Round up: New foundation system, BIM, completed jobs, and European expansion

What’s happening this week in our industry? Here’s our Friday round up of news and announcements from members of the BuiltWorlds network. Want to be included? Send your press releases or story ideas to

1. Arx Pax SAFE Foundation System featured in national precast concrete association magazine

After the recent, devastating hurricane in Houston, TX, an increasing number of individuals in the AEC industries have begun to seriously consider the impact of climate change on the built environment. As Arx Pax Founder and CEO, Greg Henderson states in Precast Magazine, “as an architect and builder, I knew there had to be a way to build more responsibly in areas subject to earthquakes, floods and rising sea levels.”

The SAFE Foundation System allows buildings, roads, and utilities to float on water in the case of flooding. It also absorbs the shock of earthquakes, allowing buildings and their related communities to remain stable.

BuiltWorlds also featured Arx Pax SAFE Foundation System in this article from February 2017.



2. ENGworks releases Enhanced Dynamix — Aquatherm

ENGworks, an international BIM service and solutions provider, released Enhanced Dynamix — Aquatherm at the end of October. The product is an Autodesk Fabrication CADmep Content set.



3. Talent Hitch launches blog

Talent Hitch, an AEC-focused recruiting firm, just started a blog to highlight its efforts to find diverse, skilled workers for companies in the AEC industry. The first blog post details Talent Hitch employee Daniel Rodgers’ volunteer work with the International Disaster and Emergency Service (IDES) in Houston, TX. (You might remember Talent Hitch from our article here.)

If you want to learn more about attracting and maintaining a skilled AEC workforce, join us at the BuiltWorlds Future Workforce Conference on December 6.



4. Walsh completes Terminal Island Water Reclamation Plant

Terminal Island Water Reclamation Plant

General contractor The Walsh Group recently completed a big design-build project, the expansion of the Advanced Water Purification Facility at Terminal Island Water Reclamation Plant in Los Angeles. The plant incorporates the most cutting-edge water purification technology to clean and recycle wastewater that was previously dumped in a nearby harbor.

Source: Press release


5. Microdesk goes international

Microdesk, the largest architecture, engineering, construction, and owner/operator industry consulting firm in the United States is expanding its services to the UK and Europe.

It is now an Authorized Autodesk Reseller, which enables Microdesk to provide software management in addition to BIM and implementation services to a growing number of clients. Its presence in London will serve as a hub for European expansion in the future.

Source: Press release