ENGINEERING TECH

Vita Inclinata Announces Distribution Partnership with Trident Construction

Trident Construction | August 27, 2021

Vita Inclinata (Vita), developer and producer of helicopter and crane load stabilization and precision hardware, today announced Trident Construction (Trident) will be an exclusive reseller of the Vita Load Navigator — included in the Vita Lifting System family. Trident will represent New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut.

Like the Vita Load Pilot, the Vita Load Navigator attaches under the crane and uses the Load Stability System technology to provide heavy duty control and precision to place loads up to 40 tons on construction sites. Even in adverse weather conditions — like high winds from Manhattan's wind tunnels — the system automatically adjusts to keep the load stable and in a precise orientation. The technology operates to keep workers safe while simultaneously increasing efficiency on job sites; it's a safer alternative to using taglines.

"When it comes to crane safety, there are no second chances. Those are the things that keep me up at night," said Trident CEO, Patrick Murphy. Trident, a high-rise and super-structure contractor in the city, owns and operates their own fleet of cranes; thus, sees a huge opportunity for the Vita Load Navigator to keep the project safer and increase efficiency on the job. "Having an automatic system on there that will hold that setting even if winds are acting on it, and a pendant that lets you change the orientation of the load quickly, it doesn't exist right now. It's a piece of rope [tagline] hanging off a load."

"This relationship with Trident is exciting for Vita, and to me on a personal level. Patrick and I share a connection as Naval Aviators, where safety and precision are mission requirements. That connection brought us together for a technology demonstration on one of Trident's high rise construction projects in Manhattan. Seeing the innovation and precision that Vita's products bring to high risk construction sites launched this relationship. We can't wait to get Vita's Load Systems onsite and make a difference with Trident," said Chief Commercial Officer, Shelby Mounts.

About Trident Construction
Trident General Contracting, founded in December 2017 is an Open-Shop Concrete Foundation and Concrete Super-Structure contractor based in Bronx, New York. Trident was formed through the purchase of Advanced Contracting Solutions' assets, contracts, and operates with many of the professionals that gave ACS a stellar reputation. With more than 50 years of combined industry experience and a team of professionals with over $600 million in completed construction work, Trident strives to be on-time and on-budget, high-quality performance.Trident uses leading-edge construction technology combined with good old-fashioned hard work to realize clients' goals and expectations.

About Vita Inclinata
A friend's death during a rescue operation—with a helicopter close but unable to stabilize due to weather and terrain—was the genesis of Vita Inclinata. Founded in 2015 as a way to solve a real problem, Vita today controls chaotic swinging and spin, and adds safety and precision for rotor wing and fixed wing aircraft and cranes. With the mission of "Bring them home, every time," Vita's technology changes the narrative while saving lives, time and money across industries, including search and rescue, military, firefighting, public safety, construction, wind energy, and oil and gas. The company is headquartered in Broomfield, Colorado, with offices in Washington, DC and Huntsville, Alabama.

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The Engineered Stone Group Announces Agreement to Acquire Resiblock

The Engineered Stone Group | October 18, 2022

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Nexamp Provides Non-Wires Alternative Solution for National Grid Substation in New York

National Grid | September 20, 2022

Nexamp, together with National Grid, is addressing increased energy demand at the Coffeen substation in Watertown, New York with the construction of a new solar + storage facility that will eliminate the need for additional transmission lines or substation upgrades through a Non-Wires Alternative (NWA) approach. NWA projects are designed to reduce cost and complexity by using distributed energy resources such as solar + storage rather than relying on more traditional generation and infrastructure enhancements. The Watertown Renewables project features more than 20,000 solar panels generating 8.4 megawatts (MW) of renewable energy and 10 Tesla Megapack systems providing 31 megawatt hours (MWh) of energy storage. Together, the solar and storage components of Watertown Renewables are engineered to give National Grid the ability to call on the system for up to 5.7 MW / 29 MWh up to 25 times per year either from the panels or the batteries. "This project is significant because it represents a number of important firsts, It is our first NWA project and is the result of a lot of hard work and collaboration between Nexamp and National Grid. With solar + storage technology advancing so quickly, NWA projects represent new opportunities to innovate the way we solve demand issues on the grid. As we work on additional NWA solutions in other locations, we anticipate many exciting milestones ahead." -Chris Clark, Chief Development Officer, Nexamp. Watertown Renewables is part of Nexamp's extensive portfolio of distributed solar and storage assets and will also serve area residents through the company's popular Community Solar program, providing energy costs savings to subscribers while delivering a new source of renewable energy to the local grid. This project is capable of offsetting the energy needs of more than 1,000 local residents who get their electricity from National Grid. "National Grid is committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions by increasing the amount of renewable energy on the grid while improving reliability and affordability for customers, Our recently released Clean Energy Vision plan outlines a pathway to achieve a fossil-free future to our energy systems that incorporates renewable sources of energy and storage solutions such as this non-wires alternative in Watertown. Nexamp's expertise in developing and operating energy storage solutions that benefit utilities and communities made them a natural fit for this project." -Brian Gemmell, National Grid's Chief Operating Officer for Electric in New York. Nexamp has dozens of other solar + storage projects already in operation across the Northeast and around the country. As a provider that offers an integrated approach from design/build to owner/operator, Nexamp is a long-term partner to the communities in which it operates. The Watertown Renewables project is expected to be completed early next year. About Nexamp: Nexamp is leading the transformation to the new energy economy with proven solar and storage solutions that make clean energy more accessible for our customers and partners. Our comprehensive solar and energy storage capabilities—including project development and acquisition, design, construction, and operations—enable clean energy savings and benefits for more customers. Nexamp's industry-leading community solar platform makes solar an option for anyone, offering guaranteed savings on annual electricity costs. With more than 1 GW of renewable energy generating assets currently in operation or under construction, we are building a decarbonized energy future. Visit us at www.nexamp.com. About National Grid: National Grid ( NYSE: NGG) is an electricity, natural gas, and clean energy delivery company serving more than 20 million people through our networks in New York and Massachusetts. National Grid is transforming our electricity and natural gas networks with smarter, cleaner, and more resilient energy solutions to meet the goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

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Telegraph Partners With Watco To Streamline Rail Logistics

Telegraph | September 27, 2022

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First Robot Inducted Into Builders Association

SQ4D | December 09, 2022

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