Day: July 13, 2022

Construction Industry

Procore Works with AWS to Bring Digital Twins to the

CARPINTERIA, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Procore Technologies, Inc. (NYSE: PCOR), a leading global provider of construction management software, today announced it is working with Amazon Web Services (AWS) to leverage AWS IoT TwinMaker to extend the value of construction data into facility operations. The tools AWS IoT TwinMaker provides accelerate the creation of digital twins for buildings, factories, industrial equipment, and production lines.

Procore’s platform serves to connect all construction stakeholders in the lifecycle of a built asset. AWS IoT TwinMaker will allow Procore data to be integrated from design and construction into operations. Procore project owners will be able to incorporate as-built information from Procore with real-time data sources using TwinMaker, extending the value of construction information into operations. This consolidation of information can streamline operations and maintenance and enable lifecycle analysis of portfolio assets.

“We’re very excited about our partnership with AWS. Roughly 80% of the lifecycle cost of a project is in the operations phase,” said Tiffany LaBruno, product director, owners at Procore. “With this partnership we can leverage Procore’s course of construction data during that operations phase to help owners reduce costs, optimize performance, and be better prepared for future project needs.”

AWS IoT TwinMaker will make it faster and easier to create digital twins of real-world systems. Using AWS IoT TwinMaker, developers can get started quickly building digital twins of devices, equipment, and processes by connecting AWS IoT TwinMaker to data sources like equipment sensors, video feeds, and business applications. Built-in connectors for integration with sensors, 3D visualization, and downstream data analytics are transforming the built environment.

To learn more about Procore’s work with AWS IoT TwinMaker, please contact Procore.

About Procore

Procore is a leading global provider of construction management software. Over 1 million projects and more than $1 trillion USD in construction volume have

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Bitcoin Lightning Network developer updates node software

Lightning Labs, a developer of the Bitcoin (BTC) Lightning Network (LN), released a beta version of the Lightning Network Daemon (lnd) — a complete implementation of the LN node — with added support to the latest protocol upgrades including Taproot and Musig2, among other improvements.

lnd is a software component that handles various aspects within the LN including managing a database, generating payment invoices and revoking payments, to name a few. The latest software release, named lnd 0.15 beta (v0.15-beta), aims to empower developers to create solutions for more use cases by leveraging the Bitcoin network’s latest capabilities.

In the announcement, Lightning Labs’ product growth lead Michael Levin revealed that over 50 contributors participated in launching the company’s first release in the year 2022, adding that:

“This release gives complete Taproot support for the internal lnd wallet, making it one of the most advanced Taproot wallets today. Further, this release has support for an experimental Musig2 API compliant with the latest BIP draft.”

The primary goal of MuSig2, a multi-signature scheme, is to allow for the creation of aggregate public keys that can be used in Taproot outputs, thus, introducing the ability to authorize transactions with Schnorr signatures.

Unlike previous versions, the beta release also removes the redundant data from the revocation log bucket, which showed a reduction of 95% in database size during initial testing. While the update does not reclaim space for existing states, Levin envisioned that a follow-up release may include a migration feature that could reclaim old

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Computer Forensics

Cyber, social sciences faculty collaborate to study social

A three-year grant totaling $500,622 has been awarded to Dr. Ahmed Aleroud, associate professor in the Augusta University School of Computer and Cyber Sciences and principal investigator of the grant. Dr. Craig Albert, director of the Master of Arts in Intelligence and Security Studies program in Pamplin College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences, will serve as senior personnel.

The grant from the Office of Naval Research’s Social Networks and Computational Social Science Program will fund a project that creates new algorithms to mitigate social cyberattacks in Arabic-speaking countries. According to the faculty, the impact of this project is critical and will advance cybersecurity intelligence and digital forensics research.

“In the era of social media, social media cyberattacks are carried out by one or more actors — including both bots and human users — by engaging other users to create influence campaigns to polarize topic-oriented groups through sets of content-based and centrality-based intentional cyber-mediated methods,” said Aleroud. “This project will test recent deep-learning methods such as adversarial models to detect and assess the impacts of such attacks, even on multimedia content such as images or videos.”

According to the grant proposal, recent studies have shown that misinformation is spreading in 25 different languages, leading to deaths and injuries. Studies have also shown several attempts to discredit the power of U.S. governmental institutions through the spreading of misinformation on social media.

The project will focus on the Arabic language, which is one of the 10 most-spoken languages in the world. While some researchers have investigated diverse forms of language-based attacks in Arabic, limited attention is paid to studying social-mediated cyberattacks and their influences on the targeted countries, which include the U.S., Albert said.

“We will use machine-learning techniques to detect social cyberattacks such as rumors, conspiracy theories, mis- and dis-information, cyber-bots,

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The Branding Pen |

So, here we are gentle readers, it’s the Fourth of July. I am writing this prior to our celebration of independence, and I just suspect that I will not be as enthusiastic as normal. Why? I think you all know why. However, let me wish all of you a happy fourth, a safe and happy fourth with lots of family, friends, food and what not. Just don’t blow yer cotton pickin’ hand off and for sure, don’t start any prairie fires! With that said, let me move on to another subject, the branding pen.

Most, if not all of you that have cow/calf operations have branded already unless you calve in the fall. The branding pen can be a fun, comfortable place to be with family, friends and good neighbors to help you get another big chore out of the way. It can also be a “nitty, gritty, I wish we were done with this,” kind of day that you hoped wouldn’t happen. You know, hot, steamy, snotty cows, short of help, vaccine gun quit workin’ kind of morning with ropers that couldn’t catch a cold while naked in a snowstorm. I feel for the roper that just can’t catch a pair of heels if his life was threatened. I know, I have been that guy. You hate to see your friends reading the Denver Post while you are prowlin’ the calves tryin’ to find the perfect shot.

I have been to brandings where all of the cows were left with the calves in a not so large pen. I had hoped to get to drag a few to the fire, but our neighbor who was in his late 80s, on his old sorrel bronc roped every one. All 120-something. He just dropped a loop on their heads and drug

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