Girlguiding festival goes virtual to encourage more girls into STEM

Girlguiding | May 26, 2020

As part of Amey’s partnership with Girlguiding UK, Amey is supporting the first-ever Adventures at Home Festival this Saturday 23 May, a programme of STEM activities for girls.

The festival promises an exciting programme of STEM activities for girls of all ages and their families to enjoy, during this challenging period where, due to Covid-19, many Girlguiding plans have been cancelled or postponed.

Amey’s partnership with Girlguiding is a cornerstone of our diversity strategy and it plays an important part in inspiring the next generation of female engineers into our sector and our business.

In 2018, Amey and Girlguiding collaborated to create the UK’s first-ever Engineering Badge, with a focus on rail, road, innovation, safety, diversity and inclusion. In its first year, the badge received over 120,000 requests nationally.

Amey will be supporting the event with an interactive class on how to make a bird feeder from recycled materials.

The Girlguiding UK Adventures at Home Festival already has over 10,000 people registered to attend and is open for everyone to enjoy via the Girlguiding UK website and YouTube channel.

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On any off shore platform, safety is always the number one priority. Repsol needed to increase the size of the workforce on its Casablanca platform in the Western Mediterranean, in part to reduce the number of connecting helicopter flights from the mainland. Increases in the workforce required additional emergency evacuation resources. Repsol commissioned the specialist Atos engineering unit to undertake all aspects of the design project.  “The evacuation modifications to the Casablanca platform needed to be carried out rapidly and to the highest standards. The Atos engineering team were faultless: meticulous in everything from planning and design through to supervision and testing.”


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MAPEI Innovation Meets 3D Technology to Build Homes

MAPEI | May 05, 2022

MAPEI Corporation, a leading manufacturer of construction materials for the building industry, and Black Buffalo 3D Corporation, a leading provider of large-scale 3D construction printers, have announced a strategic, research, development, and manufacturing partnership for the 3D construction-printing industry. The first collaboration from this partnership, Planitop 3D, is designed to work with Black Buffalo 3D’s NEXCON printers to provide enhanced performance at a fraction of the cost of existing building materials. Held to the strictest quality standards, each layer of Planitop 3D is designed to quickly set up and support every layer that is printed above it saving time, reducing materials and increasing jobsite efficiency. The official launch of Planitop 3D occurred at the site of a housing project in Virginia, in which 3D contracting group Alquist 3D will use NEXCON printers and the innovative new mortar to 3D-print 200 new homes. Alquist 3D is an innovative builder that is committed to helping rural communities through the use of leading-edge technologies. “MAPEI has always been known for innovation and for helping communities around the nation, These 3D-printed homes and other structures printed with Planitop 3D and Black Buffalo 3D’s NEXCON printers represent technology at its most compassionate and at its highest level of innovation.” Luigi Di Geso, MAPEI Corporation’s President and CEO Michael Woods, COO/CEO of Big Sun Holdings, Black Buffalo 3D’s parent corporation, remarked, “The Black Buffalo 3D team recognized the need for standardization in materials to drive the next phase of growth in the 3D construction industry. MAPEI was able to enhance the formula that our team developed and take it to the next level, outclassing every product on the market – at a cost that makes 3D-printing homes, buildings and infrastructure feasible on nearly every level.” Planitop 3D is now available across North America through MAPEI. The cement-based construction ink/mortar has been developed through years of research, testing and evaluation by independent and in-house material scientists at MAPEI, Black Buffalo 3D and various third-party labs, including Intertek, which is based in York, PA. Kevin Smith, MAPEI Corporation’s National Sales Director – Concrete Restoration Systems, stated, “We were very confident that we could partner with Black Buffalo and their full range of 3D printers to provide an exceptional solution, as this technology is well within our wheelhouse. Black Buffalo 3D met with our R&D team and we quickly developed the correct solution for this project – it’s called Planitop 3D.” Planitop 3D is currently in the verification process for meeting the ICC-ES AC509 standard for 3D-printed walls. Black Buffalo 3D is the first company in the world to submit material for proving its ability to meet this globally recognized criteria. Milestones that have already been achieved include several 13-hour+ printing sessions on NEXCON printers by the Black Buffalo 3D team in Elizabeth, NJ, and a multitude of successful tests for strength, usability, resilience and longevity. The verification process follows the stringent testing requirements of the ICC-ES AC509 guideline for 3D-printed walls. More than 50 countries recognize this guideline for 3D-printed walls. The official results and reporting are expected to be released in the near future. About MAPEI Founded in 1937 in Milan, MAPEI is now one of the world’s leading manufacturers of chemical products for the building industry and has contributed to the construction of some of the most important architectural and infrastructural works worldwide. With 91 subsidiaries operating in 57 countries and 84 manufacturing plants in 35 different nations, the Group employs about 11,000 staff worldwide. The foundations for the success of the company are specialization, internationalization, research & development, and sustainability. Headquartered in Deerfield Beach (Florida), MAPEI in North America consists of the subsidiaries MAPEI Corporation (for the USA), MAPEI Inc. (for Canada) and MAPEI Caribe (for Puerto Rico and other Caribbean islands), whose 18 facilities collectively have a workforce of more than 1,600 employees. MAPEI facilities have been certified to ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 quality standards. An environmentally conscious manufacturer that reinvests 5% of its revenue into R&D, MAPEI offers training for architects, contractors, installers and distributors through the MAPEI Technical Institute. About Black Buffalo 3D Corporation Black Buffalo 3D Corporation is the NY-based U.S. affiliate of HN Inc. co. Ltd. formerly Hyundai BS&C Co. Ltd. and subsidiary of Big Sun Holdings Group, Inc. Black Buffalo 3D is poised to revolutionize construction and become the leading global provider of smart 3D construction printers (3DCP), proprietary construction “ink” (Planitop 3D) and 3D-print construction consulting services. Print smart and sustainable infrastructure on demand with Black Buffalo 3D NEXCON printers available now. Stay tuned for updates on our clients’ projects and the development of groundbreaking 3D construction-ink materials.

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OFFLOADIT Offers a Solution to Connect Buyers and Sellers in the Construction Industry While Minimizing Waste

OFFLOADIT | February 03, 2022

OFFLOADIT (www.OFFLOADIT.com) is excited to announce the release of their new OFFLOADIT (OLI) App/Website, available for download from the App Store or on Google Play. This App brings together contractors who are looking to buy or sell their excess materials, machinery, and used equipment. Contractors can upload posts within a few minutes and manage all of their listings — all within the easy-to-use OFFLOADIT App! OFFLOADIT is excited to offer an innovative solution to the construction industry's problem with waste. Their mobile app and web platform streamline the process of getting rid of surplus materials from their jobsites and yards, making it easier for contractors and builders to reduce their environmental impact. OFFLOADIT is committed to helping companies become more sustainable, and they are proud to offer this valuable service to their users. With their easy-to-use app and website platform, contractors can save time and money while also doing their part in protecting our planet. Using the OFFLOADIT App, contractors can list items quickly and easily manage their posts and chat with the buyers to sell any excess materials from their construction site. Currently, the construction industry is responsible for a staggering 30% of landfill waste. With the help of the OFFLOADIT app, contractors can buy and sell their extra materials, machinery, and used equipment, significantly cutting down on the waste brought to landfills across the country. Download the OFFLOADIT app from the App Store or find it on Google Play. (www.OFFLOADIT.com) OFFLOADIT was founded in 2020 by contractors who wanted a fast, efficient, and reliable way to buy and sell construction materials and equipment while reducing the amount of waste produced on a construction site. The app relies on suppliers, vendors, and contractors that want to "OFFLOAD" their excess supplies upon completion of their projects. The easy-to-use interface allows you to filter through listings based on brand, price, location, industry, and more. OFFLOADIT's founder, Steve Silva, discovered that the statistics on construction industry waste are staggering: Construction and Demolition Debris (C&D) accounts for up to 30% of landfill volume. In 2013, an estimated 136 million tons of C&D were generated in the U.S. Of this total over 87 million tons consisted of scrap building materials and other reusable items. Surplus or left-over materials from construction sites have value, even if they are no longer needed on a particular job site. With the help of OFFLOADIT, contractors and builders can sell their excess materials and reuse things like lumber, drywall, pipe, concrete, electrical, and masonry for reuse by others. About OFFLOADIT OFFLOADIT is a green business that wants to help contribute to a sustainable future for generations indefinitely. The company offers all types of useful tools that help reduce landfill volume; their focus is on making recycling easier for anyone who works in the construction industry. To start using the OFFLOADIT app for yourself, download it from the App Store, find it on Google Play, or visit www.OFFLOADIT.com today.

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Industry-Leading Collision Engineering Program Receives $700,000 Grant from ECMC Foundation

ECMC Foundation | December 21, 2021

The Collision Engineering Program has received a $700,000 grant from ECMC Foundation to support the growth and expansion of the industry-leading program's efforts. With foundational support provided by the Enterprise Holdings Foundation, the program is designed to attract and develop entry-level talent to fill essential roles within the collision repair industry and enhance retention and advancement among collision repair technicians.With nearly 100,000 new entrant collision technicians needed between 2021 and 2025, according to the TechForce Foundation, the Collision Engineering Program addresses the ongoing industry technician shortage and skills gap. Collision repair businesses are facing unprecedented challenges in growing and sustaining their workforce as baby boomers retire and demand outpaces a declining supply of postsecondary collision technician entrants. At the same time, automotive technology is rapidly changing, requiring skill sets to evolve for those who repair vehicles. The program replicates Ranken Technical College's unique two-year apprenticeship model at schools across the United States, preparing students for success by treating them as professionals from day one. Students gain real-world education working alongside industry experts while also earning their associate degree. Currently, the program is in its second year of a two-year pilot at four schools across the country—Ranken Technical College in St. Louis, Missouri; College of Lake County in Grayslake, Illinois; Contra Costa College in San Pablo, California; and Texas State Technical College in Waco, Texas. "We're excited about the innovative, five-semester associate degree Collision Engineering Program at Ranken Technical College which employs an eight-week rotation between on-campus coursework and paid work-based learning, We're proud to support a program that seeks to address the need for a skilled and diverse collision technician workforce and believe this unique institution-led, earn-and-learn model will serve as a valuable blueprint for institutions looking to implement work-based learning programs." -Jennifer Zeisler, Career Readiness Senior Program Director, ECMC Foundation The grant from ECMC Foundation will support phase two of the Collision Engineering Program. Phase one focused on piloting the program at four schools across the country. Phase two will build upon the efforts of the pilot program, establishing at least four additional partner colleges over the next three years. ECMC Foundation's contribution will provide startup costs to launch the program at partner colleges, enable the program to hire additional staff and provide continued support for existing partner colleges. We're tremendously proud that our model has been recognized as the gold standard for connecting hands-on industry experience with education," said Don Pohl, President of Ranken Technical College. "The Collision Engineering Program helps partnering institutions adjust to the rapid pace of vehicle innovation and connectivity and brings meaningful training to students. This support from ECMC Foundation will allow the program to expand its reach and impact nationwide. Industry Support Since the pilot launched earlier this year, the Collision Engineering Program has also received contributions from Chief Collision Technology and Mitchell International. Chief Collision Technology, one of the world's largest manufacturers of high-quality collision repair products and services, is providing a MULTIMIG Aluminum Welder—valued at $12,000—to the College of Lake County in Grayslake, Illinois. The machine, used widely across the repair industry, will provide students with in-depth knowledge and experience working with real-world equipment. Mitchell International, an Enlyte company and leading technology and information provider for the P&C claims and collision repair industries, is offering its full suite of repair solutions to each of the four participating schools. The in-kind donation—valued at $150,000—includes Mitchell Cloud Estimating with Integrated Repair Procedures, Mitchell TechAdvisor and its OEM-licensed repair data, and the Mitchell Diagnostics platform for scanning and calibration. These solutions are designed to help technicians efficiently diagnose, estimate and repair collision-damaged vehicles, improving customer and carrier satisfaction. With Mitchell's innovative technology and the Collision Engineering Program's advanced education, graduates entering the workforce are well-equipped to properly and safely repair today's complex automobiles. "As the world's largest car rental provider, we have a responsibility to invest in the future of the automotive repair industry—a future that's at stake due to the ongoing skills and labor shortage,With our partners' support, we're working to increase awareness of this career path and build successful and skilled collision repair technicians through the Collision Engineering Program. It's so encouraging to see how the industry is collaborating to make a meaningful impact on the future of the automotive repair workforce and industry. We hope others will continue to step forward and join us in this endeavor." -Mary Mahoney, Vice President, Replacement and Leisure Division at Enterprise Holdings About Enterprise Holdings Enterprise Holdings, Inc. is a leading provider of mobility solutions, owning and operating the Enterprise Rent-A-Car, National Car Rental and Alamo Rent A Car brands through its integrated global network of independent regional subsidiaries. Enterprise Holdings and its affiliates offer extensive car rental, carsharing, truck rental, fleet management, retail car sales, as well as travel management and other transportation services, to make travel easier and more convenient for customers. Privately held by the Taylor family of St. Louis, Mo., Enterprise Holdings manages a diverse fleet of more than 1.85 million vehicles through a network of nearly 10,000 fully staffed neighborhood and airport rental locations in more than 90 countries and territories. About ECMC Foundation ECMC Foundation is a Los Angeles-based, nationally focused foundation with a mission to inspire and to facilitate improvements that affect educational outcomes—especially among underserved populations—through evidence-based innovation. It is one of several affiliates under ECMC Group (www.ecmcgroup.org) enterprise based in Minneapolis. ECMC Foundation makes investments in two focus areas: College Success and Career Readiness; and uses a spectrum of funding structures, including strategic grantmaking and program-related investments, to invest in both nonprofit and for-profit ventures. Working with grantees, partners and peers, ECMC Foundation's vision is for all learners to unlock their fullest potential.

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SIS, LLC, expands its offerings to address Heavy Civil Construction with its Construct 365 suite of products built

SIS | March 29, 2022

SIS, an ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning), CRM (Customer Relationship Management), & PM (Project Management) software solutions provider for project & service-driven organizations, has entered the Heavy Civil Construction Industry with their Construct 365 product suite. Construct 365 suite of products, by SIS, provide the Heavy Civil Construction industry with the technology infrastructure needed to compete in today's construction opportunities. "We are excited to bring our 25 years of experience in the Construction ERP industry into the Heavy Civil sector. Construct 365 PCM, Construct 365 PM, Construct 365 Advanced Labor, and Construct 365 Field Operations, comprise our existing Construct 365 solution that is being offered for Heavy Civil Construction." Mark Kershteyn, Partner, SIS. "It is exciting to see SIS enter the Heavy Civil Construction market! This adds a strong offering to those firms seeking to leverage Dynamics 365 technology in the Azure Cloud, and greatly enhances the capabilities of a modern ERP solution. This will allow companies to take full advantage of tools such as Microsoft Power BI for dashboards providing greater operational insight " Steve Hathaway, a Partner at Construction Software Solutions and formerly with Viewpoint Construct 365 is bringing rich functionality including: estimate import (Heavy Job and Bid to Win (B2W)), job costing, core financials, and advanced labor. Additional functionality includes Unit Based Projects, Pay Items, Equipment Management, Union and Certified Payroll, all seamlessly working within Microsoft's flagship ERP, Dynamics 365 Finance and Supply Chain. About SIS: SIS (Strategic Industry Solutions) helps project and service focused companies manage every stage of the delivery and service life cycle. We provide complete Project Management, Project Accounting, Job Costing, Business Intelligence, and CRM Software built on Microsoft Dynamics. We help our clients manage cost and risk and deliver a unique value proposition to their customers with proven software and 25 years of Industry Experience. The SIS Construct 365 solution is built in Microsoft Dynamics 365, and is the most complete and integrated solution in the A/E/C – Professional Service marketplace today, focusing on mobility, ease of use, and integration.

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On any off shore platform, safety is always the number one priority. Repsol needed to increase the size of the workforce on its Casablanca platform in the Western Mediterranean, in part to reduce the number of connecting helicopter flights from the mainland. Increases in the workforce required additional emergency evacuation resources. Repsol commissioned the specialist Atos engineering unit to undertake all aspects of the design project.  “The evacuation modifications to the Casablanca platform needed to be carried out rapidly and to the highest standards. The Atos engineering team were faultless: meticulous in everything from planning and design through to supervision and testing.”

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