Agents have eye on traditional QS markets

first_imgFor British QSs and engineers its tough enough fighting off your immediate rivals in the market right now. EC Harris saw its revenues drop rather sharply earlier this year, while WSP’s results last week were flatish.But having just spoken at Mipim to David Hitchcock, head of building consultancy at CB Richard Ellis, it looks like the big agents are now gradually encroaching on their surveying and engineering turf, providing another headache for already stretched consultants.CBRE has a smallish presence in QSing and engineering, as it stands, with about 50 staff in both fields in the UK at the moment. But Hitchcock says they want those numbers to double over the next three years, such has been the success of those businesses.The likes of Gardiner & Theobald and Mott MacDonald don’t need to panic just yet, because Hitchcock is clear that CBRE aren’t expanding just for the sake of revenue, and growth will only continue if margins are high.Plus, the CBRE QSs and engineers don’t really compete with stand alone consultants as they are, but work for clients as part of CBRE service. Their engineers do maintenance and retrofitting, rather than new build.Still, if CBRE do expand further into these areas, then it’s possible that their clients will increasingly plump for their internal QSs rather than go to the market. CBRE, just like Aecom, seem keen to provide a ‘one stop shop’ for clients, and their enviable contact book of global corporates means this could be a threat to the Gleeds of this world.Davis Langdon has said they will try to climb up the value chain, offering a ‘McKinsey like’ service to clients from the word go. If consultants are to compete with CBRE, they may have to do the same – climb up the value chain just as CBRE tentatively climb down.last_img read more

KPHL to continue partnership with PNGFA

first_imgSoccer BY KEVIN TEME The Kumul Petroleum Holdings Limited will continue its partnership with the PNG Football Association for another year. The revelations were made during the KPHL National Soccer League grand final between Toti City and MRDC Hekari United Football Club at the Sir John Guise Stadium on Saturday evening. “As a national oil company, we are proud and happy to partner with the PNGFA through the National Soccer League as it is played right throughout the four regions of the country,” KPHL managing director Wapu Sonk said during the presentation ceremony. Sonk said KPHL will continue to partner with soccer in PNG as it is spreads right across the country. It was fitting to partner with soccer to share the wealth of the oil company throughout the region. PNGFA president John Kapi Natto thanked Sonk and his staff for the great support given to football in PNG. “Without Kumul Petroleum Holding’s support, the NSL would not have come this far. In fact, NSL would have been dead if KPHL didn’t step in to support this year. I am humbled and thankful for the kind gesture KPHL has given to soccer in the country and we look forward to that partnership in the years to come,” Kapi Natto said. He also thanked the Kumul Telikom PNG Ltd for the live coverage of the NSL grand final. “I know people had doubts that this concept would never work. It was our dream to spread football right across the country and with the support of KPHL, we were able to deliver and today marks the special day with the finals fulfilling what we’ve planned and wanted to do for soccer in the country,” Kapi Natto said. “With KPHL support and the partnership, I believe football will grow big and touched all corners of this country. Critics have been proven wrong and we’ve delivered a successful season today as witnessed by thousands that have come to watch the grand final between Toti City FC and Hekari United FC.”last_img read more

MEN’S CURLING GOES 2-4 AT OUA CHAMPIONSHIPS

first_img“Sadly our men will not advance to the playoffs despite playing better than at any time during the season,” said head coach John Rudd. “This young, inexperienced team has come so far this season.  They have so much.”Full ResultsFor more information, scores and highlights on your favourite U of T athletes and teams, please visit www.varsityblues.ca. Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter, Instagram, SnapChat and Facebook for the latest and greatest in Varsity Blues intercollegiate athletics.   Print Friendly Version The University of Toronto Varsity Blues men’s curling team wrapped up the 2018 OUA championships with a 2-4 record through pool play. The Blues opened the championships with a 10-5 victory over the Laurentian Voyageurs, before dropping a 7-3 decision to the McMaster Marauders and falling 7-4 to the Laurier Golden Hawks. Toronto then improved to 2-2 with a 4-3 victory over the UOIT Ridgebacks, but ended the pool play with a 7-3 loss to Ryerson and 9-2 loss to the undefeated Western Mustangs. Story Linkslast_img read more

Barloworld tops in Giro, Argus

first_img12 March 2007Blessed with beautiful clear weather and almost windless conditions, the Cape Argus Pick ‘n Pay Cycle Tour provided a fitting conclusion to the Giro del Capo as Team Barloworld’s Robert Hunter secured a home victory for South Africa on Sunday.With his teammates providing excellent support, Hunter surged ahead at the finish to sprint to the title ahead of last year’s Argus winner, Steffen Radochla of Team Wiesenhof-Felt, with Regiostrom Senges’ Malaya van Ruitenbeek grabbing the final podium position.Following the top three over the finish line were MTN Microsoft’s top sprinter Malcolm Lange and Davitamon-Win’s Jurgen Roelandts.TeamworkMost of the hard work for Hunter was done by Hugo Sabido and Felix Cardenas, with Fabrizio Guidi adding further help at the end to ensure Hunter took the win.The South African star described his victory as a fantastic day on which his teammates did everything right and dominated the racing. He admitted matters nearly got away from his team towards the end, but said strength in numbers prevented that happening.Said Hunter: “As a South African, to win this race, and I hadn’t raced it in 10 years, means something.” Previously his best result in the Argus was a second-place finish.Women’s winVictory in the women’s race went to Duravit’s Anke Erlank Moore. She credited her win, which was her fourth in the Argus, to mountain bike training.She and Anriette Schoeman, who missed the race after suffering a broken wrist in a training accident two weeks before the race, are the only two women to win the event over the past eight years.Second place went to 17-year-old Cherise Taylor. Moore afterwards picked her as a future winner of the race. Ending third was Marissa van der Merwe.Giro winnerWhile Hunter snatched the Cycle Tour title, it was another Team Barloworld rider, Alexander Efimkin, who won the Giro del Capo. The Russian took the honours ahead of Cardenas, with South Africa’s David George, riding for CSC Marcello, finishing third, followed by two more Barloworld cyclists, Sabido and Ryan Cox.George, who attempted to attack on the final climb of the Argus in a desperate bid for the stage victory, admitted that going up against such a strong team was a challenge too difficult to overcome. He added that the 109-kilometre route was maybe a little too short and he didn’t have enough climbs to allow him to have a strong go at winning the final stage.Four men in the top five of the overall classification was ample testament to the strength of the Barloworld outfit, and it spoke volumes for the hard work they did throughout the Giro.Jersey winnersThe honours didn’t end there for Barloworld either, as Sabido secured the Powerade King of the Mountains title.MTN Microsoft’s Daryl Impey, seventh in the Argus, won the Pickford’s points jersey after capturing the prologue and the 120-kilometre second stage, and Konica Minolta’s Chris Froome won the MTN Young African jersey awarded to the top under-23 African rider.Efimkin called his victory in the Giro “an important win”. He complimented the organisers on a smoothly put together event, and his teammates for the professionalism they showed throughout the race.“The race was good,” he said, “and the scenery beautiful throughout the week.”Success for charitiesOther big winners on the Argus were the charities which benefited from, among others, the entries of former Tour de France champions Jan Ullrich and Greg LeMond.Ullrich raised funds for the Starfish Greathearts Foundation and the Imibala charity, while LeMond rode to raise awareness about diabetes. He was in a group of 200 Virgin Active cyclists, with the gym chain donating money to the Education Active Foundation on their behalf.Ullrich said he thoroughly enjoyed his ride. “It was a wonderful race, wonderful conditions,” he said.“The spirit was marvellous. Everyone from the slow riders to the fast ones had smiles on their faces. I don’t know how much money I’ve raised for the funds, but I hope that it’s a lot. It’s something that I hold close to my heart, particularly raising money for children.”Make a DifferenceAnother prominent team of fundraisers featured former Rugby World Cup winning captain Francois Pienaar teaming up with former Bafana Bafana captain Lucas Radebe – who had flown out from Leeds for the event – riding together on a tandem. They were cycling for Make a Difference (MAD).MAD is Pienaar’s brainchild and among its honorary members it features some of the greatest rugby players in history: New Zealand’s 1987 World Cup winning captain David Kirk;1991 Australian World Cup winning skipper Nick Farr-Jones;Two-time World Cup winner John Eales, who was the victorious captain in 1999; andEngland’s 2003 World Cup winning captain Martin Johnson.What that means, in case you hadn’t worked it out yet, is that every Rugby World Cup winning captain in history has given his backing to MAD. 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Human Machine Interface (HMI): The Art of Making Technology Easy

first_imgHuman Machine Interfaces (HMI) combine hardware and software to assist humans to better interact with automated systems.  Examples of HMI are humans controlling automated vehicles and interacting with plant floor automation.  In a plant control environment, for example, HMI systems can monitor and control plant parameters and inputs.Research and Markets estimates that the global HMI market will grow at a CAGR rate of 7.73 percent between 2015-2019.  Companies like General Electric, Ford Motors, Siemens, Rockwell Automation, Bosch Rexroth, Emerson Electric, Digital Electronics, Honeywell International, Mitsubishi Electric are heavily involved with HMI technology.One example where HMI technology is frequently applied is the human interface used in automobiles.  Jeff Greenberg, Senior Technical Leader for HMI at Ford, said that “we are studying how human beings drive cars.  Understanding how people drive underpins what we do in studying the user experience when at the wheel.  This is a study of the science of driving.”Increasingly automotive designers seek to incorporate technology tools into the automotive interface.  Parrish Hanna, Ford’s Global Director of HMI , said that “people want to bring their digital lives into their vehicles, but how do we make those things compatible with driving?”Mark Boyadjis, senior analyst and manager at IHS Automotive, said that “most of these technologies have such significant compound annual growth rates for two reasons – first, they are relatively new to the automotive industry.  Also, they provide unique and valuable usability characteristics that make driving and operating infotainment systems easier on consumers.”But a recent JD Powers survey found that rather than communication and entertainment, top on the list of automotive technology innovation with consumers are more practical transportation-focused capabilities like collision mitigation, which includes blind-spot detection and prevention, night vision, and enhanced collision-mitigation systems.last_img read more

EHR Record Systems: New Electronic Systems Have Yet to Provide Expected Value

first_imgA few years ago physicians were scrambling to comply with new regulations that mandated the use of electronic health records (EHR).  Now that 80 percent of physicians have adopted EHRs we might expect to see some of the expected benefits that drove the adoption of the original mandate.A new survey finds that we’re not there just yet.  Even though data is being recorded electronically, a survey by HealthMine found that only 22 percent of users with digital health records are using that information to help them make health decisions.Jeanne Madden, associate professor at Northeastern University, said that “many people talk about EHRs as if they’re somehow complete, but they aren’t. Providers only know what happens at their own sites and what actually gets entered into their own EHRs. Insurers, meanwhile, tend to know pretty much the entire picture of the patient’s utilization.”Many hospitals are still suffering the costs required to have implemented their EHR systems.  Doug Brown, managing partner of Black Book, said that “it was a risky decision as hospitals were facing the fact that they would not be back to their pre-EHR implementation patient volumes, inpatient or ambulatory, for at least another five years.  No other industry spends so much per unit of IT on the part of the business that is shrinking the fastest and holds little growth as did inpatient revenues.”This isn’t to say that implementation of EHR systems was the wrong decision, but the benefits from the new technology are going to take a longer time to achieve than was originally expected.last_img read more

Midwest City Safety Prospect Sets Official Visit to Oklahoma State

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. Oklahoma State’s top safety target for the 2017 class has set an official visit date to see OSU on Nov. 11-Nov. 13, Midwest City prospect Evan Fields announced on twitter Wednesday:https://twitter.com/Evan4_/status/788891213902426112Fields was recently offered by OSU at the beginning of October. He has another official visit on the docket at the moment, with a scheduled trip to Kansas State set for Nov. 4. He cancelled his Oct. 29 official to Houston, a school that was originally in his top four list he released in September.The other schools that remain contenders in his recruitment are Memphis, Arizona State, Mississippi State, and Kansas State, and with Fields impressing a number of schools in his senior season, there’s a very good chance other major college programs will be jumping on board.An official visit is a trip that the school will pay for the recruit to come to the school, and pay for food and housing. Many times in recruitment, schools will do their best to roll out the red carpet and impress prospects during this period. So OSU has their crack at one of the hardest hitting safeties while he makes an official visit during the weekend that Texas Tech rolls into town.last_img read more

Players to Watch: West Virginia Mountaineers

first_imgThe Mountaineers run an aggressive brand of football, blitzing from all parts of the field on defense and playing a smashmouth version of the air raid that loves to run the ball but can play with tempo when they need to. Let’s take a look at a few of the impact players for the Mountaineers:Quarterback Skyler Howard, No. 3Coming out of Brewer High School in Fort Worth, Texas, the 6’0”, 207 pound Howard didn’t have a lot of football opportunities except to go to Stephen F. Austin, where he was told he’d be a running back. Insistent on playing quarterback, he transferred out to a junior college in California and did enough to merit an offer from at least one Power 5 program. Head coach Dana Holgorsen laughed last week talking with a few ESPN reporters when asked how they stole Howard out of Big 12 country, “Well,” he explained  “we got him because we were the only ones who offered him.” While he’s not likely to beat out Mahomes, Rudolph, Russell or Mayfield for a spot on the all-conference team, it’d be a sincere mistake to perceive him as a game manager. A senior dual-threat player, Howard has blossomed in his third year in the system. He averages 303.5 passing yards and two touchdowns to .67 interceptions per game. Currently ranked in the top 15 in most statistics involving a quarterback (yards per pass attempt, passing yards per game, completion percentage, passing efficiency and total offense), Howard will be a load for the Cowboy defense on Saturday. Wide Receiver Shelton Gibson, No. 1The junior from Cleveland, Ohio is the primary threat when the ‘Neers need a big play. He led the team in receiving last year with 887 yards and nine touchdowns and is on pace to beat those numbers this year. The Army All-American had offers from Ohio State, Tennessee, Auburn and Nebraska, but chose to lead the air raid in Morgantown.He’s currently No. 5 in the conference with over 80 yards per game, is a fantastic deep threat and  leads the league with over 20 yards per catch.  According to Coach Holgorsen, “That guy can track the ball like I have never seen. Not only can he track it, he catches it well over his shoulder, but he tracks it and somehow he always finds another gear.” Electric with the ball in his hands, he’s the Mountaineer kick returner as well and that pushes him to No. 21 nationally in all-purpose yards. Defensive End Noble Nwachukwu, No. 97Stop me if you’ve heard this story before, son of Nigerian immigrants winds up playing Texas high school football, Big 12 team takes a chance on his development and he winds up an All-Big 12 talent? Nwachukwu played football at Wylie High in east Texas (across town from OSU receiver Marcel Ateman who was just a year younger) and the WVU staff took a chance on him, boy has it paid off. A disruptive force, he led the team with 8.5 sacks last season and is having a solid fifth year leading the Mountaineer line. Tabbed preaseason All Big 12 and at the end of 2015, #97 is a difference maker on the edge. Cornerback Rasul Doulas , No. 13Another great human interest story, Douglas was one of seven in a single-parent home that worked hard to make it from a junior college just an hour outside of New York City. He thrived there, earning NJCAA All-American First Team and a four-star ranking as a recruit.Stepping in for now-Carolina Panther Daryl Worley who finished second in the Big 12 in interceptions last year is redshirt senior Rasul Douglas, who happens to be No. 2 in the league in interceptions as well (No. 13 nationally). He’s a great example of how West Virginia can blitz from anywhere as he has a couple of tackles for loss on the year and is third on the team with 23 tackles. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

Gundy Shows Compassion Toward Texas Tech Kicker Postgame

first_imgOklahoma State snuck past Texas Tech in Stillwater in what turned out to be a nail-biter down to the end — something OSU fans have grown accustomed to over the last two years.The Cowboys failed to score the entire fourth quarter and, with OSU allowing a touchdown with less than 2 minutes on the clock, the Red Raiders simply needed an extra point to tie the game up after storming back.The extra point sailed wide right — which may not have even been the kickers fault! — ultimately sealing their fate unable to stop OSU in the closing minute. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. The ball moved at the very end. Watch it. pic.twitter.com/S4nyCRUjz6— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) November 13, 2016Mike Gundy showed compassion for the young man after the game.“He needs to realize there were a lot of plays in that game and he shouldn’t shoulder the blame,” Gundy commented after the game.Of course, it’s easy for Gundy to say that being on the winning side. But I think it shows a soft side of Gundy that I certainly respect as a common fan. After missing the field goal, the kicker was clearly down in the dumps, and it showed on his face in the ensuing kickoff with him moping and hanging his head.But Gundy is right, there were 162 total plays in the game on Saturday. It may have been what ultimately broke the game, but there were plenty of other opportunities throughout the game. Good on Gundy for commenting on it and being gracious after the game.last_img read more

Three Things We Know About Oklahoma State After 11 Games

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. With just one regular season game left in Oklahoma State’s year and the biggest Bedlam matchup since, well, last year this Saturday, I thought we would take a look at three things we’re pretty sure we know about the Cowboys after three months of football.Kyle Porter1. The Ground Game Is BackKyle Cox outlined it well in this post. OSU is averaging just 4.4 yards per carry on the season but 6.6 (!) in its last three games against Kansas State, Texas Tech and TCU. The Wildcats and Frogs are both in the top 35 in yards per carry against on the ground so it’s not like you were racking up empty yards against Kansas.This has been a startling revelation for somebody (me) who had just completely written off the fact that OSU would have a good running game again until at least 2017. Gundy is getting it all, too, because this is how he loves to play. Run the rock, protect your QB, get turnovers, and let the mullet ride.2. We won’t get a 2014 RepeatThere will be no Tyreek Hill remix this year in Bedlam because Oklahoma State’s punt and kick return game is not very good. They are averaging a decent 10+ yards per punt return (No. 28 in the nation) but only have 14 returns on the season (because they’re all fair caught or fumbled). On kickoffs, OSU is No. 107 in the country averaging fewer than 19 yards per return.3. The Cowboys can win in multiple waysThis might be my favorite thing I’ve learned this season. Gone are the days where it was Rudolph2Washington and pray. In are the days of this week we’ll win with turnovers, now we’ll win by churning and burning on the ground, now we’ll climb on Mason’s back, now we’ll let the Ice Pirate shut it down.This team’s versatility has grown monumentally as the season has worn on. Oh, and I forgot one. Now we’ll truck stick you and run out the clock.Kyle Boone1. This team can win in tight gamesThis seems to be a theme with Mike Gundy’s teams over the past two years — a theme that at the beginning of the year seemed to have flipped for them with a “loss” to CMU and Baylor. But of the games decided by a touchdown or less this year, they are 4-1. Last year? 4-0. That’s more than just luck, that’s a team mindset that’s been instilled by the coaches that no matter the score, it’s not over until the MAC officials award an untimed down and there’s always time to make a run.2. Chris Carson is really that dudeI got a lot of criticism for buying a lot of stock in Chris Carson in the preseason, but he’s been the perfect complement to Justice Hill in the backfield since returning from his early season injury. Whether it’s his health that has helped him return to JUCO form, or an attitude — he’s looked every bit the back that OSU recruited and stole from Georgia in the recruiting process. The guy ended a game with a walk-off first down and took a knee after pummeling a dude! With runs like this, OU will have a difficult time stopping him in Norman.Here is another look at Chris Carson truck-sticking the entire DFW metroplex. pic.twitter.com/caf8gUbicq— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguy) November 19, 20163. Mike Yurcich has proven he’s the most improvedGlenn Spencer is a folk-hero, but Mike has proven to be OSU’s most invaluable coach. An improvement targeted from last year’s rushing woes was to reach 125 yards rushing per game. Headed into Bedlam, they average 165 yards per game, which ranks 79th nationally.He’s done that while helping call the sixth best passing offense in the country. It helps when you have one of the best freshmen tailbacks in Oklahoma State history. He has worked his way into one of 40 nominees for the Broyles Award, given to the top assistant football coach. And he’s proven that he deserves the praise.last_img read more