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Universal Engineering Sciences Signs Agreement To Acquire Alpha Testing, Inc., Establishing A Strong Footprint In Texas

Universal Engineering Sciences | November 10, 2021

Universal Engineering Sciences® (UES), a national leading engineering and consulting company specializing in geotechnical engineering, construction materials testing, building code compliance, threshold inspections and environmental consulting, has agreed to acquire Alpha Testing, a professional geotechnical engineering firm headquartered in Dallas, TX, with offices in Fort Worth, Houston, and San Antonio. Alpha Testing's 400-person team provides geotechnical engineering, construction materials testing, environmental engineering and drilling services consulting to commercial, institutional, residential, and municipal market clients throughout Texas as well as Louisiana, Oklahoma, and Arkansas. Significant recent projects include Bois d'Arc Reservoir Dam, the Cypress Waters mixed-use development and the Clements Tower addition at UT Southwestern Medical Center. BofA Securities, Inc. advised Alpha Testing in this transaction.

Alpha Testing President Brian Powell, PE, a 28-year veteran of the industry, will continue to serve in his current position as President, as well as serving as Texas Division President, UES. His existing leadership team will also continue in their roles.Joining the UES family of businesses is an exciting step and a significant milestone in our growth and development, said Brian Powell. This partnership enables us to serve more clients by increasing our reach, offering a broader range of services, and allowing us to capitalize on a diverse range of expertise. Not only will we be able to provide enhanced services to our clients, but this partnership provides greater opportunities for our team members as well.

"Universal Engineering Sciences continues to grow at a rapid pace, both organically and through acquisition, Alpha Testing perfectly exemplifies our approach of partnering with best-in-class engineering firms in key markets, positioning us to grow the business nationally and capitalize on the current and anticipated infrastructure spend. Alpha Testing's top-notch leadership team, excellent client relationships and dedicated team members are a great fit for our culture and our vision moving forward."

-UES Chairman Michael Burke

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. Mergers with GFA International, Inc., NOVA Geotechnical & Inspection Services, Contour Engineering, Wallace-Kuhl & Associates, Construction Testing & Engineering, SUMMIT Engineering, Laboratory & Testing, P.C., GEOServices, LLC, McGinley & Associates, Geotechnology, Inc. and now Alpha Testing, have made the UES family of companies one of the largest, most resource-rich organizations of its kind nationwide.

About Universal Engineering Sciences
Universal Engineering Sciences, headquartered in Orlando, 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. UES is considered a pioneer of the industry and stands at the forefront of emerging technology, best practices, and influential legislature. Projects include both public and private clients, ranging from transportation and healthcare to commercial and education. UES engineers, geologists, certified inspectors, and scientists offer an unwavering commitment to excellence, approaching each project as an opportunity to cultivate enduring relationships with clients. UES has made a commitment to growing through strategic acquisition and organic growth. With the addition of Alpha Testing to the portfolio, UES' presence includes locations throughout the high growth markets in the South, Midwest and West, including Texas, Florida, Georgia, Alabama, North and South Carolina, Metro DC, California, Utah, Nevada, Missouri, Illinois, Kansas, Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee, Mississippi and Arkansas.

UES was named number one on the Zweig Group Hot Firm List which honors the fastest-growing firms in the architecture, engineering, planning, environmental and construction (AEC) industry. With 3,000 professionals across 64 branches in nearly 20 states nationwide, UES consults on projects of all sizes to help deliver needed infrastructure and build safe and successful communities. For more information, please visit universalengineering.com or follow UES on Social Media.

About Alpha Testing, Inc.
Alpha Testing® was first established in 1983 as a professional geotechnical engineering firm headquartered in Dallas, TX, and provides geotechnical, construction materials, and environmental testing. Alpha Testing is a registered Texas Engineering Firm (#813) and Texas Geoscience Firm (#50341). Additional locations include Fort Worth, Houston, and San Antonio, Texas. The company serves clients in Texas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, and Arkansas and is ranked #288 on the ENR's Top 500 Design Firms. Clients include owners of, and consultants to, the commercial, institutional, residential, and municipal market sectors. Alpha Testing works in both the public and private aspects of these end markets. For more information, please visit alphatesting.com.

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FEV Expands Development Capabilities with Launch of FEV.io Intelligent Mobility Software Brand

FEV North America | April 25, 2022

FEV Group is combining its long-standing expertise in intelligent mobility and software development with the establishment of their new FEV.io brand. This move is intended to accelerate and optimize innovative power and interdisciplinary collaboration in the areas of automated and autonomous driving, as well as connectivity of infrastructure, people, and vehicles. The result will be powerful new solutions for intelligent, safe and sustainable mobility. Tomorrow's vehicles will be embedded in the digital lives of their users. Software-driven areas such as ADAS/ADS, infotainment and connected functions will be key differentiators in the user experience. "We have been supporting our customers in the successful development of intelligent mobility solutions for many years, and we see the FEV.io brand as a way to extend the value we provide in this space significantly, This ranges from design and industrialization to the provision of frameworks and tools." Professor Stefan Pischinger, President and CEO of FEV Group. Software upgrades and a constant flow of data between vehicles, infrastructure, people, and the cloud backend, have a significant impact on how modern vehicles are developed today due to their complexity. As such, they also directly impact customer needs and the pace of development. "Our methodologies in scenario and model-based systems engineering provide a unique benefit and help us to master even the most sophisticated system complexity," said Dr. Thomas Hülshorst, Group Vice President of Intelligent Mobility & Software at FEV. This approach allows the company to bridge the gap between the vehicle and ITC (information technology and communications) and deliver state-of-the-art connected solutions with an end-to-end view of the data pipelines from the vehicle to the backend. FEV.io's structure allows it to guarantee an agile and quickly adaptable working model for its customers around the world. Therefore FEV.io is globally presented as a brand in the local organizations and additionally established as an agile legal entity FEV.io GmbH close to the German FEV headquarters in Aachen. Should a customer also require support in energy and mobility system - or even complete vehicle - development, the newly founded brand will work closely with the FEV Group to offer all solutions "from a single source" at more than 40 locations worldwide. In addition, FEV.io will continuously strengthen its expertise with input from the consumer electronics, cloud, and automotive industries; and collaborate in the IT arena with market leaders such as Wipro. Intelligent mobility – FEV.io's range of services: Systems Engineering enables FEV.io to describe digital representations of real systems for its customers in a model-based manner. On this basis, dependencies are identified, and test scenarios are derived, enabling cost-efficient and fast product cycles. Functional Safety & Cyber Security is organized in accordance with all industry standards for connected, automated and electrified vehicles. FEV.io accompanies and leads customers through all development steps. Connected mobility will offer a unique user experience in the future. The provision and connection of vehicle data will help make mobility significantly safer and more convenient. FEV.io develops corresponding ecosystems where cross-domain competence is crucial. ADAS/ADS systems interact with all areas of the vehicle, such as steering, brakes, powertrain and infotainment. At the same time, they also interact with intelligent infrastructure and digital maps. FEV.io supports its customers in mastering this complexity. Infotainment: A seamless and holistic human-machine interface (HMI) is a key point of differentiation for vehicles today. Therefore, the development of cutting-edge display solutions and creative interaction technologies is one of the most important areas of innovation. These systems must enable convenient and effective communication between passengers and the vehicle while ensuring a safe vehicle. FEV.io verifies efficient development and integration into the entire vehicle. SW and EE platforms: Buyers are increasingly opting for a vehicle that is online, seamlessly connects to the user's digital world, and delivers a premium digital experience. To achieve this, hundreds of millions of lines of code, ECUs and electronic components need to be integrated into scalable platforms. This is where FEV.io provides high-quality and robust solutions through its cross-domain system expertise and global presence. SW and EE integration: Future vehicles will have extensive functions for assisted and automated driving, enabled by connectivity and a growing proportion of software and complex algorithms. Greater functionality means, above all, greater complexity and responsibility. Automotive software must be maintainable, updatable, and diagnosable in the context of SW and EE integration. FEV.io enables this while embedding it in a powerful, reliable E/E architecture. FEV.io provides its customers efficient solutions for intelligent, safe and sustainable mobility. Source: FEV Group About FEV FEV is a globally leading engineering and digital mobility company. Together with our customers, we are shaping the future of the mobility sector for sustainable, carbon-neutral and efficient, connected, and safe transportation. Through our in-depth expertise we provide customers and society with cutting-edge solutions for the highest value of mobility and most advanced transport experience from A to B. Our expertise includes intelligent software and sustainable propulsion system development, as well as full vehicle engineering. Additionally, our range of services includes sophisticated systems engineering, cyber physical system development, software- and E/E-integration for software defined vehicles with highly automated and safe driving functionalities as well as vehicle integration. FEV's engineering capabilities span the entire mobility ecosystem including all on-road applications as well as rail, marine, aerospace, agriculture, construction, mining, and industrial applications. Additionally, we transfer our elaborate know-how and innovations to adjacent markets, such as the energy sector, to deliver best-in-class industry solutions.

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Reimagining Michael Baker International to Accelerate Growth and Innovation

Michael Baker International | January 24, 2022

Michael Baker International, a global leader in engineering, planning and consulting services, announced that the firm is implementing a new organizational structure to Reimagine Michael Baker, which will better position the company for accelerated growth and broaden its capabilities, services and solutions over the next five years to execute its vision of evolving to become a full-service engineering and consulting firm. This requires the firm's leaders and every colleague to redefine how the firm will protect and grow its core business in Transportation, Bridge, Water, Planning, Construction Services and other areas, while accelerating growth in Federal and dramatically advancing innovative, technology-based solutions. The firm will also attract new clients who benefit from the company's expanded offerings in the consulting space to grow and provide limitless opportunity for colleagues to develop professionally and personally. To affect this evolution, the company established an Executive Committee (EC) led by Chief Executive Officer, Brian A. Lutes, that will focus on driving the company's strategy of short- and long-term growth objectives. Three newly appointed Presidents join Mr. Lutes and the firm's Chief Financial Officer, Amy N. Davis, to comprise the new EC: Kent Zinn, P.E., S.E., has been promoted to President, Infrastructure James E. Koch, Ph.D., P.E., has been elevated to President, Federal Programs and Services; and Dan Kieny has been named President, Consulting and Technology Solutions. "Our company's goal is to constantly evolve, grow and improve, and our new organizational structure and enabling strategies reinforce our commitment to Reimagine Michael Baker and partner with our clients to uniquely employ various technology solutions to reinvigorate and reinvent our nation's infrastructure, There are myriad opportunities in our sector, challenged by unprecedented complexities, and we must leverage our capabilities to seize the limitless possibilities ahead." -Thomas J. Campbell, Chairman at Michael Baker International and Founder and Managing Partner at DC Capital Partners. Michael Baker possesses long-established relationships with departments of transportation across the country and Federal clients that span its nearly entire 82-year history. The firm has many aggressive avenues for growth with new opportunities within its DATAMARK business, the public safety geographic information systems team within Michael Baker; by leveraging the firm's strong position in the growing broadband infrastructure segment; by capturing more structural engineering projects; by increasing work in Mechanical Electric Plumbing (MEP) and fire protection as well as deepening its portfolio in asset management services, including data processing and analysis, Artificial Intelligence (AI)/Machine Learning (ML), enhancing workflow capability and automation, among others. "To Reimagine Michael Baker, we will boldly move forward with the goal of serving our clients with expanded offerings, harnessing technology that differentiates the solutions we deliver and providing additional personal and professional growth opportunities for our employees, while continuing to reinvest in new training and incentive compensation," -Brian A. Lutes, Chief Executive Officer at Michael Baker International. The firm will encourage initiative and out-of-the-box thinking and provide better recognition and accelerated advancement for its talented people. The firm's strategic intent to Reimagine Michael Baker will require enhanced collaboration among colleagues across the company and bold thinking and action to emphasize deeper connections with its clients to bring to bear the strength of Michael Baker's international expertise and its trusted local relationships. About Michael Baker International Michael Baker International is a leading provider of engineering and consulting services. The firm's Practices encompass all facets of infrastructure, including design, civil engineering, planning, architecture, environmental, construction and program management. For more than 80 years, the company has been a trusted partner, providing comprehensive services and solutions to commercial clients and all branches of the military, as well as federal, state and municipal governments. Embracing emerging technologies and the latest innovations – like intelligent transportation and design-build project delivery – Michael Baker is an industry leader that delivers expertise and quality. The firm's more than 3,000 employees across nearly 100 locations are committed to Making a Difference for clients and communities through a culture of innovation, collaboration and technological advancement. To learn more, visithttps://mbakerintl.com/.

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JS Global Announces the Acquisition of Atlantic Design Group

JS Global | April 21, 2022

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Industry-Leading Collision Engineering Program Receives $700,000 Grant from ECMC Foundation

ECMC Foundation | December 21, 2021

The Collision Engineering Program has received a $700,000 grant from ECMC Foundation to support the growth and expansion of the industry-leading program's efforts. With foundational support provided by the Enterprise Holdings Foundation, the program is designed to attract and develop entry-level talent to fill essential roles within the collision repair industry and enhance retention and advancement among collision repair technicians.With nearly 100,000 new entrant collision technicians needed between 2021 and 2025, according to the TechForce Foundation, the Collision Engineering Program addresses the ongoing industry technician shortage and skills gap. Collision repair businesses are facing unprecedented challenges in growing and sustaining their workforce as baby boomers retire and demand outpaces a declining supply of postsecondary collision technician entrants. 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"We're excited about the innovative, five-semester associate degree Collision Engineering Program at Ranken Technical College which employs an eight-week rotation between on-campus coursework and paid work-based learning, We're proud to support a program that seeks to address the need for a skilled and diverse collision technician workforce and believe this unique institution-led, earn-and-learn model will serve as a valuable blueprint for institutions looking to implement work-based learning programs." -Jennifer Zeisler, Career Readiness Senior Program Director, ECMC Foundation The grant from ECMC Foundation will support phase two of the Collision Engineering Program. Phase one focused on piloting the program at four schools across the country. Phase two will build upon the efforts of the pilot program, establishing at least four additional partner colleges over the next three years. 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Chief Collision Technology, one of the world's largest manufacturers of high-quality collision repair products and services, is providing a MULTIMIG Aluminum Welder—valued at $12,000—to the College of Lake County in Grayslake, Illinois. The machine, used widely across the repair industry, will provide students with in-depth knowledge and experience working with real-world equipment. Mitchell International, an Enlyte company and leading technology and information provider for the P&C claims and collision repair industries, is offering its full suite of repair solutions to each of the four participating schools. The in-kind donation—valued at $150,000—includes Mitchell Cloud Estimating with Integrated Repair Procedures, Mitchell TechAdvisor and its OEM-licensed repair data, and the Mitchell Diagnostics platform for scanning and calibration. 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