The role of technology in the Covid-19 construction recovery

PBC Today | October 22, 2020

A strong housing market has fuelled a recovery in the UK construction sector following the government-imposed lockdown but a number of bigger opportunities may be found in a number of large infrastructure projects. Here, Jonny Hayes, a civil engineering technology expert from The Access Group, explains how implementing the right systems can help streamline many of the day-to-day processes draining resources, allowing teams to increase the speed, accuracy and reporting of their tenders. UK builders reported their strongest monthly rise in activity in almost five years in July, as the construction sector rebounded quickly from Covid-19. This is certainly positive news, with many looking to take advantage of opportunities arising from the Prime Minister’s “build, build, build” rhetoric to survive what is expected to be one of the deepest recessions on record. In June, the Prime Minister announced the creation of a new Project Speed taskforce, led by the Chancellor Rishi Sunak, designed to get Britain building by fast-tracking his party’s election pledges to invest £250bn in infrastructure and deliver key projects faster.


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UES Expands Geotechnical Expertise in the Southeast with Acquisition of GEO Solutions

PR Newswire | July 13, 2023

UES, a national leading engineering and consulting company, has acquired GEO Solutions, a full-service geotechnical engineering, environmental consulting, and materials testing company headquartered in Huntsville, Alabama. Founded in 2003 by Brian Cook and William Kennard, P.E., the GEO Solutions team has successfully completed thousands of projects throughout the southeast in both the private and public sectors. GEO Solution's laboratory is certified by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, ALDOT and AASHTO. Noteworthy GEO Solutions projects include the Bridge Street Town Center, Town Madison, Clift Farm, Village of Providence, United Launch Alliance, The Alabama School for Cyber Technology and Engineering, and the SR255/Blake Bottom Road Interchange. GEO Solutions joins Contour Engineering, GEOServices, Dan Brown and Associates, and Carmichael Engineering in the Southeast Region of UES, led by David Hesterlee, P.E., President of the Southeast Region. GEO Solutions' leadership team will continue to operate the day-to-day business. "GEO Solutions further expands the capabilities of our region, and we are excited with the experience and people that GEO Solutions brings to our Southeast team," said David Hesterlee, P.E. "We're proud to announce the expansion of our presence and technical expertise in the Southeast," said UES CEO Dave Witsken. "GEO Solutions and UES both have built unique cultures that our team members are proud to be a part of, where we can work on exciting projects and ultimately improve the infrastructure and the communities where we live and work. GEO Solutions has a reputation for excellence, dedication, and expertise that aligns well with our culture and vision." "We are very excited by this partnership," said William Kennard, P.E., Partner and Chief Engineer of GEO Solutions. "GEO Solutions can continue to stand out from other consulting firms in the area with access to more personnel, more equipment, and more capabilities. Working in UES and UES' Southeast Region allows GEO Solutions to continue performing at the highest levels, meeting our clients' needs and objectives." With nearly six decades of experience and recognition as the premier engineering and consulting firm in the geotechnical engineering space, UES is well-positioned to serve the needs of commercial, residential, and civic customers across the country. Beginning in 2019, UES' acquisitions have included prominent engineering firms including: Universal Engineering Sciences, GFA International, Inc., NOVA Geotechnical & Inspection Services, Contour Engineering, Wallace-Kuhl & Associates, Construction Testing & Engineering, SUMMIT Engineering, Laboratory & Testing, GEOServices, McGinley & Associates, Geotechnology, Alpha Testing, GSI Engineering, Speedie & Associates, Rock Engineering Testing & Laboratory, Dan Brown and Associates, Carmichael Engineering, Faulkner Engineering Services, Grubbs, Hoskyn, Barton & Wyatt, Riner Engineering, and now GEO Solutions which have made UES one of the largest, most resource-rich organizations of its kind nationwide. About UES UES is a privately held, rapidly growing engineering and consulting firm with nearly six decades of experience in geotechnical engineering, construction materials testing, building code compliance, threshold inspections and environmental consulting. With nearly 3,500 professionals across more than 85 branches in high growth markets in the U.S., UES consults on projects of all sizes for public and private clients across many industries including transportation, healthcare, commercial, education, industrial, and residential. UES was named 'Hot Firm of the Year' by Zweig Group for 2021 and 2022. About GEO Solutions GEO Solutions is a full-service geotechnical engineering, environmental consulting and materials testing company headquartered in Huntsville, Alabama. Founded in 2003 by Brian Cook and William Kennard, P.E., the GEO Solutions team has been involved in thousands of projects throughout the southeast. Project work has included airports, bridges, commercial and municipal developments, multi-story structures, highways and roadways, hospital and medical facilities, light and heavy industrial projects, residential developments, water storage tanks, lakes and reservoirs, water and wastewater plants and other public and private works. GEO Solution's laboratory is certified by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, ALDOT and AASHTO.

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Arcfield Acquires Strategic Technology Consulting

PRnewswire | August 14, 2023

Arcfield, a leading government services and mission support provider, today announced that it has completed its acquisition of Strategic Technology Consulting, LLC (STC), a highly differentiated provider of full-spectrum model-based systems engineering (MBSE) and digital engineering services and solutions. Post closing, STC continues to serve its breadth of commercial and government customers as a subsidiary of Arcfield. STC's comprehensive suite of offerings includes highly complex modeling methodologies, digital twins and software tools that enable next-generation technology development. STC's expert team of consultants delivers products and services that rapidly accelerate MBSE adoption throughout the lifecycle of a development platform, from conceptual design to operations and maintenance support. "As a decades-long leader in MBSE and digital twins, Arcfield has invested heavily in the development, refinement and advancement of our digital engineering and MBSE capabilities to support our customers in their shift from traditional SE&I to an all-digital model," said Kevin Kelly, chairman and chief executive officer of Arcfield. "The acquisition of STC strengthens the capabilities and resources we deliver to our customers. We look forward to welcoming the STC team to the Arcfield family." "Throughout our history, we have been delivering differentiated digital engineering solutions to our customers, enabling reduced cost and improved quality of next-generation technology systems," said Daniel Reineke, president of STC. "Arcfield's position as a prime contractor, reputation as a trusted government partner, and mission-first culture make it the ideal home for our people, products and portfolio of services and will enable us to expand our reach into new customers, capabilities and markets." Latham & Watkins LLP and Covington & Burling LLP served as counsel to Arcfield. STC was advised by Raymond James and represented by law firm Miles & Stockbridge P.C. About STC STC is an industry leading solutions provider in digital engineering and model-based systems engineering. The company's offerings include MBSE-as-a-Service, integrated digital engineering environment (IDEE) deployments, training, and software. STC's customer base includes an array of commercial industry customers, U.S. defense agencies and defense prime contractors. STC has more than 110 employees and is headquartered in Toms River, NJ. About Arcfield Arcfield was purpose-built to protect the nation and its allies through innovations in systems engineering and integration, space and mission launch assurance, cybersecurity, and conventional and hypersonic missile support. Headquartered in Chantilly, VA with 16 global offices, Arcfield employs more than 1,300 engineers, analysts, IT specialists, and other professionals with more than 60 years of collective proven experience supporting missions in cyber and space defense, hypersonic and nuclear deterrence, and warfighter readiness.

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Day & Zimmermann Integrates Multidiscipline Engineering into Service Portfolio, Expanding Capabilities to Full EPC

PR Newswire | August 24, 2023

Day & Zimmermann (D&Z) announced integration of its engineering capabilities within its Maintenance and Construction division, positioning the company to service customers' greater project needs under an engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) execution model across all markets and the clients we serve. The move allows D&Z to offer full-service, multidiscipline engineering and completes its suite of EPC capabilities to support large-scale design-build projects. Day & Zimmermann, the century-old, family-owned provider of construction and maintenance, engineering, staffing, and defense solutions for leading corporations and governments around the world, also continues its expansion into the solar, advanced manufacturing, and semiconductor markets. The company's Maintenance and Construction division was recently awarded a contract with The State Group to support construction of Ford's Blue Oval City Electric Vehicle Center in Stanton, Tennessee. "This is an exciting time for D&Z's Maintenance and Construction division. Our business is growing, we have become ISO 9001 certified, added to our team of industry experts through strategic investments and acquisitions, and now we've integrated engineering services to further expand our project capabilities and better meet our customers' needs," said John McCormick, President of D&Z's Maintenance and Construction division. Recent acquisitions bolstering D&Z's service capabilities include the Ohio-based companies of Davis-Pickering Co. Contractors, a union labor construction company, and River Town Electric, a solar system design, installation, and maintenance service provider for in-ground and roof-mounted photovoltaic solar systems as well as grid-tied, off-grid, and solar thermal systems. Acquisitions within the last five years include Minnotte Contracting Corporation, a Pittsburgh-based union mechanical contractor and construction company, and EMC Canada, a construction company based in Kincardine, Ontario, Canada. Both companies now operate fully as part of D&Z. D&Z engineering services cover many areas including process/chemical; mechanical; electrical; piping design/engineering; instrumentation and controls; civil, structural, and architectural; BIM management; and 3D laser scanning and modeling. This multidisciplinary expertise is leveraged to provide EPC services. With D&Z's Maintenance and Construction division recently receiving its ISO 9001:2015 certification through DEKRA, work begins to include engineering services under the certification with expected completion in early 2024. ISO 9001 certification is a necessary step to work under standards recognized worldwide, pursue bigger projects, and ensure the highest quality engineering work is delivered to customers. "We are building on 120 years of brand equity and reputation for high standards of safety, first-time quality, and cost efficiencies," said McCormick. "We are accelerating momentum for our people, our customers, and our future. We're positioning our business for full EPC capabilities to ensure a place for our children's children to work and to be an asset for the customers and communities we serve." D&Z's Maintenance and Construction division helps plant and facilities owners in the nuclear, fossil, solar, government sector, chemical, advanced automotive, semiconductor, and other industrial markets lower their total cost of ownership by delivering innovative maintenance, construction, and specialty services and solutions. The announcement of integrated engineering services adds to its offerings and makes turnkey construction contracts a reality for D&Z customers. ABOUT DAY & ZIMMERMANN When you've been around for more than a century, you know a thing or two. At Day & Zimmermann, we take our lifetime of experience and make things better. Our 51,000+ employees help bring big ideas to life every day. We're pushing the boundaries of innovation in construction & engineering, operations & maintenance, staffing, and security & defense. And that's not all. Did we mention that we have 150+ worldwide locations with $2.7 billion USD in annual revenue? We put people to work, we protect American freedoms, and we help our customers power and improve the world.

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Saber Power Services acquires Bath Group, Inc.

PR Newswire | July 14, 2023

Saber Power Services, LLC, today announced the acquisition of Bath Group Inc., a prominent engineering and consulting firm headquartered in Corpus Christi, Texas. Founded in 1957, the Bath Group has established itself as a trusted partner for clients requiring electrical, mechanical, instrumentation/control, and commissioning engineering services. By joining forces with Bath, Saber immediately expands its Texas Coastal Bend presence while adding engineering coverage to markets not presently served such as El Paso, Tulsa, and Albuquerque. "We are thrilled to welcome the Bath Group to the Saber Power family," says Saber's CEO Brian Bratton. "As an engineering-led firm, Saber can now offer a more robust suite of solutions that will benefit our clients and lead to significant pull-through work for our Maintenance Services and Field Services divisions." This strategic acquisition marks a significant milestone in Saber Power Services' growth and diversification strategies and solidifies its position as a market leader while doubling its engineering capacity. The acquisition simultaneously provides an end-to-end solution for Bath clients previously tasked with seeking multiple organizations to complete their design, installation, testing, and maintenance projects. About Saber Power Services LLC Saber Power Services LLC is a fully integrated electrical power system services firm offering end-to-end solutions for substations and medium-and high-voltage infrastructure across utility, renewables/battery storage, industrial, and other markets. Saber offers deep subject matter expertise utilizing an engineering-led and customer-centric approach to designing, installing, testing, and maintaining electrical infrastructure. The Houston-based company services customers in the Gulf Coast region, North America, and abroad from its Texas offices in Houston, San Antonio, Orange, Corpus Christi, Midland, Austin, and Dallas-Fort Worth, and Baton Rouge, LA.

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