Certification recognizes facilities as suppliers offering superior quality for multiple consecutive years
TOKYO, January 31, 2020 /3BL Media/ — Bridgestone Corporation today announced that, in 2019, Bridgestone Group factories were recognized with Platinum Level certification, the highest rating in the Supplier Quality Excellence Process (SQEP) of Caterpillar Inc. (Caterpillar), a world-leading manufacturer for construction and mining equipment.
Mohawk Group, an innovator in the flooring space, recently introduced its Owls carpet collection, which has a net positive impact on the planet given innovations in materials, manufacturing processes, and community initiatives.
A Letter From Our CEO: Accelerating Sustainability
The beginning of a new year is always a great time for reflection, even more so when it’s the beginning of a new decade. At Black & Veatch, we design and build projects to operate for decades, so the long view comes naturally. It was with this spirit that in 2019 we undertook a series of initiatives to embrace the world we see today and prepare for the world we want in the years ahead.
Congratulations to the winners of the 2019 Construction Excellence Awards! On November 21, GBCA celebrated the best projects and programs from Philadelphia’s commercial construction industry at a gala event at Vie. Thanks to Gina Gannon of 6abc for hosting the event, and to the event’s sponsors!
Owner: Subaru of America, Inc. Architect: Gannett Fleming, Inc. Other GBCA Members Involved:
Utilities need to be forward-thinking while also offering shareholders value
When it comes to grid modernization, where utilities want to spend money — and where they have approval to spend money — are not the same thing. Under today’s regulatory models, utilities typically do not have a way to recapture all the fixed costs required for critical upgrades. This can mean the choice between keeping the lights on today and preparing the grid for the challenges of the future.
These factors and many more are driving risk for utilities
With great power comes great responsibility, meaning it falls to utilities to ensure that their transmission and distribution (T&D) assets can — and will — perform at the appropriate reliability and safety levels while continuing to meet regulatory and environmental standards.
Facing increased risk by hackers, utilities are ramping up cybersecurity
For power suppliers wanting to be vigilant about the threat that hackers pose to the grid, a March 2019 intrusion may have been a benign warning about vulnerability. When hackers disabled a Utah-based renewable energy developer’s control system for about a dozen solar and wind farms in the West, the grid’s operators were left blinded for more than 10 hours to those 500 megawatts of generation sites. Thankfully, no outages resulted.
With greater technological dependency comes greater responsibiilty
As climate change continues to flex its catastrophic muscle, a storm is brewing for U.S. utilities. The scourge of extreme weather events — prolonged droughts, pounding hurricanes and deluges blamed for unprecedented flooding — are joining wildfires as challenges that have utilities scrambling to harden their assets to provide the resilience that consumers and regulators demand. Unrelenting threats of cyberattacks and the rising number of technologies that increase the load and strain on infrastructure assets add to the complexity.
The lure of 5G is strong, but implementing at scale will require extensive collaboration
There’s no doubt that the lure of 5G digitalization is strong. This wave of next-generation connectivity is expected to usher in exciting new opportunities such as wide-scale adoption of the Internet of Things (IoT), along with all its innovative new technologies that promise to change how we live, work and play.