Smart Antenna Market Size Worth $9,705 Million By 2026 | CAGR: 7.9%

Smart Antenna Market Size Worth $9,705 Million By 2026 | CAGR: 7.9%

The Smart Antenna Market is anticipated to reach around USD 9,705 million by 2026 according to a new research published by Polaris Market Research. In 2017, MIMO segment dominated the global market, in terms of revenue. North America is expected to be the leading contributor to the global smart antenna market revenue during the forecast period.

The growing demand for smart antenna in wireless communication networks coupled with rising need for efficient and stable network performance has boosted the adoption of smart antenna. The rising penetration of smartphones, and increasing adoption of mobile-connected devices further support the growth of this market. The growing demand for high speed communication services, high demand for wireless broadband services, and declining costs of connected devices would accelerate the adoption of smart antenna during the forecast period. However, high costs associated with smart antenna is expected to restrict the growth of the market to a certain extent. Growing demand from emerging economies, increasing adoption of IoT and advancements in cellular networks are expected to provide numerous growth opportunities in the coming years.

North America generated the highest revenue in the market in 2017, and is expected to lead the global smart antenna market throughout the forecast period. The presence of established telecom and cloud infrastructure in this region, and growing trend of IoT drive the smart antenna market growth in the region. The growing demand of mobile devices, and technological advancements further support market growth in the region. The use of smart technologies in varied sectors and growing need for high speed communication services for increased efficiency in diverse industries is expected to support smart antenna market growth in this region during the forecast period.

The key players operating in the smart antenna market include Texas Instruments Incorporated, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., Broadcom Limited, Airgain, Inc., Motorola Solutions, Inc, Ruckus Wireless, Airgo Netwroks Inc., Interdigital communications Corp., Lucent technologies, and Sierra Wireless. These companies launch new products and collaborate with other market leaders to innovate and launch new products to meet the increasing needs and requirements of consumers.

ABOUT US -Polaris Market Research is a global market research and consulting company. The company specializes in providing exceptional market intelligence and in-depth business research services for our clientele spread across different enterprises. We at Polaris are obliged to serve our diverse customer base present across the industries of healthcare, technology, semiconductor

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Advantest Introduces Evolutionary V93000 EXA Scale™ SoC Test System

Advantest Introduces Evolutionary V93000 EXA Scale™ SoC Test System

Leading-edge Technology Meets the Extreme Test Challenges of the Age of Convergence and Exascale Computing

TOKYO (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Leading semiconductor test equipment supplier Advantest Corporation (TSE: 6857) has announced its next-generation V93000 testers targeted at advanced digital ICs up to the exascale performance class. The systems’ new test heads incorporate Xtreme Link™ technology, and the EXA Scale universal digital and power supply cards that enable new test methodologies, lower cost-of-test and faster time-to-market.

Today’s most advanced semiconductor processes allow for technology transformations that enable real-time integration of data from a countless number of sources such as IoT and handheld devices, automobiles and large servers to name a few. As mobile processors, high-performance computing (HPC) and artificial intelligence (AI) ICs evolve, the amount of data being processed continues to grow exponentially. Along with these advancements, new testing challenges, including very high scan-data volumes, extreme power requirements, fast yield-learning, and high-multisite configurations, need to be addressed.

Advantest’s new V93000 EXA Scale generation addresses these challenges with innovative advancements on the proven V93000 architecture. All EXA Scale cards are designed with the latest generation of Advantest’s test processors with 8 cores per chip, featuring unique capabilities to speed up and simplify test execution. Furthermore, the V93000 EXA Scale system employs Advantest’s patented Xtreme Link technology, a communication network designed specifically for automatic test equipment (ATE). The technology provides high-speed data connections, embedded computing power, and instant card-to-card communication.

The system’s new Pin Scale 5000 digital card is designed to address the explosion of scan data volumes which are inherent to large digital designs. The Pin Scale 5000 is setting a new standard for scan test with 5Gbit/s speed, providing the deepest vector memory available on the market and using the Xtreme Link technology for the industry’s fastest processing of results. With this technology, customers can choose the most efficient scan methodology for their device.

Very high current requirements up to several 1000A at supply voltages below 1V make power delivery capabilities of ATE a differentiating factor. The XPS256 power supply is another industry innovation, covering all power requirements with a single DPS card: fine-granular power, unlimited and flexible ganging and exceptional static and dynamic performance.

With 256 channels on the Pin Scale 5000 digital card and XPS256 power supply card, the density is doubled, while maintaining the industry-leading V93000 highly integrated form factor. High-multisite configurations can be implemented in smaller physical systems, reducing infrastructure cost and floor-space requirements.

“As we move into the era of exascale computing, the extreme test challenges that our customers are facing in the areas of performance, cost-of-test, quality and time-to-volume are all addressed with the innovations that EXA Scale brings to the time-tested V93000 platform,” said Juergen Serrer, managing executive officer and executive vice president, V93000 Business Unit at Advantest Corporation.

Scalable solutions extend across test heads of different sizes, including the ability to test a mix of device functions, like digital, RF, analog and power on one test system.

The V93000 EXA Scale generation renews Advantest`s commitment to platform compatibility. Existing V93000 load boards and Smart Scale cards are compatible, supporting a smooth transition to the V93000 EXA Scale generation and best asset utilization. With the continued use of the proven SmarTest software, customers benefit from the installed base software infrastructure and tooling.

Advantest has already shipped dozens of the V93000 EXA Scale systems to multiple industry-leading customers.

To learn more about the V93000 EXA Scale, visit https://www.advantest.com/products/ic-test-systems/v93000/exa/.

About Advantest Corporation
Advantest (TSE: 6857) is the leading manufacturer of automatic test and measurement equipment used in the design and production of semiconductors for applications including 5G communications, the Internet of Things (IoT), autonomous vehicles, artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning, smart medical devices and more. Its leading-edge systems and products are integrated into the most advanced semiconductor production lines in the world. The company also conducts R&D to address emerging testing challenges and applications, produces multi-vision metrology scanning electron microscopes essential to photomask manufacturing, and offers groundbreaking 3D imaging and analysis tools. Founded in Tokyo in 1954, Advantest is a global company with facilities around the world and an international commitment to sustainable practices and social responsibility. More information is available at www.advantest.com.

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Autodesk Announces Powerful New Model Coordination Workflow for BIM and VDC Managers

Autodesk Announces Powerful New Model Coordination Workflow for BIM and VDC Managers

New integration between Navisworks and BIM 360 Model Coordination enables users to automate clash detection and assign issues from a single solution to improve model quality and reduce rework  

San Rafael, CA  – Autodesk, Inc. (NASDAQ: ADSK) today announced it has launched a new model coordination workflow between two of its flagship products, Navisworks and BIM 360 Model Coordination, both of which are widely used by architects, engineers and construction teams. The new integration further strengthens Autodesk Construction Cloud by enabling construction teams to manage the entire model coordination workflow including clash detection and issues management in a common data environment from within a single solution. Customers can now take advantage of both Navisworks and BIM 360 Model Coordination’s best-in-class capabilities to improve the quality of construction documents, save time, decrease schedule risk and reduce rework. 

 Before a construction project breaks ground, Navisworks empowers general contractors to identify and resolve clash and constructability issues, and BIM 360 Model Coordination enables design and trade partners to create, track and self-check issues that arise during the model coordination process. Now, users can automate clash detection in BIM 360 Model Coordination, as well as create and assign issues from either Navisworks or BIM 360. This new workflow enhances existing coordination workflows for Navisworks users and empowers BIM 360 Model Coordination users to do more specific clash detection and analysis in Navisworks.  

 
“With the integrated workflow of Navisworks and BIM 360, all project stakeholders from the field to the office are able to now participate in issue tracking and resolution throughout the project lifecycle,” said Nick Bobbitt, VDC Manager at Barton Malow. “Model coordination may now become a full team effort, providing accessibility to team members that do not have experience in clash detection and navigating models. This transparency provides value to our clients, allowing them to easily harness the power of the model and truly understand project design, model development and issue resolution.” 

New workflow empowers anyone to be involved in the model coordination process  

The new workflow between desktop-based Navisworks with cloud-based BIM 360 Model Coordination enables more project partners to be involved in the model coordination process at any time. Design and trade teams can self-check their models in real-time using automated clash detection, while a BIM leader can focus time and resources on the largest constructability issues and open up an evolving data set in Navisworks to run specific cross-discipline class tests on the latest design data.  

For example with the new workflow, if a structural team uploads a model to BIM 360 Model Coordination and as a result of the solution’s automated clash detection, notices a clash between the stairwell and a basic wall, they can assign an issue to their team: “wall incorrectly positioned in front of curtain wall – check structural integrity.” The issue can then be tracked and resolved before the model is sent to the general contractor’s VDC lead. The model can also be opened in Navisworks where specific rules are applied and a user’s expertise taken into consideration to check for larger constructability issues. For instance, the VDC manager may notice the positioning of an air handling unit will make it difficult for maintenance, requiring plumbing and HVAC to re-route their systems. The manager can then assign issues to both plumbing and HVAC partners directly from Navisworks and request a design fix – enabling the VDC manager to track the issue to resolution all from within Navisworks.  

“To avoid the schedule and cost overruns that come with rework, construction firms need to be able to address design issues before construction starts,” said Sameer Merchant, head of product development at Autodesk Construction Solutions. “The integration between Navisworks and BIM 360, both of which are widely adopted by construction teams, creates a new Autodesk Construction Cloud workflow that allows for the entire model coordination process to be managed from single solution from a common data environment. Autodesk is raising the bar for construction teams by helping to improve the quality of the entire built environment, from design through operations.” 

The integration between Navisworks and BIM 360 Model Coordination is now available. For more details and key features, check out our blog post here. Also read about the 25 other product updates made to the Autodesk Construction Cloud portfolio announced today here. 

About Autodesk  

Autodesk makes software for people who make things. If you’ve ever driven a high-performance car, admired a towering skyscraper, used a smartphone, or watched a great film, chances are you’ve experienced what millions of Autodesk customers are doing with our software. Autodesk gives you the power to make anything. For more information visit autodesk.com or follow @autodesk. 

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Terracon Acquires Environmental Planning Group of Phoenix

Terracon Acquires Environmental Planning Group of Phoenix

OLATHE, Kan. – Terracon is pleased to announce its acquisition of Environmental Planning Group (EPG), headquartered in Phoenix. EPG is a privately held consulting company with more than two decades serving public- and private-sector clients in the Western U.S. and nationally.

Founded in 1999, EPG offers interdisciplinary services including environmental planning and permitting, landscape architecture planning and design, biological and cultural resources, earth sciences, paleontology, public involvement, geographic information systems (GIS), and environmental mitigation and construction support.

“EPG brings a tremendous wealth of experience and strong professional presence in the region, further enhancing our environmental engineering and consulting services in the Southwest and Western U.S.,” said Gayle Packer, Terracon president and CEO. “We’re excited for this great team of professionals to bring their talents to our shared vision of client service, now and in the future.”

EPG’s approximately 50 employees will immediately become part of Terracon, serving clients from offices in Phoenix, Salt Lake City, Denver, and Las Vegas. The organization will continue to serve clients locally as Environmental Planning Group, A Terracon Company.

“This opportunity is a result of our ongoing commitment to providing excellent capabilities and service to our clients,” said Paul Trenter, CEO of EPG. “Becoming part of Terracon’s national team of experts will leverage our existing strengths and set us on a new path for growth.”

The new acquisition is supported by Terracon’s existing offices in the Phoenix, Denver, Salt Lake City, and Las Vegas metro areas, and others throughout the region.

The company’s diverse portfolio of clients and projects include electrical transmission and generation, oil and gas, mining, municipal and private development, communities, parks and recreation, transportation, and other infrastructure projects.

Terracon is an employee-owned consulting engineering firm with more than 5,000 employees providing environmental, facilities, geotechnical, and materials services from more than 150 offices with services available in all 50 states. Terracon currently ranks 22nd on Engineering News-Record’s list of the Top 500 Design Firms. For additional information about Terracon, visit terracon.com.

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66% of Engineering Leaders Indicate Remote Work is Here to Stay

66% of Engineering Leaders Indicate Remote Work is Here to Stay

CTOs who embrace remote work can unlock a global talent pool

NEW YORK (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Andela, the global talent network that helps companies build remote engineering teams, today announced the results of a survey that indicates many organizations will embrace remote work for the long term. According to the survey data, 74% of engineering leaders said that their teams had transitioned to fully remote as a result of Covid-19, and 66% indicated that they plan to continue allowing remote work after the pandemic subsides. An accelerated shift to permanent remote work allows engineering leaders to rethink their staffing strategies, tapping more global resources, which can increase productivity and cultural diversity.

“Covid-19 has dramatically accelerated the trend toward remote work. What’s interesting here is it looks like those gains are not going to be temporary,” says Andela CEO Jeremy Johnson. “This data shows that engineering leaders have realized that they can maintain productivity while simultaneously unlocking a global talent pool.”

Major findings of Andela’s Remote Engineering Survey:

  • Prior to Covid, 13% of engineering teams were fully remote. As a result of the pandemic, that number has increased to 74%.
  • 66% of engineering teams believe they will continue to allow remote work after the threat of Covid-19 has subsided.
  • Only 22% of engineering leaders express a preference for engineers working in an office environment following the pandemic.

Methodology: Andela surveyed 100 CTOs and VPs of Engineering from a combination of high-growth startups (above 200 employees) and large enterprises.

As more organizations seek to tap into the global talent market, the need for a partner to help source, screen and match engineering talent with companies will become increasingly clear. For hundreds of leading engineering organizations like GitHub, Cloudflare, and Bleacher Report, Andela is that partner.

As the world’s first long-term talent network, Andela identifies the best software engineers in emerging markets and matches them with the world’s top engineering firms. Since 2014, Andela has screened hundreds of thousands of engineers and developed systems for identifying talent in markets that all too often get overlooked, such as Nigeria, Kenya, and Egypt. By removing the hurdles that prevent companies from accessing top global talent, Andela has become the most efficient way to scale engineering output and, in the process, changed the way great teams and products are built.

About Andela
Andela is a global talent network that connects companies with vetted, remote engineers in emerging markets. Hundreds of leading companies like GitHub, Cloudflare, and ViacomCBS leverage Andela to scale their engineering teams quickly and cost effectively. A distributed organization spanning four continents, Andela is backed by investors including Generation Investment Management, Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, Spark Capital, and Google Ventures.

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SEAMONWHITESIDE LAUNCHES AUTOCAD CIVIL 3D APP FOR LOT GRADING

SEAMONWHITESIDE LAUNCHES AUTOCAD CIVIL 3D APP FOR LOT GRADING

New app speeds up the lot grading and labeling process for more efficient planning

CHARLESTON, S.C. – SeamonWhiteside, a full-service land design firm with offices throughout the Carolinas, has released a Lot Grading Tools app—its first app for AutoCAD Civil 3D. The app, developed by SeamonWhiteside through Red Transit Consultants is now available for purchase through the Autodesk App Store.

“Manual lot grading is extremely redundant, so we set out to optimize and automate the process with the new Lot Grading Tools app,” said Landon Messal, CAD Systems Integration Engineer at SeamonWhiteside. “We’re pleased to offer this app to the industry, which reduces the time it takes to grade a lot from hours to minutes.”

The Lot Grading Tools app allows users to set grading parameters and elevations, modify and add feature lines to a selected surface and simply swipe through each lot. The lot grader then iterates through each lot and automatically rebuilds the surface.

SeamonWhiteside has been using the app for some time and it has saved team members numerous hours in redundant work, allowing engineers to spend more time reviewing plans.

“This tool is amazing,” said Sarah Hamblin, professional engineer with SeamonWhiteside. “After knocking out a 500 plus lot grading plan that would have taken me the better part of a week in less than a day, I can’t imagine not having this tool moving forward.”

The firm recognized many other companies could benefit from the app, so they decided to offer it to the industry. With the app, users will not only save time, but can also execute client lot grading standards, reduce redundant work, increase review time and better manage the finished grade surface, ultimately resulting in a better product for clients.

“The Lot Grading Tools app is the ultimate time saver, it cuts days of work into hours,” said Grant Smith, LandDev Consulting, LLC. “The interface is top notch and extremely easy to use and understand. We wish we had this software years ago. Every designer and engineer can benefit from it.”

Another key feature of the app is the ability to label lot grading plans in just a few clicks with its Labeling Tool. With the Labeling Tool feature in the app, users can easily label lot line elevation and high points, pad elevations, as well as pad reveal elevations.

The app is available for download in the AutoDesk App Store in AutoCAD. The app has a lot of potential for future phases, and SeamonWhiteside will continue to invest in it and create efficiencies for its company and others in the industry.

View a demo of how the Lot Grader Tool works.

About SeamonWhiteside

SeamonWhiteside (SW+) is a full-service land design firm providing master planning, civil

engineering, landscape architecture, urban design, land development management services

and permit coordination to public and private clients throughout the Carolinas. SW+ believes that crafting great places is achieved by blending a deep understanding of a client’s vision, strong relationships, collaborative design, and a passionate team. This approach results in innovative spaces that enrich lives and leave a lasting legacy for future generations. Headquartered in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, SeamonWhiteside also has offices in Summerville, Greenville, Spartanburg and Charlotte, North Carolina. For more information on SW+, visit www.seamonwhiteside.com.

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Nialli launches Nialli™ Visual Planner to simplify digital transformation of lean construction processes

Nialli launches Nialli™ Visual Planner to simplify digital transformation of lean construction processes

Planning and production control system based on principles of Lean Construction Institute’s Last Planner® System

Calgary, Alberta  — Nialli Inc., a SaaS collaboration company, announces its first product, Nialli Visual Planner, a cloud-based application that makes it easy to digitally transform the paper-based planning processes used in lean construction. Nialli Visual Planner is modeled after the Lean Construction Institute’s Last Planner System (LPS), a production control system that follows principles such as just-in-time delivery, value stream mapping and pull planning. Nialli Visual Planner can be used by all project stakeholders on any device and from any location, providing the flexibility of having any combination of co-located and remote participants during planning sessions. The solution can also be used on large interactive surfaces such as the Nureva® Wall, to replicate the paper-based big wall experience with which many construction teams are familiar. By making the process digital, Nialli Visual Planner increases visibility into team progress, and the status of a single task or activity can be updated on the spot, with all data being captured for post-analysis. This saves time and eliminates waste compared to paper-based processes. Because the application is modeled after the Last Planner System and mirrors the same workflow, it is easy for anyone familiar with LPS to understand and adopt the solution quickly.

A key principle of the Last Planner System is to support the conversations that take place between trade foremen, superintendents and management to identify milestones, spot issues early and keep projects on track. Nialli Visual Planner allows teams to keep those conversations going whether teams are in the same space, in a construction trailer or on the jobsite. Using a personal device or interactive display, teams can produce and track progressively elaborate work plans that outline what needs to occur each week. Digital cards can be marked done with a diagonal line or crossed out to close the task. Cards can be assigned a color to indicate the trade working on a task and can be tilted with a red line across to indicate the reason for variance – all to replicate the analog pull planning process. Refer to the Additional product details section to learn more about the features and functionality.

“We’ve been working closely with a major North American general contractor over the past few years, which has enabled us to get a deep understanding of the intricate details involved in a project and how to bring it into a digital realm,” said Nancy Knowlton, Nialli’s CEO. “We are delighted to share the results of that work with construction companies aiming to digitally transform.”

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Standard Lithium Marks Commencement of Operations at Arkansas Plant With a Virtual Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

Standard Lithium Marks Commencement of Operations at Arkansas Plant With a Virtual Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

State and Federal Dignitaries Celebrate the Global First-Of-Its-Kind Clean Tech Direct Lithium Extraction Technology

EL DORADO, Ark. (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Standard Lithium Ltd. (“Standard Lithium” or the “Company”) (TSXV: SLL) (OTCQX: STLHF) (FRA: S5L), an innovative technology and lithium project development company, today marked the official commencement of operations at the Company’s Arkansas LiSTR Direct Lithium Extraction facility, with a virtual ribbon-cutting and video walk-through tour of the plant. Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson, Senator’s John Boozman and Tom Cotton, Representative Bruce Westerman, and local officials joined Standard Lithium CEO Robert Mintak and LANXESS Corp. CEO and President Antonis Papadourakis for the virtual event. A recording of the event can be found on the Company’s YouTube channelwebsite and its other social media outlets.

Standard Lithium CEO Robert Mintak stated, “It was always our intention to do a physical ribbon cutting at the end of the commissioning stage but unfortunately that was not possible. The purpose of the virtual ribbon cutting is to highlight the efforts of individuals and teams that have brought the project to where we are today, an operating first-of-its-kind direct lithium extraction plant.”

“On behalf of LANXESS, our Board of Management and the Plastic Additives Business Unit I would like to congratulate Standard Lithium and especially the project team for the fantastic job you have done to this point,” said Antonis Papadourakis, LANXESS Corp. President and CEO. “We recently announced the formation of a group initiative for E-Mobility. We manufacture a number of specialty chemicals that modern battery systems cannot do without, such as phosphorous chemicals, hydrofluoric acid and flame retardants. As you could imagine, the commercial production of battery grade lithium, which is a key component in large scale lithium ion batteries, is also a crucial raw material for the desired expansion of Electric Mobility. Together with Standard Lithium we aim to use this demonstration plant to address this development and today we are one important step closer to realizing this goal.”

Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson commented, “In the two short years since Patty Cardin of LANXESS introduced me to the team of Andy Robinson and Robert Mintak of Standard Lithium, the company has moved from a big concept to building a working industrial scale demonstration plant for direct lithium extraction. This cutting-edge disruptive technology has the potential to put Arkansas on the global map for lithium, a critical mineral for the United States economy.”

Senator John Boozman stated, “It’s certainly a pleasure for me to congratulate Standard Lithium as we celebrate the launch of operations in Arkansas. I admire the vision and persistence of company leaders who work so hard through the unique challenges we are facing today to become fully operational. Standard Lithium’s investment will benefit the community, the region and the state of Arkansas.”

Senator Tom Cotton commented, “This is a cutting-edge project that could one day make America a leading producer of lithium and that’s no small matter because the lithium produced by this plant will power the products of advanced industries from smart phones to electric cars.”

Representative Bruce Westerman stated, “I’m very excited about this as well as everyone else should be because we are going to be making high quality lithium from Arkansas, a product that is in huge demand as we become more electrified around the world and in our country.”

The first-of-its-kind in the world Direct Lithium Extraction plant is installed at the Company’s project partner LANXESS’ South Plant facility near El Dorado, Arkansas. LiSTR is an environmentally friendly technology that selectively extracts lithium ions from tail brine that is a by-product of existing bromine production facilities run by LANXESS in south Arkansas. When compared to the conventional methods for recovering lithium from brine, the LiSTR process provides many benefits:

  • Vastly reduced recovery time – several hours versus as long as a year;
  • Significant efficiency gains – 90% recovery versus 40-60%;
  • Improved purity of the final product;
  • Unlocking of unconventional resources – Arkansas Smackover brines.

Planning for the project’s phased commercial development – with a target initial annual production of 20,900 tonnes of battery-quality lithium chemicals, roughly five times the current domestic production – is currently underway.

Today, the U.S. represents less than 2% of global lithium production and no new lithium mine has been built in the United States in almost 60 years. A Trump administration executive order named lithium among 35 “critical minerals” for which the government wants to boost domestic production and reduce its heavy reliance on imports. U.S. imports of lithium have nearly doubled since 2014 due in part to rising demand from Tesla, SK Innovation Co and others building battery plants in the country, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

About Standard Lithium Ltd.
Standard Lithium (TSXV: SLL) is an innovative technology and lithium development company. The company’s flagship project is located in southern Arkansas, where it is engaged in the testing and proving of the commercial viability of lithium extraction from over 150,000 acres of permitted brine operations. The company has commissioned its first-of-a-kind industrial scale Direct Lithium Extraction Demonstration Plant at LANXESS’ South Plant facility in southern Arkansas. The Demonstration Plant utilizes the Company’s proprietary LiSTR technology to selectively extract lithium from LANXESS’ tailbrine. The Demonstration Plant is being used for proof-of-concept and commercial feasibility studies. The scalable, environmentally friendly process eliminates the use of evaporation ponds, reduces processing time from months to hours and greatly increases the effective recovery of lithium. The company is also pursuing the resource development of over 30,000 acres of separate brine leases located in southwestern Arkansas and approximately 45,000 acres of mineral leases located in the Mojave Desert in San Bernardino County, California.

Standard Lithium is listed on the TSX Venture Exchange under the trading symbol “SLL”; quoted on the OTC – Nasdaq Intl Designation under the symbol “STLHF”; and on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange under the symbol “S5L”. Please visit the Company’s website at www.standardlithium.com

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HDR Selected to Lead Program Management of Far-Reaching Rail Expansion in Southern California

HDR Selected to Lead Program Management of Far-Reaching Rail Expansion in Southern California

OMAHA, Neb. — The Southern California Regional Rail Authority (Metrolink) has selected HDR to provide program management services for Phase 1 of the transformative Southern California Optimized Rail Expansion (SCORE) program. The $10 billion capital improvement program, developed to take a proactive approach to growing populations and service demands, will make significant upgrades to the Metrolink system ahead of the LA 2028 Olympic and Paralympic Games and beyond.

The first phase of the program, planned through 2023, is focused on the expansion of services on the Orange, Ventura and San Bernardino lines and will involve more than a dozen individual projects including track additions, station and signal improvements. The goal is to achieve 30-minute, bi-directional service in peak periods on the lines. This will enable more frequent and reliable service, and more one-seat rides, with better first/last mile connectivity — all while integrating with other regional and local operators.

As program manager, HDR will provide oversight of projects for Metrolink and undertake key management activities such as project controls, environmental clearance and regulatory permitting, planning and grant management, design management, alternative delivery advisory services, and right of way services. HDR also developed a robust, tailored project management information services dashboard to help Metrolink manage program risk, make informed, defensible decisions and provide real-time program status reporting.

“Metrolink’s far-reaching plan to deliver new levels of service in the coming decades is visionary and exciting,” said HDR Project Manager Tom Horkan, P.E. “We’re thrilled to play a part in helping them create value for residents and exceed their riders’ expectations.”

Drawing from its national expertise, HDR’s services will include contributions from more than 50 staff based in more than 10 offices across the continent. This assignment will add to HDR’s already extensive transit portfolio, including iconic projects in Los Angeles, TorontoNew York, Seattle, Dallas, Honolulu, Denver and more.

HDR had been serving as interim program management consultant for the SCORE program since August 2019. This new contract extends well into Phase 2 of the SCORE program, which is scheduled to be completed in 2028. Metrolink has secured $1.5 billion in funding for initial work and anticipates continued funding in coming years to reach its total expected program budget of $10 billion.

“HDR has served Metrolink since its inception in 1992 by providing engineering services, planning and operations support,” said HDR Global Transit Director Tom Waldron. “This latest contract builds upon that strong foundation, and we look forward to continuing to help bring their ambitious vision to reality.”

About HDR

For over a century, HDR has partnered with clients to shape communities and push the boundaries of what’s possible. Our expertise spans more than 10,000 employees in more than 200 locations around the world — and counting. Our engineering, architecture, environmental and construction services bring an impressive breadth of knowledge to every project. Our optimistic approach to finding innovative solutions defined our past and drives our future. For more information, please visit www.hdrinc.com.

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