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AECOM Technology Corporation is a professional technical and management support services firm. Ranked in terms of revenue from design projects, the company was the number one design firm for 2010 and 2011 by Engineering News-Record and ranked number one by Architectural Record for 2008. It provides services in the areas of transportation, planning, environmental, energy, water and government. With approximately 45,000 employees in 2012, AECOM is listed at #353 on the Fortune 500 list. Wikipedia.

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News Article | May 17, 2017
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LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)--AECOM, a premier, fully integrated global infrastructure firm, announced today it is seeking qualified professionals and technical experts to fill more than 3,000 open positions throughout the United States and Canada over the next six months. The positions will provide critical support in infrastructure innovation for AECOM projects spanning its key sectors, including transportation, buildings, environment, water, defense and energy. “With a renewed public and private sector commitment to repair North America’s infrastructure, AECOM has set out to hire top-tier talent that can deliver in every role,” said Michael S. Burke, AECOM’s chairman and chief executive officer. “To continue providing the innovative solutions our clients require, we are adding more creative problem-solvers who can think strategically and collaborate across our design, build, finance and operate capabilities.” The current job openings range from entry level to senior leadership positions and span a diverse set of roles, including: architects, engineers, designers, planners, scientists, skilled laborers and construction and management professionals. With more than 87,000 employees worldwide, AECOM’s network of experts work with clients, communities and colleagues to develop and implement innovative solutions to the world’s most complex challenges, from advancing hyperloop technology and exploring electrified roadways to designing the first LEED platinum arena and building the tallest tower in the western hemisphere. “We are looking for candidates with diverse backgrounds, disciplines and perspectives who are passionate about making an impact,” said Mary Finch, AECOM’s chief human resources officer. “By recruiting the best, forward-thinking minds in the industry, our teams push the boundaries of what’s possible and transform ideas into reality.” Today, AECOM is driving faster, smarter and better solutions that will define the next generation of infrastructure. This year marks the introduction of the firm’s employee innovation incubator and contest, the AECOM Global Challenge, where the entrepreneurial spirit of our employees is leveraged to create new and innovative solutions that enhance our ability to design, build, finance and operate infrastructure assets around the world. The company also recently launched Urban SOS™ 2017: hOUR City, a global student ideas competition that challenges multidisciplinary teams to help bridge the divide between thriving and struggling communities. AECOM is ranked the No. 1 “Top 500 Design Firms” for the eighth consecutive year by the leading industry trade publication, Engineering News Record, and named one of Fortune magazine’s “World’s Most Admired Companies” for the third consecutive year. The company is recognized for its excellence in safety, health and environment, and is proud of its award-winning safety standards and practices. For more information about the open positions at AECOM, and how to apply, visit: http://www.aecom.com/careers/ AECOM is built to deliver a better world. We design, build, finance and operate infrastructure assets for governments, businesses and organizations in more than 150 countries. As a fully integrated firm, we connect knowledge and experience across our global network of experts to help clients solve their most complex challenges. From high-performance buildings and infrastructure, to resilient communities and environments, to stable and secure nations, our work is transformative, differentiated and vital. A Fortune 500 firm, AECOM had revenue of approximately $17.4 billion during fiscal year 2016. See how we deliver what others can only imagine at aecom.com and @AECOM.


The signing ceremony took place during a technology conference hosted by Winsun in Suzhou, China SHANGHAI, May 18, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- AECOM, a premier, fully integrated global infrastructure firm, announced today that it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the construction 3D printing organization Yingchuang Building Technique (Shanghai) Co. Ltd, also known as Winsun. This agreement allows AECOM and Winsun to pursue opportunities together for the next three years in order to deliver the benefits of 3D printing of buildings and their components to clients around the globe. "The potential for 3D printing to transform the infrastructure industry is still largely untapped and we are excited by the prospect of introducing this capability into suitable future projects around the world in consultation with our clients and in collaboration with Winsun," said Ian Chung, senior vice president and People's Republic of China regional executive of AECOM. "We are committed to leveraging our strengths in integrated delivery of the built environment and the technology thought leadership of Winsun in construction 3D printing to help our global network of clients achieve faster turnaround times with a lower carbon footprint from the whole construction process." 3D printing is an additive manufacturing technique that has been used for several years to produce small objects less than one meter across. In recent years, the scale of objects that can be printed has increased to encompass a wider range of applications, including in the aerospace and automotive sectors. At the largest scale yet, 3D printing for entire buildings or for components in construction projects is emerging as a potentially disruptive technology in the construction industry. The potential benefits of 3D printing for construction project include, reduced error as the design and fabrication are part of an integrated digital process and decreased waste generated on site. "AECOM is the world's leading infrastructure firm and we are very pleased and honored to partner with them on this strategic global initiative," said Mr. Yihe Ma, chairman of Winsun. "This collaboration will enable us to further accelerate the development of our construction 3D printing technology and help drive the integration of construction 3D printing technology into planning and design." AECOM and Winsun are already seeing potential collaborative project opportunities for clients in the Middle East and expect to find many others geographies where the technology can help overcome particular local challenges. Developing regions in Asia and Africa are expected to account for most of the world's new urbanization in the coming decades, for example, China's Belt and Road Initiative is projected to generate new infrastructure opportunities where this technology can be utilized. AECOM is built to deliver a better world. We design, build, finance and operate infrastructure assets for governments, businesses and organizations in more than 150 countries. As a fully integrated firm, we connect knowledge and experience across our global network of experts to help clients solve their most complex challenges. From high-performance buildings and infrastructure, to resilient communities and environments, to stable and secure nations, our work is transformative, differentiated and vital. A Fortune 500 firm, AECOM had revenue of approximately $17.4 billion during fiscal year 2016. See how we deliver what others can only imagine at aecom.com and @AECOM.


LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)--AECOM (NYSE:ACM), a premier, fully integrated global infrastructure firm, will ring The Opening Bell® at the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) at 9:30 am ET today in celebration of the firm’s 10th anniversary of its initial public offering (IPO). Michael S. Burke, AECOM’s chairman and chief executive officer, will be joined by members of AECOM’s board of directors and executive leadership team. "It’s a tremendous honor for all of us at AECOM to ring The Opening Bell for the second time at the NYSE, underscoring the progress we’ve made on our journey to become the world’s premier, fully integrated infrastructure firm,” said Mr. Burke. “Since our initial public offering a decade ago, we have significantly expanded our capabilities and grown our global footprint. I am proud to share this moment with our incredible employees as well as our visionary clients, whom we partner with to deliver innovative solutions for the world’s most complex challenges." In 2007, AECOM’s IPO was one of the all-time largest for the sector and one of the 10 largest NYSE listings that year. Since then, the firm has grown revenue 400 percent to $17.4 billion, its employee base has nearly tripled to 87,000 and its geographic reach has more than doubled to over 150 countries. Today, AECOM is driving faster, smarter and better solutions that will define the next generation of infrastructure. The firm has ranked as the No. 1 “Top 500 Design Firms” for eight consecutive years by the leading industry trade publication, Engineering News Record, and was recently ranked No. 5 on the publication’s “Top 400 Contractors” list. Further, the company was named one of Fortune magazine’s “World’s Most Admired Companies” for the third consecutive year. A live feed of AECOM ringing The Opening Bell (9:29 a.m. ET) will be available at https://livestream.com/NYSE. AECOM (NYSE:ACM) is built to deliver a better world. We design, build, finance and operate infrastructure assets for governments, businesses and organizations in more than 150 countries. As a fully integrated firm, we connect knowledge and experience across our global network of experts to help clients solve their most complex challenges. From high-performance buildings and infrastructure, to resilient communities and environments, to stable and secure nations, our work is transformative, differentiated and vital. A Fortune 500 firm, AECOM had revenue of approximately $17.4 billion during fiscal year 2016. See how we deliver what others can only imagine at aecom.com and @AECOM.


LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)--AECOM (NYSE:ACM), a premier, fully integrated global infrastructure firm, announced today that it has launched an offer to exchange new registered notes for the outstanding unregistered notes that it issued in February 2017 in a private placement pursuant to Rule 144A and Regulation S under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “Securities Act”). AECOM is offering to exchange (the “Exchange Offer”) $1 billion aggregate principal amount of its newly issued 5.125% Senior Notes due 2027, as well as all related guarantees (the “Exchange Notes”) for a like principal amount of its outstanding 5.125% Senior Notes due 2027, as well as all related guarantees (the “Old Notes”). The Exchange Notes have been registered under the Securities Act and will be guaranteed by AECOM’s subsidiaries that guarantee the Old Notes. AECOM will not receive any proceeds from the issuance of the Exchange Notes. The sole purpose of the Exchange Offer is to fulfill AECOM’s obligations under the registration rights agreement entered into with holders of the Old Notes in connection with the February 2017 offering. The Exchange Offer will expire at 5:00 p.m. New York City time on June 26, 2017, unless otherwise extended (such date and time, as they may be extended, the “Expiration Date”). The settlement date for the Exchange Offer will occur as promptly as practicable following the Expiration Date. The Exchange Offer is made only pursuant to AECOM’s prospectus dated May 26, 2017, which has been filed with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission. AECOM has not authorized any person to provide information other than as set forth in the prospectus. Copies of the exchange offer prospectus and related materials may be obtained from the exchange agent for the Exchange Offer, U.S. Bank National Association, by emailing or faxing a request to cts.specfinance@usbank.com or (651) 466-7372 (for Eligible Institutions only) or by mailing or delivering a request to U.S. Bank National Association, Global Corporate Trust Services, 111 Fillmore Ave. East, EP-MN-WS2N, St. Paul, MN 55107, Attention: Specialized Finance. This press release is for informational purposes only and is neither an offer to buy, nor a solicitation of an offer to sell, the Exchange Notes or any other securities, and shall not constitute an offer, solicitation or sale in any state or jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful. AECOM (NYSE:ACM) is built to deliver a better world. We design, build, finance and operate infrastructure assets for governments, businesses and organizations in more than 150 countries. As a fully integrated firm, we connect knowledge and experience across our global network of experts to help clients solve their most complex challenges. From high-performance buildings and infrastructure, to resilient communities and environments, to stable and secure nations, our work is transformative, differentiated and vital. A Fortune 500 firm, AECOM had revenue of approximately $17.4 billion during fiscal year 2016. See how we deliver what others can only imagine at aecom.com and @AECOM. All statements in this press release other than statements of historical fact are “forward-looking statements” for purposes of federal and state securities laws, including statements relating to the future exchange offer. Although we believe that the expectations reflected in our forward-looking statements are reasonable, actual results could differ materially from those projected or assumed in any of our forward-looking statements. Important factors that could cause our actual results, performance and achievements, or industry results to differ materially from estimates or projections contained in our forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, the following: our business is cyclical and vulnerable to economic downturns and client spending reductions; uncertainties related to government contract appropriations; Budget Control Act of 2011; governmental agencies may modify, curtail or terminate our contracts; government contracts are subject to audits and adjustments of contractual terms; losses under fixed-price contracts; limited control over operations run through our joint venture entities; misconduct by our employees or consultants or our failure to comply with laws or regulations applicable to our business; our leveraged position and ability to service our debt; ability to maintain surety and financial capacity; exposure to legal, political and economic risks in different countries as well as currency exchange rate fluctuations; the failure to retain and recruit key technical and management personnel; our insurance policies may not provide adequate coverage; Brexit; unexpected adjustments and cancellations related to our backlog; dependence on third party contractors who fail to satisfy their obligations; systems and information technology interruption; and changing client preferences/demands, fiscal positions and payment patterns. Additional factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from our forward-looking statements are set forth in our reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. We do not intend, and undertake no obligation, to update any forward-looking statement.


When using soda ash reagent in an SBS injection system, various impurities from various possible sources can form suspended solid particles and also form scale that may foul the filtration screens, piping, reagent storage tanks, and instrumentation in the injection system. A system and method are disclosed in which a chelating agent cleaning process removes existing scale, or alternatively, prevents the particles and scale from forming. Various embodiments operate in batch or continuous modes or a combination of both.


News Article | May 9, 2017
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LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)--AECOM (NYSE:ACM), a premier, fully integrated global infrastructure firm, today reported second quarter revenue of $4.4 billion. Net income1 and diluted earnings per share1 were $102 million and $0.65 in the second quarter, respectively. On an adjusted basis, diluted earnings per share2 was $0.89. “We had several key accomplishments in the second quarter: we delivered EPS ahead of our expectations, we had positive organic revenue growth and we announced the first monetization from our AECOM Capital portfolio,” said Michael S. Burke, AECOM’s chairman and chief executive officer. “In addition, shortly after the quarter closed, we were selected for a substantial $3.6 billion project in our Management Services business, which builds on our recent large project wins. These successes are the clearest evidence yet that our intensified business development investments and efforts to drive growth are delivering results.” “Our strong financial performance and outlook are a testament to our consistent execution and the benefits of our diverse end-market and geographic exposure,” said Stephen M. Kadenacy, AECOM’s president and chief operating officer. “As we progress through the second half of the fiscal year, our attention remains focused on delivering strong results and building on our pipeline momentum to best position the business for long-term outperformance.” Wins in the quarter were $3.4 billion, an increase of 10% over the prior-year period, and resulted in a book-to-burn ratio6 of 0.7. Total backlog increased 4%3 over the prior-year period to $42.4 billion. The Company’s backlog is expected to reflect the $3.6 billion Management Services award upon resolution of a protest by the incumbent contractor. In addition to providing consolidated financial results, AECOM reports separate financial information for its three segments: Design & Consulting Services, Construction Services and Management Services. The DCS segment delivers planning, consulting, architectural and engineering design services to commercial and government clients worldwide in markets such as transportation, facilities, environmental, energy, water and government. Revenue in the second quarter was $1.9 billion. Constant-currency organic7 revenue decreased by 3% as significant infrastructure investment initiatives have yet to positively impact the Company’s markets. Operating income was $113 million compared to $99 million in the year-ago period. On an adjusted basis, operating income8 was $120 million compared to $140 million in the year-ago period. Second quarter adjusted operating income reflects strong underlying execution offset by increased investments in business development to capitalize on improving market trends and the expected lower contribution from normal margin. The CS segment provides construction services for energy, sports, commercial, industrial, and public and private infrastructure clients. Revenue in the second quarter was $1.7 billion. Constant-currency organic7 revenue increased by 12%, highlighted by growth in the Building Construction and Power businesses. Operating income was $26 million compared to operating income of $5 million in the year-ago period. On an adjusted basis, operating income8 was $34 million compared to $17 million in the year-ago period. This improvement reflects strong performance in the Building Construction and Power businesses and better performance in Oil & Gas. The MS segment provides program and facilities management and maintenance, training, logistics, consulting, technical assistance and systems-integration services and information technology services, primarily for agencies of the U.S. government, national governments around the world and commercial customers. Revenue in the second quarter was $827 million. Organic7 revenue decreased by 8%. Operating income was $52 million compared to $116 million in the year-ago period. On an adjusted basis, operating income9 was $65 million compared to $140 million in the year-ago period. Revenue and adjusted operating income9 in the year-ago period included a $45 million benefit from an accelerated recovery of a government pension entitlement resulting from the harmonization of the Company’s benefit program. Excluding this item, organic7 revenue declined by 4% year-over-year. The effective tax rate in the second quarter was (44.2%) and included a benefit from the reversal of a deferred tax asset valuation allowance. The net impact from the reversal of a deferred tax asset valuation allowance and a higher rate than contemplated in guidance was a $0.33 benefit to earnings per share in the fiscal second quarter. On an adjusted basis, the effective tax rate was (16.5%). The adjusted tax rate was derived by re-computing the expected annual effective tax rate on earnings from adjusted net income.10 The adjusted tax expense differs from the GAAP tax expense based on the taxability or deductibility and tax rate applied to each of the adjustments. Operating cash flow for the second quarter was ($46) million, and free cash flow5 was ($64) million. Cash flow was impacted by the outflow from a legal settlement that was disclosed in the fiscal first quarter. The Company remains on track with its annual free cash flow guidance of $600 million to $800 million for fiscal 2017. AECOM had $726 million of total cash and cash equivalents, $3.5 billion of net debt and $870 million in unused capacity under its $1.05 billion revolving credit facility. Total debt has declined by $1.1 billion since closing the URS acquisition in October 2014. AECOM is reiterating fiscal year 2017 adjusted EPS2 guidance of $2.80 to $3.20, which includes approximately $0.20 of anticipated gains related to AECOM Capital realizations at the mid-point of the range. The Company expects fiscal 2017 full-year interest expense, excluding amortization of deferred financing fees, of approximately $210 million as compared to $200 million previously. The Company expects an effective tax rate10 for adjusted earnings of approximately 18% compared to 20% previously. The net impact to adjusted EPS guidance from these two changes is immaterial. The Company continues to expect a full-year share count of 159 million. The Company also expects $36 million of acquisition and integration expenses during the fiscal year. Fiscal year 2017 capital expenditures11 are expected to be approximately $115 million. The Company expects depreciation expense of approximately $165 million and the amortization of intangible assets12 to be approximately $95 million. AECOM is hosting a conference call today at 12 p.m. EDT, during which management will make a brief presentation focusing on the Company's results, strategies and operating trends. Interested parties can listen to the conference call and view accompanying slides via webcast at www.aecom.com. The webcast will be available for replay following the call. 1 Defined as attributable to AECOM. 2 Defined as attributable to AECOM, excluding acquisition and integration related expenses, financing charges in interest expense, the amortization of intangible assets, and financial impacts associated with expected and actual dispositions of non-core businesses and assets. 3 On a constant-currency basis. 4 Excluding acquisition and integration related expenses, financing charges in interest expense, the amortization of intangible assets, and financial impacts associated with expected and actual dispositions of non-core businesses and assets. 5 Free cash flow is defined as cash flow from operations less capital expenditures net of proceeds from disposals. 6 Book-to-burn ratio is defined as the amount of wins divided by revenue recognized during the period, including revenue related to work performed in unconsolidated joint ventures. 7 Organic growth is at constant currency and excludes revenue associated with actual and planned non-core asset and business dispositions. Results expressed in constant currency are presented excluding the impact from changes in currency exchange rates. 8 Excluding intangible amortization and financial impacts associated with expected and actual dispositions of non-core businesses and assets. 9 Excluding intangible amortization. 10 Inclusive of non-controlling interest deduction and adjusted for acquisition and integration expenses, financing charges in interest expense, the amortization of intangible assets and financial impacts associated with actual and planned dispositions of non-core businesses and assets. 11 Capital expenditures, net of proceeds from disposals. 12 Amortization of intangible assets expense includes the impact of amortization included in equity in earnings of joint ventures and non-controlling interests. AECOM (NYSE:ACM) is built to deliver a better world. We design, build, finance and operate infrastructure assets for governments, businesses and organizations in more than 150 countries. As a fully integrated firm, we connect knowledge and experience across our global network of experts to help clients solve their most complex challenges. From high-performance buildings and infrastructure, to resilient communities and environments, to stable and secure nations, our work is transformative, differentiated and vital. A Fortune 500 firm, AECOM had revenue of approximately $17.4 billion during fiscal year 2016. See how we deliver what others can only imagine at aecom.com and @AECOM. All statements in this press release other than statements of historical fact are “forward-looking statements” for purposes of federal and state securities laws, including any projections of earnings, revenue, cash flows, tax rate, share count, interest expense, amortization of intangible assets and financial fees, AECOM Capital realizations, Management Services awards, acquisition and integration expense, or other financial items; any statements of the plans, strategies and objectives for future operations; and any statements regarding future economic conditions or performance. Although we believe that the expectations reflected in our forward-looking statements are reasonable, actual results could differ materially from those projected or assumed in any of our forward-looking statements. Important factors that could cause our actual results, performance and achievements, or industry results to differ materially from estimates or projections contained in our forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, the following: our business is cyclical and vulnerable to economic downturns and client spending reductions; uncertainties related to government contract appropriations; Budget Control Act of 2011; governmental agencies may modify, curtail or terminate our contracts; government contracts are subject to audits and adjustments of contractual terms; losses under fixed-price contracts; limited control over operations run through our joint venture entities; misconduct by our employees or consultants or our failure to comply with laws or regulations applicable to our business; our leveraged position and ability to service our debt; ability to maintain surety and financial capacity; exposure to legal, political and economic risks in different countries as well as currency exchange rate fluctuations; the failure to retain and recruit key technical and management personnel; our insurance policies may not provide adequate coverage; Brexit; unexpected adjustments and cancellations related to our backlog; dependence on third party contractors who fail to satisfy their obligations; systems and information technology interruption; and changing client preferences/demands, fiscal positions and payment patterns. Additional factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from our forward-looking statements are set forth in our reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. We do not intend, and undertake no obligation, to update any forward-looking statement. This press release contains financial information calculated other than in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (“GAAP”). In particular, the Company believes that non-GAAP financial measures such as adjusted EPS, adjusted operating income, adjusted tax rate, adjusted interest expense, organic revenue, and free cash flow also provide a meaningful perspective on its business results as the Company utilizes this information to evaluate and manage the business. We use adjusted net and operating income to exclude the impact of prior acquisitions and dispositions. We use free cash flow to represent the cash generated after capital expenditures to maintain our business. Our non-GAAP disclosure has limitations as an analytical tool, should not be viewed as a substitute for financial information determined in accordance with GAAP, and should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for analysis of our results as reported under GAAP, nor is it necessarily comparable to non-GAAP performance measures that may be presented by other companies. A reconciliation of these non-GAAP measures is found in the Regulation G tables at the back of this release.


Grant
Agency: GTR | Branch: EPSRC | Program: | Phase: Training Grant | Award Amount: 3.68M | Year: 2014

The UK water sector is experiencing a period of profound change with both public and private sector actors seeking evidence-based responses to a host of emerging global, regional and national challenges which are driven by demographic, climatic, and land use changes as well as regulatory pressures for more efficient delivery of services. Although the UK Water Industry is keen to embrace the challenge and well placed to innovate, it lacks the financial resources to support longer term skills and knowledge generation. A new cadre of engineers is required for the water industry to not only make our society more sustainable and profitable but to develop a new suite of goods and services for a rapidly urbanising world. EPSRC Centres for Doctoral Training provide an ideal mechanism with which to remediate the emerging shortfall in advanced engineering skills within the sector. In particular, the training of next-generation engineering leaders for the sector requires a subtle balance between industrial and academic contributions; calling for a funding mechanism which privileges industrial need but provides for significant academic inputs to training and research. The STREAM initiative draws together five of the UKs leading water research and training groups to secure the future supply of advanced engineering professionals in this area of vital importance to the UK. Led by the Centre for Water Science at Cranfield University, the consortium also draws on expertise from the Universities of Sheffield and Bradford, Imperial College London, Newcastle University, and the University of Exeter. STREAM offers Engineering Doctorate and PhD awards through a programme which incorporates; (i) acquisition of advanced technical skills through attendance at masters level training courses, (ii) tuition in the competencies and abilities expected of senior engineers, and (iii) doctoral level research projects. Our EngD students spend at least 75% of their time working in industry or on industry specified research problems. Example research topics to be addressed by the schemes students include; delivering drinking water quality and protecting public health; reducing carbon footprint; reducing water demand; improving service resilience and reliability; protecting natural water bodies; reducing sewer flooding, developing and implementing strategies for Integrated Water Management, and delivering new approaches to characterising, communicating and mitigating risk and uncertainty. Fifteen studentships per year for five years will be offered with each position being sponsored by an industrial partner from the water sector. A series of common attendance events will underpin programme and group identity. These include, (i) an initial three-month taught programme based at Cranfield University, (ii) an open invitation STREAM symposium and (iii) a Challenge Week to take place each summer including transferrable skills training and guest lectures from leading industrialists and scientists. Outreach activities will extend participation in the programme, pursue collaboration with associated initiatives, promote brand awareness of the EngD qualification, and engage with a wide range of stakeholder groups (including the public) to promote engagement with and understanding of STREAM activities. Strategic direction for the programme will be formulated through an Industry Advisory Board comprising representatives from professional bodies, employers, and regulators. This body will provide strategic guidance informed by sector needs, review the operational aspects of the taught and research components as a quality control, and conduct foresight studies of relevant research areas. A small International Steering Committee will ensure global relevance for the programme. The total cost of the STREAM programme is £9m, £2.8m of which is being invested by industry and £1.8m by the five collaborating universities. Just under £4.4m is being requested from EPSRC


Grant
Agency: European Commission | Branch: H2020 | Program: MSCA-ITN-ETN | Phase: MSCA-ITN-2016 | Award Amount: 3.99M | Year: 2017

Sustainable Multi-functional Automated Resilient Transport Infrastructures ETN, will bring together a stimulating platform where the stakeholders of the transport infrastructure sector will work alongside world-wide experts in smartening of systems (developers of high-tech sensors, advanced monitoring equipment, automated structures, etc.,) with direct support from the roads, railways and airports managers. This environment will enable talented graduates to conceive the transport infrastructure network of the future and will provide them with world-wide extended training in each of the four pillars supporting the SMARTI vision: designed to last by maximising recycling and minimizing impact (Sustainable), conceived not for transport purposes only and towards optimisation of land use (Multi-functional), equipped for communicating with managers and users, to allow a more intuitive use and a simplified management (Automated), built to be adaptable to natural and anthropogenic hazards (Resilient). The consortium will combine and share expertise to offer advanced scientific training structured into network-wide thematic taught modules combined with original research supported by secondments that will expose fellows to both academia and industry and will also allow them with the possibility to be award with Doctoratus Europeus. The training programme will be enriched by specific modules to support job creation by enabling the fellows with business, entrepreneurship, communication, project management and other transferrable skills. A tailored Dissemination strategy will evaluate the variety of channels and means appropriate to allow the fellows to be prepared and successful in reaching both scientific and larger public audiences. As a result, SMARTI ETN will create a new generation of highly-skilled and appealing professionals that will be in great demand in this rapidly expanding field and will benefit Europe and developing countries


Grant
Agency: GTR | Branch: EPSRC | Program: | Phase: Research Grant | Award Amount: 23.28K | Year: 2014

The Climate Change Act 2008 requires a 34% cut in 1990 greenhouse gas emissions by 2020 and at least an 80% reduction in emissions by 2050. Residential and commercial buildings account for 25% and 18% of the UKs total CO2 emissions respectively and therefore have a significant role to play in a national decarbonisation strategy. As the UK has some of the oldest and least efficient buildings in Europe, there is substantial scope for improving the efficiency of energy end-use within UK buildings. However efforts to improve building energy efficiency, specifically the thermal efficiency of the building fabric, have to date focused primarily on the analysis and assessment of single properties. The slow uptake of insulation measures through the Green Deal and Energy Companies Obligation testifies to the difficulty of achieving these changes on a house-by-house basis. If the UK is to achieve its energy and climate policy targets, then a more ambitious whole-city approach to building energy improvements is needed. Technical innovations in remote sensing and infrared thermography mean that it is now possible to conduct building efficiency surveys at a mass scale. The challenge is how such data can be improved (for example moving from 2D plan imagery to 3D models of the built environment) and combined with systems analysis tools to inform effective retrofit strategies. The Urban Scale Building Energy Network will investigate this research challenge by bringing together five academic co-investigators with disciplinary expertise from across the building retrofit value chain from remote autonomous sensing to building physics, energy systems design, consumer behaviour and policy. Working with two experienced mentors from the fields of energy systems and building energy services, the co-investigators will undertake a series of activities in collaboration with project partners from industry and government to better understand the research challenge and develop roadmaps for future research. The activities include: - Two workshops and a series of bilateral meetings for the academic team to learn about each others expertise and how it can be coordinated and brought to bear on the research challenge. The project mentors will play a crucial role here, helping the co-investigators to create personal development plans that will build both technical and non-technical skills for successful careers. - A workshop with over 20 representatives from government and industry to discuss previous experience and the perceived obstacles to more ambitious building energy retrofits. - An active online communications strategy incorporating a project website, YouTube videos, and a Twitter hashtag campaign in order to engage the general public and understand how households and commercial building occupants understand the challenge of transforming the UKs building stock. - A feasibility study to summarize the state of the art in new sensing technologies and analysis techniques for building thermal energy performance assessment and to identify major outstanding challenges for future research proposals. The proposed network will therefore facilitate collaboration between academics, industry, government and the general public to address a question of great national importance. The project outputs will help to create a wider understanding of the specific challenges facing the UKs aspirations for the transformation of its building stock as well as highlighting potentially fruitful avenues for research. The network therefore aspires to build upon this twelve-month programme of work and develop significant long-term research collaborations with benefits for academic knowledge, society and the wider economy.


Grant
Agency: European Commission | Branch: H2020 | Program: MSCA-ITN-ETN | Phase: MSCA-ITN-2015-ETN | Award Amount: 3.72M | Year: 2016

Thousands of sites across Europe are polluted with toxic metals and organic solvents; many more exist worldwide. As EU population grows, clean water will determine the quality of life and economic stability. Most sites remain contaminated because existing technology is costly and disruptive. Society needs an innovative way to decontaminate soil and groundwater directly underground. In METAL-AID, we will develop new technologies through fundamental knowledge. We are a consortium of experts in natural materials, contaminant reactivity, groundwater treatment and environment policy, spread over 4 consulting firms, 6 universities and a government agency. We will train 14 early stage researchers (ESRs) through integrated, intersectoral research, using advanced technology, ranging from nanometre to field scale. ESRs will gain technical, business and personal skills, as they push a promising soil and groundwater remediation technology toward commercialisation. To meet the METAL-AID goals, the ESRs will: 1) Test known layered double hydroxide (LDH) and redox active green rust (GR) reactants that show promise for remediating toxic metals and chlorinated compounds and invent new ones; 2) Derive thermodynamic and kinetic data, essential for safety assessment modelling; 3) Quantify reactant effectiveness and reacted phase stability and compare these with natural analogues; 4) Inject the new reactants at field sites operated by our beneficiaries. METAL-AID begins at technology readiness level, TRL 1 and runs to TRL 6, implementation. The government agency will provide guidance so our new technology complies with regulations and has promised R&D funding after the ETN ends, to carry it into full commercialisation. The ESRs will be trained to tackle challenges of concern to society, to communicate across sector boundaries and with the public, in a network that will last long after the project ends. We will provide a pool of scientists for roles in EUs knowledge based economy.

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