Taking aim at the autonomous future

The Star Online | March 18, 2020

In Silicon Valley, it's tough to go two blocks without seeing a self-driving autonomous car, said Steven Hong, chief executive of Beavercreek-based company Oculii. Hong should know. His company is writing software that aims to have a place in the autonomous transportation revolution, helping those same vehicles see better. Beavercreek software business Oculii is developing powerful radar for autonomous systems, including vehicles. Its work has already been recognised by the Dayton Development Coalition as the coalition's 2019 Entrepreneurial Startup. Oculii has a newer facility off Space Drive – across the street from its home of a few years – to accommodate about 30 people working in radar and mechanical engineering, computer science and other areas with a singular focus – to help autonomous vehicles and systems see well. Oculii makes 4D intelligent sensing radars for self-driving vehicles. The systems use the cloud to process and analyse information, allowing radar systems to be more effective, smaller, and cheaper than traditional units.

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Armstrong Steel Shares 2023 Pre-engineered Steel Building Trends

Armstrong Steel | November 28, 2022

The demand for pre-engineered steel buildings is exploding, according to Armstrong Steel. Because of the many benefits that these pre-engineered buildings provide, new industries are turning toward this type of construction for their structure needs. The recently released 2022 Pre-Engineered Buildings Global Market Report showed that the global steel market is expected to be worth $26.87 billion by 2026, which would represent a CAGR, or compound annual growth rate, of 11.98%. Pre-engineered buildings have structural columns, rafters, girts, purlins and sheeting which are engineered and manufactured specific to each building purchased and then assembled on site per the erection drawings and all the parts are numbered to correspond with the drawings. While pre-engineered steel buildings such as the ones manufactured by Armstrong Steel Buildings have been used extensively for workshops, storage, community halls, factories, airport hangars, strip malls and much, much more, they are also in high demand today for office buildings. Pre-engineered steel buildings provide many benefits, including their flexibility in usage, the speed at which they are constructed, and their overall cost. It's only natural, then, that more and more industries are turning toward this type of structure for their building needs. The increased demand for pre-engineered steel buildings in the office space market is a significant contributor to the market's expected growth as a whole. In many developing countries experiencing economic growth and rapid urbanization, these pre-engineered steel buildings are preferred because they are cost-effective and can be erected faster than traditional buildings. The report also states that pre-engineered steel buildings make up anywhere from 75% to 80% of all new corporate and commercial construction. It's no surprise, then, that the industry is expected to experience explosive growth in 2023 and beyond. One of the biggest trends in the steel building industry, according to Armstrong Steel Buildings, is the adoption of green building practices to positively impact climate change. Steel production has traditionally consumed a significant amount of energy and created a lot of emissions. New technological advances are allowing steel manufacturing companies to not only reduce their energy consumption but also reduce their emissions at the same time. Pre-engineered steel buildings are very eco-friendly, too. Armstrong Steel notes that steel itself is 100% recyclable and can be used multiple times over without compromising the integrity of the material. This is yet another reason why pre-engineered steel buildings are a smart investment for any company, organization, or individual who needs a new structure. About Armstrong Steel As a leading manufacturer of pre-engineered metal buildings, Armstrong Steel Buildings takes pride in delivering high-quality steel buildings across North America. Armstrong Steel Buildings has been delivering high-quality steel buildings for nearly twenty years and provides structures to residential, commercial, agricultural, industrial, cannabis, government, and military agencies.

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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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Procore Announces Winners of 2022 Groundbreaker Awards

Procore Technologies, | November 14, 2022

Procore Technologies, Inc. (NYSE: PCOR), a leading global provider of construction management software, today announced the winners of the 2022 Groundbreaker Awards at Procore’s annual industry event in New Orleans, Groundbreak. The Groundbreaker Awards celebrate the companies, projects and individuals that drive excellence across the construction industry. “Behind every great project, there are outstanding people. The Groundbreaker Awards honor our customers who are leading and positively influencing the construction industry on a daily basis, Congratulations to all of the winners of the Groundbreaker Awards.” -Tooey Courtemanche, President, Founder and CEO of Procore. Procore selected 27 companies, projects and individuals as finalists for groundbreaking achievements. Kassy Morris, Head of Procore Construction Learning, presented the nine awards to the winners of the 2022 Groundbreaker Awards: Excellence in Sustainability: Hathaway Dinwiddie Construction Company Excellence in Workforce Development: Roebbelen Contracting, Inc Excellence in Innovation: Truebeck Construction Excellence in Safety: McCarthy Building Companies, Inc Excellence in Community: Blue Door - Construct Groundbreaker of the Year: Atul Paralkar, Executive Director of Business Intelligence | Operational Excellence, Holt Construction Corp. General Contractor Project Excellence: Skanska USA Specialty Contractor Project Excellence: Willmar Electric Service Owner Project Excellence: Duke Energy in partnership with Ameresco & D3Energy. About Procore: Procore is a leading global provider of construction management software. Over 1 million projects and more than $1 trillion USD in construction volume have run on Procore's platform. Our platform connects every project stakeholder to solutions we've built specifically for the construction industry—for the owner, the general contractor, and the specialty contractor. Procore's App Marketplace has a multitude of partner solutions that integrate seamlessly with our platform, giving construction professionals the freedom to connect with what works best for them. Headquartered in Carpinteria, California, Procore has offices in the United States, Canada, and around the globe.

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Rite-Solutions receives three Navy contracts worth $68 million

Rite-solutions | November 25, 2022

Rite-Solutions is pleased to announce it was recently awarded three contracts by the Naval Undersea Warfare Center Division Newport (NUWCDIVNPT), Naval Information Warfare Systems Command (NAVWAR), and Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division (NSWCDD). Over the next three to five years, the three contracts total $68 million. Supporting NUWCDIVNPT’s Code 25 Combat Systems Department, Rite-Solutions will provide hardware and software engineering, systems engineering, system integration and testing, fleet support, and administrative services supporting the AN/BYG-1 submarine combat control system modernization. The contract is worth $25 million. “we are thrilled to continue supporting the Code 25 Combat Systems Department in what has been a long and productive partnership for more than two decades.” -Laura Deady Sr. Vice President Rite-Solutions. Separately, the Naval Information Warfare Systems Command (NAVWAR) awarded the company a $13 million follow-on contract under the Navy’s RAPDS Multi-Award ID/IQ for PEO MLB/PMW 250. Rite-Solutions will continue sustaining and maintaining the DoD IT Portfolio Repository (DITPR)-DON and DON Application and Database Management System (DADMS) IT Portfolio Management system. DITPR/DADMS is used by the DoD to maintain an inventory of all of its hardware, software, and their interfaces. The Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division (NSWCDD) awarded the third contract to Rite-Solutions, worth $30 million. The Rite-Solutions proposal included up to 60 full-time employees, annually. The company will be hiring up to 30 people in the Virginia and DC area. “the Dahlgren center provides the world’s best surface ship command and control systems and we’re very pleased to apply our experience in undersea warfare.” -Laurie Carter, Rite-Solutions’ Senior Vice President of Business Development and Strategy. Rite-Solutions will provide engineering and combat systems integration expertise to the NSWCDD Integrated Combat Systems Department to plan and execute combat systems operations activities in support of current and future Combat System Command and Control functions. Rite-Solutions President and CEO, Dennis McLaughlin notes, these contracts, on the heels of a $77 million contract awarded by NSWCDD earlier this year, are a testament to the expertise and dedication of Rite-Solutions’ employees and the value we provide our customers. About Rite-solutions: Rite-Solutions, Inc. is an award-winning small business specializing in system engineering, software development, information technology (IT), and cyber security for government and commercial segments. Rite-Solutions has offices in Rhode Island, Connecticut, and Washington D.C.

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