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Rice Associates Expands Design-Build Capabilities and Strengthens Geospatial Services with Purchase of Leica Pegasus:One Mobile Mapping Solution

Norcross, GA (PRWEB) March 17, 2014

Keeping construction projects on track just got easier for public agencies and private developers working in the Commonwealth of Virginia. A new mobile mapping solution gives surveyors and mappers the ability to gather detailed planimetric and terrain data 20 times faster than traditional surveying and photogrammetry equipment. This means the data can be quickly processed into final survey data in days, not weeks, giving managers on projects ranging from highway construction to subdivision stake out an improved ability to deliver projects on schedule.

The cutting-edge technology, Leica Pegasus:One, manufactured by Leica Geosystems Inc. and recently acquired by leading Virginia-based survey firm, Rice Associates, Inc., is a compact, highly flexible mobile mapping solution that combines the best of imagery with a traditional terrestrial laser scanner to provide high-quality data acquisition at or near posted roadway speeds.

This technology solution allows Rice Associates’ surveyors and mappers to quickly analyze existing data or provide data for preliminary design. Once captured, the data can be processed and incorporated into final survey data, said David “Charlie” Rice, LS, president of Rice Associates, Inc. This capability is crucial for keeping fast-paced design/build project schedules on track.

The geospatial services provider, with offices in Manassas, Richmond, and Virginia Beach, Virginia, serves a diverse base of public and private clients. The company has operated a photogrammetric unit for 14 years and partnered with mobile mapping service providers to support its work with the Virginia Department of Transportation. Having its own highly flexible, highly accurate mobile mapping system will allow the firm to offer new design-build capabilities from conception to completion.

We considered a mobile mapping system in the past, but were concerned about maintenance requirements, the capital cost, and the vehicle dependency of most systems, said Rice. The Pegasus:One addresses all issues with a single scan head, calibration is easy, the cost is not prohibitive, and the unit is completely modular. With the Pegasus:One, we can now provide our clients with all geospatial services in house.

The compact Leica Pegasus:One provides a plug-and-play hardware solution, including cameras and LIDAR sensors, enabled by a complete software solution, including data acquisition, calibration, post-processing, viewing, editing and storage modules. It provides an easy process for object capture and referencing into a common Esri GIS-based platform.

Rice Associates has an outstanding reputation for providing high-quality geospatial data to state, municipal and architectural/engineering clients, said Bradley Adams, PE, Manager Mobile Mapping for Leica Geosystems. We are pleased to be able to support them in expanding their business with the addition of this innovative mobile mapping technology.

For more information about Leica Geosystems mobile mapping solutions, visit http://www.leica-geosystems.us/en/Mobile-Mapping_103549.htm.

Rice Associates, Inc. (http://www.ricesurveys.com)

Rice Associates, founded in 1986, is a SWaM Certified and Federal Small Business geospatial services firm providing in-house photogrammetry, LIDAR scanning (mobile, airborne and terrestrial), BIM, conventional surveying and subsurface utility designation and mapping. With offices in Manassas, Richmond and Virginia Beach, Virginia, Rice Associates has a full-time staff of 67 personnel including ten licensed surveyors, four photogrammetrists, five subsurface utility designators and multiple field and office technicians that possess a high level understanding of project requirements from project planning through project delivery. Project types include rural roadways, interstate highways, bridge structures, airports, rail and transit, storm and sanitary sewer facilities, parks, trails, wetlands, public space developments, and facilities.

Leica Geosystems when it has to be right

With close to 200 years of pioneering solutions to measure the world, Leica Geosystems products and services are trusted by professionals worldwide to help them capture, analyze, and present spatial information. Leica Geosystems is best known for its broad array of products that capture accurately, model quickly, analyze easily, and visualize and present spatial information.

Those who use Leica Geosystems products every day trust them for their dependability, the value they deliver, and the superior customer support. Based in Heerbrugg, Switzerland, Leica Geosystems is a global company with tens of thousands of customers supported by more than 3,500 employees in 28 countries and hundreds of partners located in more than 120 countries around the world. Leica Geosystems is part of Hexagon, a leading global provider of design, measurement and visualisation technologies that enable customers to design, measure and position objects, and process and present data.

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Fleet Management Services Procurement Category Market Research Report Now Available from IBISWorld

Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) March 14, 2014

Fleet management services have a buyer power score of 3.1 out of 5. This score indicates that buyers have slightly more power in negotiations, based on the modest rate at which service prices increased during the past three years. According to IBISWorld procurement analyst Jeffrey Cohen, Factors that contributed positively to buyer power were the relatively fragmented nature of the market, a modest availability of substitutes and moderate switching costs.

The price of fleet management services increased at a moderate pace during the past three years as the economy steadily recovered. This rise in price occurred as the number of businesses increased alongside corporate profit, causing businesses to increase demand for fleet management services. In response, suppliers raised the price of their services. However, price increases were mitigated due to declining demand from another key buyer, local and state governments. Although the US economy was in the midst of recovery, many local and state governments experienced budget shortfalls and had to reduce spending on services that were not priorities, including fleet management services. Due to reduced demand, suppliers kept price increases low to try and retain existing customers, says Cohen.

Buyer negotiation power is positively affected by the relatively fragmented nature of the market. Because there are many suppliers throughout the United States, buyers have many choices in which supplier to purchase services from, thereby pitting suppliers against one another (this applies mostly to medium and large buyers). This factor can benefit buyers in terms of price and receiving additional services they otherwise may not have gotten. In addition, buyers have the option of purchasing products and services such as vehicle telematics and consulting services from vendors other than fleet management companies, thereby allowing buyers not to have to purchase additional services in a bundle that they may not need. Lastly, there is a moderate level of switching costs, which favors buyers because there are several suppliers that have years of experience and are willing to provide services to buyers located anywhere throughout the United States. The top four vendors in the market are General Electric Company, Automotive Resources International Inc., PHH Corporation and LeasePlan USA

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IBISWorld Procurement Report Key Topics

This report is intended to assist buyers of fleet management services. Fleet management services involve the management of a companys transportation fleet, which primarily includes commercial motor vehicles such as cars, vans, trucks, ships and rail cars. The primary services that fleet management companies offer are vehicle financing, vehicle maintenance, vehicle telematics, fuel management and health and safety management. The key buyers of these services are businesses and local and state government entities. This report does not include fleet leasing car services.

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About IBISWorld Inc.

IBISWorld is one of the world’s leading publishers of business intelligence, specializing in Industry research and Procurement research. Since 1971, IBISWorld has provided thoroughly researched, accurate and current business information. With an extensive online portfolio, valued for its depth and scope, IBISWorlds procurement research reports equip clients with the insight necessary to make better purchasing decisions, faster. Headquartered in Los Angeles, IBISWorld Procurement serves a range of business, professional service and government organizations through more than 10 locations worldwide. For more information, visit http://www.ibisworld.com or call 1-800-330-3772.

Alliant Insurance Services Launches Alliant Americas, Expands Commercial Business

Newport Beach, CA (PRWEB) January 09, 2014

Alliant Insurance Services (http://www.alliant.com), the nations largest specialty insurance brokerage firm, has launched Alliant Americas, signifying an aggressive growth strategy for its commercial business. The new organization will expand Alliants middle market presence through strategic acquisitions and investments.

The goal of Alliant Americas is to create a new standard of excellence in middle market insurance solutions, said Tom Corbett, Chairman and CEO of Alliant. The initiative will focus on the acquisition of robust organizations with a shared entrepreneurial culture and value system. This expansion strategy will be built upon the foundation of our existing middle-market business, which stands in a position of great strength.

Alliant Americas acquisition criteria will place a high value on companies in populous areas throughout the United States with a proven history of growth and a strong management team. The organization will be led by Sean McConlogue, who will serve as President of Alliant Americas and be responsible for the strategic direction and leadership of the group. McConlogue currently serves as President of Alliant Specialty Insurance Services (ASIS) and will continue in this role.

According to McConlogue, Alliant Americas represents a partnership opportunity that is unique in the marketplace.

Alliant Americas will provide a ground-floor opportunity for mid-sized agencies to partner with a growing and influential organization that combines the best in service, expertise, and innovation, he said. This creates a strong value proposition for their client base and access to the capital, sophistication, program relationships, and resources to propel their business to new levels of success.

McConlogue will be supported by Alliants corporate team, which will play a significant role in leading mergers and acquisitions as well as post-closing integration.

Alliant Americas is being built with a deliberate vision, said Greg Zimmer, President and CFO of Alliant. It aims to capture the very best of professional service, investing in organizations and people who share our passion for creating outstanding client relationships. Part of our vision is to enhance these relationships even further by providing our partners with access to Alliant’s proprietary products and expertise. We are pleased that Sean will be directing this effort and are confident that his leadership will take our commercial business to new heights.

About Alliant Insurance Services

Headquartered in Newport Beach, CA, Alliant Insurance Services, Inc. is one of the largest insurance brokerage firms in the United States and has a history dating back to 1925. Alliant provides property and casualty, workers compensation, employee benefits, surety, and financial products and services to more than 26,000 clients nationwide, including public entities, tribal nations, healthcare, energy, law firms, real estate, construction, and other industry groups. More information is available on the companys web site at: http://www.alliant.com.

Next Generation Trust Services Prepares to Celebrate 10th Anniversary in Business with Community Outreach Programs and Charitable Giving

Roseland, NJ (PRWEB) December 30, 2013

In 2014, Next Generation Trust Services, LLC in Roseland, N.J. will enter its tenth year in usiness serving investors who self-direct their retirement plans. Founded in 2004, Next Generation has grown from startup to holding nearly half a billion dollars in assets today, offering comprehensive account administration and transaction support for self-directed accounts; these include IRAs, SIMPLE and SEP IRAs, HSAs, Coverdell Education Accounts, and solo 401K plans.

I started the company out of my own desire to make real estate investments within my retirement accounts but being unable to find someone to help me make those transactions, said founder and CEO Jaime Raskulinecz, who is also a certified property manager, licensed real estate broker, and a long-time real estate investor. After doing my own research into the administration of self-directed retirement plans, I was inspired to start my own firm to help others build their retirement portfolios with nontraditional investments.

In honor of its tenth anniversary and the companys success, Next Generation Trust Services will start a nonprofit foundation in 2014 to support charitable organizations and programs that have special meaning to Raskulinecz and her staff. Raskulinecz said that the formation of a foundation will enable the firm to better formalize its philanthropic endeavors company-wide.

It is important to all of us here to help nonprofit organizations continue their good work, and to support those in need in our communities. We look forward to putting together some charitable initiatives through our foundation in 2014.

A History of Growth and Service

Next Generation Trust Services was originally founded under a different name as part of a national network of third-party administrators of self-directed retirement accounts. Within five years, Raskulinecz built the company from start-up to over $ 150 million in holdings. She decided to break away from the national network to start her own truly independent firm and in 2011 the company emerged as Next Generation TS, LLC, an independently owned and operated corporation that currently holds nearly $ 500 million in assets.

Next Generation Trust Services has undergone a complete corporate rebranding, updated its website, and upgraded office technology to provide greater security and efficiency for its clients and staff. It recently launched an in-house education program to provide continuing education courses and a reference library to its employees so they may better serve clients. All employees are cross-trained to provide immediate and effective customer service, which, combined with the conveniences of Next Generations online tools, is central to the companys success.

Account holders of self-directed retirement accounts make all their own investment decisions; Next Generation Trust Services executes the transactions, manages all the mandatory paperwork and report filing, and ensures its clients are investing within IRS guidelines. Self-direction allows for a much broader array of investment types including non-publicly traded alternative assets; these include residential and commercial real estate, precious metals, commercial paper, mortgages, hedge funds, and much more.

Were so appreciative of our clients support and of Next Generations steady growth through the years; giving back to the community is a powerful way for us to express that appreciation, said Raskulinecz.

For more information about self-directed retirement plans or to open a new account, contact Next Generation Trust Services at (888) 857-8058 or Info(at)NextGenerationTrust(dot)com, or visit http://NextGenerationTrust.com.

About Next Generation Trust

Next Generation Trust Services (NGTS), headquartered in Roseland, New Jersey, is a professional third-party administrator of self-directed retirement plans. NGTS provides education, administrative support, and account maintenance to individuals interested in self-directing their retirement portfolios with a wide variety of investments that are not typically found in an IRA, such as real estate, precious metals, notes and mortgages, private placements, accounts receivables, limited partnerships, hedge funds, and much more. Next Generation Trust Services serves clients globally via its website, http://www.NextGenerationTrust.com. For more information on self-directing a retirement plan, call 973-533-1880, 888-857-8058 (toll free), or e-mail Info(at)NextGenerationTrust(dot)com.

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Priority Energy Receives Honorable Mention by the Department of Energy for Their Energy Efficiency Services and Products Utilized in the Winning Builders Challenge Home

Chicago, IL (PRWEB) October 15, 2013

Priority Energy was honored last week for their energy efficiency contributions to the winning U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Builders Challenge Award home. The Builders Challenge Award is designed to recognize builders for their use of innovative energy efficiency measures in their new construction. Priority Energy worked closely with the Illinois builder to design and implement their high performance, cost effective products that contributed to the house’s winning results.

Priority Energy, the long time energy efficiency partner of StreetScape Development in Libertyville, IL, helped the builder create this outstanding home that uses 37% less energy and emits 33% less off-gasses than a home built according to IECC 2012 code specifications alone. In economic terms, this means the home’s annual utility costs will be nearly $ 1000 less than a comparable new home. In addition to all this, the durability, indoor air quality and overall comfort of the home will be greatly enhanced.

“We are big believers in the DOE’s Challenge Home concept,” said Robert Schildgen, owner and CEO of Chicago-based Priority Energy. “The whole point of the program is to identify ways to bring high performance homes to the market in a more cost effective manner. StreetScape Development has been building Energy Star-rated homes for the past few years; the Builders Challenge home was a natural next-step for them and we were thrilled to help.”

Priority Energy provided the initial mechanical sizing, (Manual J, D, and S), and Energy Modeling for the design of the Challenge Home. During and after construction they conducted performance tests for IECC code compliance, Energy Star 3.0 and a HERS rating. In addition, the following Priority Energy products were utilized to attain the award-winning, high performance results:


Security Dynamics LLC to Expand Security & Counterterrorism Consulting Services


Security Dynamics LLC, a strategic security and risk management advisory firm renowned for its team of counterterrorism and risk management experts, is increasing its global scope of operations in response to rapidly evolving terrorist and criminal threats, it was announced today by Kim E. Petersen, the firms Chairman and President.

In the decade since 9/11, transnational terrorists and criminal organizations have shifted both their targeting and tactics in response to the Global War on Terrorism, said Petersen. The private and public sectors are facing an increasingly dangerous and credible threat that is evolving to counter US-led counterterrorism efforts. Security Dynamics is committed to providing our clients with ‘best-in-class’ assessments of their relative vulnerability to this threat, along with value-engineered crisis preparedness services that effectively mitigate risk to their organizations. CNN International has described Mr. Petersen as, one of the leading security and counterterrorism experts in the world.

Plans include expanding into new countries and recruiting additional security and counterterrorism Subject Matter Experts and Senior Advisors. The firm’s professional services presently include physical, personnel, and information security consulting that is not limited to systems engineering; crisis management; business continuity programs; security and compliance audits; red-cell testing; cyber- and IT-security; penetration testing; and, training, drills, and exercise programs.

About Security Dynamics LLC:

First established in 1987, Security Dynamics LLC is a global security, counterterrorism, and risk management advisory firm with a professional staff that has performed threat and vulnerability assessments in over 90 countries. The firm advises industry and government clients on security and counterterrorism issues and is staffed with a global team of Subject Matter Experts and Senior Advisors who have previous high-level intelligence, military, law enforcement, and private sector expertise. These client advisors operate within sector-oriented practice groups that focus on: