Partner spotlight: Bechtel, ABB, Oracle, SunGardPS, Bit Stew, Imex


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Bechtel tunnel worker tells BBC why she does it
Crossrail: Who wants to work in a tunnel? is how the headline reads on the BBC News Magazine site. Who indeed? The article features several of the 12,000 people working on the massive Crossrail railway and infrastructure project in London (pictured above), including Linda Miller, who is Council Lead Partner Bechtel's project manager at the Farringdon site. She contends the most interesting jobs in construction are to be found underground and likes working in the tunnel knowing that what they're doing will positively affect millions of lives for years to come. "Transportation infrastructure in particular feels really, really fantastic," she told BBC. "Our work is more hidden, and that gives the people who work on it an even greater sense of meaning and purpose in what they're doing.  When you're working hard underground to make new space that doesn't exist, there's a huge pride in that." Walter Kimball, a global infrastructure leader at Bechtel, once described Crossrail in a Q&A. "It is being built in the spirit of a smart city," he said. "It is using sustainable construction practices, it is collecting and analyzing large amounts of data, and it is integrating living and retail space. It is rejuvenating neighborhoods by making them more convenient to live and work."

ABB wins $28 million water and power plant project in the UAE
Council Associate Partner ABB will supply an electrical balance-of-plant solution for a new independent water and power producer project in the United Arab Emirates. The project will increase power and water capacity in Abu Dhabi and the energy-deficient Northern Emirates. It encompasses existing water and power facilities that will be augmented with a new combined cycle power plant and a seawater reverse osmosis plant. For its part, ABB will design, supply, install and commission the new plant’s electrical system, including major equipment such as generator circuit breakers, medium and low-voltage switchgear and distribution transformers. Energy-efficient ABB variable frequency drives will help reduce pump energy consumption and extend motor life.

Oracle will help train ICT workforce in Rwanda
The pact between Council Associate Partner Oracle and the Rwandan Ministry of Education will support development of a skilled information and communications technology (OCT) workforce in the country. As part of the agreement, the PESA Times reports Oracle will establish learning centers across Rwanda and provide software, curriculum, technology and certification resources to students. According to the report, after the signing Janus Naklicki, Oracle VP for Europe, Middle East and Africa, hailed the efforts of the government to welcome and work hand-in-hand with the private sector to ensure that the sought-after skills are created and developed. “ICT skills are fundamental to overall economic development and as the world becomes more reliant on technology so does the demand for a rich pool of IT talent increases,” Naklicki said.

St. Cloud chooses SunGardPS to improve efficiency at city hall
After putting off software updates due to budget constraints, the Minnesota city is spending nearly $5 million to have Council Associate Partner SunGard Public Sector  help it improve efficiency, according to the SCTimes. SunGard PS is a leading provider of software and services for local governments, public safety and justice agencies and nonprofits. The goal in St. Cloud is to do a better job of integrating the various systems that are used by city departments -- financial systems, community development sections, utility billing and the city's website will be integrated. That way, different departments will be able to more easily share information and make more of it available online, according to SCTimes story, which gives the example of an employee reviewing a building permit application will be able to easily determine if the applicant has paid all their utility fees.

Bit Stew Systems partners with Trilliant to enhance utility operations
Council Associate Partner Bit Stew Systems announced a strategic partnership with Trilliant to provide enhanced operations solutions to the global utility industry. The partnership leverages the power of Bit Stew's proven industrial automation solution for utilities, Grid Director™, with the Trilliant Smart Communications Platform, to simplify the deployment and management of smart grids. hen operating as an integrated solution, Grid Director will receive data from the Trilliant platform and present it in a unified view to the Operations Center as well as combine it with data from other disparate sensor systems in the field. Together, Trilliant and Bit Stew help utility customers simplify their field systems, reduce network overhead, and provide much-needed functionality for large meter and sensor deployments of the future.

Silicon India calls Imex Systems "the go-to firm"
A feature on Council Associate Partner Imex Systems in Silicon India magazine highlights the company's integrated approach to eGovernment solutions. Too many governments haven't realized the benefits of eGovernment, the author points out, because they are using applications that are siloed by department or agency. "Imex Systems allows governments to embrace new technologies," the article states. "As the needs in e-Government have evolved, so have the Imex Systems' offerings. Imex Systems, based in Washington, D.C., Toronto and Dubai, is able to create a fully integrated technology platform that helps to not just implement e-Government, but smarter government." It also quotes Imex President and CEO Damodar Arapakota on his company's long history serving the public sector.

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