March 09, 2022

Schlumberger today announced an enterprise-wide deployment of the cloud-based DELFI cognitive E&P environment for ConocoPhillips. ConocoPhillips will use Schlumberger digital solutions enabled by the DELFI environment to bring its reservoir engineering modeling, data and workflows to the cloud. “This digital platform will drive workflow and data efficiency, enabling ConocoPhillips to meet their diverse reservoir engineering modeling needs worldwide, Expert teams from both companies will work closely together to integrate our cloud-based digital solutions and AI with ConocoPhillips’ reservoir engineering modeling and workflows.” Rajeev Sonthalia, president, Digital & Integration, Schlumberger Upon completion of the integration, ConocoPhillips reservoir engineers will have access to cloud-based, high-performance computing resources in the DELFI environment as well as Schlumberger’s reservoir engineering solutions including Petrel E&P software platform's Petrel Reservoir Engineering, INTERSECT high-resolution reservoir simulator, and ECLIPSE industry-reference reservoir simulator. About Schlumberger Schlumberger is a technology company that partners with customers to access energy. Our people, representing over 160 nationalities, are providing leading digital solutions and deploying innovative technologies to enable performance and sustainability for the global energy industry. With expertise in more than 120 countries, Schlumberger collaborates to create technology that unlocks access to energy for the benefit of all.

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CONSTRUCTION

Workorder Develops AI Software to Automate Construction Takeoffs, Raises $1.1 Million in Pre-Seed Funding

Workorder | March 25, 2022

Workorder, Inc., a construction technology startup, has raised a $1.1 million pre-seed round from UBMB and Mucker Capital to assist in the launch of its innovative software for the construction industry. Spencer Gaffney from UBMB has joined the company’s board of directors. Workorder’s software is a first-of-its-kind for construction estimating, as it uses image recognition, deep learning, and optical character recognition, among other technologies, to automatically detect, measure, and count objects in construction blueprints. Workorder has been operating in a private beta with many of the largest construction companies in North America, including DPR Construction, PCL, and Performance Contracting, Inc (PCI). “What has typically taken cost estimators days or weeks now takes minutes with Workorder, We strive to talk to as many estimators as possible, as often as possible. They tell us their pain points, and we listen with open ears. We are now saving the average estimator over 25 hours per week on quantity takeoffs, with more to come.” Marty Cornish, CEO of Workorder Early customers have shared feedback and feature requests. One such customer is PCI. "Working through drawings and getting takeoff completed for any project is about 75-80% of my estimating time,” said Jason Bough, Senior Estimator at PCI. “I see the potential for Workorder to cut the quantification time in half or better.” Currently, Workorder supports interior finishes: paint, drywall, metal framing, and acoustical ceilings. As the company expands, additional construction areas will be added. “Workorder is creating technology that allows people to do their jobs better, faster, and more easily than ever – that’s very powerful, especially in an industry like construction,” noted Spencer Gaffney, Partner at UBMB. “We are excited to partner with Marty, Henric, and the entire Workorder team to help them grow their business.” Cornish and Henric Harutunian, Workorder’s CTO, teamed up following their respective exits from previous companies. Cornish previously founded EasyPaint, a tech-enabled paint and drywall contractor, which was acquired in 2021. Harutunian previously founded Notable Solutions, a pioneer and leader in document management technology, which was acquired by Nuance (NUAN) in 2014. The serial entrepreneurs showed an initial prototype of Workorder to Mucker Capital and were promptly invited to join the Muckerlab program. William Hsu at Mucker Capital discovered the entrepreneurial duo and helped guide the early team in product and customer development. With this investment and support from UBMB, Workorder will make capital investments and will prepare for a widespread launch and a promising future. “Our goal is to build the best product we can and get Workorder in front of as many customers as possible,” Cornish continued. “Customers are telling us that they have been waiting for something like this, and it’s a big market. We believe we can build a significant business here with tremendous value for the construction industry, and we have the partners and support we need to take our next steps.” About Workorder Workorder is revolutionizing the construction industry with innovative technology solutions that accelerate cost estimating workflows. The company’s quantity takeoff product is the most automated solution on the market. Workorder’s mission is to increase the world’s confidence in construction through the fastest and most accurate cost estimating solutions available.

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CONSTRUCTION

Leading Provider of Construction Systems Chooses Piedmont’s Atlanta Galleria for New Corporate Headquarters

Piedmont Office Realty Trust | March 28, 2022

Piedmont Office Realty Trust, Inc. an owner of Class A office properties located primarily in the Sunbelt, today announced that it has signed a 50,000 square-foot lease through 2034 with a leading provider of construction systems. The company will move its global headquarters to 600 Galleria Parkway, one of five buildings owned by Piedmont and known as the Atlanta Galleria Office Park. “We are thrilled that Atlanta Galleria has been selected for a new worldwide headquarters location, Galleria’s vibrant environment, along with its unmatched, recently modernized onsite amenity set, and superior accessibility make it the ideal location for innovative companies that are looking to recruit and retain valuable talent in today’s competitive workplace.” Alex Valente, Piedmont’s local Executive Vice President Conveniently and uniquely connected to Truist Park and The Battery by a pedestrian bridge, the Atlanta Galleria Office Park’s 2.1 million square feet include five office buildings and three development sites surrounding a 6-acre, centrally located park, all with skyline views and with prominent visibility and direct access to major thoroughfares, I-75 and I-285. The Galleria also includes amenities such as a large, updated, on-site fitness facility, restaurants, and access to the Renaissance Waverly Hotel & Convention Center, as well as expansive outdoor collaboration space. Building 600 offers prominent signage opportunities facing I-75 and I-285. About Piedmont Office Realty Trust Piedmont Office Realty Trust, Inc. is an owner, manager, developer, redeveloper, and operator of high-quality, Class A office properties located primarily in the Sunbelt. Its approximately $5 billion portfolio is currently comprised of approximately 17 million square feet. The Company is a fully integrated, self-managed real estate investment trust (REIT) with local management offices in each of its markets and is investment-grade rated by S&P Global Ratings (BBB) and Moody’s (Baa2). Piedmont is a 2021 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year.

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United Engineers & Constructors’ Shoreline Power Group Joint Venture Awarded Bruce Power Unit 3 Fuel Channel and Feeder Replacement Contract

United Engineers & Constructors | December 20, 2021

United Engineers & Constructors, Inc. (United) announced that Shoreline Power Group, a joint venture between United, Aecon and SNC-Lavalin, has been awarded a contract by Bruce Power to execute the fuel channel and feeder replacement (FCFR) for Unit 3, valued at approximately CAD $400 million, at the Bruce Power Nuclear Generating Station in Tiverton, Ontario. “This award for the FCFR work at Unit 3 highlights the confidence Bruce Power has in Shoreline Power Group and our success in executing the FCFR work currently underway at Unit 6, We are proud of our partnership with Bruce Power and are pleased to play a key role in their mission of providing clean, reliable, low-cost energy to Ontarians for decades to come.” -Scott Reeder, Chief Executive Officer at United The scope of work includes an internal reactor inspection, the removal and replacement of calandria tubes, pressure tubes, and feeder tubes, as well as project management, construction management and field execution. Work is expected to commence in the first quarter of 2022, with anticipated completion in 2026. Shoreline Power Group is currently executing FCFR work on Unit 6, with the majority of work expected to be completed by the end of 2022. In 2018, the joint venture signed a Preferred Supplier Agreement for FCFR work at the plant’s remaining five units as part of Bruce Power’s Major Component Replacement (MCR) program. With the award of Unit 3, there are four units remaining. United’s Steam Generator Replacement Team (SGRT) joint venture is also currently contracted to replace steam generators at Bruce Units 3, 4 and 6. “We are making this significant contract award with the confidence that the members of the Shoreline Power Group have demonstrated the experience and commitment to safety, quality and innovation to successfully deliver this key part of our Life Extension program,” said Mike Rencheck, President & Chief Executive Officer, Bruce Power. About United United Engineers & Constructors is an industry leading infrastructure engineering, procurement, construction and consulting company dedicated to improving lives by delivering the world’s most impactful solutions. Since 1905, we have served the power industry by providing comprehensive lifecycle services for the conventional generation, nuclear, transmission and distribution, renewable, and distributed energy markets. Together with our clients and partners, we are unified in our efforts to deliver innovative and transformative infrastructure designed and built to meet the demands of today and for the future. www.ueci.com

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What do innovation envy, enterprise empathy, robotics have in common? Rohit Bhargava, the IT man for macro-trend spotting and trend curation, has his finger on the pulse of-of the hottest, but totally non-obvious, cross-industry trends. Find out what he says healthcare’s trends for 2019 will be, and his advice for fostering innovation in healthcare organizations.

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