“It’s almost like a file cabinet in the cloud,” says George Pontikes, CEO of Satterfield &

“It’s almost like a file cabinet in the cloud,” says George Pontikes, CEO of Satterfield & Pontikes Construction, about Assemble Systems, whose platform helps users manage bids, estimate costs, and plan and run projects and BIM across a project’s network of people and work. “It becomes a file cabinet,” says Todd Wynne, VP of Business Development and Partnerships with Bluebeam, who with his colleague Joe Williams, while both were at Rogers-O’Brien Construction, developed Atlas, a digital mapping tool that uses geo-location software to bridge the gap between 3D models and 2D drawings. Aside from their functionality, what distinguishes these tools is that both were incubated by AEC firms with an eye toward commercialization. While it’s common for firms to develop tools for internal use, the leap to marketing new products to the industry at large is still the exception. Thornton Tomasetti’s CORE studio is one of the more robust examples of an AEC firm that has set up an entity specifically to nurture ideas and evaluate their marketability. Other firms also want their creations to make a bigger splash. “Kieran Timberlake does only 10 to 15 projects a year, so ...

Bill requires sheriffs to aid ICE when detaining illegal immigrants

RALEIGH — Legislation requiring North Carolina’s sheriffs to honor detainer requests regarding illegal immigrants was given a ceremonial first-reading approval Monday in the state House of Representatives. Rep. Brenden Jones, whose District 46 includes part of Robeson County, is a primary sponsor of House Bill 370, which has been sent to the House Judiciary Committee. The legislation, titled Require Sheriff Cooperation with ICE (U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement), requires “county sheriffs in North Carolina to honor and fulfill detainer requests from the federal government for illegal immigrants who are already incarcerated for being charged with a crime. This legislation requires sheriffs’ offices to track and report the number of queries they make to federal officials under its provisions and provides a mechanism for private citizens to hold their elected sheriffs accountable in the enforcement of federal immigration law,” a press release from Jones’ office reads in part. “This is common sense legislation that shouldn’t have to be filed,” Jones said. “We are a nation of laws and this legislation simply enforces our federal immigration laws because a piecemeal approach b...

Vintage ‘Slot Mag’ Wheels Are Ubiquitous For A Reason

Magnesium is an excellent metal to add to an alloy to make wheels. Because magnesium is 1.5 times less dense than aluminum, while retaining similar specific strength and damping capacities, it is possible to make a mag wheel lighter than an aluminum alloy wheel of the same strength. Particularly in the 1960s, magnesium racing wheels were en vogue. Though developed for motorsport applications, the mag wheel was soon adopted to street use by the enthusiast community. Given that this simple wheel design was quite popular and featured five slotted holes, they became known as ‘slot mags’. This design of wheel has been available for decades in a wide variety of sizes from a wide variety of manufacturers. From American Racing and Cragar to Ansen and Gyro, every wheel manufacturer seemingly had a wheel that looked like this. And that’s to say nothing of the countless small international shops building them in Italy and Japan. If you have a particular application that you’d like to find a set of slots for, you likely won’t be waiting long. I can’t imagine why, but it seems that people selling slot mags on the internet are not exactly adept at taking good quality photographs of the items...

Gear-obsessed editors choose every product we review. We may earn money if you buy from a

Gear-obsessed editors choose every product we review. We may earn money if you buy from a link. How we test gear. Follow these tips for hanging outdoor Christmas lights, and step back and enjoy your masterpiece when you’re done. ‘Tis the season of lights so brighten up the holidays—and the neighborhood—by decorating your home with colorful Christmas lights. The following tips and strategies will make it much easier and faster to hang holiday lights, so you can and step back and enjoy your masterpiece when you’re done. And if you’re in the market for some new lights, here are some of the very best Christmas lights you can buy today. There are a lot of terms out there when it comes to holiday lights. Here’s a quick glossary of need-to-know terms: INCANDESCENT: Classic, filament-based bulbs that give off a warm glow. They do get hot though, so handle them carefully and keep them away from anything flammable. LED: Lasts at least twice as long as an incandescent. Emits very bright light. LED bulbs stay cool to the touch, but some of the pure white ones can look a little too cold. Before you start stringing lights all over the place stop and create a lighting plan. ...

IKO Settles Class Action Lawsuit Regarding Organic Asphalt Shingles

PEORIA, Ill., Nov. 2, 2018 /PRNewswire/ – Lockridge Grindal Nauen P.L.L.P., Halunen Law, and Levin Sedran & Berman, counsel for the plaintiffs in In re: IKO Roofing Shingles Products Liability Litigation, MDL Docket No. 2104 (C.D. IL), announced today that the plaintiffs have entered into an agreement to settle various class actions relating to IKO “organic” asphalt roofing shingles that were installed on buildings in the United States primarily between 1978 and 2008.  IKO denies any liability in the actions.  The parties agreed to the settlement to avoid the expense and distraction of further protracted litigation and to fully resolve this matter. This class action settlement, which must be approved by a judge, was filed in the United States District Court for the Central District of Illinois.  The benefits to Settlement Class Members include extensions of shingle limited warranties by up to five years on existing warranties and some expired warranties and increases in the payments on certain valid warranty claims.  People who own or owned buildings with IKO organic shingles can obtain additional information about the settlement by checking the website at...

Headlamps are great for what they are, but they’re not ideal when you’re wearing a hat.

Headlamps are great for what they are, but they’re not ideal when you’re wearing a hat. The brim gets in the way and you’re stuck having to take it off to use one. The Klein Cap Visor Light is a lightweight LED clip light that fits on your ball cap or visor for work in areas that doesn’t require a hard hat. It’s a fairly simple design that has a ton of uses and won’t break your budget. SUPPORT OUR ADVERTISERSgoogletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display(‘div-gpt-ad-1389975325257-0′); }); The Klein Cap Visor Light uses two AAA batteries for power. They’re not as convenient as rechargeable lithium-ion batteries, but they are readily available. You can walk into almost any convenience store and find them. Access is on the top and you don’t need any tools. Just pop the cap with your fingernail to change the batteries out. Even though there’s no o-ring to seal it off, the battery door still closes things up tight enough to earn an IP54 rating. Using the rubberized push button on top of the light, you can cycle its 5 LEDs between 125 lumens, 40 lumens, and off. Expect roughly 4 hours of runtime on high and 8 hours on low with its AA batteries. There’s a simple angle a...

Rage Against the Machine Play ‘Sleep Now in the Fire’ in 2010: Watch

The best in culture from a cultural icon. Subscribe now for more from the authority on music, entertainment, politics and pop culture. As the band gears up for a 2020 comeback tour, take a look back at this amazing London performance from their previous reunion Rage Against The Machine are gearing up for a 2020 reunion tour that will feature, at the very least, performances at both Coachella weekends in April and shows in Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona in the days building up to the festival. The rather stunning news came out last week on their newly created Instagram account, but the members of the band have yet to publicly comment on it. The last Rage reunion also began at Coachella. It was 2007 and the group had been MIA since their acrimonious split seven years earlier — “Our decision-making process has completely failed,” Zack de la Rocha said — and during that time the frontman was largely off the grid as his bandmates carried on as Audioslave with Chris Cornell at the helm. The reunion didn’t generate a single new song, but the band did play quite a few shows, focused largely on highly lucrative overseas festivals. It wrapped up July 30th, 2011, at the Los Angeles Memori...

Lumerical’s Photonic Inverse Design Reduces CompoundTek SiPh Grating Coupler Footprint by 20X

CompoundTek, a global foundry services leader in emerging silicon photonic solutions (SiPh), today announces the tapeout of a reduced footprint grating coupler for photonic I/O. The grating couplers were designed and optimized using photonic inverse design (PID) in conjunction with Lumerical’s industry leading FDTD nanophotonic simulator. Lumerical’s PID capability enables photonic designers to rapidly develop entirely new functionality with improved performance, reduced footprint, and more robust manufacturability. “With this successful tapeout in partnership with Lumerical, customers will be able to access Lumerical’s PID solution with confidence when taping-out to CompoundTek in the future. The integration into our design flow, design partners and open SiPh manufacturing platform ecosystem will accelerate the adoption of SiPh solutions for various applications ranging from datacom transceivers, smart sensor, bio-medical, automotive LiDAR, quantum computing and artificial intelligence,” said KS Ang, Chief Operating Officer, CompoundTek. The SiPh grating coupler is a key functional block for photonic I/O, enabling light to be coupled from fiber into and out of a photo...