Nav Expands Executive Team by Appointing New Leaders of Legal, Finance, Engineering and Product

Nav | June 16, 2020

Nav, a free service that gives business owners the fastest, easiest and most trusted path to financing, announced today the expansion of the company's Executive Team to include leaders over the legal, financing, engineering and product departments within the company.

Sandberger is an experienced general counsel with an extensive track record of executive leadership and managing the legal function for companies at all stages of development and growth. In her new role at Nav, she is responsible for optimizing Nav's objectives through complex business transactions and ventures, as well as minimizing legal risk. Prior to Nav, Sandberger worked at Goldman Sachs, Compliance Solutions GmbH, Nature's Sunshine Products, Reckitt Benckiser and The University of Utah.

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SMB manufacturers (small- to medium-sized businesses with revenues between $7 and $700M) are seizing the opportunity to improve their product design and development processes through investments in CAE (computer-aided engineering) or FEA (finite element analysis) applications, according to AMR Research. Introducing CAE in this way effectively brings product design and engineering closer together and reduces the number of required physical prototypes, which can drastically shorten cycle times and reduce costs.


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DEWALT® To Premiere New Innovation for the Commercial Concrete and Masonry Construction Industries at World of Concrete® Trade Show

DEWALT | January 15, 2022

DEWALT, a leader in total jobsite solutions and part of Stanley Black & Decker (NYSE: SWK), the world's largest, fastest growing and most innovative tools and storage company, today announced it will debut several new products supporting the concrete and construction industries from the World of Concrete® TradeShow in Las Vegas, taking place from January 18-20. Attendees at the World of Concrete Trade Show will be among some of the first to test and demo these new products onsite:60V MAX* Cordless SDS MAX Chipping Hammers in 22 lb. (DCH892X1) and 15 lb. (DCH832X1) models Made in the USA Critical Connection Undercut Anchors (CCU+™) 20V MAX* XR® Brushless Cordless 1/2-in. Hammer Drill (DCD805) 20V MAX* XR® Brushless Cordless 1/2-in. Drill/Driver (DCD800) 60V MAX* Cordless SDS MAX Chipping Hammers in 22 lb. (DCH892X1) and 15 lb. (DCH832X1) models Designed for heavy-duty demolition, concrete, and masonry work, the DEWALT 60V MAX* 22 lb. Cordless SDS MAX Chipping Hammer quickly breaks down dense concrete with up to 19.4 Joules of impact energy**. The hammer tackles horizontal and downward chipping for high-performance in mid-to-lower wall and flooring tasks and is also ideal for demanding highway jobs. The midweight 60V MAX* 15 lb. Cordless SDS Max Chipping Hammer delivers up to 10.5 Joules of impact energy** and is highly maneuverable for horizontal chipping in upper or lower walls and concrete surface preparation applications. The hammers deliver precision chipping with 7-position variable speed control and maintain consistent speed under load through built-in constant-speed electronics for steady operation. Both hammers feature an integrated SHOCKS Active Vibration Control® system designed to minimize vibration felt at the handles compared to rotary hammers without this feature. Each is enabled with WIRELESS TOOL CONTROL connectivity for remote activation of the DCV585 60V MAX* Dust Extractor (sold separately) and comes Tag Ready™ providing the ability to attach a DEWALT Tool Connect™ Tag for location tracking via the DEWALT Tool Connect™ app (tags sold separately). The hammers will be available April 1, 2022 as kitted units. Made in the USA Critical Connection Undercut Anchors (CCU+™) When critical mechanical anchor connections are required, DEWALT heavy-duty Critical Connection Undercut (CCU+™) Anchors get the job done. The 3/8-in, 1/2-in, 5/8-in and 3/4-in CCU+™ anchor range combines with Hollow Stop and Undercutting Bits, 60V MAX* rotary hammers and dust extractors for an OSHA Table 1 compliant cordless system that is designed to fast-track anchor installation and reduce dust exposure. Available now in two steel grades, Carbon Steel B7 and 316 Stainless Steel Class 2, the anchors are Made in the USA and compliant with the procurement requirements under the Buy American Act for USDA projects. They are ideal for: Beam, column, and post anchorages Safety related attachments and assemblies Industrial facilities and water treatment plants Transportation structures Equipment supports and utility systems Barriers, guards, and railing mounts Critical overhead anchorages Seismic qualification (SDC A – F) Tension zone / cracked concrete 20V MAX* XR® Brushless Cordless 1/2-in. Hammer Drill (DCD805) and the 20V MAX* XR® Brushless Cordless 1/2-in. Drill/Driver (DCD800) Attendees will also preview the new DEWALT 20V MAX* XR® Brushless Cordless 1/2-in. Hammer Drill (DCD805) and 20V MAX* XR® Brushless Cordless 1/2-in. Drill/Driver (DCD800), both launching in March 2022. In addition, DEWALT will spotlight a wide variety of its latest tools, accessories, and technology solutions at World of Concrete, including the following: DEWALT POWERSTACK™ 20V MAX* Compact Battery: DEWALT is the world's first major power tool brand to use pouch cell batteries designed for the construction industry DEWALT ELITE SERIES™ Accessories: SDS PLUS and SDS MAX Carbide Drill Bits, Diamond† Blades, and Abrasive Cutting Wheels that are Built to Last™ 20V/12V MAX* XR® 3x360 Green Line Laser: Compatible with the DEWALT 12V MAX* and 20V MAX* battery platforms offering versatility across both battery systems Total Trade Solutions™: A new DEWALT end-to-end solution offerings including industry-leading software, products, services, and trainings as tailored for the specific needs and unique challenges of concrete contractors To learn more about DEWALT products, please visit: www.dewalt.com. *With respect to 60V MAX* - Maximum initial battery voltage (measured without a workload) is 60 volts. Nominal voltage is 54. With respect to 20V MAX* - Maximum initial battery voltage (measured without a workload) is 20 volts. Nominal voltage is 18. With respect to 12V MAX* - Maximum initial battery voltage (measured without a workload) is 12 volts. Nominal voltage is 10.8. According to EPTA-Procedure 05/2009 These blades use manufactured diamonds engineered for cutting. World of Concrete® is a registered trademark of Hanley Wood Exhibitions, Inc., which has not endorsed or approved these products About DEWALT DEWALT is obsessed with how users work in the real world and is relentlessly pursuing total jobsite solutions. By incorporating its latest technology and industry innovations, DEWALT is leading the charge for the jobsite of the future. DEWALT products. GUARANTEED TOUGH®. For more information, visit www.dewalt.com or follow DEWALT on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn. About Stanley Black & Decker Headquartered in New Britain, Connecticut, Stanley Black & Decker, an S&P 500 company, is a leading $14.5 billion global diversified industrial with 56,000 employees in more than 60 countries who make the tools, products and solutions to deliver on its Purpose, For Those Who Make The World. The Company operates the world's largest tools business featuring iconic brands such as DEWALT, STANLEY, BLACK+DECKER and CRAFTSMAN; the world's second largest commercial electronic security company; and is a global industrial leader of highly engineered solutions within its engineered fastening and infrastructure businesses. Learn more at www.stanleyblackanddecker.com.

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Gretel Announces General Availability of Its Privacy Engineering Developer Stack

Gretel | February 02, 2022

Gretel announced the general availability of its privacy engineering APIs and services. Gretel’s comprehensive offering enables users to classify, transform and generate the industry's highest-quality synthetic data. Combined, these capabilities remove privacy bottlenecks for a myriad of development and workflow processes that prevent data sharing and stifle innovation. A free plan for developers is available to anyone who wants to get started, and usage-based options are available for larger projects and teams.Gretel has tested its products in an open beta program for over a year, and incorporated improvements to its toolkit based on feedback from more than 60 enterprise engagements, its community of thousands of users, and open source users who have downloaded their SDK over 70,000 times. “We’ve built a privacy toolkit that’s accessible to all developers, and scalable to any enterprise-ready project. With Gretel, anyone can classify, anonymize, and synthesize data that’s privacy-proven and highly accurate in just a few clicks, Gretel’s advanced privacy guarantees also give users complete control to adjust data privacy levels, based on their project needs, and guard synthetic data against adversarial attacks.” -Gretel CEO and co-founder Ali Golshan. Today, working with data is… hard. Gretel is making it easier. By building flexible, secure, and easy to deploy tools to support data-driven developers, Gretel will open a world of progress across industries, said Max Wessel, Executive Vice President & Chief Learning Officer at SAP. Gretel has been working with teams and organizations across industries including healthcare, life sciences, finance, and gaming. Some of their recent work includes creating synthetic genomic data and synthetic time-series banking data. The broad interest in Gretel’s privacy engineering tools is not a surprising trend and is supported by analysts’ forecasts that by 2030, synthetic data will completely overshadow real data in AI models. Gretel is committed to fostering a culture of trust, transparency, and shared knowledge with the public and developer community. They continue to open source their core synthetic data technology and research as well as offer free access to its tools through its Developer tier. Advanced Privacy Engineering Made Accessible With Gretel’s all-in-one privacy stack, developers everywhere can streamline workflows, and access advanced privacy engineering tools to easily Create highly accurate, privacy-proven synthetic data Seed pre-production systems with safe, statistically accurate datasets Identify and remove sensitive data to reduce PII-related risks Augment and de-bias datasets to train ML/AI models fairly Anonymize sensitive data in real time, for data at scale “Asking data-driven developers to exchange real-world data for synthetics requires they not only have a deep dedication to privacy, but also access to simple, intuitive solutions that return value immediately. Gretel provides all of the above and helps simplify privacy engineering,” -Chris Hymes, the VP of Information Security, Data Privacy and Enterprise IT at Riot Games. Gretel is also previewing its AWS S3 connector for its toolkit, and anyone interested in it can contact Gretel directly. For more information about Gretel’s toolkit, see their product overview or visit http://gretel.ai. About Gretel Gretel pioneered Privacy Engineering as a Service and a comprehensive toolkit for generating high-quality synthetic data. Their platform offers easy-to-use APIs, an open-source AI-based core that’s available for free to all developers and individuals getting started, and flexible pay-as-you-go options for production-ready projects as they scale. Gretel’s services can be used through its SaaS cloud offering or CLI for local environments.Gretel is hiring for positions throughout the company. Check out their careers page for a full list of job openings.

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Engineering Firm Psomas Acquires Seattle-based Firm KPG

Psomas | January 19, 2022

Engineering consulting firm Psomas announced today it has expanded its service capabilities and geographic footprint to serve the Pacific Northwest through the acquisition of Seattle-based KPG. KPG, known for its focus on interdisciplinary design, planning and surveying, is now KPG-Psomas."We've become deeply familiar with KPG's caliber of projects, vision and broad range of planning, design and construction services, said Psomas CEO Steve Margaroni. "Plus, over the last several years, we've developed a trusting relationship with KPG, based on mentorship and our similar cultures. It's the ideal time to move forward together. KPG's 100+ employees will join forces with Psomas' employee base of 600+ in 13 offices throughout Arizona, California and Utah. KPG's talented staff adds new strengths that will complement the Psomas brand, including landscape architecture and urban design presence. "KPG is eager to join Psomas because it will allow us to grow and identify new opportunities in surveying, construction management, environmental and engineering, KPG will continue to deliver a high level of services with additional technologies and support." -KPG CEO Sessyle Asato, PE. With a strong project pipeline and a bright outlook for 2022 and beyond, this acquisition signals the strength, resilience and growth in the architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) industry. With the expanded team Psomas seeks to foster environments where team members can thrive while making a lasting impact in the communities collectively served. About Psomas Psomas is an employee-owned engineering consulting firm that serves the Western U.S. with unmatched professionalism, a broad offering of services and a first-class team of professionals. With a rich 75-year history and an eye on the future, you'll find the team mastering sustainable solutions for growing communities with projects in construction management, engineering, environmental and surveying and geospatial services. Psomas embraces a people-first culture that prioritizes work-life balance, social responsibility and a focus on growth and development. Psomas.com About KPG-Psomas KPG-Psomas is an interdisciplinary design firm with offices in Seattle, Tacoma and Wenatchee. In 32 years, KPG grew from an eight person firm to more than 100 professional design staff and became known throughout Washington as a firm that creates innovative public spaces that benefit the social fabric of the surrounding communities. Representative work includes multiple award-winning, transformative projects for the City of Redmond, design of a 20-acre park in the City of Sammamish featuring ADA-accessible pathways, and re-imagining the downtown street systems in the City of Renton.Our work places an emphasis on technically advanced projects that integrate engineering, landscape and performance building design, often with an emphasis on LEED and sustainable principles. Kpg.com

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CONSTRUCTION

Black Buffalo 3D and MAPEI Announce Complete 3D Construction Printing Solution with Launch of Planitop 3D Construction Ink

Black Buffalo 3D Corporation | May 09, 2022

Black Buffalo 3D Corporation a leading provider of large-scale 3D construction printers and MAPEI Corporation a leading construction materials provider for the building industry have announced a strategic research, development, and manufacturing partnership for the 3D construction printing industry. Their first collaboration Planitop 3D is made to work with NEXCON 3D Construction printers for better performance at a fraction of the cost of existing building materials. The combination of equipment and materials will be utilized in the recently announced 200 home community being printed by Alquist 3D in Pulaski, VA. "The Black Buffalo 3D team recognized the need for standardization in materials to drive the next phase of growth in the 3D construction industry," remarked Michael Woods, CEO/COO of Big Sun Holdings, Black Buffalo 3D's parent corporation, "MAPEI was able to enhance the formula our team developed and take it to the next level, outclassing every product on the market – that makes 3D printing homes, buildings and infrastructure financially feasible on nearly every level." Planitop 3D is now available through MAPEI across North America. This cement-based construction ink/mortar was specially developed through years of research, testing, and evaluation by independent and in-house material scientists at Black Buffalo 3D Corporation, MAPEI, and various 3rd party labs including Intertek based in York, PA. Held to the strictest standards and created to increase efficiency on the jobsite and throughout its lifecycle, Planitop 3D is designed to quickly set-up and support every layer printed above it. "MAPEI has always been known for innovation and for helping communities around the nation. The 3D-printed homes and other structures printed with Planitop 3D and Black Buffalo 3D's NEXCON printers represent technology at its most compassionate creating a more affordable housing market, We are proud to be involved in this evolution in construction and housing." Luigi Di Geso, MAPEI Corporation's President and CEO While this is the first public announcement, materials scientists from Black Buffalo 3D and MAPEI have been hard at work for over a year fine-tuning a cement-based construction ink for the 3D construction industry. Milestones already achieved include several 13+ hour print sessions on NEXCON printers by the Black Buffalo 3D team in Elizabeth, NJ, which have been verified by members of the ICC-ES approved lab Intertek. The verification process used stringent testing to the criteria of the ICC-ES AC-509 standard for 3D printed walls. The official results and reporting are expected to be released in the upcoming months. About Black Buffalo 3D Corporation Black Buffalo 3D Corporation is the NY based, US 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 development of groundbreaking 3D construction ink materials. 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.

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SMB manufacturers (small- to medium-sized businesses with revenues between $7 and $700M) are seizing the opportunity to improve their product design and development processes through investments in CAE (computer-aided engineering) or FEA (finite element analysis) applications, according to AMR Research. Introducing CAE in this way effectively brings product design and engineering closer together and reduces the number of required physical prototypes, which can drastically shorten cycle times and reduce costs.

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