Paves way for unfathomable materials — ScienceDaily

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Manufactured polymers are ubiquitous in our 21st Century lives. The large molecules — long chains of smaller molecules bonded together, form any synthetic clothing you might be wearing, rubbers and glues, and anything made of plastic.

However, the material properties exhibited by humanmade polymers, rely on the sequence order taken by individual molecules making up the polymer chain. For example, a polymer chain made up of A, B, and C molecules could potentially take the form of A-B-C-B-A or A-C-A-B-B etc. Each different polymer could possess vastly different properties, which may or may not be of use to society.

Until now, material scientist have relied on mixing solutions, such as A, B, and C together, and witnessing the resultant polymer form — severely limiting the development of new materials.

Thanks to Hiroshima University researchers, we no longer need to rely on fate to determine such materiality. Professor Takeharu Haino and Dr. Takehiro Hirao from HU’s department of Chemistry have developed a way to precisely define polymer-chain order — opening up the exciting potential of developing currently unimaginable materials.

Taking their cue from nature, where structurally well-defined biopolymers are the norm, e.g. in DNA and genes where slight variations to the order of a small number of organic molecules gives rise to the diverse spectrum of life, they have developed a self-sorting strategy that regulates the order molecules take when forming long chain polymers.

The new molecule linking process can be imagined as three distinct railway wagons, each possessing two unique couplers at either end that only permit them to be hitched in a particular order. When the correct order is achieved a train of unlimited length and complete regularity is possible.

In reality, three distinct monomer molecules were synthesized in the HU lab. Each one different from the other, they in turn each possessed two distinct bonding sites located at opposite ends of the molecules.

Solutions made up of these new molecules, mixed in stages, formed couplet solutions. Molecule 1 bonded with molecule 2 to form a solution made up of 1-2 molecules. Molecule 2 bonded with molecule 3 forming a 2-3 solution, and molecule 3 bonded with molecule 1 to form a 3-1 solution.

When these 1-2, 2-3, and 3-1 couplet molecules were then mixed in solution, they self-sorted to form a long chain polymer in the form of 1-2-3-1-2-3 etc. A regular polymer sequence that is predetermined and self-sorting.

This is a completely new way of making polymers. While previous synthetic polymers involved simple covalent bonding, where molecules shared electrons to bind them together, this system uses highly specific “grabber” ends on each molecule that bond with only one type of “pin” end on another molecule.

Professor Haino points out that the resulting polymer is not simply a molecule, but a molecular complex — a supermolecule. This new supermolecule production method completely and accurately predicts the makeup of the end product and can be manipulated and redesigned to give new humanmade polymers with properties that could prove very useful for society.

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Wall St edges up on financials as Fed eyed

NEW YORK (Reuters) – U.S. stocks closed slightly higher on Tuesday but trading was in a narrow range with financial stocks providing the biggest boost ahead of the conclusion of the Federal Reserve’s two-day policy meeting.

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Financials, industrials power S&P, Dow to record highs

(Reuters) – Wall Street hit new life highs on Monday powered by financials, technology and industrials stocks even as investors await cues from the Federal Reserve on its future path of monetary policy.

Shares of the major banks Bank of America (BAC.N), Morgan Stanley (MS.N) and Citigroup (C.N) were up more than 1 percent.

Boeing (BA.N) and Caterpillar (CAT.N) rose more than 1 percent, providing the biggest boosts to the Dow, while Nvidia’s (NVDA.O) near 5 percent increase pushed the Nasdaq higher.

The major indexes have been breaking new highs, with the Dow recording its best weekly gains this year and the S&P, its second best.

“Market continues to firm up. We could be experiencing what’s known as a robust return environment,” said Ronald Sanchez, chief investment officer at Fiduciary Trust Company International in New York.

A relatively quiet North Korea and U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s recent comments on “peaceful solution” also led investors back to riskier assets.

Investor focus will shift to the Federal Open Market Committee’s two-day meeting, which starts on Tuesday.

The meeting is unlikely to result in an interest rate increase, but investors will focus on how Fed Chair Janet Yellen views recent inflation readings for clues on the timing of further rate hikes.

Persistently weak readings of inflation that have remained below the Fed’s 2 percent target rate have been a concern for policymakers.

However, a stronger-than-expected rise in consumer prices in August triggered a more than 50 percent rise in the odds of a December rate hike, according to CME Group’s FedWatch tool.

“The trend in inflation has taken a downtick. I think she (Yellen) will need a little more evidence on the inflation side over the next month or two to have some conviction about moving rates in December,” Sanchez said.

The central bank is also expected to announce plans to begin unwinding its $4.2 trillion portfolio of Treasuries and mortgage-backed securities, nearly a decade after the global financial crisis.

At 10:59 a.m. ET (1459 GMT), the Dow Jones Industrial Average .DJI was up 71.16 points, or 0.32 percent, at 22,339.5, the S&P 500 .SPX was up 5.83 points, or 0.233179 percent, at 2,506.06 and the Nasdaq Composite .IXIC was up 20.94 points, or 0.32 percent, at 6,469.41.

Ten of the 11 major S&P sectors were higher, led by a 0.59 percent gain in the financial index .SPSY.

Financial stocks benefited from a rising U.S. Treasury yields, with the yield on benchmark 10-year notes at 2.222 percent. [US/]

Among stocks, Orbital ATK (OA.N) jumped 20.69 percent after Northrop Grumman (NOC.N) said it would buy the missile and rocket maker for about $7.8 billion in cash. Northrop’s shares inched up 1.54percent.

Advancing issues outnumbered decliners on the NYSE by 1,723 to 996. On the Nasdaq, 1,851 issues rose and 902 fell.

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Construction to Begin 24/7 on Space Needle Renovation Project :: Story ID: 36372 :: Construction Equipment Guide

Following demolition and construction of the elevated lift, work will continue with the installation of a gantry crane on the tower’s roof to hoist thousands of pounds of materials.

📅   Fri September 15, 2017 – National Edition

The Space Needle, one of the most recognized landmarks in the world, today announced the official start of construction for the Century Project, a multi-year venture focused on preservation and renovation of the 55-year-old icon.

The Space Needle, one of the most recognized landmarks in the world, today announced the official start of construction for the Century Project, a multi-year venture focused on preservation and renovation of the 55-year-old icon.

The Space Needle, one of the most recognized landmarks in the world, today announced the official start of construction for the Century Project, a multi-year venture focused on preservation and renovation of the 55-year-old icon. A project several years in the making, the Century Project aims to reveal the historic tower’s internal structure and harken back to the original conceptual sketches, all while expanding and improving the Space Needle’s iconic views and guest experience.

Beginning this month, crews will be onsite 24 hours a day, seven days a week working through the first of several phases of construction. It’s estimated that between 100 to 170 workers in 18 different categories of trade work will be onsite any given day. Initial work will begin with the demolition and removal of materials from the restaurant level, as well as the construction and raising of an elevated lift platform. Commonly used for work on bridges, the elevated lift platform will, uncommonly, be carefully hoisted into place 500 ft. in the air using 12 independent cables and motors. Over the course of a few weeks, an enclosure will be built, creating a safe, elevated workspace separate from guests. From there, crews will take a unique approach, working on the structure in 1/6th pie-shaped segments, addressing all levels of the Space Needle’s Tophouse at one time.

“This project is truly unmatched in its complexity,” said Ron Sevart, president and CEO, Space Needle LLC. “We’ve asked a lot of our more than 200 partners to get us to this point. It’s humbling every day to see the creativity everyone has brought to the table. It’s that extra effort that will allow us to keep the Observation Deck open during this process, and to let our visiting guests get a firsthand view of the renovation.”

Following demolition and construction of the elevated lift, work will continue with the installation of a gantry crane on the tower’s roof to facilitate the hoisting of thousands of pounds of materials. At least 176 tons of glass will be added to the Observation Deck and restaurant level, expanding the iconic views by more than 25 percent. With 10 different varieties of glass, and panels that are 11 ft. high, 7 ft. wide and weigh 2,300 lbs., getting them up to the Tophouse presents challenges. Fortunately, creativity is again on display as teams have constructed special carts and lifts to move materials.

“This is a historic time for the Space Needle and city of Seattle,” said Karen Olson, CMO, Space Needle. “When the Space Needle was first constructed the community was involved and engaged throughout the process, and we’ve approached this project the same way. We’ve worked hard to create an approach that allows us to remain open during construction, offering guests the unprecedented experience of seeing the renovation of an icon.”

Guests visiting during the construction phase will be able to see the work in progress, including the new sections of the Observation Deck as they are completed. The Space Needle is also offering free school group tours and has created a website that offers a behind-the-scenes look at the process – The Century Project marks the third major renovation in the Space Needle’s history. The SkyLine event space at the 100-ft. level was added in 1982, and the new Pavilion entrance and expanded retail were added in 2000. The project aims to achieve LEED Silver certification.

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Volvo Promotes Employee Wellness With Exercise Programs :: Story ID: 36377 :: Construction Equipment Guide

📅   Fri September 15, 2017 – National Edition

Skanska launched a ‘Stretch and Flex’ program in 2009, as part of its Injury Free initiative.

Skanska launched a ‘Stretch and Flex’ program in 2009, as part of its Injury Free initiative.

Last year, over 69,000 construction workers in Great Britain were suffering from an illness they believe was caused or made worse by work, and over 23 million days of work were lost as a result. Common illnesses are depression or anxiety and musculoskeletal disorders, as well as work-related injuries (source: 2015/2016 Health Place Statistics). So while that’s the bad news, the good news is that paying closer attention to our health and wellbeing can reduce the risk of becoming unwell, and even improve our productivity.

Exercise helps us to retain a good level of physical health, reducing the risk of illness. It also releases endorphins – a natural stress-fighter – and increases energy. Memory and concentration levels are also elevated, as aerobic exercise boosts the size of the hippocampus – an area in the brain that is involved in verbal memory and learning (University of British Columbia). Exercise also increases cognitive ability – especially important when operating heavy machinery.

When sitting in the cab of a machine all day, we can fall into bad habits, particularly when it comes to our posture. Bad posture not only puts stress on our bodies muscles and ligaments, it can reduce the amount of oxygen we are able to take in, contributing to fatigue. Sitting up straight opens the lungs, allowing us to consume more oxygen, which fills our muscles and enhances our overall energy levels. Many machine cabs have been specially designed to promote good posture and enhance operator comfort. Volvo Construction Equipment (Volvo CE) boasts one of the best cabs in the industry, with an adjustable seat, removable steering column (on certain models) and Automatic Climate Control (ACC).

If you’re sitting down for most of the day, try doing some leg extensions and try to move about for a couple of minutes every hour – our bodies did not evolve to sit in chairs all day.

Exercise can also help to improve our posture and there are specific exercises that strengthen the muscles in our back and abdominals, such as sit ups, the plank, back extensions and upright row. Some exercises can even be done in the cab. Try engaging your core with some side crunches, or if there’s enough space, arm circles and arm raises.

Whether it’s 15 minutes or 60 minutes of exercise, four or five times a week, we can all find the time to fit a workout into our routine. Exercising in the morning is a great way to start the day, it kick-starts the metabolism, can help us to sleep at night (says the National Sleep Foundation) and releases plenty of good hormones. In fact, it’s because of these hormones that exercising too close to bedtime could have an adverse effect on sleeping, as you may be feeling too ‘pumped’ to sleep.

On a journey to become an industry leader in sustainability, the Volvo Group has reviewed the 17 sustainable development goals, established by the United Nations, and chosen to focus on those most relevant to the business – one of these is goal number three, ‘Good health and wellbeing.’

In support of this, the Group has an array of initiatives to promote this goal. Within Volvo CE, a non-profit organization – called Volvo Fritid – has been running for 30 years and encourages employees to participate in activities such as badminton, bowling, fishing, golf, tennis and volleyball. At some sites, including Eskilstuna, Braås and Arvika in Sweden, group exercise classes take place either in the morning, at lunchtime or after work, ranging from dance and yoga to Tabata.

Skanska, the multinational contractor based in Sweden, launched a ‘Stretch and Flex’ program in 2009, as part of its Injury Free initiative. The program encourages employees to participate in an early morning workout – arranged by the company – to set them up for the day.

Due to the arduous tasks that construction workers face every day and the high-risk situations they are commonly presented with, it’s increasingly important that they pay attention to their physical wellbeing – not only will your work life improve, but your personal life will too.

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Indiana University scientists report new, highly accurate method to predict effectiveness of molecules that extract toxic elements from the environment — ScienceDaily

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A discovery by Indiana University researchers could advance the long-term storage of nuclear waste, an increasingly burdensome and costly task for the public and private agencies that protect people from these harmful chemicals.

In a study published Sept. 14, the scientists report they have developed a new chemical principle with the potential to revolutionize the creation of specially engineered molecules that extract radioactive elements from nuclear waste, significantly reducing the volume of these dangerous materials. The method is also applicable to molecules created to extract chemical pollutants from water and soil.

“This work represents a major step forward in the effort to engineer specially designed nanostructures by providing a new, highly accurate method to predict how these molecules will behave in solution,” said lead author Amar Flood, a professor in the IU Bloomington College of Arts and Sciences’ Department of Chemistry.

The research is reported in a cover article in the journal CHEM.

Flood said the study addresses the fact that it is nearly impossible to predict how efficiently an engineered molecule will perform in the real world. This is because chemists can currently only design molecules to function in isolation, despite the fact that molecules exist in combination — or “in solution” — with other molecules. Salt water, for example, is a solution of salt in water.

He compared the situation to designing a machine in outer space and then placing it at the bottom of the ocean. The waterlogged device will not function the same as the original design.

This is especially serious because creating artificial molecules to serve a specific function requires extremely precise design — like building a lock to fit a key. For example, a special molecule developed by Flood’s lab, called a cyanostar, consists of a five-sided star-shaped lattice of carbon and nitrogen atoms with an empty center — the “lock” — whose specific shape causes negatively charged molecules such as phosphates and nitrates — the “key” — to catch in the center and break off from their previous host. If the solution fills up or warps the lock, the key might no longer work.

Structures such as the cyanostar are also known as “receptor molecules” because they are specially designed to receive specific molecules. In addition to accomplishing nuclear waste reduction, this technology may be used to remove chloride from water — a part of the process used to convert seawater into freshwater — to eliminate excess chemical fertilizers from soil, or to gather lithium ions used in renewable power.

With the methods reported in the paper, Flood said, chemists can start to design new molecular reactions with the end goal in mind. Specifically, the new principle finds that the attraction between receptor molecules and negatively charged ion molecules is based on the dielectric constant of the solvent in which they’re combined. A dielectric constant is a measurement of a substance’s ability to stabilize electrical charge.

To test their method, the IU team applied their newly developed chemical principle to triazolophane — a molecule designed to extract chloride from surrounding molecules — in combination with chemical solvents commonly used in reactions to remove unwanted ions from other liquids. In each case, the principles discovered by Flood’s group accurately predicted the molecules’ effectiveness.

The primary researcher responsible for the method is Yun Liu, a Ph.D. student in Flood’s lab.

“The current paradigm only works for molecular designs on the drawing board, in theory, ” said Liu. “But we want to make molecules that will work in practice to help solve problems in the real world.”

The team also noted that the ability to accurately predict how a molecule will function in solution will assist in the development of highly accurate computer simulations to rapidly test chemically engineered molecules designed to achieve specific effects.

Additional authors on the paper were Krishnan Raghavachari, professor, and Arkajyoti Sengupta, Ph.D. student, both in the IU Bloomington Department of Chemistry, who were responsible for the study’s computational component.

This research was supported by the U.S. Department of Energy.

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UConn Students Return to Find Major Construction on Campus

Combining neutron and X-ray imaging gives clues to how ancient weapons were manufactured

STORRS, CONN. (AP) Thousands of University of Connecticut students returned to campus to find some major road construction and traffic problems. About 19,300 undergraduate and graduate students started classes on Aug. 28 in Storrs and 12,400 moved into the dormitories. The school was unable to complete scheduled road construction this summer, leaving one entrance to campus closed and several roads with altered or one-way traffic patterns….

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UH researchers discover new form of stretchable electronics, sensors and skins — ScienceDaily

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A team of researchers from the University of Houston has reported a breakthrough in stretchable electronics that can serve as an artificial skin, allowing a robotic hand to sense the difference between hot and cold, while also offering advantages for a wide range of biomedical devices.

The work, reported in the journal Science Advances, describes a new mechanism for producing stretchable electronics, a process that relies upon readily available materials and could be scaled up for commercial production.

Cunjiang Yu, Bill D. Cook Assistant Professor of mechanical engineering and lead author for the paper, said the work is the first to create a semiconductor in a rubber composite format, designed to allow the electronic components to retain functionality even after the material is stretched by 50 percent.

The work is the first semiconductor in rubber composite format that enables stretchability without any special mechanical structure, Yu said.

He noted that traditional semiconductors are brittle and using them in otherwise stretchable materials has required a complicated system of mechanical accommodations. That’s both more complex and less stable than the new discovery, as well as more expensive, he said.

“Our strategy has advantages for simple fabrication, scalable manufacturing, high-density integration, large strain tolerance and low cost,” he said.

Yu and the rest of the team – co-authors include first author Hae-Jin Kim, Kyoseung Sim and Anish Thukral, all with the UH Cullen College of Engineering – created the electronic skin and used it to demonstrate that a robotic hand could sense the temperature of hot and iced water in a cup. The skin also was able to interpret computer signals sent to the hand and reproduce the signals as American Sign Language.

“The robotic skin can translate the gesture to readable letters that a person like me can understand and read,” Yu said.

The artificial skin is just one application. Researchers said the discovery of a material that is soft, bendable, stretchable and twistable will impact future development in soft wearable electronics, including health monitors, medical implants and human-machine interfaces.

The stretchable composite semiconductor was prepared by using a silicon-based polymer known as polydimethylsiloxane, or PDMS, and tiny nanowires to create a solution that hardened into a material which used the nanowires to transport electric current.

“We foresee that this strategy of enabling elastomeric semiconductors by percolating semiconductor nanofibrils into a rubber will advance the development of stretchable semiconductors, and … will move forward the advancement of stretchable electronics for a wide range of applications, such as artificial skins, biomedical implants and surgical gloves,” they wrote.


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Saudis prepare for possible delay to Aramco IPO: Bloomberg

(Reuters) – Saudi Arabia is preparing contingency plans for a possible delay to the planned initial public share offering of Saudi Aramco IPO-ARMO.SE by a few months into 2019, Bloomberg reported on Wednesday, citing people familiar with the matter.

The government is still aiming for the IPO of the state-owned oil giant in the second half of 2018, but that timetable is increasingly tight for what is likely to be the biggest share sale in history, according to the report.

Saudi Arabian Oil Co, known as Saudi Aramco, was not immediately available for comment.

Saudi authorities are aiming to list up to 5 percent of the world’s largest oil producer on both the Saudi stock exchange in Riyadh, the Tadawul, and one or more international markets in an IPO that could raise $100 billion.

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Wall Street up 1 percent as Irma, North Korea fears ease

(Reuters) – Three major U.S. indexes rose more than 1 percent on Monday as Irma’s downgrade to a tropical storm eased concerns about its impact on economic growth, and as North Korea refrained from any missile tests over the weekend, as feared.

All the 11 major S&P sectors were higher, led by gains in technology and financial stocks, with insurers advancing as Irma’s fury petered out.

Irma, once ranked as one of the most powerful hurricane recorded in the Atlantic, was downgraded to a tropical storm in the morning, but still caused severe flooding in many Florida cities and left more than 6 million homes and businesses without power.

However, Irma’s weakening meant its impact on economic growth would not be as much as expected. That came as a relief, especially in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, whose devastation is estimated to dent third-quarter economic growth.

Geopolitical tensions also eased as North Korea held a massive celebration on its founding day on Saturday, instead of another long-range missile launch as the United States and its allies were bracing for.

“It is a risk back on situation, people are going back into the market,” said Neil Massa, senior equity trader at Manulife Asset Management in Boston.

“For now, it is a relief rally for things on both ends – geopolitical and weather wise – as it did not come in too bad.”

At 12:32 p.m. ET (1632 GMT), the Dow Jones Industrial Average .DJI was up 247.18 points, or 1.13 percent, at 22,044.97 and the S&P 500 .SPX was up 25.11 points, or 1.02 percent, at 2,486.54.

The Nasdaq Composite .IXIC was up 68.80 points, or 1.08 percent, at 6,428.99.

World stocks .MIWD00000PUS climbed to a record high and the dollar gained, while gold retreated from Friday’s 13-month high.

The CBOE volatility index .VIX, a widely followed measure of market anxiety, fell more than 12 percent to 10.80, on track for its biggest percentage decline since Aug. 22.

The financial sector .SPSY was up 1.69 percent. Goldman Sachs’ (GS.N) 1.8 percent rise led the Dow higher, followed by insurer Travelers (TRV.N), which rose 2.94 percent.

Other insurers, especially the ones with exposure to Florida, also gained. Universal Insurance Holdings (UVE.N) and HCI Group (HCI.N) surged more than 15 percent, while Heritage Insurance (HRTG.N) soared 23 percent.

The technology sector .SPLRCT jumped 1.46 percent. Apple (AAPL.O) rose nearly 2 percent a day ahead of the launch of the new iPhone, providing the biggest boost to the Nasdaq and S&P.

Tesla (TSLA.O) rose 4.6 percent to $359.42 on news that China is studying when to ban the production and sale of cars using traditional fuels.

Teva (TEVA.N) jumped 22 percent after the generics drugmaker named a new chief executive.

Advancing issues outnumbered decliners on the NYSE by 2,298 to 529. On the Nasdaq, 2,062 issues rose and 790 fell.

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Fleet Technical Congress Added to The Work Truck Show 2018 :: Story ID: 36276 :: Construction Equipment Guide

📅   Mon September 11, 2017 – National Edition

The Association for the Work Truck Industry introduces the Fleet Technical Congress to be held in conjunction with The Work Truck Show 2018 and Green Truck Summit in Indianapolis, Indiana, next March.

The Association for the Work Truck Industry introduces the Fleet Technical Congress to be held in conjunction with The Work Truck Show 2018 and Green Truck Summit in Indianapolis, Indiana, next March.

The Association for the Work Truck Industry introduces the Fleet Technical Congress to be held in conjunction with The Work Truck Show 2018 and Green Truck Summit in Indianapolis, Indiana, next March. At Fleet Technical Congress, fleet managers can explore the latest technology solutions while gaining management insights from leaders of some of the country’s biggest fleets and suppliers.

Part of Work Truck Week, Fleet Technical Congress kicks off with a full day of training on Tuesday, March 6, at the Westin Indianapolis adjacent to Indiana Convention Center. The Work Truck Show 2018 is held at the Indiana Convention Center March 6 – 9. Educational sessions and Green Truck Summit begin March 6, and the exhibit hall is open March 7 – 9.

“Professional fleet manager attendance at The Work Truck Show continues to increase,” said Steve Carey, NTEA executive director. “Our new Fleet Technical Congress will provide the growing number of fleet managers at the Show with a higher level of technical and management training to help them successfully integrate and leverage the latest technology and innovations into their fleet operations.”

Fleet Technical Congress is designed for both established fleet managers and those who are moving into more senior fleet management roles. It will provide the tools, techniques and thinking they need to succeed. General session topics will include discussions on the future of commercial vehicles; reactive vs. predictive maintenance; the impact of smart, connected vehicles; how to integrate multiple data streams to enhance decision-making; benefits and risks associated with vehicle data; and techniques for improving equipment replacement strategies. A full schedule with session descriptions and presenters will be released when registration opens in October. Visit for more information.

“We see two significant trends acting as change agents in the fleet management world,” said George Survant, NTEA senior director of fleet relations. “First, there’s a whole new range of technology and tools associated with commercial vehicles that is changing the face of the industry in a substantial way. At the same time, we’re seeing a significant refreshing of leadership in professional fleet management nationwide. As a result, we believe this is an opportune time to capture the lessons learned by some of our industry’s top fleet professionals who will share their experience and vision as a foundation for the next generation of leaders.”

In addition to the full day of general sessions on Tuesday, March 6, registration for Fleet Technical Congress includes access to 48 concurrent sessions on topics such as truck specifications development, fleet productivity, risk mitigation, emissions reduction and alternative fuels, OEM chassis updates, workforce development, and more; a ticket to the Work Truck Show Opening Reception Tuesday evening; access to the exhibit hall; lunch each day; and access to the Ride-and-Drive on Wednesday and Thursday. Registration opens in October.

The Work Truck Show is North America’s largest work truck event. It features the latest vocational trucks, vans, vehicle components and truck equipment on an exhibit floor covering more than 500,000 square feet. The event includes a robust educational conference with sessions designed to help attendees improve their operations. Anyone who works with commercial vehicles, including public and private truck fleet operators, manufacturers, dealers and equipment distributors can find solutions to their business challenges at the Show.

Registration for The Work Truck Show 2018, Fleet Technical Congress and Green Truck Summit opens in October.

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Two Family Owned and Managed Firms to Combine Operations in Philadelphia :: Story ID: 36278 :: Construction Equipment Guide

📅   Mon September 11, 2017 – National Edition

Gilbane Building Company and Daniel Keating are pleased to announce the integration of Keating Consulting, LLC into Gilbane Building Company’s Philadelphia, Pa., operations.

Daniel Keating will take on a leadership role at Gilbane, where he will support the continued expansion of the Philadelphia Business Unit led by Vice President, Shawn Carlin, and Senior Vice President of the Mid-Atlantic Division, Paul Choquette III.

Gilbane and Keating Consulting, LLC are excited by the joining of two family-owned and culturally compatible organizations. “Since 1873, Gilbane has been a world-class builder of some of the most prominent, award-winning projects nationally and around the globe,” said Dan Keating. “While this well-deserved prestige is inspiring, it’s Gilbane’s exceptional corporate culture that has truly impressed me the most. Gilbane is a people-focused company and to me, that’s a huge differentiator.”

“We are eager to leverage the rich local history and combined resources of both organizations as part of our plan for continued strategic growth,” said Michael E. McKelvy, president and CEO of Gilbane Building Company.

The combined operation will strengthen Gilbane’s capacity in the greater Philadelphia and southern New Jersey areas to accommodate both a growing backlog of work and a robust pipeline of future opportunities. Gilbane will add the expertise of Keating’s people in multiple market segments such as gaming, hospitality and criminal justice. Gilbane’s resources, financial stability and national footprint will allow for a further leveraging of their expertise and relationships.

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France, Germany, Italy, Spain seek tax on digital giants’ revenues

PARIS (Reuters) – France, Germany, Italy and Spain want digital multinationals like Amazon and Google to be taxed in Europe based on their revenues, rather than only profits as now, their finance ministers said in a joint letter.

France is leading a push to clamp down on the taxation of such companies, but has found support from other countries also frustrated at the low tax they receive under current international rules.

Currently such companies are often taxed on profits booked by subsidiaries in low-tax countries like Ireland even though the revenue originated from other EU countries.

“We should no longer accept that these companies do business in Europe while paying minimal amounts of tax to our treasuries,” the four ministers wrote in a letter seen by Reuters.

The letter, signed by French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire, Wolfgang Schaeuble of Germany, Pier-Carlo Padoan of Italy and Luis de Guindos, was addressed to the EU’s Estonian presidency with the bloc’s executive Commission in copy.

The Google logo is pictured atop an office building in Irvine, California, U.S. August 7, 2017. REUTERS/Mike Blake

They urged the Commission to come up with a solution creating an “equalization tax” on turnover that would bring taxation to the level of corporate tax in the country where the revenue was earned.

“The amounts raised would aim to reflect some of what these companies should be paying in terms of corporate tax,” the ministers said in the letter, first reported on by the Financial Times.

Le Maire, Schaeuble, Padoan and de Guindos of Spain said they wanted to present the issue to other EU counterparts at a Sept. 15-16 meeting in Tallinn.

The EU’s current Estonian presidency has scheduled a discussion at the meeting about the concept of “permanent establishment”, with the aim of making it possible to tax firms where they create value, not only where they have their tax residence.

France has stepped up pressure for EU tax rules after facing legal setbacks trying to obtain payments for taxes on activities in the country.

A French court ruled in July French court ruled that Google, now part of Alphabet Inc, was not liable to pay 1.1 billion euros ($1.3 billion) in back taxes because it had no “permanent establishment” in France and ran its operations there from Ireland.

Reporting by Leigh Thomas; Editing by Angus MacSwan

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DSI Relies on Gregory Poole Equipment Company :: Story ID: 36245 :: Construction Equipment Guide

📅   Fri September 08, 2017 – Southeast Edition #19

The company is using its fleet of Caterpillar equipment to complete the work, including Cat 308 excavators and Cat 305.5 excavators as well as Cat 299 skid steers, all of which were purchased from Gregory Poole Equipment Company.

The company is using its fleet of Caterpillar equipment to complete the work, including Cat 308 excavators and Cat 305.5 excavators as well as Cat 299 skid steers, all of which were purchased from Gregory Poole Equipment Company.

Directional Services Inc. (DSI), a full service licensed electrical and utility contractor, has been serving customers from Hope Mills, N.C., and the surrounding area since 2005 by performing horizontal directional drilling, power line utility work, commercial electrical work and solar farm construction.

Tim Sealey and Thomas Horne founded the company after working for various other utility companies.

“They learned a lot about the industry by working for other companies, and saw the need to target directional drilling and make the process more precise,” said Brantley Turner, co-owner of DSI. “When they were training on directional drills, they had the ability to see things that would enable them to drill faster and more effectively. By doing more prep work in terms of job management, locating processes and tracing to minimize accidents, they knew they would have a better product.

“Tim and Thomas came to work for me in 2008. I was the operations manager of Mastec at the time, and they were a 3rd Tier subcontractor on projects at Fort Bragg. Mastec had the contract, and they quickly excelled to be my prime subcontractor at Ft. Bragg.”

In 2011, Turner said the duo approached him to get his utility license, because without one, the company could not operate as a prime contractor on utility projects.

“I hung my license at DSI, and later I obtained ownership at DSI, allowing us to branch out and bid different contracts,” said Turner.

During the early years, DSI was the subcontractor on natural gas projects and water and sewer line projects; however, Turner said that as they gained more experience, they were able to branch out and diversify to larger projects.

“We have done everything from Interstate I-295 utility construction — rerouting all of the power lines there. We directional bored inter coastal waterways for communication. We’ve done fiber-optic replacement after hurricanes, after they washed away with the rail road tracks. So we did some storm restoration work.”

In 2014, with the addition of co-owner Justin Keck, the company has expanded its solar farm construction division. Keck brought his own area of expertise in commercial and industrial electrical after successfully starting and merging his company with DSI. That merger enabled DSI to offer full turn key electrical services.

The solar division began as a partnership with FLS Energy, which was recently acquired by CCR. Today, the company builds anywhere from 5-megawatt to 100-megawatt farms. The company is currently working on a 500-acre, 92-megawatt solar farm on County Line Road in Cumberland County, N.C.

“The 100-megawatt farm we’re working on now will probably take eight months, while a 5-megawatt farm can take just 12 weeks. It just depends on the size job, and type of system it is.”

For the company’s current projects, DSI will be completing underground and above ground electrical work. This involves digging and backfilling trenches and burying conduits raceways and conductors. The company is using its fleet of Caterpillar equipment to complete the work, including Cat 308 excavators and Cat 305.5 excavators as well as Cat 299 skid steers all of which were purchased from Gregory Poole Equipment Company.

Turner said the reliability, speed and responsive hydraulics sold the company on the machines. He also had high praise for his dealer, Gregory Poole Equipment Company, which is based in North Carolina.

“Everything has been top notch. Parts have been on the shelf, as promised. If they don’t have it, they will get it overnight, but it’s not an expense to us,” Turner said.

He said Gregory Poole Equipment Company also has come through for them on a recent solar project on Roslyn Farms Rd. “North Carolina’s largest solar farm to date.”

“It was muddy, and we had 30 inches of rain in over two weeks. We needed to rent a Hydrema articulated dump truck, and Marcus Daniels, our salesman, found one. He thought it was going to be two months before one came off lease. Within two days, he came up with one. It really sped us up,” Turner said.

In addition to its current solar farm projects, the company is completing utility work from the coast to Charlotte to Raleigh. The directional boring work takes the company to Georgia, South Carolina and various areas in North Carolina. In addition, commercial electrical work has taken the company to Florida, Ohio and Texas, among other states.

Turner said what sets the company apart is diversification and its turn key ability to connect the utility company to the solar farm to sell power to the utility company.

“We are kind of unique,” said Turner. “We can do it all. We don’t have to sub anything out. Our people are the core of Directional Services. We have a group of people who are willing to work and give the level of detail that is required for us to stay successful and viable in the industry. I think that is one of the core things for Directional Services.”

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