Civil works – HC Ingenieria http://hcingenieria.com/ Tue, 22 Nov 2022 13:32:20 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://hcingenieria.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/favicon-20.png Civil works – HC Ingenieria http://hcingenieria.com/ 32 32 Stacking progresses at Outer Hebrides deep water terminal https://hcingenieria.com/stacking-progresses-at-outer-hebrides-deep-water-terminal/ Tue, 22 Nov 2022 13:32:20 +0000 https://hcingenieria.com/stacking-progresses-at-outer-hebrides-deep-water-terminal/ Construction and civil engineering firm McLaughlin and Harvey has begun piling work for Stornoway Port Authority’s new deep water terminal in the Outer Hebrides, Scotland. McLaughlin and Harvey were appointed to build the multi-purpose terminal on the Isle of Lewis in April this year. The deep-sea terminal will improve facilities for large vessels that cannot […]]]>

Construction and civil engineering firm McLaughlin and Harvey has begun piling work for Stornoway Port Authority’s new deep water terminal in the Outer Hebrides, Scotland.

McLaughlin and Harvey were appointed to build the multi-purpose terminal on the Isle of Lewis in April this year.

The deep-sea terminal will improve facilities for large vessels that cannot currently dock at the terminal, such as onshore and offshore wind farm vessels and large cruise liners.

Stornoway welcomed 43 cruise ships in 2017, but attracts relatively few large ships, as those over 156m in length cannot dock and passengers are brought ashore by small dinghies.

Terminal construction works will include land reclamation, dredging and land reclamation, as well as a new wharf, groyne, footbridge and associated civil works.

The terminal will increase the capabilities and flexibility of the Arnish fabrication yard in Stornoway.

McLaughlin and Harvey began piling work along the linkspan quay earlier this month, after the piling plant and crane were mobilized to the site in October. It will install a total of 140 tubular steel piles and 270 sheet piles to form the quay walls.

The tubular piles have a diameter of 1,200 mm and a length of between 27 and 30 m, each weighing approximately 20 t. To ensure that the piles are positioned in the correct place, they are placed in a metal frame called a pile gate.

The gate takes four tube piles and ensures that they remain vertical when driven into the seabed. Once all four piles have been driven to the required depth, the pile gate is moved to the location of the next set.

The space between the tube piles is filled with steel sheets, which are inserted into guides on the side of each tube pile.

Two Liebherr cranes shipped from Europe in sections and built on site were used to install the piles. The LTR 1100, 100 t caterpillar with telescopic boom, is a support crane. It lifts the access platform for engineers.

Last month, the contractor announced that all steel pile material, totaling 4,500t, had arrived on site and had been delivered by ship from Europe.

To prepare the site for the reclamation works, McLauglin and Harvey have also started to build rock bunds that will surround 6.5 ha of seabed.

By the end of October, the team had blasted 352,000t of rock out of a total of 750,000t to create the rock bunds, which will be 315m long and form the outline of the finished quay walls.

This month, McLauglin and Harvey will continue to install piles along the north quay wall, as well as blasting and placing material to extend the rock platforms. It will also start constructing the link road along the shoreline to the Arnish industrial area.

The Port Authority has worked with the Scottish Government, Scottish Futures Trust, Highlands and Islands Enterprise and Comhairle Nan Eilean Siar over the past four years to develop the project.

The terminal is a key part of the Islands Growth Deal signed in March 2021, which outlines plans for the UK and Scottish governments to each invest £50m in Orkney, Shetland and the Outer Hebrides.

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Civil engineering and construction graduates recognized for excellence with industry awards https://hcingenieria.com/civil-engineering-and-construction-graduates-recognized-for-excellence-with-industry-awards/ Sat, 19 Nov 2022 05:25:16 +0000 https://hcingenieria.com/civil-engineering-and-construction-graduates-recognized-for-excellence-with-industry-awards/ Wrexham.com > News Job : Sat 19 Nov 2022 Wrexham Glyndwr University graduates look to the future after completing their education and gaining recognition from leading construction and civil engineering organisations. Myra Williams, from Caerwys, said she was “surprised, shocked and honoured” […]]]>


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Wrexham Glyndwr University graduates look to the future after completing their education and gaining recognition from leading construction and civil engineering organisations.

Myra Williams, from Caerwys, said she was “surprised, shocked and honoured” to receive the Chartered Institute of Building Certificate of Excellence award, presented by Professor Martin Chambers, former CIOB President, in recognition of her success in BSc. (Hons) Construction Management Studies Program.

Myra, a technical assistant in the building control department at Flintshire County Council, said the degree was a step towards her goal of becoming a building control officer.

She said: “It was a lot of hard work, but I wouldn’t have made it without the hard work of my teachers as well, which really encourages us to make the most of everything.”

“I say to everyone – don’t make a barrier. Whether you are old, young, male, female, try it.

“Make the most of it and seize every opportunity – especially in Glyndwr.”

Casey Dunn, from Rhuddlan, was presented with the Institution of Civil Engineers Wales Undergraduate Award 2022 by Iain Hayes, ICE North Wales Branch President, in recognition of his achievements in completing the engineering degree program civil BSc.

Casey, who works in development control for the Welsh Government Transport Department in Llandudno Junction, said he found the course really rewarding, giving him insight into many aspects of the field and enabling him to progress on the spot. of work.

On winning the ICE award, he added: “It’s really good to have won the award. I didn’t expect to be nominated, but it’s quite nice to have this recognition after all this hard work.

The pair are ready to don cap and gown this week as they attend their graduation ceremony at Wrexham Glyndwr University’s Plas Coch campus.

Louise Duff, Head of the BSc Civil Engineering Studies Program, and Gareth Carr, Head of the BSc (Hons) Construction Management Program both congratulated the students on their awards.

She said: “Industry recognition is really important. All built environment programs at Wrexham Glyndwr University are professionally accredited and so we work in partnership with professional bodies, employers and many other stakeholders to ensure that all of our students gain an informed and rewarding experience in pursuing of their professional career ambitions.

“We are delighted that Myra and Casey have done so well in their studies and we wish them much success in their future endeavours.”

More information on studying BSc Construction Management at Glyndwr, can be found here. More information about the BSc degree in Civil Engineering, can be found here.






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New Approaches to Source Water Protection https://hcingenieria.com/new-approaches-to-source-water-protection/ Sat, 12 Nov 2022 06:11:25 +0000 https://hcingenieria.com/new-approaches-to-source-water-protection/ The drying up of water sources across Bhutan is one of the major challenges to achieving Bhutan’s national goal of ensuring “24/7 access to safe drinking water” by 2023. Access to drinking water is closely linked to other national objectives of public health and hygiene and environmental management. A survey conducted by the Department of […]]]>

The drying up of water sources across Bhutan is one of the major challenges to achieving Bhutan’s national goal of ensuring “24/7 access to safe drinking water” by 2023.

Access to drinking water is closely linked to other national objectives of public health and hygiene and environmental management. A survey conducted by the Department of Forestry and Parks Services (DoFPS) as part of the Climate Resilience Strategic Program Preparatory Project in 2019 found that 35% of the 6,555 water sources surveyed are drying up while 2% (147) were reported as ‘completely dried’. Similarly, a recent national survey in 2021 by the DoFPS again reported that 25.1% (1,856) of 7,399 water sources have already dried up, while 69 (0.9%) were reported as “in drying up”.

A recent book published by the Tarayana Foundation titled “Springshed: Identifying

Recharge areas of drying springs and lakes with water quality in the southwest

Bhutan’ authored by Jambay and Karma Uden further offers insight into the protection of Bhutan’s critical drinking water sources. Through this article, the authors and a group of independent water researchers offer new ideas for improving the management of dewatering water sources.

Drinking water sources in Bhutan are mainly springs (35%) and river systems. A common strategy under current water source protection strategies in Bhutan includes fencing and improving the vegetation cover at the outfall – the place where water begins to flow. Recently, interventions such as trenching upstream of the discharge point to increase groundwater recharge have also been implemented in a few places like Trashigang and Pemagatshel. To enhance the effectiveness of such interventions, we offer the following recommendations based on our field experiences and the latest scientific research.

Shift interventions from discharge areas to recharge areas – The area of ​​intervention for water resources management should start with effective management of recharge areas. A recharge zone refers to a geographic area where rainwater seeps through the ground to reach a groundwater reservoir. Management strategies should be targeted to maintain adequate water levels in these underground water reservoirs to ensure continued flow of streams and springs.

Integration of protection of public drinking water supply areas – Critical water supply basins could be delineated as critical public drinking water supply areas with a protection status similar to national parks, in order to limit development activities impacting the watershed. However, such a demarcation should be based on adequate hydrogeological observations. Boundary demarcations of these public drinking water supply areas could then be made available to the public during development and planning. For example, an environmental permit for any development could use such a database with an online portal to protect water sources against all sorts of risks.

Use of adequate, site-specific hydrogeological data – Tree planting cannot be considered a one-size-fits-all solution to reviving drying water sources in different watersheds due to the wide variability in groundwater hydrogeology in mountainous regions like ours. Thus, the relationship between vegetation cover and shallow groundwater reservoirs needs to be thoroughly investigated. In general, young vegetation can absorb more water than recharge, but mature vegetation would improve water recharge. However, there are many site-specific hydrogeological and other physical environmental factors that significantly influence the dynamics of the relationship between vegetation and underground water reservoirs. It is therefore essential to start collecting relevant data to calculate water balances at the national level. Such data collection could be integrated with the national forest inventory data collection which is carried out every few years. Otherwise, a one-time data collection at a few selected sites along the main river or stream channel, such as that conducted by the National Environment Commission (National Water Resources Inventory 2018), is less useful. .

Reduced Source Disturbance – Minimal disturbance to the water catchment site is essential. Any heavy civil works such as building water reservoirs or cutting and planting trees closer to water sources could sometimes be counterproductive to reviving water sources that are drying up. Large-scale disturbance near springs could potentially alter the orientation of the lithology. As a result, water flow paths can be altered, causing springs and lakes to dry up.

Creation of a repository of data and knowledge – The strategy for collecting long-term data on hydrology and geotechnical information is essential to make an informed decision. A simple start could be to have a national repository of drill logs of all groundwater explorations carried out in many places in Bhutan. If these drill logs were generated according to standard scientific procedures, they should contain detailed soil and hydrogeology information for every meter of the hole drilled in that area used for groundwater extraction. Analysis of borehole log data in the coming years is expected to be essential in the exploration and management of drinking water sources in similar hydrogeological locations across Bhutan.

Application of the concept of “spring basin” management – ​​The majority of previous scientific research in Bhutan in the field of water resources management has applied the concept of watershed or river basin management to meet specific objectives.

However, in the case of exploring interventions to stop the drying up of water sources, we recommend the application of the principles of management of “source basins”. In addition, this new approach to spring basin management provides a better understanding of water flow pathways, as the geological formations of aquifers and springs are given equal importance. We believe that the concept of spring basin management is particularly relevant for dealing with dewatering springs in Bhutan, as inclined rocks generally guide water flow instead of horizontal rock formations.

The article is published based on personal experiences and observations of a group of water researchers from Bhutan. The group can be contacted at waterresearchbhutan@gmail.com

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Supreme Court skeptical of rejection of civil rights precedent https://hcingenieria.com/supreme-court-skeptical-of-rejection-of-civil-rights-precedent/ Tue, 08 Nov 2022 21:41:35 +0000 https://hcingenieria.com/supreme-court-skeptical-of-rejection-of-civil-rights-precedent/ WASHINGTON (AP) — On Tuesday, the Supreme Court seemed unlikely to agree to overturn decades of precedent in a case involving civil rights lawsuits, an outcome that would preserve individuals’ ability to use federal law to sue. lawsuits. Judges had been told to use a case involving a nursing home resident who claimed a violation […]]]>

WASHINGTON (AP) — On Tuesday, the Supreme Court seemed unlikely to agree to overturn decades of precedent in a case involving civil rights lawsuits, an outcome that would preserve individuals’ ability to use federal law to sue. lawsuits.

Judges had been told to use a case involving a nursing home resident who claimed a violation of his rights to limit the right to sue more broadly. Judges were told the result could leave tens of millions of people who have rights under federal programs, including Medicare and Medicaid, without access to the courts.

But members of the court’s six-judge conservative majority and three-judge liberal wing appeared to have little appetite to speak broadly on the case.

Judge Sonia Sotomayor pointed out the repercussions of such a decision. “Neither the federal government nor the states can investigate and remedy every violation of these rights granted to people,” she said, adding that federal law “says clearly” that people have the right to go to court. justice. “Why shouldn’t we just respect our precedent?” she asked.

The court was asked to say that when states agree to accept federal money to provide services — the so-called spending clause legislation for programs like Medicare and Medicaid — they shouldn’t face prosecution of individuals for violation of civil rights unless the legislation itself gives states clear notice that they are liable to prosecution.

But the court previously said a section of federal law – “Section 1983” – applies universally to give people the right to sue government employees when they violate rights created by federal law.

The specific case the justices heard involves the interplay of Section 1983 and the Federal Nursing Home Reform Act, a 1987 law that sets requirements for nursing homes that accept federal Medicare and Medicaid funds. The court is being asked to answer whether a person can use Section 1983 to go to court alleging that their rights under the Care Homes Act are being violated.

On this narrower issue, it was unclear whether the court would rule that prosecution under Section 1983 is permitted. Justice Brett Kavanaugh said care home legislation ‘reaffirms rights again and again’ but also noted there is a separate administrative process in place for people to complain when their rights are violated . “What’s wrong with an administrative process…if it’s complete and working?” he asked at one point.

Biden administration lawyer Benjamin Snyder tells court Congress had no intention of authorizing Section 1983 lawsuits when it enacted the nursing home legislation . Snyder said most nursing homes that participate in Medicare and Medicaid are private facilities. This means that residents of these facilities cannot sue under Section 1983, but only have access to administrative remedies. He argued that it would not make sense for different rules to apply to government-run facilities.

The specific case before the court concerns Gorgi Talevski, who resided at Valparaiso Care and Rehabilitation, a government retirement home in Indiana. His family say the nursing home struggled to care for Talevski, who suffered from dementia, and so gave him strong medication to subdue him, then involuntarily moved him to another facility.

Talevski’s family sued under Section 1983, claiming their rights had been violated. A trial court dismissed the case, but a federal appeals court said it could proceed. Talevski died in 2021. A family lawyer, Andrew Tutt, told the court that a trial under Section 1983 was the family’s “last resort” and that it was “a lifeline for people who can’t actually use administrative remedies effectively. in the law.

The case is Health and Hospital Corporation of Marion County v. Talevsky, 21-806.

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Lawsuit raises stakes in pollution dispute between boat owners and Kakaako developer https://hcingenieria.com/lawsuit-raises-stakes-in-pollution-dispute-between-boat-owners-and-kakaako-developer/ Thu, 03 Nov 2022 10:01:29 +0000 https://hcingenieria.com/lawsuit-raises-stakes-in-pollution-dispute-between-boat-owners-and-kakaako-developer/ A group of commercial boat operators located in Kewalo Basin Harbor sued Howard Hughes Corp. for allegedly violating state and federal laws by dumping construction debris laden with tiny metal particles from the developer’s massive condo construction sites in Kakaako. The lawsuit, filed in the U.S. District Court in Honolulu, claims Howard Hughes’ projects – […]]]>

A group of commercial boat operators located in Kewalo Basin Harbor sued Howard Hughes Corp. for allegedly violating state and federal laws by dumping construction debris laden with tiny metal particles from the developer’s massive condo construction sites in Kakaako.

The lawsuit, filed in the U.S. District Court in Honolulu, claims Howard Hughes’ projects – specifically the Waiea, Aalii and Koula condo towers – demonstrated the company enabled the discharge of ‘fleeting dust’ which damaged the plaintiffs’ boats and created risks to public health and the marine environment.

Lawyers for both sides are due to meet on Tuesday for a settlement conference that could determine whether the dispute escalates. Howard Hughes has yet to file a response to the lawsuit, filed in March with little fanfare, according to court records.

“The defendants were alerted to the noxious fugitive dust but failed to take appropriate or effective action to prevent the release of this fugitive dust,” the complaint states. “The defendants will continue to dump noxious fugitive dust into Kewalo unless they are permanently ordered to continue construction without taking appropriate and effective measures to prevent such fugitive dust.”

Owners of boats moored in the port of Kewalo Basin have complained that dust and metal particles from construction sites across Ala Moana Boulevard are damaging their vessels. David Croxford/Civil Beat/2022

The lawsuit is part of a dispute that has been simmering for more than a year between the boat owners and Howard Hughes, the Texas-based developer who owns the Kakaako area known as neighborhood village. Howard Hughes also has a contract for manage the port of the Kewalo basin on behalf of the Hawaii Community Development Authority, a state entity that oversees development in Kakaako.

The plaintiffs include nearly a dozen boat owners, mostly small independent operators of sailing and fishing vessels – many of which cater to tourists as a sleeker alternative to classic sunset “booze cruises” – with names such as Nahoku II, Manu Kai, Aloha Kai and Sashimis II. Their main complaint is that the metal particles in Howard Hughes’ construction dust are causing severe rust and corrosion on their ships.

Applicants want howard hughes adopt practices that will prevent dust from its construction sites from escaping into the air, the ocean and their boats.

Through a spokeswoman, Ward Village released a statement saying it was already taking reasonable steps to prevent the release of fugitive dust.

“Ward Village is a good, dedicated neighbor and requires its contractors to take every reasonable precaution to minimize the amount of dust and debris surrounding construction projects,” the company said. “Ward Village works directly with the general contractors on each project to ensure best practices and preventative measures are employed.”

Nevertheless, the company said it has reached an agreement with many boat owners.

“Despite these efforts, owners of some vessels believe dust and debris from the projects caused damage during the COVID-19 pandemic, while most of these vessels remained moored in port,” the company said. . “Ward Village and its affiliates maintain insurance for these situations and, with the help of the carrier, have already resolved numerous disputes with owners that may support their claims.”

In recent years, Howard Hughes has transformed the beachfront neighborhood with new retail space and the development of five condo towers containing more than 2,100 units – mostly luxury properties often purchased as investments. The company has two other buildings, 565-unit Koula and 349-unit Victoria Place, under construction and two more in pre-development.

But for years, while construction is underway, boat owners have been complaining that dust from condo construction is creating a nuisance and damaging their property. The latest round of complaints began around July 2020, when boat owners complained about rust in Hawaii News Now. Boat owners continued to raise concerns through 2021, while Howard Hughes denied knowing anything about the problem.

Howard Hughes’ attorney, David Minkin of McCorriston Miller Mukai MacKinnon, did not return a call for comment. Francine Murray, spokeswoman for the Hawaii Community Development Authority, declined to comment. Andrew Porter, who represents the plaintiffs, declined to comment but highlighted the complaint.

Rusty sails, seat cushions

According to the document, Howard Hughes’ dust problems date back to 2016, when the company paid compensation to some shipowners in the port of Kewalo Basin during construction of the Waiea condo tower. The ongoing lawsuit focuses on projects that started with the Aalii Tower in 2020.

The dust that appeared on the boats linked to Aalii was different from normal dust in quantity, consistency and color, the complaint states. He alleges the dust caused rust to form on a wide variety of non-metallic items, including sails and seat cushions. The plaintiffs allege that they complained to the harbor master and Howard Hughes, to no avail.

At the heart of the complaint are allegations that dust from Howard Hughes not only damages the plaintiffs’ boats, but also causes “negative effects on their health by breathing in fugitive dust containing metal particles and other harmful substances. that now permeate the air in the Kaka’ako. neighborhood, Kewalo and nearby beach parks due to the construction activities of the defendants. »

Concerns have also been raised about negative environmental impacts.

“Fugitive dust containing metal particles and other harmful substances that falls on ships also falls into Kewalo waters and likely contaminates waters off nearby beach parks, causing damage to Hawaii’s fragile coral reefs. and the ecosystems and species that depend on them. them,” the suit says. “Many protected and endangered species are likely to be affected, including whales, monk seals and turtles, as well as valuable species of corals, fish, dolphins, etc.”

Kewalo Basin Harbor with the skyline of Kakaako Condominium and ongoing construction.
Port manager and Ward Village developer Howard Hughes presents what boat owners say is a conflict of interest that leaves them vulnerable to retaliation. Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2021

Additionally, the lawsuit highlights an aspect of the dispute that plaintiffs say has made it difficult for more boat owners to come forward. While Howard Hughes’ role as port manager imposes a legal duty to protect boat owners who are tenants, boat owners fear Howard Hughes will punish them for speaking out, the complaint says.

“Due to the dual authority of Howard Hughes Corporation as the parent company in the construction of Ward Village and managing Kewalo Port, many slip tenants in Kewalo Port feared to speak out and take action against the Howard Hughes Corporation lest they lose their slip leases in retaliation – a move that would shut down completely plaintiffs’ businesses,” the complaint says.

The lawsuit goes beyond standard nuisance and trespassing allegations involving the dumping of material on private property. The complaint alleges that Howard Hughes also violated the federal Clean Air Act, which includes a special “citizen suit” provision that allows private citizens to step into the role of the Environmental Protection Agency. environment and law enforcement.

To boat owners like Richie Maddaloni, partner of the Royal Hawaiian Catamaran company, a civil party to the trial, the stakes go beyond its narrow commercial interests. He says he and his partners spent a lot of time and money restoring the vintage 52ft catamaran designed in 1968 by Rudy Choy. They also survived the worst of the coronavirus pandemic.

Now, he said, the partners face the added burden and loss of business that comes with having to repaint the vessel to mitigate the rust damage.

Maddaloni wonders how many of his residential neighbors, who often pay top dollar to live in Tony Kakaako, know what Howard Hughes puts in the air and in the water.

“They get industrial air quality at a premium price,” he said.

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A creative university based on modern technology in the port city https://hcingenieria.com/a-creative-university-based-on-modern-technology-in-the-port-city/ Sat, 29 Oct 2022 20:04:36 +0000 https://hcingenieria.com/a-creative-university-based-on-modern-technology-in-the-port-city/ Mohammed Osman The Honorable Secretary and Founder of UCTC “> Mohammed Osman The Honorable Secretary and Founder of UCTC Chittagong University of Creative Technology (UCTC), a new institution of higher education, was established in 2017 at Bahaddarhat in the city of Chattogram with the aim of providing creative and modern technology-oriented education after receiving the […]]]>

Mohammed Osman The Honorable Secretary and Founder of UCTC

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Mohammed Osman The Honorable Secretary and Founder of UCTC

Chittagong University of Creative Technology (UCTC), a new institution of higher education, was established in 2017 at Bahaddarhat in the city of Chattogram with the aim of providing creative and modern technology-oriented education after receiving the l approval from the Ministry of Education and the University Grants Commission. (UGC) in 2015.

The basic intention behind the establishment of this university is to provide quality education at an affordable cost. Furthermore, the university contributes to excellence in higher education through intensive teaching, research, creativity and innovation.

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Honorable Secretary and Founder of UCTC Mohammed Osman is very optimistic about his achievements.

“Although we are relatively at an early stage, we have commendable achievements,” he said.

Osman placed strong emphasis on the quality of teachers, teacher-student ratio, adequate modern teaching aids as well as appropriate technology, updated course curriculum, library facilities and pleasant campus environment to ensure a level of higher education that will one day meet international standards.

Professor Md Zahid Hossain Sharif, PhD Vice-Chancellor (in-Charge), University of Creative Technology Chittagong, Bangladesh.

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Professor Md Zahid Hossain Sharif, PhD Vice-Chancellor (in-Charge), University of Creative Technology Chittagong, Bangladesh.

So far, eight departments have been approved: Mechanical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Computer Engineering, English Language and Literature, Islamic Studies, Business Administration and Masters in Public Health.

Our faculty, some with foreign degrees, play a vital role in shaping our students as future leaders in engineering, business, public health education, and other professions. As the UCTC family strives to make unique contributions to academia, it also prioritizes the importance of preparing industry-ready graduates who will be instrumental in building this nation.

UCTC strongly encourages extracurricular activities on campus such as games and sports, debates, science fairs, cultural festivals and more to enable holistic growth of intellectual and life skills in students, which , over time, will make UCTC the leading center. for learning, teaching and research in Bangladesh.

Some features of UCTC

Technology and Modern Education: UCTC is the only creative private university based on modern technology established in the port city of Chattogram. All the activities of this university have been automated. As a result, students can log in online for their results, tuition payment information, and more. via the university’s management software.

Thanks to the integrated university management software, besides the results of the university examinations, the overall activities, including the library, the human resources management, etc., are managed.

Digital classrooms and labs: Blackboards, chalk and feather dusters come to mind when we think of classrooms, but those days are long gone.

Today, many educational institutions operate with whiteboards and markers, but UCTC is one step ahead. Here, the teachers explain the lessons to the students through the digital smart boards. The campus building has Wi-Fi facilities, multimedia classrooms, seminar rooms, and 24-hour CCTV cameras for security. There are well-equipped laboratories with modern equipment compatible with the course curriculum. The 10-story university has 36 classrooms and there are enough rooms for teachers to sit as well.

Each room is air-conditioned and moreover, almost all departments have modern computer labs where 35 to 40 students can work together.

Library with 10,000 books: The university building has a central library with 10,000 books that more than two hundred students can sit and read together. There are various books on engineering and science, language, literature, marketing, economics, management, human resource management, and various dictionaries.

On the centenary of the birth of Bangabandhu and the Golden Jubilee of the country’s independence, the Bangabandhu and Liberation War Corner was launched in the Central Library. There are more than 150 books related to the language movement, the father of the nation, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, and the war of liberation.

Also, the new Bangabandhu Gallery is an attraction of the university campus.

Special Financial Benefits and Merit-Based Scholarships: Relatively low tuition fees and payment of tuition by monthly installments are available at UCTC.

For example, meritorious SSC and HSC exam results, children of freedom fighters, children of widows, brothers, tribal students, nationally recognized sportsmen, artists, and especially meritorious students from underprivileged families receive scholarships.

Between 10 and 100% of the tuition fee is waived and apart from that, there are special scholarship opportunities based on the results of the semester.

Extracurricular Activities: Along with university studies, students are regularly encouraged to participate in extracurricular activities to improve their talents and skills. There are cultural clubs, language clubs, business clubs, sports clubs, and various organizations through which students practice contemplative excellence.

In addition, each department regularly organizes educational visits. In these activities, the university authorities provide the necessary support according to the rules of the university. In addition to all this, all national and important days are properly observed.

Quality assurance: There is a quality assurance unit to ensure quality education. The Institutional Quality Assurance Cell (IQAC) was set up in 2020 on the directives of the UGC. Various seminars and workshops have been organized within the framework of this unit to strengthen the professional skills of teachers so that the quality of teaching at the university can be continuously improved.

The Vice-Chancellor’s perspective

Professor Md Zahid Hossain Sharif, PhD

Vice-Chancellor (in-Charge), University of Creative Technology Chittagong, Bangladesh.

Education is a powerful tool for transforming society. Institutions of higher education (HEIs) constitute the knowledge base in society, a comprehensive system of creativity and innovation for the sustainable socio-economic development of a nation.

Chittagong University of Creative Technology (UCTC) began its journey with the motto “an approach to change through innovation and adoption of technology”, and to foster sustainable development. Since its establishment in 2015, UCTC has focused on the importance of research with critical thinking, creative thinking and problem-solving skills, quality education and services for local and national communities.

UCTC’s goal is to provide quality higher education and human resource development at affordable costs. Another key objective of UCTC is to provide students and graduates with an outcome-based education and the opportunity to pursue higher education abroad by imparting in-depth knowledge and imparting skills.

UCTC’s course curriculum is designed in response to ever-changing industry needs so that graduates can be absorbed directly. Also, we cultivate ethics, morality and good attitude among students. UCTC has highly qualified professors with foreign credentials to comply with these goals.

UCTC continues to grow in its quality teaching and in-depth research, as well as its tangible infrastructural development. As one of the rising universities in Bangladesh, it started with three schools including School of Business Administration with Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA), Master of Business Administration (MBA); School of Science and Engineering with bachelor’s degrees in Civil Engineering, Computer Science and Engineering, Mechanical Engineering; School of Arts and Social Sciences with a master’s degree in public health, a bachelor’s degree in English language and literature, and bachelor’s and master’s degree programs in Islamic studies. Other programs are under review for approval.

I am confident that the university will very soon be a center of excellence for learning and research for our talented young minds thanks to the generous guidance of our Board of Trustees and the collaboration of academic colleagues nationally and internationally. I hope that every student in the university can equip themselves with soft skills and hard skills so that they can meet the challenges of globalization.

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The biggest construction companies in Kenya and their projects from 2022 https://hcingenieria.com/the-biggest-construction-companies-in-kenya-and-their-projects-from-2022/ Wed, 26 Oct 2022 07:21:23 +0000 https://hcingenieria.com/the-biggest-construction-companies-in-kenya-and-their-projects-from-2022/ Kenya is among the fastest growing countries in Africa, and this is partly due to the number and scale of construction projects undertaken. The country is known for its investments in airports, roads, dams, railways and even housing projects. The capital, Nairobi, is a regional hub thanks to the development of real estate and commercial […]]]>

Kenya is among the fastest growing countries in Africa, and this is partly due to the number and scale of construction projects undertaken. The country is known for its investments in airports, roads, dams, railways and even housing projects. The capital, Nairobi, is a regional hub thanks to the development of real estate and commercial properties that attract investors. These projects would not have been built without the contribution of Kenya’s largest construction companies.

An architect at work. Photo: @landmark_holdings
Source: UGC

While Kenya is known worldwide for its natural beauty, many people are unaware that it also has many unique man-made features. One of the most recent projects is the Nairobi Expressway, which has modernized the city and transformed its landscape. The mega project changed the face of the country.

Largest construction companies in Kenya

Many investors have capitalized on the construction boom that has been recorded in Kenya during the last years. Most of these companies are in infrastructure development and deal with government funded projects which is why it is easy to find construction companies in Kenya and their contacts online.

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1. Epco Builders

It is a company founded by Ramji Varsani in 1978. It is headquartered in the industrial zone of Nairobi. The best construction company is registered as NCA 1 category by the National Construction Authority. The annual turnover of the company is estimated at around Ksh 5 billion and carries out projects in different parts of the country.

Some of the most important projects that Epco Builders has undertaken including Moi University Pension Scheme Complex Tower in Eldoret, Kwale International Sugar Company and CIC Plaza in Nairobi. The company has the capacity to manage projects up to Ksh 10 billion.

2. Seyani Brothers

The Seyani Brothers & Company (K) Limited, known as Seyani Bros, has left footprints all over East Africa, making it one of the leading construction companies in Kenya. The company is headquartered in the industrial area and was founded in 1978 by two siblings. When it was created, the objective was to carry out renovation and subcontract work under the largest construction companies of the time.

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The company has grown to become an industry leader capable of executing mega projects. The Seyani brothers were responsible for the expansion of the Village Market in Nairobi as well as the expansion of the Sabis International School in Runda.

3. Historical holdings

Landmark Holdings was founded in 1999 and is also based in the Nairobi Industrial Zone. It mainly undertakes high-rise commercial buildings, multi-level basements, high-rise residential buildings and shopping centers. The company received the Excellence in Construction Award in 2014 for the best practices it exemplified in the projects undertaken.

Among the largest construction projects undertaken by Historical Funds include the Civil Aviation Authority of Kenya Headquarters, Rosslyn Springs, Riverine Estate and the JKUAT Tower. The company has developed its ability to offer alternative construction methods, such as prestressed concrete construction solutions, prefabricated construction solutions and expanded polystyrene construction solutions.

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Construction of the building in progress. Photo: @grand_kiniti_snr
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4. Cement workers

Cementers is a company with over 50 years of experience building infrastructure projects. The company deals with energy, telecommunications, water, buildings and transport. It was founded in 1975 by Kurji V. Patel and his partner Laxman M. Arjan. Its Ugandan subsidiary is known as Cementers Uganda Limit.

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The company has been at the center of major projects in Kenya including the Two Rivers development, Mihrab towers and JKIA airport road works. Ongoing projects include the extension of the Likoni – Enterprise – Shreeji road and the Sagana-Kagio-Kianjuri road.

5. Construction of Parbatsiyani

Parbatsiyani Construction was founded in Kampala, Uganda in 1991 but operates throughout East Africa. He entered the Kenyan market in 2001 and set up its base in Nairobi, from where it manages its local operations, making it one of the many foreign construction companies in Kenya.

It carries out medium and large-scale construction projects ranging from high-rise commercial buildings to factories, hotels, schools and apartments. The company is associated with Seyani Brothers & Co. (U) Limited. It also offers solutions for interior design.

6. Intex build

The Intex construction company has executed some of the largest contracts in Kenya and is among the most notable road construction companies. The company was founded in 1982 and has extensive experience in delivering megaprojects. By 1995 the company had established another office in Kampala, Uganda and expanded into the country under Intex Building & Civil Engineering Contractors Limited.

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Intex Construction has built more than 1,000 kilometers of roads and 3.7 million square feet of immovable projects. In Kenya, the company has been recognized for its involvement in the construction of the Kibera high-rise buildings. Other projects include Galana Bridge, Thika Road, Itembei Mitunguu Road and Kiganjo – Nanyuki Road.

7. Associated construction

Associated construction describes itself as one of the leading construction companies in East Africa and is among the major construction companies in the region. It specializes in the construction of highways, bridges, maritime civil works and railway projects. In addition, he deals with commercial projects, homes and public-private partnerships.

The company has collaborated with entities in the UK, South Africa, India and the United Arab Emirates, among others, to undertake major engineering projects. One of the mega-projects undertaken by the company is the 136 meter long Masalani Suspension Bridge along the Tana River in Garissa County.

8. Construction of Laxmanbhai

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Laxmanbhai Building is one of the oldest construction companies in Kenya, having started its activities in 1953. It is part of the Laxmanbhai group of companies, which operates in Kenya, India and the United Kingdom. It specializes in providing end-to-end multi-industry construction solutions.

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Construction workers on site. Photo: @Scott Blake
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The company has completed the construction of several buildings in Nairobi. Projects undertaken by the company include the 5-star Kempinski Villa Rosa Hotel, English Point Marina Resort, Hemingway Hotel and a 100% green United Nations building in Nairobi.

9. Hayer Bishan Singh and Sons

The company is headquartered at Unga House in Parklands, Nairobi. It is owned by the Hayer group of companies, which also owns Amani Tiwi Beach Resort, Cotts Travel & Tours and Trichamp Industries (K) Ltd. The company was founded in the late 1970s, with its head office in Kisumu.

Hayer Bishan Singh and Sons undertook construction and rehabilitation projects for roads, airports, bridges, bus parks, pavements, irrigation and water. The company is involved in the upgrading of Kisumu Airport to international standards, the construction of the titanium base dam at Kwale and the Lake Turkana Wind Power Project.

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10. Put Sarajevo

It is a company that successfully provides integrated engineering solutions to customers around the world. It has more than 6,000 employees and a presence on three continents. She has developed effective approaches to cost reduction and scheduling. He emphasized energy efficiency, recycling activities and conservation efforts.

The company carries out megaprojects, including in the oil and gas industry. Put Sarajevo The company is currently undertaking the upgrading to bitumen standards of Homa Bay – Mbita Road.

Frequently asked questions from the largest construction companies

  1. What is the biggest construction company in Kenya? Epco Builders, Seyani Brothers and Landmark Holdings are among the largest construction companies in Kenya.
  2. What are some of the biggest construction projects in Kenya? Some of the biggest construction projects include Lapsset, Kipevu Oil Terminal, Mega Dams, Standard Gauge Railway and Nairobi-Mombasa Highway.
  3. What is the Lapsset project worth? The Lapsset project includes Lamu Port, Lamu-Ethiopia-South Sudan Highway, Lamu-Juba-Addis Ababa Railway, an oil refinery and a 2,240 km pipeline worth 2,000 billion Ksh.
  4. Who built Thika Road? Thika Road was built by China Wu Yi, Sinohdro and Shengli Engineering.
  5. Who funded Nairobi Expressway? The Nairobi highway project was built and financed by the state-owned China Road and Bridge Corporation.
  6. How much did the construction of the Nairobi highway cost? The Nairobi highway cost $588 million, equivalent to Ksh 70 billion.
  7. Where is Cementers Ltd head office located? Cementers’ head office is in Nairobi, Kenya.

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Many of the largest construction companies in Kenya are subsidiaries of foreign multinationals. However, the aspect of local ownership gives Kenyans pride in having developed the capacity to build such megaprojects. With the continuous development, the country has become an investment center and a regional center for several multinational corporations. Other countries in the region also visit Kenya to assess and reciprocate such projects.

Tuko.co.ke shared an article about steel companies in Kenya and their contacts. There are several steel companies in Kenya. They are spread across major cities such as Eldoret, Mombasa, Nairobi and Kisumu. They employ several people in their various departments and contribute significantly to the growth of the country.

Kenya is a fast growing country, thanks to its diverse industrial sector. Over the years, the government has welcomed investors into the country, a move that has seen many companies spring up.

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Tyrone village hailed for vision of ambitious new facilities to cope with population boom – Armagh I https://hcingenieria.com/tyrone-village-hailed-for-vision-of-ambitious-new-facilities-to-cope-with-population-boom-armagh-i/ Sun, 23 Oct 2022 06:32:08 +0000 https://hcingenieria.com/tyrone-village-hailed-for-vision-of-ambitious-new-facilities-to-cope-with-population-boom-armagh-i/ Artist’s impression of what the new CRDA training ground and spectator stand will look like. Central Ulster District Council The Development Committee hailed the ‘very ambitious’ plans being put in place for the future benefit of a small village in Co Tyrone. Clonoe Rural Development Agency hopes to improve infrastructure in the village, near Dungannonand […]]]>




Artist’s impression of what the new CRDA training ground and spectator stand will look like.

Central Ulster District Council The Development Committee hailed the ‘very ambitious’ plans being put in place for the future benefit of a small village in Co Tyrone.

Clonoe Rural Development Agency hopes to improve infrastructure in the village, near Dungannonand provide its residents with many places to socialize.

At a council committee meeting, members heard from John Paul O’Neill, who explained the association’s plans for the future and how it plans to use the £50,000 funding it has been given granted through the council’s discretionary capital grant.

Mr O’Neill explained that more than 400 homes have been built in Clonoe over the past 10 years and said the area has seen a ‘population explosion’ as a result.

“We have lots of housing estates and roads running through Clonoe but, with the extra population, where should our people meet and socialize?” He asked.

“One of the big things that has been pointed out to us recently is that there is nowhere for young mothers, children and infants to socialize in a safe and playful environment.

“We see these segments of our community continue to grow and we want to put in place additional infrastructure.

“We have met over the past few years to design a plan for the additional infrastructure. We want to develop our own 5km lighted perimeter walkway around the development; community hub meeting rooms and beer garden; large outdoor playground; a wall ball area; a spectator terrace and a covered grandstand that will be fully accessible to wheelchair users and two new football training pitches.

He acknowledged that these were ambitious long-term goals and explained that the first phase would see the creation of a full-sized training ground and spectator stand, where council money will be used.

“The first phase of our plan, for which we are applying for this grant, is to build a full-scale training ground. We are well aware of the ambition of our plan, so what we are looking to do now is put in place a new football training ground,” he said.

“There will be spectator fencing around the entire perimeter, ball-catching nets and associated parking and the necessary civil works. We have £300,000 in cash reserves and £400,000 in terms of credit facility, so there is £700,000 waiting and ready to go.

“We are ready to pay for the work we want to do. Design consultants have been appointed and some of the advanced work such as an archaeological excavation and site clearance have been completed. »

Mr. O’Neill explained that the CRDA hopes to appoint a contractor in the first quarter of next year, with work expected to begin in the spring and hopefully be completed by late summer or early fall 2023.

He added: “We believe we are well placed to realize the first phase of our project and we appreciate the opportunity of the board to secure these funds and help make our vision a reality.”

Independent Councilor Dan Kerr said it was clear a ‘long term plan’ was in place and said Clonoe should be treated as a village going forward.

“Areas are going up left, right and center and there’s no better place to create that infrastructure than within the football club itself,” he said.

“The club provides a lot of resources to the local community and, putting aside any rivalry, I wish you the best of luck with this project.”

SDLP Group Leader Cllr Malachy Quinn said: “It was a great presentation. It will be a fantastic install and I hope I know that is a long term goal, but it is something we can help with and I will give you all the support I can.

Cllr Dominic Molloy wished CDRA all the best with his plans and also told the chamber “it’s good to see he involves the wider community and isn’t just football focused”.

His Sinn Fein party colleague, Cllr Niamh Doris, welcomed the thought given to people with disabilities in these plans.

“Clonoe has always gone above and beyond when it comes to thinking about people with disabilities and how they could be involved in their communities,” she said.




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Geophysicist Zachary Ross named Packard Fellow – Pasadena Now https://hcingenieria.com/geophysicist-zachary-ross-named-packard-fellow-pasadena-now/ Wed, 19 Oct 2022 21:39:07 +0000 https://hcingenieria.com/geophysicist-zachary-ross-named-packard-fellow-pasadena-now/ Zachary Ross. Courtesy of Caltech Zachary Ross, Assistant Professor of Geophysics and William H. Hurt Fellow, was selected as one of the 2022 Packard Scholars for Science and Engineering. The fellowship is awarded by the David and Lucile Packard Foundation and provides early-career scientists and engineers with $875,000 over five years to pursue their research. […]]]>
Zachary Ross. Courtesy of Caltech

Zachary Ross, Assistant Professor of Geophysics and William H. Hurt Fellow, was selected as one of the 2022 Packard Scholars for Science and Engineering. The fellowship is awarded by the David and Lucile Packard Foundation and provides early-career scientists and engineers with $875,000 over five years to pursue their research.

Ross’s research focuses on using tiny earthquakes to better understand the physical processes behind fault zones and volcanoes. It uses machine learning to identify imperceptibly small earthquakes, from which huge seismic datasets are built to visualize subterranean fault structures and the “plumbing” that funnels magma to volcanoes, recharging them between eruptions.

“It’s analogous to taking a CT [computerized tomography] scanner, the way a doctor can view the inside of a patient’s body,” says Ross. “But instead of using controlled sources with X-rays, we use passive sources, which are earthquakes.”

Ross’s team works extensively on earthquakes in California, with particular emphasis on the San Jacinto Fault Zone which extends from the Hemet region to the Salton Sea in Southern California. The San Jacinto area is seismically very active, producing a large amount of small earthquakes, making it an excellent natural laboratory for studying seismic processes, Ross says. More recently, his team has also begun applying their methods to earthquakes in the Hawaiian volcanic system to better understand the processes by which magma is transported from the depths to volcanoes.

Ross’s research delves deep into the nature of fault zones and the rocks that compose them, uncovering properties such as the degree to which the rock is fractured and whether fluids are present near the fault, as well as other characteristics likely to have an impact on seismicity. It also hopes to provide clearer observations of seismic processes and the faults that produce them.

“Scientists creating physical models of earthquake systems really need good observational constraints to rule out certain types of models,” Ross says. “We have a lot of data, but most of it comes from the surface, which is far from where the exciting stuff is happening.”

Ross earned a bachelor’s degree in physics from UC Davis, a master’s degree in civil engineering from California Polytechnic State University, and a Ph.D. in geophysics from USC. In 2019 he received a Keiiti Aki Early Career Award from the American Geophysical Union and in 2021 he was named a William H. Hurt Scholar.

The Packard Science and Engineering Scholarships, among the largest non-governmental scholarships in the country, are designed to allow their recipients maximum flexibility in the use of funding. Since 1988, this program has supported the blue sky thinking of scientists and engineers whose research over time has led to new discoveries that improve people’s lives and improve our understanding of the universe.

Recent Caltech faculty Packard Scholars include Francois Tissot, See Kimberly, Matt Thompson, Mansi Kasliwal (MS ’07, PhD ’11), Constantin Batygin (MS ’10, PhD ’12), Mikhail Shapiroand David Hsieh.

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Pivotal moment as girders for new £3.8m Gairnshiel Bridge are put into place https://hcingenieria.com/pivotal-moment-as-girders-for-new-3-8m-gairnshiel-bridge-are-put-into-place/ Mon, 17 Oct 2022 18:15:43 +0000 https://hcingenieria.com/pivotal-moment-as-girders-for-new-3-8m-gairnshiel-bridge-are-put-into-place/ The two main girders of the bridge deck – each weighing 100 tons – were put in place using a Liebherr LG 1550 mobile crane. The two main girders of the bridge deck – each weighing 100 tons – were put in place using a Liebherr LG 1550 mobile crane which took two days to […]]]>
The two main girders of the bridge deck – each weighing 100 tons – were put in place using a Liebherr LG 1550 mobile crane.

The two main girders of the bridge deck – each weighing 100 tons – were put in place using a Liebherr LG 1550 mobile crane which took two days to construct on site.

Supported by approximately 14 articulated delivery vehicles, once assembled, the 550 tonne capacity crane gently lifted the girders onto the temporary bridge supports where they were locked in place to allow construction of the bridge deck itself. same.

A group of Year 6 and Year 7 pupils from nearby Ballater Primary School enjoyed a front view of the lift as they had special access to a secure viewing area alongside local councillors.

The school, as well as primary Crathie and Strathdon, will all receive a special K’Nex bridge building kit from Wills Bros to spark their interest and inspire potential young engineers of the future!

Several weeks earlier, six sections of the existing A939 road between Torbeg and Gairnshiel Bridge were surveyed and a new alignment designed by Wills Bros to ensure the crane could navigate safely to the site.

Aberdeenshire Council’s Bridges Manager, Donald MacPherson, said: “Today has certainly been a key moment in the construction of the new Gairnshiel Bridge and our thanks go to all who have been involved in completing the safe installation. This new structure will allow local residents and visitors to continue to enjoy the pleasures the area has to offer while providing improved travel times and reliability.

Jonathan Wills, Director of Wills Bros Civil Engineering Ltd, added: “The placement of these two huge bridge girders marks a key milestone in this highly anticipated project which, when completed, will benefit both the local community and to visitors to the region. We had the pleasure of hosting Year 6 and Year 7 pupils from Ballater Primary School and look forward to visiting pupils from nearby Crathie and Strathdon Primary Schools. We would also like to take this opportunity to thank the surrounding communities and the traveling public for their continued cooperation and patience during this work.

The architecture of the bridge was designed by local architects Moxon of Crathie near Braemar, with Arcadis of Edinburgh playing a key role in the civil and structural design.

Moxon Managing Director Ben Addy said: “The new crossing will divert road traffic away from the original Gairnshiel Bridge, one of the region’s most important and beautiful historic structures, preserving it for years to come. come, while providing a crucial link for road users. between Deeside and Speyside.”

The existing Grade A listed structure is no longer suitable for modern traffic and with ever increasing volumes of vehicles and larger and heavier loads, the bridge suffered extensive damage for many years. However, this “old faithful servant” will be reserved for the use of non-motorized users.

Its new downstream replacement will have two lanes of traffic and will accommodate large utility vehicles.

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