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Metropolis Development Boosts Los Angeles Resurgence

2018-09-14T04:40:49+00:00August 20th, 2015|Categories: Engineering|Tags: |

The 6.3-acre Metropolis project designed in the late 1980s that stalled in the 1990s and mid-2000s is now part of the revival of downtown Los Angeles. According to the Los Angeles Times, the $1 billion "city within a city" is being created by Greenland USA, a Chinese development firm. Greenland expects the four enormous buildings [...]

F-35 Jet Still Raising Questions

2018-09-20T03:58:00+00:00July 23rd, 2015|Categories: Engineering|Tags: |

In a June article from CBS News, you might get the impression that the F-35 fighter jet program is “clearly on track.” Capable of supersonic speeds and boasting radar-busting stealth design and unprecedented computer technology, the F-35 is the most advanced and most expensive plane ever built for the U.S. military. With more than 8.5 [...]

BMW and Audi Challenge Tesla Electric SUV

2018-09-20T04:02:11+00:00June 19th, 2015|Categories: Engineering|Tags: |

BMW is reportedly developing an all-electric crossover aimed squarely at the upcoming Tesla Model X. According to Automotive News, the unnamed SUV has yet to be approved by BMW’s board of directors. The report, originally appearing in a German business magazine, was dismissed as “speculation” by a BMW spokesperson. That being said, BMW CEO Harald [...]

Is Vehicle Technology Just Hype?

2018-09-22T04:25:59+00:00April 23rd, 2015|Categories: Engineering|Tags: |

Vehicle infotainment (VI) is a marketing buzzword. An electric vehicle that is directly competitive in price to a combustion engine vehicle is an aspiration for the distant future. An optical, head-mounted display (think Google Glass) is a novelty for a pedestrian with discretionary funds. These statements may sound valid, but they are not as accurate [...]

Satellite Race for Boeing, SpaceX and OneWeb

2018-09-22T04:29:19+00:00March 19th, 2015|Categories: Engineering|Tags: |

If you are talking about satellites, the names Boeing and SpaceX probably do not raise an eyebrow, but OneWeb may prompt some questions. If you are talking about the Internet, the name OneWeb may sound like a potential match, but where do Boeing and SpaceX fit? As it turns out, all three of these companies [...]

Smart Buildings at Cisco, Intel and Microsoft

2018-09-22T04:32:46+00:00February 19th, 2015|Categories: Engineering|Tags: |

You may have noticed the term “smart building” coming up more frequently in business conversations and publications these days. According to the Continental Automated Buildings Association, an intelligent (aka “smart”) building applies technologies to improve the building’s environment and functionality for occupants and tenants while controlling costs. Is a smart building a pipe dream, or [...]

2015 Engineering Conferences

2018-10-07T20:51:01+00:00January 22nd, 2015|Categories: Engineering|Tags: |

Because it is the beginning of a new year, you may be considering ways to enhance your knowledge in the engineering field you have chosen. As you think about this and ways to augment your professional network, conferences can be good solutions. With this in mind, here are key engineering conferences related to the automotive, [...]

Volkswagen’s $900M Tennessee Plant Expansion Beginning

2014-11-20T09:00:58+00:00November 20th, 2014|Categories: Engineering|Tags: |

The construction for Volkswagen’s (VW) $900 million Chattanooga plant expansion is about to break ground. According to the Chattanooga Times Free Press, VW is expected to award the first of a number of large contracts in the next few weeks. Gray Construction (Lexington, KY) is believed to be the front runner whose contract (if accepted) [...]

Robots, Automation and Workforce Reduction

2014-10-23T09:00:51+00:00October 23rd, 2014|Categories: Engineering|Tags: |

How likely is it that robots and automation will eliminate the need for members of the workforce? As companies think more about how to increase productivity, robots and automation come to mind which have the potential to impact workers. The application of this technology ranges from industrial robots that generate high ROI in automotive and [...]