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The Avanti Group, Inc. specializes in the structural design of pre-engineered metal buildings and tilt up concrete, low-rise structures, but our record shows a broad range of building types and construction techniques in our designs as follows:
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• Industrial & Commercial Building Design.
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• Analytical studies of existing buildings and other structures.
• Specialty engineering services (i.e. metal panel calculations, light gauge steel framing, mechanical retrofit analysis, & metal building framing design).
• Retaining Walls & Screen Walls, Stormwater Vault Design (civil/site specialty engineering).
• Digital renderings (Site and Building).
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Permitting continues to be more complicated and we feel it’s another great service we can offer our clients to make your life easier.

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The Avanti Group architectural designers warning, City of Illusions

The Avanti Group architectural designers - City of Illusions

 

Travel with us through a Buffalo Niagara that might have been, if some of the most captivating artists’ renderings created in recent years had actually come to life. Start downtown outside the gleaming Adelphia office tower, where the thriving cable company has become a big employer. Traffic around here is thick, with people pouring into the Bass Pro store that revitalized old Memorial Auditorium. Some of the customers arrive by boat at the Inner Harbor.

 

Looming over downtown is a skyscraper built by respected developer Bashar Issa. The Outer Harbor is dominated by an enclosed amusement park, a massive convention center and residential community, and the Buffalo Bills’ new stadium. Head north on the Niagara Thruway and your eye is drawn to the striking new Peace Bridge, proof of cross-border cooperation. In Niagara County, new attractions abound, from the below-ground aquarium near the falls, to the Wizard of Oz theme park.

 

Of course, none of those projects was ever built. They burst onto the scene with a banner headline, a news conference suffused with big shots, a multimillion-dollar price tag, hyperventilating praise and, of course, a dazzling artist’s rendering of the project. Predictions of surefire economic transformation follow, despite doubts over who will pay for the thing, whether it will win approval, or is even realistic. Then, years later, nothing.

 

It became a running joke among a few of us skeptics that seeing an artist’s rendering on the front page was the kiss of death for a project. Developers came to town like snake-oil salesmen, peddling magic elixirs guaranteed to fix what ails our economy. Or we begged big companies to build a store here, and had a hard time letting go even when it was clear it was over. Now this isn’t a “woe-is-us” type of story. We finally have real progress – and tower cranes! – in places once only imagined in colorful drawings: Canalside. HarborCenter. The former Donovan State Office Building. The medical campus. Larkinville. Still, we can’t ignore our track record of getting caught up in these grandiose visions for revival, no matter how far-fetched the ideas might seem. What does it say about us as a region that we seemingly want to believe in them?

And do all these failed fanciful visions leave us unfairly skeptical about more realistic projects when they come along?

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The Avanti Group – Weak global economy key worry as IMF, World Bank meet

Calls continued from multiple fronts for countries to ease harsh austerity programs to boost growth and, at the same time, for the world’s central bankers to be more cautious about feeding more money into the financial system, lest it spark new investment bubbles and an inflation outbreak.

International Monetary Fund Managing Director Christine Lagarde expressed fresh concern over the “three-speed recovery” in the world’s largest economies — stagnating Europe and Japan, the sluggish United States, and quicker-moving emerging economies.

That the three groups of countries are moving at distinctly different speeds “is not the healthiest recovery that we could think of,” she said.

“What we need is a full-speed global economy.”

The IMF meetings opened amid stress and frustration that, as the large economies still have not fully returned to growth after the 2008 financial crisis, small economies remained vulnerable to the continued turbulence.

Finger-pointing about excessive austerity and lack of support for demand, unmanageable capital flows stoked by central banks pumping out money, competitive devaluations, excessive sovereign debt and papered-over banking weaknesses were all in the open ahead of the meetings.

More than four years after the financial crisis battered the globe, “we’re still in the process of getting out of the crisis,” complained Luis Videgaray Caso, Mexico’s finance minister and chairman of the G24 group of emerging and developing countries.

The G24 especially voiced concern about “the negative spillover effects on the emerging and developing countries of prolonged unconventional monetary policies.”

http://www.thenews.com.pk/Todays-News-3-172348-Weak-global-economy-key-worry-as-IMF,-World-Bank-meet

The Avanti Group – E&y, KPMG, Pwc, Deloitte ansette rettslig eksperterer

The Avanti Group - E&y, KPMG, Pwc, Deloitte ansette rettslig eksperterer

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/business/india-business/EY-KPMG-PwC-Deloitte-hiring-forensic-experts/articleshow/19453669.cms

NY DELHI/BANGALORE : Den Store Fire revisjonen og rådgivende firmaer ansetter rettslige eksperterer ved det økningsantallenes mens korporative forbrytelser vokser i en lacklustre økonomi. Firmaer som Ernst & Ung (E&Y), KPMG, Pricewaterhousecoopers (Pwc) og Deloitte ser større etterspørsel etter slik fagmenn som selskaptavler og direktører kommer under økning grundig undersøkelse, og svindler vokser i e-handelen og den on-line bankvirksomhet markedsfører.

«Mye skjelett kommer ut i løpet av stressende økonomiske forhold som krever undersøkelse», sier Arpinder Singh, partner og nasjonal direktør av svindelundersøkelse og debatttjenester på E&Y India. Fagmenn som arbeider i E&YS rettslig deling har steget til over 350 fra 30 akkurat to-og-en-halvdel siden år. Selskapet ser på å ansette 50 mer fagmenn dette år.

Ulik en rettslig vitenskapsmann som typisk samler og analyserer fysisk bevis fra forbrytelsesscener, ser rettslige bokføringseksperterer på tilfeller med økonomiske ettervirkninger, som seg strekker fra bestikkelse og korrupsjon, forhandler og framskaffingsundersøkelser, cyber forbrytelser, datatyveri, industrispionasje og forebyggende svindelvurderinger å plystre blåserpolitikker i selskaper

https://rhyssaston.jux.com/1034165

 

 

Avanti Group – Trade, economy top agenda as China’s Xi meets U.S.’s Lew

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/03/19/us-china-usa-lew-idUSBRE92I00Y20130319

U.S. Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew speaks with China's President Xi Jinping during their meeting at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing

The two men stuck resolutely to diplomatic niceties in front of the watching media ahead of what was, for both, their first major international meeting since taking their respective offices.

A U.S. official said in an e-mailed statement that the meeting itself was a 45-minute strategic level discussion of the major issues on the bilateral agenda including currencies, Europe and the global economy, intellectual property, cyber-security and North Korea, in which Lew was “candid and direct.”

China’s official Xinhua news agency in a commentary – which are not policy statements but typically reflect government thinking – said Lew should use his visit to convince Beijing that Washington would solve its debt problems, stabilize the value of the dollar and honor trade treaty commitments.

“The stakes are high,” the commentary said, striking a more hawkish tone than Xi.

“I can say we have a seamless connection,” China’s new president said, speaking in front of a tapestry depicting a pine tree and flying cranes, both symbols of hospitality.

“In the China-U.S. relationship we have enormous shared interests, but of course unavoidably we have some differences.”

Lew said both countries had a responsibility to promote global growth, and called on China to boost domestic demand to help in global rebalancing.

“The (U.S.) president is firmly committed to building a relationship of growing strength where we cooperate on issues of economic and strategic importance, understanding that we will each have to meet our own responsibilities, but we’ll also have to manage our differences,” he said.

Both Xi and Lew agreed on the important role of the Strategic and Economic Dialogue – due to take place in the United States this year after being held in China in 2012 – in cooperation and making progress on differences, according to the U.S. official’s e-mailed note.

TRADE RIVALRY

Trade is clearly an area of both cooperation and rivalry for the world’s two biggest economies, as China’s Commerce Ministry reinforced at a separate event, saying it would accelerate trade talks with key trading partners as U.S. efforts to seal its own trans-Pacific free trade deal gather pace.

China will hold three rounds of trade negotiations with Japan and South Korea this year and step up talks with other trading partners, the Ministry of Commerce said.

The talks are seen by analysts as a two-pronged initiative by Beijing to engage with Japan after recent diplomatic tension over disputed islands in the East China Sea, while also countering the “pivot” by the U.S. to reaffirm its role in Asia in the face of China’s economic rise.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said last week that Tokyo would seek to join the U.S.-led Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) talks that currently bring together the United States, Canada, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand, Chile, Peru, Vietnam, Malaysia, Brunei and Singapore.

Bringing the world’s third-largest economy into the negotiations would set the stage for a final agreement covering nearly 40 percent of world’s economic output, but could also isolate China in the process.

“We will improve communications and talks with the related parties and push forward the progress of our own free trade areas,” Chinese Commerce Ministry spokesman, Shen Danyang, told reporters when asked about Japan’s plan to join TPP talks.

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Avanti consulting group – Microbial batteries could help Africans

http://bx.businessweek.com/business-blogging/review-of-the-avanti-group-tokyo-behance/15515728070893313695-ca330e38f80e1dae5ce1d0d5afc55182/

In early January, amid the bleak winter landscape in the suburbs of Boston, Aviva Aiden shows up at a hospital for an interview.

She has a stethoscope around her neck, both hands in the pockets of her white doctor’s smock, and a smile on her face. This American woman is enrolled in the doctorate program at Harvard Medical School, and is hoping to become a clinician.

Around two years ago, Aiden was featured in the mass media for a reason totally unrelated to her aspirations in medicine.

She had set up a project aimed at generating electricity from microbes living in the soil, and charging a cellphone with it. This was highly praised as a revolutionary idea, and received $100,000 (9.2 million yen) in funding from a foundation run by Microsoft founder Bill Gates and his wife, Melinda.

To date, 15 people have been involved in the project’s development, including engineering students from Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Five hundred batteries were taken to Uganda in East Africa, and are being used by people in rural villages with poor electrical infrastructure as part of operational tests.

“There aren’t always proper roads,” says Aiden. “We stuck cheap chemicals or materials on the back of a donkey or a horse.”

 

HOW CAN ELECTRICITY BE GENERATED FROM SOIL?

 

“A spoonful of soil contains billions of microbes, and they emit electrons when breaking down organic material,” explains Peter Girguis, an associate professor at Harvard University who has provided guidance to Aiden. “Those electrons can be attracted by electrodes to produce electricity.”

This mechanism has been known for more than a century, but the electricity produced by bacteria is so faint that there have been no practical applications for it. The technology has been lacking to attract electrons efficiently.

However, technological progress has opened new ways forward. According to Girguis, one of these is LEDs.

“A small LED light uses less than a 1,000th of the electricity needed to power a standard incandescent light bulb. The power generated by microbes isn’t enough to turn on a television, but it can turn on an LED light.”