How Industry 4.0 Will Affect the Life of Engineers

Interesting Engineering | March 06, 2020

A term that was birthed out of a German drive for innovation has now come to exemplify the pinnacle of the modern industry. Since the 1840s, manufacturing and engineering has faced a rapid growth of capability. We have gained machine production, eventually shifting to computerized manufacturing and design. Ever since the rapid innovation period that was the industrial revolution, the manufacturing industry has been getting more data. Temperatures, rates of production, plant capabilities – these data points are now easily accessible. The manufacturing industry has always innovated alongside the availability to capture information. In the modern age, our manufacturing has gotten so complex that there is simply too much data; there’s too much to handle. That’s where Industry 4.0 comes into play. You likely recognize the term or even utilize many of its components, but understanding the radical shift that is taking place in how manufacturing is managed, has the potential to make or break you as a great engineer. This new age of industry brings cyber-physical systems to the forefront of innovation.

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TELUS and Adera complete new Smart Building in North Vancouver

Adera Development | December 01, 2022

TELUS continues to grow its Residential Smart Building footprint with the completion of RED Lower Lynn, a new rental development located in North Vancouver’s vibrant Lynn Creek community. In partnership with west coast modern design builder Adera, this six-storey, 88-unit complex features TELUS’ cutting edge smart building technology and automation, offering luxury and comfort paired with savings and efficiency. Residents at RED Lower Lynn can control their smart suites from their smartphones through the easy-to-use TELUS Residential Smart Building app, giving them the flexibility to remotely lock and unlock their keyless doors, or adjust their lights from anywhere, at any time. “We’re excited to bring TELUS’ Smart Building solutions to North Vancouver’s rental market, ensuring residents and staff at RED Lower Lynn have the latest in building automation, security, entertainment, and connectivity solutions, TELUS’ partnership with Adera builds upon our strategy to leverage our world-leading wireless and PureFibre networks to bring our customers the best in home and business automation, while creating sustainable, healthy, and connected spaces to live, work, and play.” -Erin Walker, Director, Residential Smart Communities at TELUS. With TELUS Residential Smart Building, residents are conveniently notified on their smartphone when someone opens the door, the temperature needs to be adjusted, or someone requires entry. RED Lower Lynn’s building operators are also using TELUS Residential Smart Building to access the latest in security technology, 24-hour monitoring, and tools to increase building efficiency, which reduces their carbon footprint and operating expenses. “Providing a safe, secure community for residents is a top priority at Adera. As such, partnering with TELUS for RED Lower Lynn, a purpose-built rental property, aligned with our goals, The integration of smart building technology allows residents to live in a building with an added layer of security, offers peace of mind for residents and ultimately a more accessible, user-friendly experience, whether you are in your own home, the parkade, or one of the many common amenities throughout the building.” -Rocky Sethi, Chief Operating Officer at Adera. About TELUS: TELUS (TSX: T, NYSE: TU) is a dynamic, world-leading communications technology company with $17 billion in annual revenue and 17 million customer connections spanning wireless, data, IP, voice, television, entertainment, video, and security. Our social purpose is to leverage our global-leading technology and compassion to drive social change and enable remarkable human outcomes. Our longstanding commitment to putting our customers first fuels every aspect of our business, making us a distinct leader in customer service excellence and loyalty. The numerous, sustained accolades TELUS has earned over the years from independent, industry-leading network insight firms showcase the strength and speed of TELUS’ global-leading networks, reinforcing our commitment to provide Canadians with access to superior technology that connects us to the people, resources and information that make our lives better.Operating in 28 countries around the world, TELUS International (TSX and NYSE: TIXT) is a leading digital customer experience innovator that designs, builds, and delivers next-generation solutions, including AI and content moderation, for global and disruptive brands across high-growth industry verticals, including tech and games, communications and media and eCommerce and fintech. About Adera Development: With over 50 years of experience, Adera Development Corporation has built a world-class portfolio and emerged as one of the leading multi-disciplinary real estate development organizations and mass timber leaders in British Columbia. Adera remains dedicated to delivering value through a commitment to the communities it builds, its customers, the environment, and the pursuit of agile innovation in their proprietary SmartWood® and QuietHome™ technologies. To learn more about

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Commercial Development Resources Partners with AutoNation to Complete One of the Largest Service Centers in the United States

Commercial Development Resources | December 20, 2022

Commercial Development Resources (CDR), California’s premier civil engineering land development firm, announced today the company has completed a new service center, the Mercedes-Benz House of Imports. The House of Imports in Buena Park in Orange County, California is a three-story luxury auto dealership for all things Mercedes-Benz featuring two levels of parking and another for service. This project required a seven-acre update of the entire site to meet fire code, grading, stormwater, and utility requirements. There were issues with drainage, existing utilities, and the challenge to tie into the adjacent site’s drive aisle and operations. The skilled team of consultants worked together through every hurdle, while continuously meeting a rigorous Mercedes-Benz timeline with milestone dates that triggered financial incentives from the parent company. “Mercedes Benz House of Imports was a very complex project and a part of a master plan involving all AutoNation’s dealerships and remote properties in Buena Park. It was a big piece of a larger puzzle. To add further complication this project was permitted and entitled during the pandemic with construction commencing after lockdown restrictions started to ease.” -Cliff Powell, Director of Construction and Development at AutoNation. Cliff went on to say, “To help traverse these compounded complexities, a top-tier team was needed for permitting and entitlements, site development, utilities, and construction. I needed a team that could act fast, think divergently, and navigate the difficult and sometimes abstruse processes of the various municipalities involved. CDR played an integral role that included civil engineering, utility planning, and coordination which made the project a success!” CDR’s proactive and practical approach resulted in a successful project. Their efforts in coordination with all of the relevant consultants minimized field changes and change order costs, and their creativity and willingness to think outside the box provided AutoNation with solutions that fit their needs, saving time, money, and resources. “With premium visibility to the I-5 freeway in Buena Park, CA, in combination with the sheer magnitude and scale of this project, the team understood this would be a crown jewel in AutoNation’s portfolio. Getting approvals and permits was fairly difficult in southern California even before the pandemic hit, however despite the challenges, we still needed to meet very specific brand milestone/incentive dates, We accomplished our goals, met milestone dates, and kept the existing dealership open for business. It was a total team effort and we all appreciated Cliff Powell’s leadership throughout the process.” -Aaron Albertson, principal at Commercial Development Resources. About Commercial Development Resources Founded in 2007, Commercial Development Resources is an industry leader in civil engineering, land development, dry utility, and surveying services in the western and southeastern United States. With a staff of experienced and highly-trained civil engineers, CDR has a portfolio of hundreds of successful land development projects across an array of industries such as auto dealerships, restaurants, shopping centers, retail stores, high-density residential, theme parks, and more. From CDR’s Costa Mesa, California headquarters and Charlotte, North Carolina office, the company serves landmark clients such as Merlin Entertainments, AutoNation, Lithia Motors, The Irvine Company, Jack in the Box, and Popeyes to get their projects designed and approved on time and at a minimum cost.

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Franklin Construction Group Remains Industry Leader in Middle Tennessee

Franklin Construction Group | December 15, 2022

Franklin Construction Group (FCG), a leader in the construction industry in Tennessee, today announced its milestone of $450 million in building contracts, with another $315 million in its construction pipeline from 2022 through 2025. Projects under contract span Middle Tennessee and include approximately 250 single-family homes, 100 townhouses, and over 1,780 apartments. FCG projects include construction and renovations in Spring Hill, Gallatin, Nashville, Lebanon, and Franklin. "We attribute our exponential growth to our team's long-standing track record of delivering efficient, on-time construction projects while maintaining our relationship-first commitment, We feel fortunate that the construction industry is thriving throughout Middle Tennessee, enabling us to continue delivering high-quality projects." -Will Schaedle, Senior Partner at Franklin Construction Group. 2022-2025 Franklin Construction Group projects in Tennessee include: Chartwell Manor at Beechcroft,124 houses in Spring Hill, is a residential development comprised entirely of single-family homes. The Chartwell at Green Lea,garden apartments, townhomes, and single-family houses, is a new mixed-use residential community planned for Gallatin, TN, on 44 acres. The development, currently under construction, will consist of 414 apartment units, 65 townhome units, and 49 single-family homes. The residential development will also include upscale amenities, such as a fitness center, an oversized pool, grilling stations, and a centralized clubhouse for their use. The Chartwell at Marathon Village are wrap-style/podium construction apartments and townhomes in downtown Nashville on the former Union Station Brick Yard site. The Marathon Village project is in a Qualified Opportunity Zone, a federally designated distressed community marked for revitalization, economic development, and job creation. This property will feature a luxury pool, outdoor amenity space, tenant-shared workspaces, a state-of-the-art fitness center, and a parking garage. Fitzroy Townhomes at Lebanon Marketplaceis answering the call for more housing opportunities in greater Nashville. Its locale is considered the "new gateway" to Lebanon. The project comprises 33 townhomes as part of a mixed-use development of 75 acres north of Interstate 40. Watkins North,wrap-style apartments in downtown Nashville, will have 377 apartments with upmarket appliances and finishes. In addition, it will feature amenities such as a tenant clubhouse, a state-of-the-art fitness center, an outdoor pool, and a parking garage. The Chartwell at Kedron Square, a garden apartment and single-family home development in Spring Hill, is part of a 124-acre master-planned community. It features a 292-unit multifamily apartment and 27 single-family cottages. Kedron Square will be one of the largest commercial districts in Spring Hill. Marriott Cool Springs, in Franklin, included renovating all guest rooms and bathrooms at the Franklin Marriott and the addition of the M-Club lobby lounge. The hotel is connected to the Cool Springs Conference Center and features nearly 30,000 square feet of event space plus 300 hotel rooms. Solstice at June Lake,garden apartments in Spring Hill, is an example of FCG providing construction company expertise to other qualified and reputable developers. Southeast Venture is the owner/developer of this project. Franklin Construction Group has become an industry leader in major Middle Tennessee markets. Since February 2021, they have created more than 1,000 jobs for the region's subcontractors, vendors, and suppliers. About Franklin Construction Group: Franklin Construction Group is the affiliate construction company for the Chartwell Companies. Its mission is to capitalize on its team's vast skills and experience to deliver cost-effective, timely construction projects of the highest quality. With completed projects exceeding $4 billion in aggregate value, the team has over 100 years of combined construction experience. This includes over 12,000 apartments, 15,000 single-family homes, 50 hotels, and several hundred thousand square feet of commercial space.

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Digital Workflows Help Design and Construction Companies Manage Their Projects and Companies Better

Trimble | December 12, 2022

The ability to share digital data effectively is a critical factor that impacts the success of digital transformation in the design and construction industry. This includes both the ability to share data within different departments in the same company or across multiple companies involved in the same project. New research from Dodge Construction Network, together with Trimble, published in the Connected Construction SmartMarket Brief series, reveals that owners, architects, engineers, general contractors and specialty trades are utilizing digital workflows to share project information. The findings show, though, that internal connections are far more common than external ones, with nearly half of all respondents (48%) sharing 50% or more of their project data internally using digital workflows, and nearly one quarter (24%) doing so with other stakeholders on their projects. “In an increasingly connected world and with the rapid adaptation of remote work due to COVID, construction companies are looking for ways to more efficiently, securely and quickly share data with key stakeholders, This research project with Dodge shows that teams and projects utilizing digital workflows saw a substantial increase in project quality, supported by faster delivery and decreased delays related to rework. By sharing the findings of this research, we believe these insights can help construction professionals understand how connected construction is used on a practical level.” -Pete Large, senior vice president of Trimble Construction. The study also explores in detail the various processes for which digital workflows are employed and the benefits of using them. In order to fully capture all these details, five new Connected Construction SmartMarket Briefs have been created, in addition to the one examining the owner's perspective published earlier this year. Four of them focus on the design and construction industry practitioners who participated in the study: architects, engineers, general contractors and specialty trade contractors. The fifth provides an overall look at all the respondents to the study, and it examines in detail the difference in response between those who are already highly engaged in these processes and those who have more limited engagement. Some notable findings from each of these individual reports describing different personas and types of organizations include: Architects lead the industry in their use of multicompany digital workflows, with one third deploying them. Engineers are deepening their engagement with workflows for specific design practices with 83% of users are planning additional investments digital workflows. General contractors that focus on vertical (building) construction are utilizing more digital workflows for their construction operation processes and reaping greater benefits than those who largely engage in civil construction. Specialty trade contractors are currently utilizing digital workflows most frequently for administrative tasks, but their biggest planned investments are for utilizing workflows that will help them with construction operations and crew management. Despite the differences in their degree of use and how they engage with digital workflows, owners, architects, engineers, general contractors, and specialty trade contractors all report the same key benefits from their use: The key benefits for both companies and projects are more informed decision making and increased efficiency of internal processes. The primary benefits for improved project outcomes are quality and faster delivery. An expected benefit revealed in the findings is that those using digital workflows have much more insight into how those processes impact their projects than those who do not use them. This finding was made clear in the close examination of the use of digital workflows for many common administrative, planning and construction operations processes that the respondents perform. "It is quite likely that the increased insight that comes with the use of digital workflows is one of the main reasons that so many report being able to make better-informed decisions, What is more exciting, though, is that this finding suggests that the digital transformation of the industry may be able to finally help the industry achieve the productivity gains that have proved so elusive over the years." -Donna Laquidara-Carr, industry insights research director at Dodge Construction Network. About Trimble: Trimble is an industrial technology company transforming the way the world works by delivering solutions that enable our customers to thrive. Core technologies in positioning, modeling, connectivity and data analytics connect the digital and physical worlds to improve productivity, quality, safety, transparency, and sustainability. From purpose-built products to enterprise lifecycle solutions, Trimble is transforming industries such as agriculture, construction, geospatial, and transportation. About Dodge Construction Network: Dodge Construction Network leverages an unmatched offering of data, analytics, and industry-spanning relationships to generate the most powerful source of information, knowledge, insights, and connections in the commercial construction industry. The company powers four longstanding and trusted industry solutions—Dodge Data & Analytics, The Blue Book Network, Sweets, and IMS—to connect the dots across the entire commercial construction ecosystem. Together, these solutions provide clear and actionable opportunities for both small teams and enterprise firms. Purpose-built to streamline the complicated, Dodge Construction Network ensures that construction professionals have the information they need to build successful businesses and thriving communities. With over a century of industry experience, Dodge Construction Network is the catalyst for modern commercial construction.

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