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Infrastructure Engineering Inc. Names Alexander Kline as Indianapolis Office Operations Leader

Infrastructure Engineering Inc | May 21, 2022

Infrastructure Engineering Inc
Infrastructure Engineering Inc. (IEI) has announced the promotion of Alex Kline, PE, to Indianapolis Office Operations Leader. In this role, Mr. Kline will oversee IEI's project and program management for our clients. He will also be responsible for leading all members of the Indianapolis team and spearheading business development efforts throughout the geographic market.

Alex originally joined IEI's Chicago office in June 2012 as a Design Engineer. After transferring to our Indianapolis office, Alex progressed in his career with a promotion to Project Engineer and then to Project Manager. Throughout his tenure with IEI, Alex has excelled at meeting client expectations and has played an integral role in creating a positive workplace culture in the Indy office.

"Alex is a key contributor to the success and growth that our Indianapolis office has experienced in recent years. He brings a wealth of experience to this role, having delivered several high-profile projects in his time at IEI. We are excited to have him lead the Indy office in its next phase," 

IEI President, Kashif Khan

A talented civil engineer, Mr. Kline received his Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, Terre Haute, Indiana. His strong focus and commitment to distinguishing IEI through its people, performance and community activity will further enhance IEI's presence throughout the Indianapolis area.

About Infrastructure Engineering Inc.:
Infrastructure Engineering Inc. (IEI) is a multi-disciplinary consulting firm that focuses on the delivery of design engineering, program management, and construction engineering and inspection services. IEI cultivates various types of engineering projects from conception and planning through implementation. The firm's goal is to create sustainable infrastructure necessary to build and connect communities, improve quality of life, and encourage economic development. IEI is a DBE/MBE certified firm.

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Hoffmann Green Signs a Major Distribution Contract With BOUYGUES IMMOBILIER

Hoffmann Green Cement Technologies | May 23, 2022

Hoffmann Green Cement Technologies an industrial player committed to decarbonizing the construction sector that designs and distributes innovative clinker-free cement, announces the signing of a partnership with Bouygues Immobilier, a key real-estate developer on the French market for over 60 years. Within the framework of the collaboration between the two entities, the Hoffmann Green and Bouygues Immobilier teams have been able, over the last 12 months, to undertake specific technical trials with Hoffmann cement. The clinker-free decarbonized cement was able to be tested on several Bouygues Immobilier construction sites: SKYLINE: a 4-star business tourism residence with 127 rooms including 20 suites, in the heart of Angers. LES MARQUISES: a mixed project comprising over 100 homes, apartments and houses, in Nantes city center. K2: a residence comprising 294 homes, common areas and ground-floor activity facilities for students in Angers. LE CLOS SAINT-FRANCOIS: a mixed housing project comprising 118 apartments and 12 houses located in the heart of the former Sœurs de Saint-François d’Assises site in Saint-Philibert de Grand Lieu. As well as reducing CO2 emissions by 80%, feedback from these trials highlighted that the technical and implementation quality of decarbonized concrete notably during the pouring is identical to that of traditional concrete. Following these tests that have proved more than conclusive, the two companies have decided to accelerate their collaboration through the signing of a partnership contract with volume commitments that includes Hoffmann’s entire cement range: H-EVA, H-UKR and H-IONA. Hoffmann Green will supply its 0% Clinker decarbonised concrete to Bouygues Immobilier as of this year for the realisation of a number of large-scale construction projects throughout France. “We are very proud to sign a partnership deal with a group as emblematic as Bouygues Immobilier. It perfectly illustrates the necessary paradigm shift that is currently affecting the construction industry. Sharing a common desire to decarbonize the building sector, this first contract is the fruition of months of work between our teams and marks the beginning of lasting commercial collaboration that will lead to the construction of homes and infrastructures combining technical, esthetic and environmental performances”. Julien Blanchard and David Hoffmann, co-founders of Hoffmann Green Cement Technologies Bernard Mounier, Chairman of Bouygues Immobilier, added: “This partnership is strategic for Bouygues Immobilier, as it today allows us to incorporate this clinker-free decarbonized concrete into our projects, just like wood and combined solutions, with the stated goal of significantly reducing our environmental footprint across our buildings’ entire life cycle. This represents not just a necessity, but also a clear desire to promote these ever more responsible solutions”. ABOUT HOFFMANN GREEN CEMENT TECHNOLOGIES Founded in 2014 and based in Bournezeau (Vendée, Western France), Hoffmann Green Cement Technologies designs, produces and distributes innovative extremely low-carbon cements – with a carbon footprint 6 times lower than traditional cement – that present, at equivalent dosage and with no alteration to the concrete manufacturing process, superior performances than traditional cement. With one 4.0 industrial sites already operational and two new sites on the way, the Group has industrialized a genuine technological breakthrough based on alterations to cement’s composition and the creation of a clean, heating-free and clinker-free manufacturing process making it a leading and unique player on a cement market that has not undergone any significant changes in the last 200 years. Within the context of the climate emergency, Hoffmann Green Cement is thus actively participating in the energy transition by working to create eco-responsible buildings and by encouraging the circular economy and the preservation of natural resources. Thanks to its unrivaled technological know-how that is constantly improving, driven by effective and cutting-edge teams, Hoffmann Green Cement Technologies addresses all construction sector markets, both in France and abroad. ABOUT BOUYGUES IMMOBILIER Bouygues Immobilier, an urban developer-operator and a key player on the French market for over 60 years, is present on the entire real-estate development value chain from property development to urban planning and operation. It designs living spaces that reflect the needs of users at every level and listens to its clients and communities to design useful, people-centric and sustainable places to live. The Company provides places to live, work and meet up. Committed to limiting its negative impact on the environment and maximizing its positive impact, the Company’s goal is to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 32% by 2030 and to design 25% of its projects with positive biodiversity by 2025.

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ConWize Raises $2.8 Million to Expand Operations into Europe

ConWize | June 21, 2022

ConWize, the construction tendering software company, announced it had raised $2.8 million in a seed round led by Ariel Maislos. Other investors include Pi Labs, Europe's first and most active Proptech VC, and angel investors Liad Agmon and Meir Gabay. Today, most construction companies, subcontractors, and suppliers in the construction industry still manage tenders manually, making the bidding process time-consuming, expensive, and prone to mistakes. With 15 years of experience in the construction industry, ConWize bootstrap founders Dima Haikin, Ran Levi Sody and Denis Umnov identified the acute need for innovation in the current tender practices. They decided to make a change and introduce digitalization into the tender management process. Their new builders' estimating software helps contractors prevent critical mistakes, win more tenders, and carry out projects more profitably. The seed round follows successful product releases and sales after the company's contractors estimating software earned the trust of some of the largest construction companies in Israel. "Construction technology presents unique growth opportunities," said Ariel Maislos, the lead investor of the seed funding round. "ConWize's SaaS platform solves a critical pain point in the construction process, as tenders directly impact construction companies' growth and success. I am thrilled to partner with this outstanding team as they expand their activities into the European market." Faisal Butt, Founder and CEO of Pi Labs, said: "It has been incredibly exciting having ConWize as a member of the Pi Labs family ever since they were selected to be a part of our 2021 accelerator program. By automating the construction cost estimation and bidding process, the technology helps minimize development costs and make the overall process more efficient to benefit all stakeholders, including developers, contractors, subcontractors and end-users. We are proud to be backing Dima, Denis and Ran, and our investment team is confident that their entrepreneurial and technological skills will see ConWize make major inroads across the European construction sector in the coming years." We have developed the most advanced cloud-based construction estimating program available for construction companies today. Our platform gives a true end-to-end solution for tender departments of general contractors and subcontractors. This construction estimating tool enables to save time and eliminate estimation errors. This new funding will help us scale up our success in the Israeli market and present the most advanced construction estimation software to Europe, starting in the UK." Dima Haikin, ConWize CEO The platform is already in use by the largest and most innovative general contractors in Israel, as well as thousands of subcontractors and suppliers. The platform's cloud-based architecture will facilitate the fast global growth ConWize expects. About ConWize ConWize is transforming the construction industry's tendering process, including bidding and cost estimation. With ConWize's SaaS platform, contractors can estimate projects more accurately, answer more tenders, and win more projects. The platform also offers advanced analytical capabilities, enabling companies to make data-driven decisions and improve their bidding from project to project.

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Truelook releases new innovative jobsite surveillance technology

TrueLook | May 10, 2022

TrueLook, a market leader in construction camera technology trusted worldwide for construction visibility and security, has released an innovative Jobsite Surveillance feature designed to reduce theft at construction sites and minimize the risk for loss of time, money, and equipment. This type of technology is expected to be a complete game-changer when it comes to jobsite monitoring. "This technology is a natural next step for our company and a much needed resource for customers wanting improved security for their large job sites," said Roger Yarrow. "We are pleased and proud to be able to offer a product which solves problems for a wide range of construction companies across the country. We believe that this turnkey new offering will prove invaluable on jobsites, adding an extra layer of security when a job site manager can't be there 24/7." Over the past several years, there has been a rising climate of crime leading to a major influx of requests from customers looking for increased monitoring features (such as human verification and trained professional monitoring). With construction theft increasingly plaguing the industry, TrueLook decided to take their technology to a new level. At the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, construction projects were halted and crews were forced to take a leave for the recommended quarantine period provided by the Center for Disease Control (CDC), leaving job sites empty and making them a target for construction material theft. The National Equipment Register estimates that the cost to the insurance and construction industry each year, due to theft alone, could be upwards of $1 billion. The demand for surveillance on these sites is no longer a luxury - it has become a necessity. TrueLook is responding to that increased demand, which has remained prevalent. TrueLook's Jobsite Surveillance protects job sites by identifying perpetrators in real time, verifying threats, and contacting law enforcement to stop criminals in the act. The new feature works by following these steps: Utilizing TrueLook's Intelligent Motion Alerts, customers can select the areas and hours they want visibility on their jobsite. Typically, these hours are when no one should be on your job site. Customers can also choose to include or exclude certain areas of a job site. If activity is detected in the designated zones during monitored hours, a video-clip of the event will be sent to a trained monitoring representative. The representative will review the clip and determine if the threat is real. If the threat is verified, the representative will contact the customer to verify a legitimate security threat is occurring. The customer can then choose to request emergency services or dismiss the alert. If emergency services are requested, the representative will alert the nearest responders with a description and live video feed of the threat in progress. "The safety and security of job sites are of utmost importance to our customers, Our Jobsite Surveillance functionality provides complete, trusted protection, and ensures projects can be completed without unnecessary interruptions due to vandalism and theft. We are excited to be able to offer our customers that added level of comfort" Jaclyn Kramer, CMO ABOUT TRUELOOK: TrueLook is the only construction camera company to include live jobsite viewing, project time-lapsing, and HD security recording with every camera. TrueLook has pioneered new construction camera technologies for over 20 years, beginning with the world's first Pan-Tilt-Zoom camera in 1995. Their cameras capture over 50,000 construction time-lapse photos every day across the U.S. and Canada and have delivered more than two billion images to 100 million users.

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British tunnelling start-up hyperTunnel backed by VINCI

hyperTunnel | June 14, 2022

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