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McDermott and CB&I agree to name

McDermott International and CB&I have confirmed that, following the closing of the combination of the two companies, the combined company intends to retain the name McDermott. “The name McDermott provides a strong foundation for the combined company and a platform on which we can build our future together,” said David Dickson, McDermott president and CEO, who will continue to lead the combined company. “We are known today as a company that delivers excellence in project execution in a cost-efficient delivery…

Ocean Rig Drillship Santorini Postponed

Ocean Rig UDW Inc, an international contractor of offshore deepwater drilling services, announced that its subsidiary that is party to the shipbuilding contract for the construction of its 7th generation newbuilding drillship the Ocean Rig Santorini reached an agreement with Samsung Heavy Industries  to postpone the delivery of such newbuilding drillship to September 2019. Under the agreement reached with SHI the expected delivery date will be September 30, 2019 but may be brought forward at the option of the Company.…

Now You Can Setup Centrify, OneLogin, Ping and Other Identity Providers with Cloudflare Access

We use Cloudflare Access to secure our own internal tools instead of a VPN. As someone that does a lot of work on the train, I can attest this is awesome (though I might be biased). You can see it in action below. Instead of having to connect to a VPN to reach our internal jira, we just login with our Google account and we are good to go: Before today, you could setup Access if you used GSuite, Okta…

A Carbon Neutral North America

Photo by Karsten Würth (@inf1783) / Unsplash Cloudflare’s mission is to help build a better Internet. While working toward our goals, we want to make sure our processes are conducted in a sustainable manner. In an effort to do so, we’ve reduced Cloudflare’s environmental impact by contracting to purchase regional renewable energy certificates, or “RECs,” to match 100% of the electricity used in our North American data centers as well as our U.S. offices. Cloudflare now has servers in 154…

Accelerating Deep Neuroevolution: Train Atari in Hours on a Single Personal Computer

By Felipe Petroski Such, Kenneth O. Stanley and Jeff Clune We recently published an article announcing five papers on deep neuroevolution, including the discovery that genetic algorithms can solve deep reinforcement learning problems as well as popular alternatives, such as deep Q-learning and policy gradients. That work follows on Salimans et al. 2017, which showed the same for evolution strategies (ES), another neuroevolution algorithm. We further described how ES can be improved by adding exploration in the form of a…

New research modernizes rammed earth construction

Engineering professor Sumi Siddiqua (right) and graduate student Priscila Barreto (left). Credit: UBC Okanagan A building method as old as dirt is being re-examined as a ‘new’ and viable modern construction material. Compressed soil, also known as rammed earth, is a method of construction that dates back centuries. UBC Okanagan engineering professor Sumi Siddiqua, who has been researching the resurgence in rammed earth, says conventional cement is still the go-to for modern engineers. “Conventional cement construction is the principle…

Digital Advertising and Causal Impact: Using Data Science to Power a Delightful Customer Experience

As data scientists, we face a variety of problem types. One of our critical challenges is identifying the proper methodological approach to solve each problem. By doing this, we avoid force-fitting the wrong tool to solve a problem, and we avoid having to reformulate a question to fit a specific method. One way to characterize problems is by the type of results that answer the question at hand. For many data science questions, we can use predictive frameworks. Tasks such…

Inspection and industrial solutions specialist Intero Integrity Services launches with significant investment and growth plans

Intero Integrity Services (“Intero” or the “company”) today announced the launch of its new brand as a leading inspection and industrial service provider to the oil, gas refining and petrochemical industries around the world. Formerly operating as A.Hak Industrial Services, the company’s rebranding recognizes its history and excellent track record in providing its customers with technology-driven inspection and industrial services to enhance the integrity and performance of their critical midstream and downstream assets from design to end-of-life. Intero is pleased…

Quantum radar will expose stealth aircraft

Credit: University of Waterloo Stealth aircraft in the Canadian arctic will be no match for a new quantum radar system. Researchers at the University of Waterloo are developing a new technology that promises to help radar operators cut through heavy background noise and isolate objects—including stealth aircraft and missiles—with unparalleled accuracy. “In the Arctic, space weather such as geomagnetic storms and solar flares interfere with radar operation and make the effective identification of objects more challenging,” said Jonathan Baugh,…

Engineering Ethics Blog: Southwest Airlines Flight 1380: Cracks in Airline Safety?

Over the last twenty years or so, the news about airline safety in the U. S. has been mainly good.  Before last week, the last time a passenger died in a U. S. commercial airliner accident was 2009, and for some time before that it’s been true that the most dangerous part of a plane trip is the drive to the airport.  But on Tuesday April 17, the explosive decompression that resulted from an engine fan blade on Southwest Airlines…