X-energy to work with Ontario Power Generation to advance the engineering and design work of the Xe-100 small modular reactor technology in Canada

X-energy | October 07, 2020

X-energy is pleased to work with Ontario Power Generation (OPG) to further advance the engineering and design work of the Xe-100 small modular reactor (SMR) technology for use in Canada. In a release earlier today, the Ontario utility announced plans to "advance the design and engineering of grid-scale reactors," including X-energy's Xe-100. "It is a privilege to be working with OPG to advance the engineering work in Canada for our Xe-100 design," says Clay Sell, X-energy's CEO. "OPG has demonstrated incredible leadership in advancing reliable and affordable low-carbon power options." Ken Hartwick, OPG President and CEO said, "OPG is leveraging more than 50 years of nuclear experience to support the development of carbon-free nuclear technology." He also stated, "SMRs will play a key role in helping to re-invigorate Ontario's economy and further support the province and Canada as they work toward meeting their climate change targets of zero-emission electricity." The announcement follows a due diligence process by OPG in collaboration with other major energy utilities for SMR development in Ontario that would pave the way for the potential deployment of SMRs in other jurisdictions.

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GameAbove Funds a New Park and Outdoor Event Space at Eastern Michigan University

GameAbove | June 16, 2022

The Eastern Michigan University alumni group, GameAbove, donates $610,000 to the GameAbove College of Engineering and Technology for a new upscale 38,000 sq. ft. park on the University's campus. Land construction began in the spring 2021 and is scheduled for completion for the fall semester and start of the 2022 academic year. The new park is on the site of the former president's house between Goddard Residence Hall and Sill Hall, which more recently housed a sorority. The redevelopment plans cover the area south of Legacy-Sponberg Theatres to West Forest Avenue. The newly landscaped space around the south side of Sill Hall toward Lowell Street will offer outdoor studying and a gathering area for students and faculty. EMU selected Michigan-based civil engineering company PEA Group to lead the redevelopment. "We are excited to bring this amazing space to the campus," said Karen LeVert, GameAbove advisory board member. "The renovated Sill Hall offers an incredible academic experience for students pursuing their degrees in STEM-related fields. We want to help extend the innovative design to the outside areas surrounding the building, and that is our goal here with the new park." Along with LeVert, other GameAbove members who contributed to planning the project are Jeff Bourdon, Jack Brusewitz, Chris Kaufman, and Craig Petersmark. Features of the new park include: More than 45 new trees and shrubs, including seasonal flowering trees Amphitheater Nine seating walls Paved circular drive Planters Up to six new sculptures Beautification efforts such as the new park enhance the visual appearance on campus and help with recruiting new students and retaining existing students. Students want their learning environments to be inviting and stimulating, and we will accomplish that with this amazing new outdoor space with the help from GameAbove. We are incredibly grateful for their continuous support of the college and entire University." Mohamad Qatu, dean of GameAbove College of Engineering and Technology The donation expands on GameAbove's commitment and partnership with EMU and its College of Engineering and Technology. Since its launch in 2019, GameAbove has committed more than $30 million to EMU, supporting or creating programs that spark innovation and academic advancement. Some of those programs include enhancing faculty enrichment, supplying financial aid to students, and building and improving new facilities that advance student-athlete achievements at EMU. GameAbove also supports programs to encourage STEM learning in school-aged children and partners with nationally recognized organizations that enable youth to explore an education and career path in STEM. About GameAbove GameAbove at EMU's primary focus is to help shape, inspire and support the current and future students at Eastern Michigan University by reaching new heights in learning through transformation and inspiration in the educational experience. GameAbove aspires to help improve the higher education experience by exploring and supporting innovative financial models to sustain universities, enhancing the campus environment, elevating athletics, promoting pioneering academic programs, and creative giving within the community. About the GameAbove College of Engineering and Technology The GameAbove College of Engineering and Technology provides world-class experiences in engineering, technology, cybersecurity, autonomous vehicles, drone technology, gaming, aviation, and other areas of study in high-demand career fields. It is within the college's mission to cultivate individuals' intellectual and personal growth through research-informed education and diverse programs that emphasize the practical application of scientific knowledge. About Eastern Michigan University Founded in 1849, Eastern is the second oldest public university in Michigan. It currently serves more than 16,000 students pursuing undergraduate, graduate, specialist, doctoral and certificate degrees in the arts, sciences and professions. In all, more than 300 majors, minors and concentrations are delivered through the University's Colleges of Arts and Sciences; Business; Education; Engineering and Technology; Health and Human Services; and, its graduate school. EMU is regularly recognized by national publications for its excellence, diversity, and commitment to applied education.

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CONSTRUCTION

Extracker to showcase innovative COR communication platform at ENR FutureTech

Extracker | June 03, 2022

Extracker, the construction industry's only change order communication platform, which supercharges manual workflows and connects companies outside of their internal-facing financial software, will exhibit its innovative COR and digital T&M Tag platform at ENR FutureTech, June 8-10 in San Francisco. ENR FutureTech is the construction industry's premier technology forum for connecting with leaders in the construction tech, architecture and engineering spaces. The two-day event will focus on exploring the latest innovations in construction technology. For general contractors, subcontractors and project owners to effectively communicate Change Orders and minimize risks, they need a digital platform that streamlines these processes. As we continue to help the industry make massive efficiency gains, digital CORs and T&M Tags are a way for every stakeholder involved, from project teams to executive leadership, to create, track and share COR data in one place." Cameron Page, founder and CEO of Extracker "Especially in times of tighter margins for the industry, Extracker provides contractors a necessary tool that creates consistency and transparency on project financials, so all stakeholders can stay up-to-date on Change Orders and cost exposure at all times." As a cloud-based software, Extracker helps contractors organize change order communication to speed up processing time, close out extra work faster, and maintain better customer relationships. This year, Extracker has announced several upgrades and integrations that will empower contractors to eliminate unnecessary risks, stay on budget and increase transparency between all stakeholders throughout the lifecycle of a project. "At Extracker, we are always evolving and finding innovative ways to better equip our customers with the tools they need." Page said. "With our presence at ENR, we want to show Innovation and IT leaders that Change Orders don't have to cause headaches or waste time. They can be finished in real time and with greater accuracy with the click of a button." About Extracker Extracker's mission is to help the commercial construction industry get extra work processed and closed faster in order to reduce risk, waste less time, and increase transparency. This is done through the industry's only Change Order Communication Platform, which supercharges extremely manual workflows and connects companies outside of their internal financial software to resolve change orders in real-time. Along with a collaborative cloud-based log, Extracker includes digital Time and Material Tags, standardized Change Order Templates, trackable Change Notifications, and more, to organize and streamline the process.

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CONSTRUCTION

XCMG Ranks in Top Three in KHL Group's Yellow Table for Second Consecutive Year

XCMG | June 07, 2022

XCMG is ranked among the top three original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) in the world for the second consecutive year, according to the Yellow Table published by International Construction Magazine, a subsidiary of global construction media company KHL Group. Furthermore, XCMG's aerial work platform also ranks fifth worldwide in the Access M20 Manufacturers list. XCMG has performed well in other global performance indicators, with mobile canes and horizontal directional drilling ranked first, tower cranes ranked second, truck-mounted cranes and road machinery ranked third for the first time, mine surface excavation equipment ranked top five, and complete sets of piling machinery and concrete machinery ranked first. XCMG's excavation equipment ranks second in China and sixth in the world and has exceeded 200,000 units in production and sales. Additionally, XCMG's has made the industry's first position of lifting fire trucks and boom-type aerial work platforms more stable, improving profitability. Revenue for small construction machinery and forklifts increased by 50% and 258% respectively year-on-year. XCMG's new maintenance base is also in operation, with the asphalt station and chassis maintenance products ranking among top two in the industry. Not only has XCMG's operating income reached a record high, the revenue balance across different product categories has also become more even." Wang Min, CEO and Chairman of XCMG Internationalization of markets In 2021, despite obstacles presented by the pandemic, XCMG expanded to overseas markets and achieved export revenue exceeding RMB 13 billion, a year-on-year increase of more than 90%. Other international achievements also include investing USD 99 million in North American market expansion, winning a contract for a large order of cranes worth RMB 100 million in Asia-Pacific, deploying almost RMB 200 million of large-scale open-pit mining equipment to Africa, supplying 500 excavators to Southeast Asia and delivering over 100 aerial work platforms to North America. Additionally, XCMG Brazilian manufacturing base is making breakthroughs in the South American construction machinery market. In 2021, its production and sales volume saw a more than 200% year-on-year increase and its operating scale increased by 198% year-on-year. "The development goal of our Five-Year Plan is to ensure that income from internationalization is no less than 40%," Wang added. Driving industry change As a world leader in the construction machinery industry, XCMG's vision is driven by long-term investment and high-level innovation in research and development into the technology surrounding its equipment. In recent years, XCMG has continued to strengthen its innovation capacity and develop leading scientific and technological research. Among its products are the world's largest tower crane XGT15000-600S, the world's largest rear-drive mining dump truck DE440, super-large mining grader GR5505, and domestic tonnage loader XC9350, which form part of its extensive catalog of high-quality machinery.

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ENGINEERING TECH

HFA Architects and Engineers, LaFreniere Architects Form Strategic Alliance

HFA Architects & Engineers | June 17, 2022

HFA Architects and Engineers and LaFreniere Architects are joining forces to help clients seize new opportunities in mixed-use and multifamily residential development. The strategic alliance combines HFA's fully integrated approach to architecture, engineering and construction with LaFreniere's expertise in designing apartments, condos, hotels and other buildings that encourage engagement. LaFreniere Architects was founded by John LaFreniere, AIA, NCARB, Principal, who studied sociology at Cornell University before earning his master's degree in architecture from Harvard. Services include: Full service architectural and interior design Development feasibility studies Site planning and 3D modeling Structural and MEP/FP engineering Permitting assistance Construction administration Collaborating on multifamily projects in New England has already been an immediate win-win for both firms, said Ed Damphousse, an HFA Client Partnerships Lead based in Franklin, Massachusetts. HFA has been able to rapidly accelerate its growth into the mixed-use and multifamily markets, with existing and new clientele, by elevating its expertise through its alignment with LaFreniere Architects. HFA provides LaFreniere with additional horsepower, integrated in-house engineering, and the ability to pursue larger projects in an expanded geography. Working together has been seamless and we are extremely excited about what the future holds for this collaboration." Ed Damphousse, an HFA Client Partnerships Lead based in Franklin, Massachusetts The two entities will continue to operate independently, but their collaborative work will run through HFA's 50-person studio in Franklin, Massachusetts, under the guidance of Aksel Solberg, HFA Development Design Studio Lead, AIA, NCARB, and John LaFreniere, who is based in Cambridge. Additional key team members include HFA's James Owens, Vice President, AIA, NCARB, and Giancarlo Botazzi, Discipline Lead / Sr Structural Engineer, P.E., SECB; as well as LaFreniere Architects' Sadmir Ovcina, a veteran architectural designer.  The multidisciplinary collaboration stands to help developers cope with one of their biggest challenges—rising construction costs, LaFreniere noted. "When you work with a close-knit team with broad-based expertise, you're more likely to have well-coordinated design and construction documents, fewer change orders and a faster process," he said. Integrative collaboration is even more critical now that complex housing engineering systems are set to play a more prominent role, the architect explained. In the Northeast and around the country, tough new building codes call for fresh-air ventilation, unified heat pump systems, extensive building insulation and other changes. "Efficient, integrated engineering has become much more important—you have to make sure these new systems aren't fighting each other," LaFreniere said. "There's a staggering amount of detail that must be thought through during the design process." In addition, the alliance builds proactive cost-containment strategies into the planning process from the outset, Damphousse said. "Right out of the gate, the HFA and LaFreniere teams see these projects as business challenges, not just architectural ones," he said. "The goal is to design the building to the requirements of the pro forma, not 'value engineer' late in the game." But multifamily and mixed-use properties also need to stand out in today's highly competitive marketplace, marked as they are by rooftop decks, hotel-like lobbies, open-floorplan coworking spaces and more, LaFreniere notes. "Today, granite countertops, open kitchens and high-end fixtures are becoming the norm even in entry-level housing," he said. "And in general, common areas need to be much more inviting. We are constantly looking for ways to enliven these experiences and create community. We're also learning valuable lessons about how to execute these strategies cost effectively."

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In this video, we will discuss "Civil Vs Mechanical Engineering." These two majors start off are very similar in college but then become very different. Civil engineers branch off into their subfields including structural engineering, geotechnical, water resources, and transportation. Mechanical engineers focus more on heat transfer, fluid mechanics, dynamic systems, etc.

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