Structural Engineering during the Coronavirus

Archinect | April 22, 2020

Cornell Engineers is pleased to announce that, as much as possible, it is business as usual during the coronavirus pandemic. Matt Cornell, director of Cornell Engineers, said, "We have closed our office to visitors to keep our clients and staff safe during this period - but be assured we are working very hard to keep our projects - construction drawings, inspections and damage reports - on track." "Our team are taking extra precautions and we are offering contact-less meetings and site inspections where feasible." "We hope everyone is staying safe and keeping well and our thoughts are with those who have been unable to continue working during the pandemic. Our condolences go to those who have lost loved ones during the pandemic."

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CONSTRUCTION

ISC Launches New Construction General Liability Program for Middle-Market Firms

ISC | February 04, 2022

California-based Integrated Specialty Coverages (“ISC”), a leading, multi-line program administrator that builds end-to-end insurance products utilizing advanced artificial intelligence (AI) engineering and data analytics, today announced that together with carrier partner Sutton National, it has launched the new PREMIUM General Liability Program for the construction industry.The PREMIUM program was designed for middle-market construction firms and is tailored to the specific eligible regions or states. The exclusive program is currently available to select brokers in New York (addressing NY labor laws), New Jersey, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania and California, with Texas coming soon. With the PREMIUM product, ISC is able to provide their appointed brokers a solution for almost all of their contractor and construction firm clients, starting from Project-Specific, and on to STANDARD, PLUS and now PREMIUM. “Sutton National has been an incredible partner to work with,Responsive to the needs of the market, Sutton and our reinsurance partners were able to provide the limits our brokers need to meet their clients’ demands, in particular in the New York and Northeast markets.” -Matt Grossberg, Chief Executive Officer. Shane Haverstick, CEO & COO of Sutton National commented, Sutton National is excited to expand our partnership with ISC into the Premium GL program. He continued, ISC brings a best-in-class team, underwriting-focused approach, and platform sophistication to an underserved market. We look forward to building this opportunity together with ISC and the strong reinsurance panel supporting the deal. ISC is building a one-stop-shop for the construction market, serving brokers nationwide looking to get their clients covered and specialize in the industry. “Understanding the needs of a particular region or state is an important first step wherever we launch the program,” said Wendy Nowosiadly, VP of Underwriting and PREMIUM program manager. “We’re taking great care to be able to serve local markets and provide brokers the coverage, support and expertise they need.” About Integrated Specialty Coverages Integrated Specialty Coverages (ISC) is a leading, multi-line program administrator dedicated to underwriting excellence, client service, and customer experience. ISC has built an end-to-end insurance platform by connecting a broad network of insurance markets and distribution channels with proprietary data analytics capabilities. The firm uses sophisticated technology and analytics to revolutionize how complex programs are underwritten and operated. They are joined by experienced professionals from all spheres of the insurance ecosystem. ISC's strategy is focused on a combination of strategic M&A, data-driven decision making, as well as an innovative means of delivery. ISC provides its partners with high-quality service, competitive commission, and creative product delivery options to help expand their footprint in any desired line or class of business. Please visit: https://iscmga.com/

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ENGINEERING TECH

Tenna Introduces NEW Construction Resource Management Product Suite

Tenna | March 17, 2022

TENNA, the construction technology platform that revolutionizes equipment fleet operations, today announced the release of their construction Resource Management software, spring boarding them even further beyond the competition for total construction equipment management. Tenna is thrilled to introduce Resource Management as a new product offering within their total construction equipment management platform. This industry-specific product is a superior solution to others on the market and is uniquely tailored for equipment and labor resource requesting, planning and dispatching in construction. Tenna is excited to empower construction businesses to streamline their project and resource management operations even further alongside the robust existing functionality in the Tenna platform. This product includes features that are dedicated to the specific parts of the mobilization process that construction companies perform every day to make the best decisions on resource moves, and ultimately gives clear and visible direction to drivers, laborers and other crews to execute on. With over a year of design and development time and supported by in-depth interviews with current customers, this product serves a key need for contractors in their equipment management processes and use cases. “We worked closely with several of our current customers to get their input and learn about their critical needs in a product like this, That’s a key aspect that makes both Tenna and this product unique. As a dedicated partner, we considered our customers’ needs first-hand during our design and development to ensure we built features and functionality that provide a total solution to real construction dispatching and resource sharing use cases. We conducted over 125 hours of interviews with current customers to make this product a reality that would work for them as part of our commitment to their success and satisfaction.” Jose Cueva, Co-Founder and VP of Product at Tenna Tenna’s Resource Management product makes a big impact for contractors because it simplifies a key operational business need – supplying jobsites with mission-ready equipment and operators – making it easier to manage equipment through Tenna as a single provider. It serves the need to request, approve, plan, schedule and dispatch assets and labor resources while leveraging the real-time location, telematics alerts, maintenance needs, and other operational asset insights from Tenna. This allows them to make the best decisions around equipment planning in addition to efficiently approving and fulfilling project resource needs. Resource Management allows contractors to efficiently manage the sharing of equipment and laborer resources across project sites, departments and other locations like the maintenance shop, and allows the project team, dispatching personnel and labor resources to communicate efficiently with each other around equipment moves without picking up the phone. “This product is tailored to construction, as are the rest of our offerings,” says Austin Conti, CEO and Co-Founder of Tenna. “From requesting the equipment and related crews for a project operation, to dispatching tandems delivering materials, to coordinating the lowboy and driver moving equipment from site to site, you can do it all with Resource Management in Tenna. Resource Management is dynamically integrated into our product suite. It allows for accomplishing both complex people and equipment scheduling.” While some providers offer dispatching functionality as a separate, standalone product, Tenna’s resource management functionality is built within the greater Tenna platform, seamlessly integrated, and allows users to leverage the rest of Tenna’s equipment management insights within their scheduling and dispatching workflows within a single system. For Tenna, the release of their construction Resource Management software and construction equipment dispatching functionality further strengthens their already robust platform providing a total solution for contractors and their routine, critical operational needs. Tenna commits to staying ahead of contractor demands to remain the best construction-focused, integrated equipment management solution for the industry. About Tenna Tenna goes beyond tracking. Tenna, is the construction technology platform that revolutionizes equipment fleet operations. We are the standard for the construction industry. We enable you to know more. You get comprehensive, reliable tracking on a unified platform that is designed for mixed fleets. We built our solution on over 100 years of construction experience. With more insight, you can control more. From status to assignee and maintenance, get comprehensive data on your mixed fleet. On your projects, gain more control over equipment utilization, master job costing and oversee your safety and compliance needs. At the office, gain full visibility and improved communications with the field, shop and between departments, providing full transparency from any location and better data to make purchase decisions.

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ENGINEERING TECH

Electreon and ASPIRE Engineering Research Center to Launch Electrified Roadway Demo in Utah

Electreon | March 14, 2022

Electreon the leading provider of in-road wireless electric vehicle charging technology for shared, commercial and passenger vehicles, and Advancing Sustainability through Powered Infrastructure for Roadway Electrification (ASPIRE), a National Science Foundation-funded Engineering Research Center taking on the nation’s electrified transportation challenges to the widespread electrification of all vehicles, announced today they are launching a joint demonstration project. Electreon’s in-motion (dynamic) wireless charging technology will be installed in ASPIRE’s research test track in North Logan, Utah, in summer 2022 to showcase the company’s technology for the first time in North America. The launch of the test bed comes in advance of Electreon’s first deployment on a public road in the U.S. in 2023 in Detroit––a partnership with the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT), among many others. The demonstration will consist of 50 meters of dynamic in-road wireless charging hardware installed in Utah State University’s (USU) test track. Corresponding vehicle side charging hardware will be installed on the Kenworth truck, and power management and charging communication systems will also be included. This site will function as a live demonstration facility for departments of transportation, other government officials, current and potential industry partners, as well as Electreon’s potential and prospective partners and clients to experience Electreon’s in-motion wireless charging as the technology moves to market deployment in the U.S. Electreon will also use this project as a test bed to conduct future vehicle integration programs with automakers. This project marks a significant advancement in Electreon’s and ASPIRE’s efforts toward providing sustainable mobility infrastructure for the nation and the world. “So far, Electreon has already demonstrated its dynamic wireless charging technology in four operational pilots across Europe and now we are thrilled to kick off our first U.S.-based deployment with USU’s ASPIRE, displaying the viability of our in-road wireless charging infrastructure,” says Stefan Tongur, vice president business development for Electreon in North America. “We are excited at the prospect of advancing sustainable charging technology in hopes of supporting the U.S. movement toward an all-electric future. This project will allow us to engage with partners and clients to develop pilot and commercial projects in the whole nation and will allow for ongoing testing in advance of U.S. projects on public roadways, including the recently announced project in Detroit.” This demonstration project collaboration with ASPIRE, in part, aims to validate dynamic wireless charging technology solutions for several upcoming pilot projects that include the Utah Inland Port Authority (Salt Lake City, UT), the Central Florida Expressway (Orlando, FL) and developing projects in several states across the nation. “ASPIRE is excited to work with Electreon in demonstrating the electrified roadways of tomorrow, The groundbreaking work that we are doing here exemplifies our commitment to creating solutions to the issues that are preventing us from electrifying transportation. We believe that our findings will provide the blueprint for the nation’s path to deep electrified vehicle adoption and resulting energy, economic and environmental benefits through low-cost ubiquitous charging infrastructure.” Regan Zane, ASPIRE Center Director Electreon and ASPIRE are also partnering on the demonstration project with Kiewit Corporation, one of the largest and most respected engineering and construction companies in North America. Kiewit will provide expert insight into installation and construction processes for electric roads. “Kiewit is proud to continue our partnership with Electreon and ASPIRE for the deployment of this innovative technology,” says Mike Johnson, Kiewit Sr. Vice President of Infrastructure Markets & Strategy. “The ASPIRE demonstration will be essential in understanding construction considerations around installation and maintenance of dynamic and static inductive vehicle charging on public roads.” The project also includes Kenworth Truck Company, which has delivered a Class 8 Kenworth T680 Classic to USU for the integration with the Electreon system at the test track. “This collaborative effort offers an excellent opportunity to explore the potential of mobile wireless charging. We will discover the amount of energy actually generated from driving the Kenworth T680 over charging plates at various speeds, and collect data for possible real world on-road testing in the future,” said Ryan Reed, Kenworth Director of Research and Development in Renton, Washington. Electreon is one of the only active dynamic charging solutions available on the market today with projects spanning worldwide including the electrified roadways charging 200 buses in Israel as well as other projects in Italy, Germany, Sweden and now coming to Utah and Michigan. About Electreon Electreon is the leading provider of wireless charging solutions for electric vehicles (EVs), providing end-to-end charging infrastructure and services to meet the needs and efficiency demands of shared, public and commercial fleet operators and consumers. The company’s proprietary inductive technology dynamically (while in motion) and statically (while stopped) charges EVs quickly and safely, eliminating range anxiety, lowering total costs of EV ownership, and reducing battery capacity needs—making it one of the most environmentally sustainable, scalable, and compelling charging solutions available today. Electreon works with cities and fleet operators on a charging as a service (CaaS) platform that enables cost-effective electrification of public, commercial, and autonomous fleets for smooth and continuous operation. About ASPIRE The ASPIRE Engineering Research Center was launched in September, 2020 with a $50 million, 10-year grant from the National Science Foundation with its main purpose to support widespread adoption of electric transportation through developing technologies and clearing barriers leading to low cost, ubiquitous charging infrastructure. One of the key aspects of the ASPIRE research portfolio is dynamic wireless power transfer, a research and development area where USU and its ASPIRE partner universities have led advances for many years. The ASPIRE university partners (Purdue University, University of Colorado Boulder, The University of Texas at El Paso, and University of Auckland, New Zealand) are joined by more than 60 industry, government, and non-profit members from all sectors of the electric transportation ecosystem.

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MATERIALS

LandSouth Continues Long-Time Partnership with Developer by Breaking Ground on Presidium Park

LandSouth | December 22, 2021

LandSouth Construction, a Jacksonville, Fla.-based, award-winning general contractor, broke ground for the construction of Presidium Park, an upscale multifamily community in Jacksonville, Florida. The developer for Presidium Park, Presidium, continues a long-time relationship between the two groups. The four-building complex will be located at 8181 AC Skinner Parkway in Jacksonville and is scheduled to be completed late 2023. "It's great to continue our partnership with Presidium and we're excited to offer a beautiful, new development to the growing Jacksonville area,LandSouth and Presidium have come together several times to bring amazing multifamily communities to life. Presidium Park is the next to showcase both organizations' commitment to innovation and excellence." -LandSouth President and CEO, James Pyle. Louis Fegan is the LandSouth project manager for Presidium Park and Brad Chilton is the superintendent, continuing their successful partnership. Dwell Design Studio is the architecture firm for the development. Presidium Park will be a 4-building, midrise, 5-story development featuring 33 different types of units. Future residents will have the choice of floor plans that range from 616 square feet to more than 1,703 square feet, both single and multi-bedroom. Presidium Park will offer residents a clubhouse, two-story amenity center, swimming pool with pavilion, car spa, and several high-end amenities. Presidium Park boasts proximity to area entertainment and restaurants, including St. Johns Town Center. In addition, Presidium Park is close to the University of North Florida. "Jacksonville continues to grow at a remarkable rate and Presidium Park will provide more luxury housing for the people of Jacksonville,Presidium and LandSouth have a long history of bringing best-in-class communities to life and I'm thrilled to lead the way on Presidium Park." -Louis Fegan, the LandSouth Project Manager. LandSouth will employ its unique integrated construction approach to build Presidium Park. Service components work together to provide a seamless delivery system through proven procedures, systems, and technology. ABOUT LANDSOUTH CONSTRUCTION LandSouth Construction, the Southeast's premier general contractor, specializing in multifamily, senior living, and mixed–use development, was named one of Engineering News Record's Top 400. Since 1998 LandSouth has transformed ideas into best–in–class communities. Headquartered in Jacksonville, Fla. LandSouth has completed more than 25,000 multifamily units. For more information, call LandSouth Marketing Manager, Erica Zumstein, (904) 273-3182, Ext. 109 or visit www.landsouth.com. ABOUT PRESIDIUM Founded in 2003, Presidium is a fully integrated real estate firm with an 18-year operating history and an existing portfolio totaling over $2 billion AUM. Presidium is committed to providing best-in-class housing for individuals of all income levels and creating great spaces that enhance people's lives. For more information about Presidium, visit www.presidiumre.com.

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Crafting expert Sophie Maletsky continues her series of STEM/STEAM challenges with this sweet project.  Using gumdrops and toothpicks she demonstrates a fun engineering project to challenge young minds.

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