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Oceaneering to Team with Collins Aerospace, ILC Dover on NASA’s Next-Generation Spacesuit Program

Oceaneering Space Systems | June 13, 2022

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Oceaneering International announces that Oceaneering Space Systems (OSS), a division of the Aerospace and Defense Technologies segment, will serve on a team led by Collins Aerospace (Collins), a Raytheon Technologies business selected by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) to develop next-generation extravehicular spacesuits.

NASA is enlisting commercial partners to develop, build, and maintain new spacesuit technology. The Collins team, which also includes ILC Dover, has decades of experience supplying spacesuits to NASA. Collins is one of two companies that received access to a NASA contract for Extravehicular Activity Services (“xEVAS”) worth up to $3.5 billion over 12 years to supply spacesuits for future missions.

Next-generation spacesuits require new technologies for missions targeted to begin as early as 2025 through 2034. These new suits are expected to allow astronauts to work outside the International Space Station, explore the lunar surface on Artemis missions, and prepare for human missions to Mars. Additionally, the suits are expected to accommodate nearly every astronaut body type, provide added flexibility to allow for increased mission times, and be adaptable to evolving technology enhancements as required.

“These suits will provide a better fit and comfort for the astronauts, increasing their mobility to safely operate on the surface of the moon,” said Carl Walz, former NASA astronaut and longtime Director of Business Development for OSS.

We are thrilled to work alongside teammates Collins and ILC Dover on this xEVAS contract to deliver the most capable spacesuit systems possible to get NASA astronauts to the moon and beyond. This award builds upon Oceaneering’s longstanding relationships with Collins, ILC Dover and NASA and its experience in prior spacesuit programs. Oceaneering has proudly enabled successful space missions for NASA alongside our industry partners for over 40 years, delivering thousands of products and mission support for the Space Shuttle, the International Space Station, and its international partners’ extravehicular activity.”

Rod Larson, President and Chief Executive Officer

About Oceaneering Space Systems
Oceaneering Space Systems is a leader in specialized engineering for harsh environments from sea to space. We complete turnkey design, development, manufacturing, certification, maintenance, testing and sustaining engineering for space-based robotics and automation, satellite servicing tools and equipment, human space flight systems and thermal protection systems. Our diverse engineering experience and precision manufacturing capabilities enable us to deliver product quality and mission assurance while maintaining an uncompromised focus on safety.

Oceaneering is a global technology company delivering engineered services and products and robotic solutions to the offshore energy, defense, aerospace, manufacturing and entertainment industries.

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Trimble Construction Cloud Powered by Microsoft Azure Launches at Trimble Dimensions+ Conference

Trimble | November 08, 2022

Trimble (NASDAQ: TRMB) today announced the launch of Trimble Construction Cloud powered by Microsoft Azure, an industry cloud to streamline construction projects. Trimble Construction Cloud was developed as part of Trimble's collaboration with Microsoft to advance technology adoption and accelerate the digital transformation of the construction, agriculture and transportation industries. Trimble Construction Cloud takes advantage of Microsoft Azure services including Logic Apps, Azure DevOps, and Azure Kubernetes Service. The platform links project teams, data, processes and multiple stakeholders—such as general contractors, subcontractors, designers, engineers and owners—across all phases of construction projects. Connecting people, processes and workflows enables projects to be completed better, faster, safer, cheaper, and greener. By providing seamless collaboration from the field to the back office, Trimble Construction Cloud provides a trusted environment where transparency and actionable data are the new norm. It is also the sole construction industry cloud for Microsoft customers. "Trimble Construction Cloud enables customers to accelerate and deliver improved business outcomes with data from native Trimble and ecosystem of services, It empowers project teams to design, construct, operate, collaborate and learn with live data sharing. This unique approach leverages connected workflows, precise spatial data and constructible models to modernize the entire ecosystem and accelerate customer success. We're excited to help customers and partners achieve more productively and sustainability than before." -Jennifer Lin, senior vice president and chief platform officer for Trimble. Trimble Construction Cloud will launch as the cloud solution powering Trimble Construction One, a purpose-built connected construction management offering that includes rich field data, estimating, detailing, project management, finance and human capital management solutions. Non-Trimble Construction One users can subscribe to Trimble Construction Cloud independently as a separate service. Trimble Construction Cloud includes four main functions designed to automate the flow of data and decision-making for more efficient and predictable business outcomes: Common Data Environment: Task-specific point solutions have created the fragmentation of data and losses in handoffs, as construction is increasingly a mixed fleet world with different equipment, technology, software and information—each of which handle different parts of the construction lifecycle. Trimble Construction Cloud features one centralized, common data environment that connects the office with site operations tools, enabling Trimble and non-Trimble solutions to automatically integrate into one usable data set. This provides enhanced data visibility and unites stakeholders across jobs, teams and departments with the right information at the right time to make the right decisions. Configured and Custom Workflows: Despite the number of repetitive tasks inherent to construction, most contractors still run their businesses manually, which is time-consuming and error prone. Trimble Construction Cloud solves this challenge with configured and customizable workflows that help project teams automate different aspects of their business with commonly used workflows, as well as by building and deploying their own around critical job roles and specific business objectives. The cloud's three configured workflows include a model-to-procurement built for Mechanical, Engineering and Plumbing (MEP); a model-to-fabrication for structures; and a civil bid-to-build for site management. Live Data/Model Sharing: Collaborating across projects in real-time has always been difficult for project teams. Trimble Construction Cloud provides customers with the ability to subscribe to unique capabilities across Trimble and non-Trimble solutions such as Microsoft Teams that serve to enhance and facilitate collaboration across project teams. The Live Sharing capability allows for real-time model collaboration for both Trimble and non-Trimble solutions. With Live Sharing, multiple users can be in several Trimble solutions—such as Quadri, Trimble Connect and Tekla—and view model changes as they happen. Users with non-Trimble solutions can also collaborate in the same modeling process as well. Trimble Developer Portal: Instead of reaching out to various organizations within a business to gain access to a report or specific type of data, Trimble Construction Cloud centralizes the discovery, learning, provisioning, support and successful application of APIs through the Trimble Developer Portal. An easily accessible, centralized portal is designed to facilitate faster onboarding and integration leading to more productive developer experiences. "Cloud-based solutions are designed to take industries to the next level to compete in today's marketplace, Trimble Construction Cloud connects disparate systems and provides new workflows, so stakeholders have the visibility and fluidity they need to further enhance digital transformation." -Casey McGee, vice president of Global ISV Sales, Microsoft. 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.

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Placer Solutions Joins AXA XL Construction Ecosystem as Preferred Partner

Placer Solutions | November 22, 2022

Placer Solutions, a consulting firm focused on driving change and accelerating technology adoption in construction, today announced a new partnership with AXA XL Insurance, a leading provider of global commercial insurance. Under the terms of the agreement, Placer Solutions will join the AXA XL Construction Ecosystem as a preferred partner in a network of products and services focused on advancing technology adoption, leveraging data to solve customers’ problems, enhancing risk management and supporting business goals. The construction industry is at a crossroads when it comes to emerging technology and new ways of doing work. Historically, the industry has been slow to adopt new tools and technologies and has experienced stagnant productivity as a result. With more agile ways of addressing operational demands using emerging technologies, modern construction firms could achieve productivity gains up to 40 percent, similar to peer industries. Placer Solutions is addressing this challenge by taking a field-first approach that shines a light on field and project organizational networks in construction companies, which improves strategic planning and the tactical implementation of technology solutions. “Placer Solutions has a deep understanding of the construction ecosystem, specifically how the industry’s field-based and project-based nature can make enterprise-wide programs difficult in practice, The greatest technologies in the world are most effective if embraced by the culture of the industry they serve. By partnering with a company like Placer Solutions, we enable our customers to focus on the human element that drives technology adoption, which will result in them having a more robust technology adoption roadmap.” -Rose Hall, Senior Vice President, Head of Innovation, Americas at AXA XL. Placer Solutions has been selected to help support the Construction Ecosystem as an AXA XL-endorsed consulting firm who will work with their construction customers on technology change management. As part of the Construction Ecosystem, Placer Solutions will offer a customized Field Assessment to AXA XL customers, which leverages a proprietary network analysis approach to highlight and profile key groups of individuals in a construction firm’s operations. Previous clients of Placer Solutions have included Top Engineering News-Record (ENR) contractors who have used results from the assessment to improve strategic technology planning and inform product selection. “AXA XL’s leadership in bringing together construction’s fragmented value chain to solve big problems is exactly what the moment demands, We look forward to working with AXA XL’s customers. brokers and other business partners in our shared journey to modernize the industry and deploy new solutions that can address the needs of our industry’s workforce in meaningful ways.” -Nate Fuller, Founder of Placer Solutions. About AXA XL: AXA XL, the property & casualty and specialty risk division of AXA, provides insurance and risk management products and services for mid-sized companies through to large multinationals, and reinsurance solutions to insurance companies globally. We partner with those who move the world forward. About Placer Solutions: Placer Solutions is a management consulting firm focused on building high performance teams and improving technology adoption across the construction industry. Experience shows that successful change initiatives require up to 10 percent of an organization’s involvement – in construction, that’s mostly field users and project stakeholders. Placer Solutions’ unique Field Assessment goes beyond usual suspects to surface the embedded leaders and networks of employees who make change initiatives successful in construction. They have one of the largest databases of construction field personas and a network of contractors, suppliers, owners, and technology start-ups to help in their client’s needs.

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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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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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