Pangea3 Solves Electronic Discovery Challenges at West LegalEdcenter EDRR Conference, New York

New York, NY (PRWEB) November 09, 2011

Pangea3, a Thomson Reuters business, the most experienced provider of high-quality outsourced legal solutions to the world’s most respected companies and law firms, will lead a roundtable educational session at the 15th Annual Electronic Discovery and Records Retention (EDRR) Conference in New York.

In the afternoon breakout session “Budgeting, Risk & Proportionality Analysis,” Greg McPolin, Vice President and Managing Director, Global Litigation Solutions, Pangea3, will address e-discovery’s most pressing and complex issues — and how to avoid them. Joining Mr. McPolin as session co-leader will be David Lender, litigation partner, Weil Gotshal & Manges.

“New technologies and global expansion are dramatically impacting the field of electronic discovery. It’s essential to keep up with these fast-moving changes,” McPolin says. “Our EDRR session will be very collaborative, a hands-on workshop in which we?ll not only discuss best practices and solutions, but as a group take on e-discovery problem-solving.”

“Budgeting, Risk & Proportionality Analysis” will be held at Thomson Hall, Thursday, Nov. 10 at 2:15 p.m. Eastern. Attendees may be eligible for CLE credit.

Hosted by West LegalEdcenter, a Thomson Reuters business, the 15th Annual Electronic Discovery and Records Retention Conference promises unparalleled insight into the hottest e-discovery topics, provided by the industry?s most esteemed professionals.

For more information and to register, click on http://WestLegalEdCenter.com/EDRR_Conference

About Pangea3

Pangea3, a Thomson Reuters business, is the most experienced provider of high-quality outsourced legal solutions to the world’s most respected companies and law firms. Since 2004, Pangea3 has offered under one roof the most comprehensive suite of legal solutions, including corporate, litigation, compliance and IP-related services, to hundreds of clients around the globe.

Combining legal DNA, award-winning services and process expertise with Thomson Reuters intelligent information, tools and platforms, Pangea3 delivers intelligent legal outsourcing solutions that improve clients’ efficiency, extend their capacity and provide cost and timeline certainty. Voted “Best Legal Process Outsourcing (LPO) Provider” in the 2011 New York Law Journal Reader Rankings, Pangea3 is the world standard in the LPO marketplace. For more information, visit http://www.pangea3.com.

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Do-it-Yourself Steel Building System Developed for Earthquake Disaster Areas Challenges Conventional Wisdom about Rebuilding Haiti

Spokane, WA (PRWEB) March 15, 2010

Architect Greg Higgins says the HabiTek building system is “pro-local labor, environmentally friendly, and an idea whose time has come. It’s a paradigm shift.” Habitek’s Erector-set like design is a faster, more efficient way to provide both short & long term solutions.

The thought of rebuilding Haiti is mind boggling even without considering the economic conditions faced. The need to construct adequate shelter for over 1 million people may have no historical precedent. Two months after the quake, planners are struggling with the question of how to help the devastated nation rebuild. R. Buckminster Fuller, the great visionary, inventor, and writer, may have pointed to an answer. He would ask architects, “How much does your building weigh?” We should all remember this line of thought, as consideration of the weight of materials will be critical to the success of rebuilding.

Conventional wisdom holds that confined masonry construction (CMC) should be implemented in Haiti. This is an attempt to help a local building industry tied to concrete and masonry improve their methods; this is certainly important and well-intentioned. Better rebar, more of it, and higher strength concrete is obviously needed. CMC should help in some cases – but the notion that concrete & masonry construction is environmentally appropriate on a tropical island is worth questioning. These buildings are generally hot and confining, and they leave little if any opportunity for creative architectural expression. There are other methods to address earthquakes and hurricane force winds – HabiTek provides one.

In contrast to CMC, HabiTek has developed a lightweight steel framing system that can be erected in hours by almost any able bodied 2-person team without heavy machinery or even power tools. DIY is even an option for smaller structures. Our modular bolt together frame or chassis can help immensely in achieving strong transitional and permanent shelter as Haiti’s rebuilding proceeds. In Haiti, almost everyone could build his or her own home, and even aid in the rebuilding of community structures such as schools. HabiTek makes this possible with a simple “erector-set” like assembly process new to the building industry.

What is the answer to Bucky’s question here? HabiTek’s steel chassis is at least 4.5 times lighter than CMC’s reinforced concrete frame. Weight has many implications. For instance, additional energy is consumed in transportation all along the route from source to site. Too, there’s the shear drudgery involved in lifting and placing these heavy materials. Finally, more weight means that more time will be required to complete the building. We estimate that a pre-engineered HabiTek steel framework can be erected in at least 1/10th the time it takes to pour concrete and set blocks for a given size building. Time, of course, is so very critical in Haiti, and after considering weight, rebuilding officials must ask: “How long does your building take to complete?”

Rebuilding planners face an enormous task. It is imperative that it start with a thorough cost-benefit analysis. Yes, the specially prepared steel components in a HabiTek framework cost more than the concrete and rebar used in CMC. But if the big picture is factored in—weight and time—HabiTek emerges as more economical overall. Also important, HabiTek offers the opportunity to create beautifully designed and comfortable shelters all Haitians can be proud of. HabiTek’s modular system of largely interchangeable parts that locks in required strength when the bolts are tightened deserves serious consideration.

It is critical that a predictable future and sense of optimism be brought to the Haitian people. A safe house that can be assembled by almost anyone will help immensely. With some supervision, individuals and families could be employed to build their own home using the HabiTek method. Grab a wrench and let’s get started.

FOOTNOTES:

CMC has been shown to help in earthquakes because these structures are less prone to collapse; but this method is no panacea because they lack flexibility. And if done correctly, CMC requires a high skill level. Large earthquakes can still damage these structures beyond repair. As we are seeing in Haiti, there is little or no value to recycling concrete after a quake. HabiTek’s galvanized steel components are 100% recyclable.

Weight comparison between CMC and HabiTek is based on the 240 sq. ft. (23.3 sq. meters) area of the transitional shelter example shown on HabiTek’s web site. Structural design for the CMC method was based on the publication: “Earthquake-Resistant Confined Masonry Construction”, by Svetlana Brzev. Calculations were based on the primary structural frame in both cases: HabiTek’s post-and-beam steel frame; and for CMC, the concrete columns and beams used to “confine” masonry. For the purpose of the comparison, the weight of CMC’s integrated masonry infill was not included; a modified form of masonry infill is also possible with HabiTek’s steel frame. Weight associated with below grade concrete foundations were considered equivalent (although the lighter HabiTek structure would require a smaller foundation). Also, the weight of any roof structure was not included – based on the fact that both systems could have a wood truss roof structure of similar design.

Some are concerned about the cost implications of importing steel to Haiti. It is important to realize that the CMC method still uses nearly half the weight per square foot in imported steel rebar as a HabiTek all steel framework. Also, roughly 5 lbs/sq. ft. of imported cement is used, assuming a 6-sack mix. Not unlike Hawaii, with the exception of sand and gravel, virtually all building materials in Haiti are imported. This was true 50 years ago or more, and will be true tomorrow.

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Legal Innovators Address Shifting Market Challenges at Fourth Annual Global Law Firm Leaders Conference, London

New York, NY (PRWEB) October 12, 2011

Shifting market dynamics have international law firms at a crossroads, forcing many to reevaluate traditional practice and industry structures, without a clearly defined map. Navigating the appropriate course of response is a key theme of the Fourth Annual Global Law Firm Leaders Conference presented by Sandpiper Partners on October 13-14 at the HSBC Headquarters Building in London, UK.

Kevin Colangelo, Vice President and Managing Director, Law Firm Relationships at Pangea3, a Thomson Reuters business, will participate on a panel ?Sustainability: How to Deal with Challenges to Profitability,? on Thursday, Oct. 13 at 8:15 am EDT / 1:15 pm BST.

Mr. Colangelo will join fellow legal innovators to discuss steps law firms can take to preserve profit margins as clients demand alternative approaches to traditional services, organizational structures, delivery models and fees.

?Global law firms are weighing the challenges of moving business plans forward and delivering value to clients,? Colangelo said. ?We?ll look at legal process outsourcing as not only a tool law firms can use to provide clients with increased cost savings and workload efficiency, but also as an innovative, strategic solution for optimizing the process of providing legal services.?

Follow Colangelo?s conference updates on Twitter @Pangea3.

The premier conference and networking event for the Global 250, Sandpiper Partners? Global Law Firm Leaders Conference connects the legal professionals reshaping the industry by advancing new ways to do business and reformulating their relationships with clients.

For more information and to register, please visit the official conference website, http://www.sandpiperpartners.com/global2011/.

About Pangea3

Pangea3, a Thomson Reuters business, is the most experienced provider of high-quality outsourced legal solutions to the world’s most respected companies and law firms. Since 2004, Pangea3 has offered under one roof the most comprehensive suite of legal solutions, including corporate, litigation, compliance and IP-related services, to hundreds of clients around the globe.

Combining legal DNA, award-winning services and process expertise with Thomson Reuters intelligent information, tools and platforms, Pangea3 delivers intelligent legal outsourcing solutions that improve clients’ efficiency, extend their capacity and provide cost and timeline certainty. Pangea3, recently voted “Best Legal Process Outsourcing (LPO) Provider” in the 2011 New York Law Journal Reader Rankings, is seen as the world standard in the LPO marketplace. For more information, visit http://www.pangea3.com.

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19th Annual National Student Assistance Conference Will Be Held in Orlando, Florida — Event to Focus on Growing Challenges and Advanced Solutions in the Field

Troy, MI (PRWEB) October 19, 2006

Student assistance coordinators, guidance counselors, social workers, principals, teachers, administrators and other individuals that are looking for solutions to the growing challenges in their respective fields will be able to find resources, answers and knowledge in March 2007. The 19th Annual National Student Assistance Conference (NSAC) is scheduled for March 9-11, 2007, at the Hilton Hotel in the Walt Disney World

MILLIKEN’S NEW ELASTOGUARD® ANTIMICROBIAL RUBBER ADDRESSES CLEANING CHALLENGES, REDUCES DOWNTIME & DETERIORATION OF PARTS

SPARTANBURG, S.C. (PRWEB) May 30, 2003 -

The Speciality Elastomers Business of Milliken Chemical, a division of Milliken & Company, headquartered in Spartanburg, S.C., U.S.A., today announced the introduction of a new line of antimicrobial heat-cured rubber compounds that can help solve cleaning challenges in food-processing, packaging, medical, industrial, and other applications prone to microbial growth. Called Elastoguard(R), these patented antimicrobial elastomers provide an effective way to control, if not halt, the growth of bacteria, fungi, and yeasts on rubber parts, while avoiding challenges that organic biocides have posed in the past.

Rubber parts can be particularly vulnerable to attack by bacteria and fungi because their chemical constituents provide an ideal source of nutrients that support microbial growth. Furthermore, rubber parts are often used in warm, moist environments rich in microorganisms – conditions that are ideal for proliferation of these life forms. This, in turn, can lead to costly cleaning challenges requiring significant equipment downtime and disassembly and premature deterioration of elastomeric components.

To reduce or inhibit microbial growth both within and on the surface of rubber parts, compounders have traditionally blended antimicrobial (AM) additives into elastomers. However, the chemicals used have tended to leach out of the matrix material, so not all areas of a part are protected, and the microbe-suppressing properties diminish over time as the additive migrates away. These chemicals also tend to degrade at elastomeric processing temperatures exceeding 250C, causing them to volatilize and corrode the rubber-molding equipment. Additionally, the presence of such chemicals can contribute an unpleasant taste or odor to the elastomer. Finally, there are growing concerns about the safety of many commonly used organic biocides.

In response to this problem, Milliken Speciality Elastomers has developed the patented Elastoguard family of antimicrobial rubber compounds. These elastomers have demonstrated excellent control of microbial growth – both incremental and long-term, and on the surface as well as inside the treated material – even after repeated surface abrasion and washing. In fact, performance is enhanced over time by usage and by other actions that occasionally scuff up the surface of the part, exposing more of the silver-based antimicrobial agent used in the new materials.

The new and patented biocide used in Elastoguard compounds – Antimicrobial Alphasan(R) silver-sodium-zirconium-phosphate (silver-NZP) ion-exchange resin – permeates the entire rubber part, so it provides skin-to-core protection without the zones of inhibition and non-inhibition common with organic biocides. The silver-based AM agent is non-leaching, so parts achieve much more thorough and long-term protection than is offered by organic biocides. It is also extremely heat stable (>800C) and works by slowly releasing silver ions (Ag+), which are exchanged for other common, positively charged ions readily available in the surrounding environment. Scientists theorize that the silver is absorbed by the microbes (along with other essential ions), where it begins to interrupt formation of vital enzymes used in energy production, causing the microorganism to quickly lose its ability to grow and reproduce. Unlike antibiotics and certain organic biocides, silver’s mechanism of action against microbes is very non-specific, making it extremely difficult and rare for microorganisms to develop resistance.

While highly effective as a biocide, silver-NZP is considered safe, non-irritating, non-toxic, and requires no special handling. Once vulcanized, the silver antimicrobial is encapsulated in the rubber matrix. It has attained numerous regulatory registrations around the world for contact with food and potable water and for use in medical devices. Silver itself has a long history of use as a biocide and today is used in numerous medical treatments. It has been used for millennia for eating utensils, cups, jewelry, and other decorative and functional devices that are safe for human contact.

The silver biocide is odorless, extremely insoluble, and neither flammable, explosive, nor corrosive. It does not impart an additional taste or smell to rubber and does not affect the color stability of the molded part, so it can be used in white or light-colored compounds. Furthermore, the silver-based biocide is not sensitive to heat or shear, so it can be used in elastomers formulated for a variety of processes without concern. Finally, this technology provides both antifungal as well as antibacterial properties to finished parts – a versatility that is rarely found among traditional antibacterial compounds.

Elastoguard antimicrobial heat-cured rubber compounds are now commercially available from Milliken Chemical in standard formulations ranging from natural rubber through workhorse EPDM and NBR grades, to high-performance fluoroelastomers, in Shore A hardness ranges from 40 to 90. Within these product families, the compounds are offered in a variety of presentations (forms), including slabs, strips, calendared sheet, granulated/pelletized, and preformed into specific shapes. Within each presentation offering, the compounds can further be produced in various thicknesses and sizes for customer convenience. The compounds can also be formulated for molding (compression, transfer, injection), continuous extrusion (LCM, UHF (where allowable)), autoclave and hot air, or for coatings. The only formulation challenge encountered to date was avoiding sulfur-based curing agents and accelerators, because sulfur complexes with the silver, rendering it ineffective as a biocide. This was overcome by switching to peroxide curing agents, a change that provides additional benefits including:

Roofing Distributor Challenges Industry to Donate to Hurricane Katrina Relief

TAMPA, Fla. (PRWEB) September 4, 2005

After donating $ 100,000 to the Red Cross and pledging to match Red Cross donations made by their more than 2,000 customers, Suncoast Roofers Supply has challenged the entire roofing industry to open up their pockets and help victims of Hurricane Katrina.