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CASE Names Tioga County Soil and Water Conservation District Winner of the Dire States Equipment Grant

 

Case LogoTioga County will use $25,000 in free equipment rental from CASE to enact real change by training local public works and highway departments in proper stream and water management to mitigate damages from future flood events on area communities and infrastructure.

CASE Construction Equipment has awarded the $25,000 Dire States Equipment Grant to the Tioga County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) in Tioga County, New York. The SWCD will use the equipment as part of its Environmentally Sensitive Stream Maintenance Program that works with municipal officials and highway department staff to ensure scientifically sound maintenance practices in streams and waterways to mitigate damages from future flooding events. Local flooding events have had considerable impact on local infrastructure and communities in recent years.

tioga_county_swcd“Tioga County historically has been impacted by a number of both flash flood and flooding events,” says Wendy Walsh, director, Tioga County SWCD. “These have had a significant impact on our infrastructure including culverts, bridges and roadways. Benefits of this program will include improved coordination and cooperation between municipal staff and the SWCD, as well as expediting the permitting process with regulating agencies as municipal departments show their growing knowledge of stream function and processes.”

SWCD will use the grant to procure construction equipment from CASE dealer Monroe Tractor to support the program. New training programs will begin this fall and extend into 2017.

“The Tioga County SWCD project stood out to us because of its impact on multiple phases of infrastructure, from inland waterways to roads and bridges,” says Scott Harris, vice president – North America, CASE Construction Equipment. “That’s our goal with Dire States: impacting real infrastructure change at the local level to show how each community can affect change across numerous modes of infrastructure. This program embodies that for us.”

The grant was awarded after soliciting submissions nationwide from local communities to use heavy equipment to improve a critical piece of infrastructure. The winner was chosen by a committee of representatives from CASE. For more information on Dire States, and to see how the grant is being put to use, visit DireStates.com and follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

Webinar On Commercial Drone Use To Feature Q & A With Top UAV Experts

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PRNewswire/ — An industry-leading publication and an international drone company has teamed up to provide current and prospective commercial UAV users with the information they need to navigate new legislation, get started with UAVs, and improve their business efficiency, data accuracy, and profits.

Inside Unmanned Systems and microdrones™ are pleased to announce they will be hosting a webinar called Part 107 Rule: Impact on Key Application Segments in the Commercial Drone Market. The event will take place on Wednesday, September 28, 2016 at 12:00 P.M. EDT. Because it is a web-based event, participants can join the conversation from anywhere in the world.

The webinar will include a question and answer period during which participants will be able to interact in real-time with top UAV experts. The initial discussion will focus on Part 107’s implications for mapping, surveying, and inspection applications, but anyone interested in using drones for commercial purposes is welcome to participate. Spots are limited, so interested individuals should register immediately at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8780341795519423748.

The event will be moderated by Demoz Gebre-Egziabher, a professor of aerospace engineering and mechanics at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, USA. The expert panel for this webinar includes:

  • TO REGISTER, GO TO: http://insideunmannedsystems.com/webinars/ (PRNewsFoto/microdrones)

    TO REGISTER, GO TO: http://insideunmannedsystems.com/webinars/ (PRNewsFoto/microdrones)

    Major General James O. Poss (ret) of ISR Ideas, is a leading expert on UAS, having targeted the first armed UAS strikes, designed the US Air Force’s remote split operations system for UAS control, and designed the Distributed Common Ground Station for UAS intelligence analysis. General Poss is the Executive Director of the Alliance for System Safety of UAS through Research Excellence (ASSURE) of the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) Center of Excellence Team. ASSURE consists of 18 of the top US, Canadian and British UAS research universities with 100+ corporate members collaborating to solve the FAA’s UAS research issues. General Poss works for MSU at their Stennis Space Center Campus. He is a 30-year US Air Force veteran with combat experience in four wars and was the Air Force’s senior career intelligence officer at his transition from active service in November 2012.

  • Mike Hogan is microdrones’ Business Development Director, in charge of identifying new business opportunities and helping clients be more successful. Hogan has extensive knowledge of UAS for industrial applications due to his vast experience helping professionals incorporate the technology into their businesses. Prior to serving microdrones customers, Hogan served in the Royal Canadian Air Force for 21 years as an Intelligence Officer, a Geomatics Officer, and an Airfield Engineer.
  • Ben Van Lare is Operations Manager for Raecon Industries. Van Lare works with a team of professionals in the power, construction, and technology industries to evaluate and integrate the use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) into the commercial work environment. Not only does he specialize in UAV usage and piloting, but also in project management and business development. He is happy to act as a resource for those who have questions on either of these topics for businesses using UAS.

“We’re excited to be hosting this webinar and to have the opportunity to assist those who are pioneering commercial UAS,” said Mike Dziok, Marketing Director of microdrones. “It is an honor to be working with panelists with such a high level of expertise. We expect there will be much interest for this event and spots are limited, so those who wish to participate should register right away.”

To learn more about microdrones, visit www.microdrones.com

Caterpillar Sponsors Hackathon to Create Innovative Solutions for Boosting Mining Equipment Operator Performance

Software developers, data scientists, engineers and entrepreneurs will convene in San Francisco from September 23-25, 2016 for a 54-hour hackathon sponsored by Caterpillar and Unearthed, an Australia-based open innovation organization for the global resources sector. The hackathon format brings together creative problem solvers and industry experts who work in teams under intense time pressure to propose prototype solutions to industry challenges.

“Caterpillar is pleased to sponsor Unearthed San Francisco,” said Tony Johnson, marketing manager for Caterpillar Global Mining, Surface Mining & Technology Division. “It’s especially fitting to host this event just prior to MINExpo where Caterpillar will showcase a strategy of continuous innovation,”

cat-793f-mining-truck-at-work“The Unearthed organization has inspired more than 1,000 innovators to attack problems in the global resources sector, and in the process, at least 150 promising solutions have been produced,” said Roberto Ortega, Innovation Incubator, Caterpillar. “We’re excited to put that kind of energy and imagination to work on behalf of our customers.”

Among the innovations emerging from Unearthed events are novel sensors and analytics for preventing oversize material from blocking the crushers on iron ore sites, predictive algorithms that dramatically reduce the need for lab sampling, and wearable devices that improve workplace safety. Some of the mining and oil & gas companies taking advantage of this approach include BHP Billiton, Iluka Resources, Newcrest, Rio Tinto and Woodside.

“The global resources sector faces unprecedented pressure to improve the efficiency and sustainability of its operations, and at the same time it will see nearly $1 trillion of impact from new technologies in the decade ahead,” explained Justin Strharsky, director of Unearthed. “We are helping industry adapt by creating opportunities for entrepreneurs.”

The task at hand

In San Francisco, Caterpillar will challenge hackathon participants to propose innovative ways to use telematics data and real-time coaching to improve surface mining truck operator performance.

“Operator technique has a profound effect on productivity, fuel efficiency, component life and operating costs,” explained Johnson. “Our customers spend a lot of time and resources on traditional training activities, but we believe we can augment their work with data, analytics and real-time feedback.”

Using several large datasets from Caterpillar, hackathon participants will spend the weekend exploring how the information could be used to improve operator performance, predict potential problems, reward desired behavior and reduce machine misuse. Caterpillar subject matter experts will be on hand to provide industry perspective.

At the end of the session, teams will have five minutes to present their ideas and five minutes to respond to questions from a panel of judges. Cash prizes will be awarded for the top prototypes. The first-place team will be featured in a video shown at MINExpo 2016, the world’s premier mining equipment and technology exhibition.

“We expect that the solutions provided by the hackathon participants will be applicable to surface and underground mining equipment,” Ortega said. “In the spirit of innovation, the solutions are likely to be applicable to most types of heavy equipment and not limited to mining applications.”

“The hackathon is just one more way we’re putting the latest tools, processes and ideas to work for Caterpillar customers—helping them improve safety, increase production efficiency and reduce costs,” Johnson concluded.

To learn more about Unearthed San Francisco, go to http://unearthed.solutions/events/unearthed-san-francisco-2016/

Caterpillar is hosting a live video stream though Periscope

UnknownToday on October 8. Caterpillar is hosting a live video stream though Periscope, a new social media platform. A total of 8 video segments will stream during this one-day event, starting at 8am Central Time. Four segments will feature product demonstrations and four highlight technology/customer support solutions.

If you are not familiar with Periscope, it is a new live video streaming app for iOS and Android devices. This social platform allows users to quickly and easily share video right from their mobile device, and engage via chat (and by giving hearts) while watching broadcasts.

Below are the details of the event.
Schedule
8 AM Equipment Demonstration Captured from Drone, Followed by Q&A with Marty Dains, Edwards Manager (Edwards Demonstration & Learning Center)
9 AM Equipment Demonstration Captured from Ground Level, Followed by Q&A with Chad Cremeens, Field Operations Supervisor (Edwards Demonstration & Learning Center)
11 AM Why Use Genuine Cat Parts, Followed by Q&A with Jeff Payne, Marketing Consultant (Building LC Service Bay)
12 PM SOS Tour, Followed by Q&A with Dana Franklin, SOS Expert (Building LC SOS Lab)
1 PM Fleet Monitoring Center Tour, Followed by Q&A with Mark Kelly, Condition Monitoring Adviser (Building LC Fleet Monitoring Center)
3 PM Walkaround Inspection Demo with Cat Inspect App, Followed by Q&A with Jeff Payne, Marketing Consultant (Edwards Demonstration & Learning Center)
4 PM Equipment Demonstration Captured from Drone, Followed by Q&A with Marty Dains, Edwards Manager (Edwards Demonstration & Learning Center)
5 PM Equipment Demonstration Captured from Ground Level, Followed by Q&A with Chad Cremeens, Field Operations Supervisor (Edwards Demonstration & Learning Center)

List of Machines
Articulated Trucks
Backhoe Loaders
Dozers
Excavators
Motor Graders
Multi-Terrain Loaders
Off-Highway Trucks
On-Highway Trucks
Skid Steers
Wheel Loaders
Wheel Tractor Scrapers

How to Watch
The following instructions will walk you through the process of downloading Periscope, setting up an account and following Caterpillar. Once this is setup, you’ll receive notifications on your mobile device each time Caterpillar begins streaming.
1. Download Periscope on your mobile device
Download on iOS (Click here!)
Download on Android (Click here!)
2. Log in via Twitter or create a new account (for help, click here)
3. Enable notifications when prompted
4. Search for and follow CaterpillarInc (for help, click here)

If you miss the live event, the videos will be available for 24 hours after each live stream through Periscope. They will also be uploaded to YouTube.

AEM Construction Industry Hall of Fame

AEM_HallOfFameAEM Hall of Fame
Recognizing the Pioneering Spirit that Helps Our Industry Change the World
AEM Hall of FameThe Association of Equipment Manufacturers is proud to recognize those whose inventions, ideas, leadership and courage have made supreme contributions to the industry and to our quality of life.

The AEM Hall of Fame traces its roots to 1993 and development of the Construction Equipment Hall of Fame as a not-for-profit industry-wide initiative by Construction Equipment magazine. AEM served on its Board of Directors; the first Hall of Fame induction ceremony was held at CONEXPO 1993 and the last ceremony in 1999. The Hall lapsed in the early 2000s and AEM took over ownership and operation in 2008 creating the AEM Hall of Fame.

The AEM Hall of Fame honors the pioneering individuals who invented, managed, built and led the off-road equipment industry. Individually and collectively they represent some of the best, brightest and most influential minds in the history of the off-road equipment industry.

By honoring these individuals, the AEM Hall of Fame also strives to instill a deeper public understanding and appreciation for the continuing role of our industry in global business success and continued growth for our unparalleled standard of living.

Now, more than ever, we face the challenges of navigating a changing global economy. In no small way, the off-road equipment industry and its leadership will steer the way to increased employment and a higher gross national product. The example of the AEM Hall of Fame members is also a beacon for the workforce development necessary for future excellence in the off-road equipment industry.

Even more great accomplishments are on the horizon as our industry continues to work with corporations, government agencies, industry and business groups and the public to build a better and more productive society.

Nomination Process
The AEM Hall of Fame accepts nominations year-round. Please honor those who have risen to the elite of our industry with a nomination to the AEM Hall of Fame.

Inductees into the AEM Hall of Fame should exemplify five guiding principles:

Innovation
Industry Contributions
Leadership
Corporate Citizenship/Social Responsibility
Sustainability
Download the Nomination Form

For more information about AEM Hall of Fame or the nomination process, contact AEM’s Jordanne Waldschmidt (jwaldschmidt@aem.org, Tel: 414-298-4152)