FILETRAC AND HOVER PARTNER TO IMPROVE THE SPEED, QUALITY & EFFICIENCY OF PROPERTY INSURANCE CLAIMS

FileTrac will integrate HOVER’s technology into its CMS, providing customers the ability to access accurate measurements, property photos and 3D visualizations

SHOREHAM, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES, February 26, 2020 /EINPresswire.com/ — FILETRAC AND HOVER PARTNER TO IMPROVE THE SPEED, QUALITY & EFFICIENCY OF PROPERTY INSURANCE CLAIMS

FileTrac, the leading claims management system, today announced a partnership with HOVER, the company on a mission to create a single source of truth for the physical world. Through this partnership, FileTrac will integrate HOVER’s technology into its CMS, providing its customers with the ability to access accurate measurements, up-to-date property photos and 3D visualizations, dramatically improving the customer experience.

“Our vision at FileTrac is to reduce overall claim costs and transform our business to lead the new era of digital transformation in the insurance claims industry,” says Jim Everett, CEO at FileTrac. “We are excited to partner with HOVER who is leading the charge of this new era with their 3D technology to measure and estimate exterior home damage.”

With the integration of the HOVER technology, independent adjusting firms and carriers using FileTrac can increase the number of property claims they take on while receiving more detailed and accurate measurements, including the total living area down to the inch. “Many of our customers have been asking for this integration for some time, and we’re excited to lead the way for the industry with FileTrac, and continue this momentum for the industry. With this integration, it will be easier for adjusters using HOVER to receive assignments, manage billing, and do reporting and analytics.” said Kevin Reilley, Executive Vice President at HOVER. FileTrac customers will receive a full report of accurate measurements in PDF form and an AI-derived 3D sketch of the property that can be stored in the FileTrac system and be accessed at any time in the claims or reinspection process.

“The FileTrac and HOVER integration is another example of FileTrac’s continuing efforts to improve the adjuster’s organization and efficiency in claims management through the exploration of new opportunities,” says George A. Burgee, Executive General Adjuster at Johns Eastern Company, Inc. “The integration provides the ability to order, receive and review the HOVER data directly within FileTrac which will lead to a greater scope accuracy and improved cycle times which will generate greater customer satisfaction.”

About HOVER
HOVER transforms smartphone photos of any property into an accurate, interactive 3D model, giving homeowners the power to unlock the true potential of their largest economic asset. Thousands of exterior contractors are using HOVER to save time and money on every project, establish instant credibility and close more business. HOVER's insurance industry customers use the up-to-date measurements to reduce claim adjusting costs, decrease cycle times, and improve the overall customer experience. HOVER is backed by leading investors including Google Ventures and Menlo Ventures.

About FileTrac
FileTrac is an insurance technology company whose mission is to empower the claims industry to leverage advanced technologies to reduce human error and human capital costs, thus reducing claim costs and improving cycle time. Our strategy is to build the best-in-class claims management platform and claims productivity services suite for an intelligent cloud application leveraging artificial intelligence ("AI"), business intelligence ("BI") and robotics process automation ("RPA"). It is our commitment to transform our business to lead this new era of digital transformation in the insurance claims industry and enable our customers and partners to adapt and thrive in this evolving, tech-driven world.

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Safeguard Equipment Measures Success by the Number of Lives Saved

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Compass Personal Voltage & Current Detector

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POST FALLS, IDAHO, USA, February 26, 2020 /EINPresswire.com/ — OSHA reports more than 30,000 electrical accidents each year. The cause of these accidents can be attributed to encountering unknown risks, failure to follow safety protocols, and neglecting to purchase and use proper safety equipment.

Nothing can eliminate all jobsite dangers, but the easiest way to prevent electrical accidents is to provide top-quality protective equipment including gloves, hard hats, boots, eye protection, and Personal Voltage and Current Detectors (PVCDs).

PVCD reliability has significantly improved with the advent of digital technology. Electrical workers who use these essential workplace safety tools can be proactive rather than reactive to worksite electrical threats.

Since commencing operations, Safeguard Equipment has sold thousands of its Compass™ PVCDs. Compass is a revolutionary advancement in PVCD technology. The device’s advanced form factor and digital technology places it years ahead of any other safety device currently available. Compass securely attaches to the brim of any standard hard hat where it provides 360° of risk detection. It is the first device to provide both proximity and directional audio and visual alerts for electrical threats. This powerful risk-aversion technology has saved at least eleven lives to date and likely saved many more.

Safeguard’s founders, CEO Tim Ledford, CTO John Thompson, and COO Brandon Bledsoe have family members who work in professions where the risk of electrocution is a real threat. Compass was born out of concern for their safety. When asked to summarize Safeguard’s success, Tim Ledford said “Compass saves lives. We have made great strides entering industries where Compass will continue to save lives, avoid accidents, and reduce downtime. Our goal is to revolutionize the development and use of safety equipment by designing devices that are innovative, dependable, cost-effective, and user-friendly.” Safeguard’s innovative thinking and dedication protects the lives and well-being of workers in high-risk occupations. The Company measures success by the number of lives saved.

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Safeguard Equipment
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The Mesothelioma Options Help Center of Oklahoma Endorses the Steinberg Law Group as the Best Mesothelioma Law Firm

The asbestos industry knowingly poisoned people for decades.

Inhaling one fiber of asbestos is enough to cause mesothelioma decades later.

Asbestos was used in numerous automotive parts for decades.

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Asbestos used to be and still is contained in many household and commercial products.

The Mesothelioma Options Help Center of Oklahoma Endorses the Steinberg Law Group as the Best Mesothelioma and Asbestos Law Firm – Experience/Resources/Results

Just as certain as death and taxes, if you inhale asbestos dust, you will get asbestosis.”

— 1958 National Gypsum Company inter-office memo

OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA, USA, February 25, 2020 /EINPresswire.com/ — The Mesothelioma Options Help Center of Oklahoma is dedicated to providing the best possible legal and medical assistance to those stricken with mesothelioma or asbestos-related lung cancer. Anyone wishing to discuss their legal and/or medical options should call (888) 891-2200 to speak directly with an attorney from the Steinberg Law Group.

The Mesothelioma Options Help Center of Oklahoma has endorsed the Steinberg Law Group because of their vast experience in handling mesothelioma and other asbestos-related cases. With offices in New York, California and Texas, the Steinberg Law Group has a national footprint that helps win the best possible financial compensation for clients.

Typically, asbestos exposure will have occurred sometime between the 1950s and the 1980s. Some of the most prevalent professions that encountered large quantities of asbestos include power plant workers, maritime workers, industrial workers, plumbers, pipefitters, electricians, mechanics, machinists, miners, railroad workers and construction workers, to name a few. Since the latency period for mesothelioma patients is approximately 40 years, most people diagnosed with mesothelioma or asbestos-related lung cancer in 2020 were exposed decades ago.

Agriculture, oil & gas and manufacturing make up the bulk of business in Oklahoma. Workers in all three of the aforementioned industries were subject to asbestos exposure for decades at various locations around the state. In addition, asbestos exposure may have occurred between 1948 and 1993 due to mining company W.R. Grace, which shipped asbestos-containing vermiculite around the country including to three Oklahoma cities (Oklahoma City, Duke and Southard).

Known jobsites, companies and buildings with asbestos exposure in Oklahoma include Ultramar Diamond, Sinclair Oil, Gary-Williams Energy, Conoco, Sunoco, Kaufman and Gittinger Halls at the University of Oklahoma, the Hudson Refinery in Cushing, Oklahoma and the Oklahoma Refining Company site in Cyril, Oklahoma. It is important to note that asbestos remains in older facilities around Oklahoma in the form of insulation, floor and ceiling tiles and electric wiring.

For the best possible medical treatment for mesothelioma and asbestos-related lung cancer, call (888) 891-2200 so a member of the Mesothelioma Options Help Center of Oklahoma can determine which hospital/doctor in our network is most convenient for you.

States with the highest incidence of mesothelioma include Oregon, Washington, Louisiana, Minnesota, North Dakota, Michigan, Illinois, Virginia, West Virginia, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maryland, Massachusetts, Maine and Connecticut. For more information about mesothelioma and asbestos-related lung cancer, call (888) 891-2200 or visit www.mesotheliomaoptions.com.

Monica Rivera
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IRI Presents 2020 Federal, State Policy “Blueprints”

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Our federal and state blueprints provide a clear, concise public policy agenda that we will seek to advance through constructive engagement.”

— Wayne Chopus, IRI President & CEO

WASHINGTON, D.C., USA, February 25, 2020 /EINPresswire.com/ —

The Insured Retirement Institute (IRI) announced today its 2020 federal and state policy blueprints to advance retirement security policies for all Americans.

IRI, the leading trade association for the retirement income industry, says its policy objectives remain focused on expanding workers’ opportunities to save for retirement, facilitating use of lifetime income products and supporting consumer protections that safeguard against financial exploitation and maintain consumers’ choice of financial advice and products.

“Our federal and state blueprints provide a clear, concise public policy agenda that we will seek to advance through constructive engagement,” said Wayne Chopus, IRI president and CEO. “This successful approach helped to enact comprehensive retirement security legislation last year and shaped federal and state standard of conduct regulations.”

IRI’S 2020 FEDERAL BLUEPRINT LEGISLATIVE GOALS

• Expand opportunities to save for retirement by enhancing access to, and features of, workplace retirement plans
• Facilitate and encourage greater access to and use of lifetime income products in workplace retirement plans
• Preserve and promote access for retirement savers to professional financial guidance, education and information
• Enhance protections to safeguard Americans from financial exploitation and fraud
• Maintain and augment the current tax treatment of retirement savings

Following last year’s enactment of the Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement (SECURE) Act, IRI will focus its efforts on advancing additional legislation to help American workers save for retirement and facilitate the utilization of lifetime income products. IRI also supports efforts to protect seniors from financial fraud, a federal data privacy law and inclusion of retirement savings counseling to recipients of certain federal financial assistance and job training programs.

FEDERAL BLUEPRINT LEGISLATIVE HIGHLIGHTS

— Require all but the smallest employers to maintain a retirement savings plan in which employees would be automatically enrolled (with the ability to opt out)

— Update the required minimum distribution (RMD) rules to reflect longer lifespans and modernize the RMD minimum income threshold test to benefit more older individuals seeking to use lifetime income options during their retirement years

— Increase catch-up contribution limits for Baby Boomers and allow catch-up contributions for caregivers and members of the U.S. armed forces ready reserves

— Establish electronic delivery as the default method for providing required disclosures to plan participants, while preserving the option to receive paper upon request.

— Allow employers to make voluntarily matching contributions to help employees save for retirement while making student loan payments

— Extend retirement savings counseling to federal student loan, job training and apprenticeship program recipients

— Increase protections to safeguard consumers’ personal financial information by enacting a uniform standard to be implemented in the states

— Prohibit the private collection of tax debt of any individual over the age of 65 to prevent older Americans from becoming victims of a well-known scam

FEDERAL BLUEPRINT REGULATORY HIGHLIGHTS

• Regulation Best Interest Implementation – Policymakers in Washington and across the nation should align their standards of conduct with the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) Regulation Best Interest (Reg BI) to ensure all Americans are protected by a clear, consistent and workable best interest standard that will provide meaningful and effective consumer protections without depriving them of access to valuable financial products and services.

• Summary Prospectus for Variable Annuity Products –Following a multi-year effort led by IRI, the SEC should finalize its proposal to create a more useful, consumer-friendly disclosure of essential information about variable annuity and variable life insurance contracts.

• Reduce Regulatory Barriers to the Development and Offering of Innovative Products – The SEC should adapt its rules relating to the registration of annuity products to facilitate and encourage the insured retirement industry’s ability to develop and provide new and innovative products for investors, like Registered Index Linked Annuities (RILA’s), and to ensure investors can easily find the information they need about these products.

IRI’S STATE BLUEPRINT HIGHLIGHTS

IRI’s 2020 State Blueprint calls on state policymakers to:
• Adopt a clear, consistent, and workable best interest standard of conduct for financial professionals
— State policymakers should promptly pursue uniform adoption of the revised NAIC best interest model regulation.
— Individual efforts to impose a fiduciary duty on broker-dealers would result in a patchwork of conflicting and inconsistent regulations that would impair consumer access to financial advice and products. States should not proceed with such efforts without first evaluating the actual effectiveness of Regulation Best Interest.

• Maintain the robust private-sector marketplace for retirement savings solutions
— Rather than establishing state-run plans, state policymakers seeking to expand access to retirement savings opportunities should encourage their federal counterparts to pass legislation making it easier for small and mid-size companies to offer retirement plans.

• Protect seniors and other vulnerable population segments against financial fraud and exploitation
— All states should increase the amounts appropriated to state Adult Protective Services agencies to ensure they have sufficient resources to investigate and prosecute suspected abuse and exploitation of older Americans.

• Establish uniform and workable safeguards to protect Americans’ personal financial information
All stakeholders should work together to create a single, uniform set of workable standards that will protect the public and minimize costs for industry and the overall economy.

• Facilitate and encourage improvements to the consumer and advisor experience.
— State policymakers should work with industry to identify and remove laws and rules – such as anti-rebating laws and replacement rules – that interfere with opportunities to leverage modern technological capabilities that can provide an improved experience for consumers without undermining important consumer protections.

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The Insured Retirement Institute (IRI) is the leading association for the entire supply chain of insured retirement strategies, including life insurers, asset managers, and distributors such as broker-dealers, banks and marketing organizations.

Daniel Zielinski
Insured Retirement Institute
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MedStar Health Joins the Health Care Transformation Task Force

The Task Force welcomes MedStar Health, the largest health care provider in the Maryland and D.C. region, to its membership.

Multistakeholder collaboration is vital to driving value and changes necessary to achieve sustainable delivery system reform.”

— Meena Seshamani, MD, VP, Clinical Care Transformation, MedStar Health

WASHINGTON, DC, UNITED STATES, February 25, 2020 /EINPresswire.com/ — The Health Care Transformation Task Force (HCTTF or Task Force) announced today that MedStar Health has joined its membership.

Established in 2014, the Task Force is an industry consortium comprised of patients, payers, providers and purchaser representatives committed to advancing delivery system transformation that drives rapid, measurable change for ourselves and our country. In addition to serving as a resource and convener for members, the Task Force also serves as a leading public voice on value-based payment. By developing and disseminating strategic, operational and policy recommendations, HCTTF aims to align private and public-sector efforts to transform the U.S. health care system by accelerating the adoption of value-based payment and care delivery models.

MedStar Health is a non-profit, integrated delivery system providing care to patients across Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, D.C. True to the slogan “MedStar Health – it’s how we treat people,” the health system uses the best of their minds and hearts to serve their patients, those who care for them, and the communities they live in. As the largest health care provider in the Maryland and D.C. region, MedStar delivers their promise in more than 300 locations that include 10 hospitals, urgent care, and ambulatory centers.

“MedStar Health is a system committed to excellence in care delivery for the patients and communities they serve,” said Jeff Micklos, Executive Director of the Health Care Transformation Task Force. “Their commitment to putting the patient first in everything they do will bolster the Task Force’s continued pursuit of a value-driven delivery system dedicated to patient-centered care and experience.”

“We are excited to join this innovative group of leaders as we accelerate our efforts to provide high-quality care under a value-based payment and care delivery paradigm,” said Meena Seshamani, MD, Vice President, Clinical Care Transformation at MedStar Health. “Multistakeholder collaboration is vital to driving value and the changes necessary to achieve sustainable delivery system reform.”

As a member of the Task Force, MedStar Health joins a consortium that shares deep operational expertise and experience while offering a strong policy voice and demonstrated commitment to accelerating the adoption of value-based payment and care delivery. Members of the Task Force aspire to have 75% of their respective businesses operating under value-based payment arrangements by the end of 2020. The Task Force’s Board of Directors meets quarterly and oversees six work groups that meet regularly to address a variety of consumer-centered, value-based payment topics.
For more information please visit: https://hcttf.org

ABOUT HEALTH CARE TRANSFORMATION TASK FORCE
Health Care Transformation Task Force is a unique collaboration of patients, payers, providers and purchasers working to lead a sweeping transformation of the health care system. By transitioning to value-based models that support the Triple Aim of better health, better care and lower costs, the Task Force is committed to accelerating the transformation to value in health care. To learn more, visit WWW.HCTTF.ORG.

ABOUT MEDSTAR HEALTH
MedStar Health, a non-profit health system providing care to people in Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, D.C., is committed to providing the highest quality of care for people with compassion and respect. The 30,000 associates and 4,700 affiliated physicians are committed to living MedStar’s core SPIRIT values – Service, Patient first, Integrity, Respect, Innovation, and Teamwork. To learn more, visit www.medstarhealth.org/mhs/

TASK FORCE MEMBERS
Aetna • agilon health • Aledade • American Academy of Family Physicians • Anthem, Inc. • ApolloMed • Archway Health • Ascension • Atrius Health • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan • Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina • Blue Cross Blue Shield of South Carolina • Cambia Health Solutions • Clarify • Cleveland Clinic • Community Catalyst • Dignity Health • Doctor On Demand • Evolent Health • Families USA • Geisinger • Heritage Provider Network • HRHCare • Kaiser Permanente • Mark McClellan • MedStar Health • Mental Health America • National Health Law Program • National Partnership for Women & Families • Pacific Business Group on Health • Partners Healthcare • Premier • Sentara Healthcare • Signify Health • Trinity Health • Washington State Health Care Authority • UAW Retiree Medical Benefits Trust

Megan Zook
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JULY BUSINESS SERVICES ANNOUNCES ENHANCED STADION STORYLINE 401(K) SOLUTION

July Business Services now offers the ability for participants to have a more personalized investment allocation in
their 401(k) through Stadion's StoryLine.

We are thrilled that July Business Services is adding flexibility for advisors and plan sponsors in their
managed account offering.”

— Jud Doherty, President & CEO of Stadion Money Management

WATKINSVILLE, GEORGIA, USA, February 25, 2020 /EINPresswire.com/ — Stadion Money Management, an independent managed account provider, today announced that July Business Services (JULY), a leading national retirement plan provider, now offers the ability for participants to have a more personalized investment allocation in their 401(k) through StoryLine, Stadion’s Managed Account service.

Stadion’s deep integration with JULY allows participants to have a more personalized portfolio, specific to their individual factors and retirement goals. In addition, advisors who offer StoryLine through JULY now have the flexibility of using the plan sponsor’s existing plan lineup or selecting StoryLine, built with SPDR® ETFs.

JULY provides custom plan design and hands-on services for plan setup, operation and administration. The firm is one of the nation’s premier independent retirement plan recordkeepers with a long history of high-touch service, plan design expertise, investment flexibility and advanced technology.

“We are thrilled that July Business Services is adding flexibility for advisors and plan sponsors in their managed account offering,” said Jud Doherty, President & CEO of Stadion Money Management. “JULY and Stadion share similar views on the necessity for customized participant-level retirement solutions and we believe offering participants the opportunity to further personalize their 401(k) accounts will lead to better retirement outcomes.”

StoryLine is a professionally managed investment service that provides customization at the plan level based on employee demographics and a personalized investment allocation tailored to participants based on their individual characteristics and preferences. StoryLine offers participants an easy-to-use experience, ongoing communications and call center support.

“We are pleased to enhance our personalized participant managed account solution on our open architecture retirement platform,” said John Humphrey, JULY’s President and CEO. “Stadion’s experience and approach to simplifying participant investing aligns nicely with JULY’s strategy of making retirement planning easy for employers and participants.”

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About JULY
Since 1994, July Business Services has been a leading retirement plan provider that supports financial advisors and their clients by delivering successful retirement plan strategies through its fully independent, open-architecture retirement plan recordkeeping platform and plan administration services. JULY brings unbiased, expert knowledge to all facets of the retirement plan process including customized plan design, leading technology, and hands-on implementation and management of the plan. JULY supports clients with an expansive, conflict-free investment platform, including ETFs, collective trusts, professionally managed portfolios, and mutual funds. For more information about JULY, visit www.julyservices.com.

About Stadion Money Management
Established in 1993, Stadion Money Management is an independent firm headquartered near Athens, Georgia. Stadion works with advisors and recordkeepers to build custom retirement plan and participant level investment solutions. As of 12/31/19, Stadion managed approximately $2.9 billion. Visit Stadion Money Management at www.stadionmoney.com

Past Performance is no guarantee of future results. Investments are subject to risk, and any of Stadion's investment strategies may lose money.

The SPDR® S&P 500® ETF, SPDR® S&P MIDCAP 400® ETF, SPDR® Dow Jones® Industrial Average ETF are exchange traded funds with the investment objective to correspond to the price and yield performance of the S&P 500® Index, S&P® MidCap 400® IndexTM, and Dow Jones Industrial AverageSM. The shares of the SPDR® S&P 500® ETF, SPDR® S&P MIDCAP 400® ETF, SPDR® Dow Jones® Industrial Average ETF represent individual ownership interest in the Trust’s portfolio.

Standard & Poor’s®, S&P® and SPDR® are registered trademarks of Standard & Poor’s Financial Services LLC (S&P); Dow Jones is a registered trademark of Dow Jones Trademark Holdings LLC (Dow Jones); and these trademarks have been licensed for use by S&P Dow Jones Indices LLC (SPDJI) and sublicensed for certain purposes by State Street Corporation. State Street Corporation’s financial products are not sponsored, endorsed, sold or promoted by SPDJI, Dow Jones, S&P, their respective affiliates and third party licensors and none of such parties make any representation regarding the advisability of investing in such product(s) nor do they have any liability in relation thereto, including for any errors, omissions, or interruptions of any index.

StoryLine is a marketing term associated with investment advisory services and products provided by Stadion Money Management, LLC. Certain of the StoryLine accounts and funds utilize exchange-traded funds that bear the SPDR® trademark to implement Stadion’s investment strategy. Stadion receives both an annual payment and reimbursement for certain marketing and other assistance in connection with the StoryLine Accounts from State Street Global Advisors and its affiliates in connection with Stadion’s use of SPDR® ETFs in the StoryLine Accounts. StoryLine is not managed, sponsored or endorsed by State Street Global Advisors or its affiliates and is not guaranteed by Stadion or its affiliates or by State Street Global Advisors or its affiliates. No party makes any representation or warranty, express or implied, regarding the advisability of investing in the StoryLine Accounts, including “StoryLine. Built with SPDR® ETFs.” State Street Global Advisors has no obligations to take into consideration the StoryLine Accounts or investors in the StoryLine Account when managing or creating SPDR® ETFs. Standard & Poor’s®, S&P®, S&P 500®, Standard & Poor’s 500, 500, Standard & Poor’s Depositary Receipts, and SPDRs® are trademarks of The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. and have been licensed for use by State Street Global Advisors Funds Distributors, LLC.

Stadion Money Management, LLC (“Stadion”) is an investment adviser registered with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Registration does not imply a certain level of skill or training. More information about Stadion’s investment advisory services can be found in its Form ADV Part 2, which is available upon request.
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Electro Scan Awarded 20,000LF Contract to Conduct Scanning Services for Stafford County, Virginia

Stafford County, Virginia's Major Sewer Basins.

Stafford County, Virginia’s Major Sewer Basins.

Traditional visual inspection using high resolution CCTV cameras miss the majority of leaks compared to machine-intelligent FELL.

Traditional visual inspection using high resolution CCTV cameras miss the majority of leaks compared to machine-intelligent FELL.

Electro Scan sets up for field demonstration in Stafford County.

Electro Scan sets up for field demonstration in Stafford County.

Electro Scan ruggedized machine-intelligent pipeline assessment probe.

FBI Academy located within Stafford County.

FBI Academy located within Stafford County.

As Subcontractor to O'Brien & Gere Engineers, FELL Data Will Allow The County to Proceed With Design & Construction to Target & Eliminate Infiltration

We had them scan three pipes that we knew had high levels of infiltration, but our CCTV inspections showed no defects and that each pipe was OK.”

— Gary McCollum, Utilities Capital Program Manager, Stafford County, VA

SACRAMENTO, CALIFORNIA, USA, February 25, 2020 /EINPresswire.com/ — Electro Scan Inc. announced today that is has been awarded a 20,000 linear foot (LF) project by the Stafford County, Virginia, Department of Public Works, working with O'Brien and Gere Engineers, Inc. (OBG). Electro Scan's in-house team will complete all scanning services, including traffic control, field services, and reporting.

Information collected and submitted to O'Brien and Gere will be used to recommend rehabilitation to reduce infiltration and allow the County to proceed with design and construction activities.

All field work will be completed in accordance with ASTM F2550-13 (2018), 'Standard Practice for Locating Leaks in Sewer Pipes By Measuring the Variation of Electric Current Flow Through the Pipe Wall.'

"We are delighted to provide the industry's most accurate and sophisticated field condition assessment data, locating and measuring sources of infiltration, typically missed by traditional visual inspection using high resolution Closed-Circuit Television (CCTV) cameras," stated Mike App, Vice President, Eastern Region, Electro Scan Inc.

In 2018, Electro Scan working with its exclusive representative ClearWater, Inc., arranged a field demonstration of the Electro Scan Focused Electrode Leak Location (FELL) technology.

"They scanned three pipes known to have high levels of infiltration, but our CCTV inspections showed no defects and that each pipe was OK," stated Gary McCollum, Utilities Capital Program Manager, Stafford County, VA. "What was more impressive, was that a rehabilitated service connection with a T-liner scanned completely flat, showing no leaks. Conversely, every joint showed leaks and aged AC pipe that showed leaks. And, no leaks were shown where pipe lining was in place."

Electro scanning work for this project will concentrate on watersheds in Aquia Harbour and include Asbestos Cement (AC), Cured-In-Place Pipe (CIPP), and Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC) pipes.

To learn more about Electro Scan's FELL technology Register for the Company's upcoming Trenchless Technology Webinar to be broadcast Wednesday, March 11, 2020, at 1:00 PM Eastern.

In January 2019, OBG joined forces with Ramboll, Northern Europe’s leading engineering, design, and consultancy company with more than 15,000 people globally.

ABOUT STAFFORD COUNTY, DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS
The Stafford County Department of Public Works is under the direction of the County Board of Supervisors and provides public water and sewer service in Stafford County. The Department of Utilities was formed in 1982. The Utilities Department was merged with the Department of Public Works in 2018. Before 1982, the Aquia Sanitary District and the South Stafford Sanitary District provided public water and sewer services for Stafford County. The service area population and the demand for water and sewer services have increased approximately five-fold in the last 35 years and continue to grow, with demand expected to triple again during the next 40 years. Today, the Utilities Division of DPW is a 140-employee utility serving a residential population of approximately 105,000, over 1,300 businesses, and a portion of the Quantico Marine Corps Base. DPW manages 453 miles of sewer main, 57 miles of sewer force mains, 12,250 manholes, and 93 pumping stations. Pipe sizes in the collection system range from 4 to 60 inches in diameter.

ABOUT ELECTRO SCAN
Electro Scan Inc., a leading supplier of machine-intelligent pipeline assessment products and services for the water & wastewater pipeline market, was named to Government Technology’s esteemed 2020 GovTech 100 list for the second straight year. The company develops proprietary pipe condition assessment equipment, delivers field services, and offers cloud-based data processing and reporting applications that automatically locate, measure, and report defects in sewer, water, and natural gas pipelines, typically not found by legacy inspection methods.

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Iversen&Associates have won their first leadership mentoring assignemts in both Asia and the US assisting young leaders

Iversen& Associates have been working in the European market over the past 5 years and now expanding to Hong Kong, Bangkok and San Francisco/Valley

IversenAssociates Expanding into Asia and the USA”

— hans christian Iversen

SEVENOAKS, KENT, UNITED KINGDOM, February 25, 2020 /EINPresswire.com/ — Iversen&Associates have in collaboration with our partners in Europe been operating in the leadership mentoring space both for individuals and teams in the past 5 years with great success. We have worked with many multinational clients such as PWC, Novo, Telefonica, DSV, IP Group, Deloitte and with a number of middle sized groups in Europe and Scandinavia

The expansion into Asia and the US has happened on the back of our work in Europe and the fact that some of our associates are now concentrating on the Asian market and in particular, education, pharmaceuticals and financial services.

We have now established a network of collaboration partners and associates in Bangkok and Singapore, as we have done in Europe in the past with partners such as Strengths-Unleashed Ltd.

We are very hopeful for expansion across Asia and the Pacific.

hans christian iversen
Iversen & Associates
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Wind Energy O&M Costs Continue to Escalate

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IntelStor Wind Energy O&M Cost Trend

IntelStor Wind Energy O&M Cost Trend

IntelStor Wind Energy O&M Cost Distribution

IntelStor Wind Energy O&M Cost Distribution

Since 2010, the average cost of a maintenance contract has increased 20.9%, driven by higher than expected maintenance costs for ageing assets

By 2025, the high end of the range for standard maintenance contracts will exceed the cost of the most expensive full wrap agreements for projects which went COD in 2010.”

— IntelStor Wind Energy O&M Cost Trends Index

HOUSTON, TEXAS, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, February 24, 2020 /EINPresswire.com/ — The operations and maintenance market in the wind energy sector will likely see cost increases through the next 5 – 7 years as full wrap service contacts become more common, and more lucrative for wind turbine OEMs. Since 2010, the average cost of a maintenance contract has increased 20.9%, driven by higher than expected maintenance costs for ageing assets, along with a more robust scope of service. Long term service contracts inclusive of full replacement of components in the event of a catastrophic failure on parts such as gearboxes, generators and electrical systems in addition to blades (often referred to as “full wrap”) have resulted in higher rates.

The capacity weighted average cost of standard maintenance has increased from $28,746.21 per installed MW for projects which went COD in 2010 to $34,213.38 per installed MW for projects which IntelStor expects will be COD in 2020. Similarly, the capacity weighted average cost of full wrap maintenance contracts has increased from $39,049.14 per installed MW for projects which went COD in 2010 to $44,455.09 per installed MW for projects which IntelStor expects will be COD in 2020.

The high end of the range of standard maintenance costs is now more expensive than the low end of the range for a full wrap agreement for wind energy projects which went COD just five years ago. IntelStor is predicting that by 2025, the high end of the range for standard maintenance contracts will exceed the cost of the most expensive full wrap agreements for projects which went COD in 2010. Full wrap agreement costs could see another 3 – 5% increase at a minimum in the next five years as well.

There are two key drivers of these increasing operations and maintenance costs. The first is wind turbine OEMs are still using a lower turbine price as leverage in their commercial negotiations to obtain more favorable rates on their long-term service contracts. Declining wind turbine prices are resulting in wind turbine OEMs sacrificing margin on turbine supply contracts in order to sign more expensive full wrap contracts in an effort to claw back their margin. While this strategy implies a risk to the OEMs, with operational performance of the asset at 98 – 99% availability with minimal major corrective repairs should allow them to take a net positive return over the lifetime of the project.

The second driver for escalating O&M costs are that technologies like data analytics are not yet seeing a material impact on overall cost. The opportunity to reduce OpEx cost is almost completely missed at this stage due to a cost shift from reactive maintenance practices to predictive maintenance practices powered by data analytics.

Money which would have otherwise been saved on administrative costs, a reduction in the inventory of spare parts, as well as the time in service for equipment and personnel is instead being spent on the digital service being provided to implement that reactive to predictive maintenance transition. As a result, there is no net OpEx cost reduction at this stage, only a cost shift towards the digitally enhanced services.

As costs have escalated over time, the cost distribution has not changed, and the industry faces a challenge to ensure that spares inventory and personnel costs can be reduced as a result of the implementation of digital services.

One way in which asset owners can offset some these costs is through a royalty income stream from data licensing. Digital service companies, who can bring significant benefit to asset owners by evaluating their historical SCADA, CMS and other operational and performance data in order to improve performance and extend asset life.

These data focused digital service companies can analyze the operational history of the wind turbines and develop predictive models of component faults and failures so that more proactive action can be taken.

The knowledge these data analytics companies create serves a primary purpose to diagnose an operational or maintenance issue, but also the indirect market intelligence value of knowing when certain components might fail or the makes and models of turbines which frequently have incorrect pitch and yaw settings.

This market intelligence value of data can be monetized, and asset owners could generate significant royalty income from the licensing of this data, which would partially offset the growing cost of maintenance.

Proactive asset owners, OEMs, or insurance brokers with reams of asset reliability and performance data who out-license or cross-license their data could collectively see a total royalty income upwards of US$845 million in recognized commercial value for the data they own or control in the United States market alone.

This underscores the need for a data and digital content exchange to facilitate such licensing transactions. In the past, asset owners, OEMs or independent service providers had no commercial incentive to share their data with other companies. This resulted in most companies stockpiling a significant amount of SCADA, CMS and other data while being highly reluctant to share it for fear of liability exposure on warranty claims.

However, most companies would likely share more of their data if they were offered a royalty for licensing it, instead of just giving it away to a data pool in order to get access to other commercial data which they might not fully utilize.

The market is there for asset owners to achieve cheaper long term service contracts through commercializing a portion of their asset performance and reliability data. They need to seek the right partnerships with data analytics companies who can add value to them.

Philip Totaro
IntelStor
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Six Year Olds Ripped from Schools, Involuntarily Committed and Forcibly Drugged

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Education is under attack from “mental health” agendas, with children as young as 6 removed from classrooms and incarcerated, fueling the 6.7 million American 0-17 year olds on psychotropic drugs and billions of dollars in drug sales.

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Citizens Commission on Human Rights International

Education is under attack from mental health agendas with kids as young as 6 removed from school and incarcerated, fueling the 6.7M kids on psychotropic drugs.

States need to seriously look at the harm being committed in the name of mental health care and the detrimental effects on both children and schools.”

— CCHR International

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES, February 24, 2020 /EINPresswire.com/ — A 6-year-old girl was removed from a Florida school for being disruptive and committed to a behavioral health center for a psychiatric evaluation without her parent’s knowledge. She was held for two days and injected with an antipsychotic. Citizens Commission on Human Rights International, a 50-year mental health watchdog group, warns that the U.S. education system and parental rights are being usurped with psychiatric and psychological practices. Schools, they assert, are used as feeder lines into a mental health system, which profits from it. CCHR was responding to an incident where Nadia, aged 6, was adjudicated through a licensed counselor to be a candidate for committal under Florida’s involuntary commitment law, The Baker Act.

The special needs child reportedly threw some chairs in a tantrum.[1] But according to the Atlanta Black Star, a police body camera video, the girl behaved calmly as she was escorted from school by police. At one point, she asked officers if she was going to jail and was assured, no. The officer seemed skeptical of the school’s reason for calling 911. “She’s been actually very pleasant,” she noted. “I think it’s more of them not wanting to deal with it,” said another officer.[2]

Martina Falk, Nadia’s mother, was alerted only after her daughter was committed and said the nearly two-day mandatory stay at the psychiatric facility did more harm than good.[3]

It’s a common practice. Between July 2017 and June 2018, there were 36,078 involuntary examinations initiated under the Baker Act for individuals under the age of 18 in Florida.[4]

Earlier, police picked up 6-year-old Nicholas, who’d thrown a tantrum at school, and deposited him at River Point Behavioral Health in Florida. There, Nicholas was allegedly given a bloody nose by another child and was locked in a “seclusion” room at 3 a.m. Nicholas was released only after a lawyer intervened.[5]

Schools are bowing to psychiatric and psychological “advice” that mental health screening, referrals for committal and institutionalization are a way of protecting students. CCHR advises heeding the warning from the president of the History of Education Society, who in 1982, said, “Few intellectual and social movements of this century have had so deep and pervasive an influence on the theory and practice of American education as the mental hygiene movement.” It’s only gotten worse.

In 2003, the New Freedom Commission on Mental Health recommended that all American schoolchildren be screened for “mental illness,” claiming—without proof—that “early detection, assessment, and links with treatment” could “prevent mental health problems from worsening.”[6] But it hasn’t. Today, schools are expected to invoke state laws to have their students “treated” and involuntarily committed. That adds to the kids on psychiatric drugs crisis we now see, CCHR says.

IQVia’s Total Patient Tracker Database reports that there are 6,726,189 0-17 year olds on psychotropic drugs in 2019, of which 530,169 were aged 0-5.[7]

The drugs can cause aggressive, suicidal and disruptive behavior leading to children being incarcerated, where they are at risk of being further drugged and sexually abused. For example, last December, a Federal lawsuit was filed by the Cook County public guardian alleging that children as young as 7 were sexually abused, while others were injected with sedatives to control them and physically attacked at a Chicago private psychiatric hospital.[8]

February 17 marked 10 years since 11-year-old Ariana from Detroit, Michigan was prescribed an antipsychotic that caused debilitating effects. In coordination with a local doctor, her mother, Maryanne, weaned her off the drug. Child Protective Services, accompanied by police, swooped in on her home—without a proper warrant or order from a judge—to remove Ariana to incarcerate and forcibly drug her. International news covered Maryanne’s heroic 10-hour standoff with Detroit police, a S.W.A.T. team and a military tank, when she refused to hand over her child to be drugged. Eventually, Ariana was taken to a psychiatric hospital and forced back onto antipsychotics—drugged so heavily that she was drooling when attorney Allison Folmar arrived with a court order to cease the drug. Maryanne was jailed following the standoff but then released and all child neglect charges—because she chose not to drug Ariana—were dismissed.[9] Sadly, in 2017, the mom, who fought so courageously for her daughter’s life, died after suffering a brain aneurism.[10]

CCHR obtained 2019 drug statistics from IQVia. Of those aged 0-17, 3,396,066 were on “ADHD” drugs; 2,148,971 on antidepressants, despite the potential to induce suicidal behavior in this age group; 1,022,918 on antipsychotics, 1,303,095 on anti-anxiety drugs; 877,083 were taking mood stabilizers and 756,652 were on newer generation psychotherapeutics.[11]

Age Breakdown:
0-1 Years 106,678
2-3 Years 184,256
4-5 Years 263,363
6-12 Years 2,963,924
13-17 Years 3,335,146

States need to seriously look at the harm being committed in the name of mental health care and the detrimental effects on both children and schools.

CCHR is the mental health watchdog responsible for more than 180 laws that now protect patients from damaging practices. Donate to support its work here.

References:

[1] “Florida: Police took a 6-year-old girl to a mental health facility because she was ‘out of control’ at school,” The Mercury News, 17 Feb. 2020, www.mercurynews.com/2020/02/16/florida-police-took-a-6-year-old-girl-to-a-mental-health-facility-because-she-was-out-of-control-at-school/
[2] “‘They’re Using This…As a Way To Get Rid of Children’: Attorney Speaks Out After Police Escorts Six-Year-Old Girl to Mental Health Facility Following In-School Tantrum,” Atlanta Black Star, 17 Feb. 2020, atlantablackstar.com/2020/02/17/theyre-using-this-as-a-way-to-get-rid-of-children-attorney-speaks-out-after-police-escorts-six-year-old-girl-to-mental-health-facility-following-in-school-tantrum/
[3] “6-year-old Florida girl ‘traumatized’ after being involuntarily sent to mental health facility,” CBS News, 13 Feb. 2020, www.cbsnews.com/news/florida-baker-act-6-year-old-girl-sent-to-mental-health-facility-by-school/; Op. cit., Atlanta Black Star
[4] “Op. cit., The Mercury News
[5] “How A 6-Year-Old Got Locked On A Psych Ward,” BuzzFeed News, 30 Dec. 2016, www.buzzfeednews.com/article/rosalindadams/how-a-6-year-old-got-locked-on-a-psych-ward
[6] “Achieving the Promise: Transforming Mental Health Care in America,” The President’s New Freedom Commission on Mental Health Report, 22 July 2003, pp. 57-58.
[7] “Number of Children & Adolescents Taking Psychiatric Drugs in the U.S.,” CCHR International, www.cchrint.org/psychiatric-drugs/children-on-psychiatric-drugs/
[8] “A Chicago Psychiatric Hospital Is Under Fire After Child Abuse Allegations. Again,” ProPublica Illinois, 18 Dec. 2019, www.propublica.org/article/chicago-lakeshore-hospital-child-abuse-allegations-federal-lawsuit.
[9] www.cchrint.org/issues/maryanne-godboldo/
[10] “Mom who fought authorities over daughter’s meds dies,” The Detroit News, 13 Oct. 2017, www.detroitnews.com/story/news/local/detroit-city/2017/10/13/maryanne-godboldo-dies/106588120/
[11] Op. cit., “Number of Children & Adolescents Taking Psychiatric Drugs in the U.S.,” CCHR International

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