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New Bootcamp aimed at anyone interested in a career in the engineering construction industry.

Modern Building Services | December 15, 2021

New Bootcamp aimed
A new Skills Bootcamp, part of the Government’s Lifetime Skills Guarantee and Plan for Jobs, is being launched at South Devon College next month.

Following on from the popular Skills Bootcamp in Digital, this new Bootcamp is aimed at anyone interested in a career in the engineering construction industry. The flexible course of up to four weeks gives people the opportunity to build up sector specific skills and fast track them to an interview with a local employer.

The programme at South Devon College has been developed in partnership with Willmott Dixon, Midas, BAM Nutall and Keir Construction. Key elements of the course include renewable energy technology, water treatment, digital construction and commercial management. Participants on the course will benefit from continuous formative assessment for two weeks with one of the four employers through employer hubs.

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L&T Technology Services | March 08, 2022

L&T Technology Services Limited (BSE: 540115, NSE: LTTS), a leading global pure-play engineering services company, announced that it has been recognized as a Global Preferred Engineering Supplier for European multi-national aerospace major Airbus, under its EMES3 (Engineering, Manufacturing Engineering and Services Strategic Suppliers) program and has been awarded with a multi-year contract. The result is an outcome of an extensive Airbus Group assessment of LTTS’ capabilities and expertise across Engineering, Manufacturing Engineering and Customer Services domain conducted over a year. The engagement covers all Airbus divisions, subsidiaries and affiliates. With the EMES3 selection, LTTS has entered into a long-term commitment to provide best in class technology and engineering capabilities to the Airbus Group. LTTS has also scaled up operations across Airbus’ key geographic locations including Toulouse (France), which is poised to become the main R&D Centre of Excellence (CoE), serving LTTS’ wide aerospace customer portfolio, along with LTTS’ strong talent pool of 17,000+ engineers operating out of India and leveraging conventional and digital expertise. LTTS has been a strategic supplier with Airbus global and its India subsidiary for more than a decade, providing engineering services across verticals like engineering, avionics and digital. Last year, LTTS was also selected by Airbus to provide technology and digital engineering solutions for Airbus’ Skywise platform as part of the ‘Skywise Partner Program.’ Under this program, LTTS is supporting Airbus’s global customer base of airlines. LTTS’ offerings to the aerospace sector encompass a wide spectrum of services including Aero Structure & Systems Design, Manufacturing Engineering, Avionics and Software Development, Aero Engine Design, ATM solutions and Airlines & MRO solutions engulfed by its digital solution portfolio which caters to all phases of the aircraft lifecycle. “Airbus Group is our esteemed customer with whom we have had a decade-long relationship which is further strengthened by our selection as an EMES3 supplier. We are delighted to be selected and look forward to #EngineeringTheChange for Airbus and its ecosystem. The latest empanelment is a true reflection of LTTS being a focused technology organization with a strong engineering DNA stemming from the parent L&T group.” Amit Chadha, CEO and Managing Director at L&T Technology Services About L&T Technology Services Ltd L&T Technology Services Limited (LTTS) is a listed subsidiary of Larsen & Toubro Limited focused on Engineering and R&D (ER&D) services. We offer consultancy, design, development and testing services across the product and process development life cycle. Our customer base includes 69 Fortune 500 companies and 57 of the world’s top ER&D companies, across industrial products, medical devices, transportation, telecom & hi-tech, and the process industries.

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Lafarge Canada to Double Recycled Aggregates Volumes Through Key Partnerships

Lafarge | April 22, 2022

In celebration of this year’s Earth Day, Lafarge Canada Inc. is proud to announce the ambitious goal of doubling Eastern Canada Recycled Aggregates volumes by 2025 a set target to supply customers with over 2 million tonnes per year the equivalent to a train pulling 16,000 fully loaded rail cars. The use of Recycled Aggregates alone is a key component of Lafarge Canada’s journey to Net Zero, directly associated with the global demand for sustainable building solutions to support better living standards. “2021 was a record year. Having achieved a 19 per cent growth rate last year exceeding our original ambition of 15 per cent, encourages our teams to confidently work towards our 2025 Aggregates Strategy,” commented Peter Sanguineti, Vice President, Aggregates Eastern Canada. “In fact, we are already looking to accelerate this year’s growth rate, aiming at 25 per cent a 10 per cent annual prediction increase based on our ongoing projects with key partners in Eastern Canada.” Lafarge’s investment in the Recycled Aggregates portfolio is a clear example of the company’s commitment to the concept of Circular Economy, for instance, when producing Recycled Aggregates from demolition waste and returned concrete, Lafarge avoids the disposal of these materials in landfills and presents a sustainable alternative to virgin materials, which are non-renewable resources. “In addition, our high quality recycled aggregates significantly reduce the volume of virgin material to be transported by trucks over time,” commented Marie-Michèle Poirier, Manager, Environment & Land, Eastern Canada, “In order to reuse construction waste and turn it into Recycled Aggregates, we transport the waste directly to stockpiles at cities’ depots, which traditionally is a shorter distance compared to virgin material transportation from quarries to construction sites, resulting in a significant decrease in GHG emissions.” “Our objective is to follow the circular economy's three principles of Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle to build more with less and preserve our ecosystems. In that sense, our efforts are focused on expanding applications for Recycled Aggregates and raising quality and acceptance standards; and at the same time, address current barriers across Provincial and local governments,” affirms Sanguineti. “When you consider the logistics benefits of being close to the market and the need for a trusted outlet for demolition waste, we have a winning recipe.” Partnerships in Eastern Canada Over the past years, in Eastern Canada, Lafarge has supplied Recycled Aggregates to multiple projects in partnership with the Ontario Ministry of Transportation and the Infrastructure Ontario, including Metrolinx and the most recent QEW Credit River project. In addition, lately, the company has been working with subcontractors to Mosaic’s Finch Light Rail Transit (LRT) project to supply Recycled Aggregates in Mississauga (ON). These applications prove the versatility and high performance standards of Lafarge’s Recycled Aggregates portfolio in traditional applications. “In one of our most recent endeavors, we have been supplying multiple contractor partners performing the work for the various projects as part of the City of Toronto Basement Flooding Protection Program, The City primarily uses recycled concrete for trench backfill and bedding as part of the roadwork and their Flood Protection Program upgrades to water and wastewater in infrastructure. 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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

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Embrey Management Services (EMS) Selected To Manage Soneto On Western Apartments in Katy, Texas

Embrey | December 24, 2021

Nationally recognized and award-winning Embrey Management Services (EMS) has been selected to provide residential services for Soneto On Western located in Katy, Texas. The 330-unit community, formerly known as Lenox Grand Crossing, is part of the highly desirable Cinco Ranch neighborhood that is known for being family friendly and provides easy access to shopping, dining and entertainment.We chose Embrey Management Services because of their deep understanding of the market and the exceptional level of service they provide to residents," said Josh Kogel, Vice President for The Praedium Group, which owns the community. "Embrey's background as a fully integrated real estate investment firm and a highly regarded developer allows their team to take a unique approach to property management to deliver an exceptional living experience to our residents. Designed to surpass the high expectations of residents, the one-, two-, and three-bedroom units feature wood-style flooring, gourmet kitchens with granite countertops, smooth-top ranges, stainless steel appliances, deep single-basin sinks and brushed nickel finishes. The luxury residences feature walk-in closets, private yards, patios or balconies, detached garages and full-size washers and dryers. Community amenities include two resort-style pools with sundecks, a large central pavilion and cabanas, a state-of-the-art fitness center, a community work lounge with private workspace, a club room with a demonstration kitchen and a pet park with a dog station. "Embrey is known for building and managing properties that feel like home,We are proud to partner with the Praedium Group as their residential management company to showcase the premier community." -Allyson McKay, Managing Director and Executive Vice President of Embrey Management Services Division About Embrey San Antonio-based Embrey Partners LLC is a diversified real estate investment company that owns, develops, builds, acquires and manages multifamily residential communities and commercial assets in targeted markets across the United States. Since 1974, Embrey has developed more than 44,000 apartments and over 6 million square feet of commercial property. Embrey is a leading developer in the multifamily sector, with more than 6,000 units under construction or in development. www.embreydc.com

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Social engineering attacks are particularly effective and insidious because they use our own cultural norms and roles against us, short-circuiting our ability to easily identify and avoid them. In the infographic below, Avnet has outlined four ways you can identify social engineering attacks, along with steps you can take to neutralize the threats. Feel free to share or redistribute this publicly or privately as you see fit, but please keep the Avnet header and footer intact.

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