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  1. ProducerPhil Friedman

    Phil Friedman

    01/08/2017
    Small Solutions... Big Results  (No. 1)
    Small Solutions... Big Results (No. 1)THE FIRST IN A SERIES OF RETROSPECTIVES THAT LOOK BACK AT THREE DECADES OF FINDING VALUE-ENGINEERED SOLUTIONS... Preface:  This article begins a series that looks back at various value-engineered solutions to problems encountered by the author in...
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    Lada 🏡 Prkic
    03/08/2017 #38 Lada 🏡 Prkic
    #22 Phil, thank you for the kind words. Your comment made me think. Perhaps I should trust your guts. :-)
    Phil Friedman
    03/08/2017 #37 Phil Friedman
    #30 I agree entirely, Milos, Science and Engineering aren't always just about the "big" stuff, but just as often about understanding and improving the "little" things in life -- like, as you point out, how deep-cycling cell phone batteries reduces their working life.
    Phil Friedman
    03/08/2017 #36 Phil Friedman
    #34 Peter> "I'm trying to establish that the term "value engineering" is not a universally understood term.."

    Ah, Peter, if you had only said that at the beginning of your first comment, my eyes would not be glazing over with this exchange.

    To be clear, I agree with you that the term may not have a single universally-accepted definition. But then how many such terms do?

    I believe it sufficient that I used the term in one of its commonly accepted meanings. I am sorry if you mistook what the piece might be about. But it seems to me that the title clearly indicated the article was about "small solutions". Moreover, the lead image reinforces that point, especially in the simulated drawing title box, where it actually describes the object that will be the focus of attention. And if those were not enough to warn you off potential ennui, the first highlighted statement left little doubt.

    "Engineering isn't always simply about the design of a product but just as often about the planning and execution of the building of that product..."

    Cheers!
    Milos Djukic
    03/08/2017 #35 Anonymous
    #34

    1. Meaning of “value engineering” in the English Dictionary:
    "The process of reducing the cost of producing a product without reducing its quality or how effective it is:
    Substantial value engineering had to be done to control costs." (http://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/english/value-engineering)

    2. "Value Engineering (VE) is concerned with new products. It is applied during product development. The focus is on reducing costs, improving function or both, by way of teamwork-based product evaluation and analysis. This takes place before any capital is invested in tooling, plant or equipment." - from article: Value Analysis (VA) and Value Engineering (VE): Definitions and Benefits on advice-manufacturing.com (http://www.advice-manufacturing.com/Value-Analysis.html)

    3. "Value Engineering is a systematic analysis method which, when properly applied to a product, process, or service, will reduce costs and increase profit margins. It involves creativity and challenges existing procedures, revealing successful new strategies. It is also known as Value Analysis. The results and techniques are the same." - from McGill University Value Engineering Workshop
    (http://www.mcgill.ca/ve/)

    4. "Value engineering can be defined as an organized effort directed at analyzing designed building features, systems, equipment, and material selections for the purpose of achieving essential functions at the lowest life cycle cost consistent with required performance, quality, reliability, and safety." - from the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) website
    (https://www.gsa.gov/portal/category/21589)
    Peter Altschuler
    03/08/2017 #34 Peter Altschuler
    #29 No, @Phil Friedman, I'm not trying to build a straw man. I'm trying to establish that the term "value engineering" is not a universally understood term.

    Rather than being mundane, it's particularly domain-specific. So, for those of us who are not in engineering or government or nautical construction, we're far more likely to impose our own definition than yours. In such a situation, it helps to clarify the intent.

    Your article is technical, and it requires a certain level of knowledge and comprehension. I don't have that and, if I'd known at the outset that it "may be of interest to engineers and tradesman who deal regularly with construction- and manufacturing-related problems and issues," I'd have focused my attentions elsewhere.
    Milos Djukic
    03/08/2017 #33 Anonymous
    #32 Dear @Peter Altschuler, Thank you for the clarification.

    Best regards,
    Milos
    Peter Altschuler
    03/08/2017 #32 Peter Altschuler
    #25 @Milos Djukic, I'm not demeaning Phil's article. Not for an instant. I'm just suggesting that he put the Author's Note at the top of the story so that non-specific references are less likely to be misunderstood.
    Milos Djukic
    03/08/2017 #31 Anonymous
    #29 #LETTHEAUDIENCE(including some academics)DECIDE .... The correct and helpful value engineering.
    Milos Djukic
    03/08/2017 #30 Anonymous
    @Phil Friedman please continue with this series. It's gonna work.

    "The practical side of science and engineering" - down to earth science - a few simple strategies.
    Associate Professor of Materials Science and Engineering and Director of the Monash Energy Materials & Systems Institute (MEMSI), Monash University, Australia Jacek Jasieniak, reveals a few simple strategies to extend your phone's battery life by more than 40 per cent. Monash is one of Australia's leading universities and ranks among the world's top 100.

    Article: "Explainer: how to extend your phone’s battery life" (https://theconversation.com/explainer-how-to-extend-your-phones-battery-life-80958)
    Phil Friedman
    03/08/2017 #29 Phil Friedman
    #24 No, Peter, you're not just saying. Your seeking to build a straw man argument by assuming a definition of "value-engineering" that serves your own purposes.

    To wit, a commonly accepted definition of value engineering is, "Value engineering (VE) is a systematic method to improve the "value" of goods or products and services by using an examination of function. Value, as defined, is the ratio of function to cost."

    The particular example I chose here illustrates the performance of a particular operation necessary during the construction of a high-tech military vessel, under a NAVSEA government contract, at a cost far below what was expected or budgeted. Sorry, if that strikes you as too mundane to be of interest, but frankly that is the reaction of a writer who talks about such things, not that of anyone who is a shop-floor veteran, engineer or otherwise. In this context, I am happy to ...

    #LETTHEAUDIENCEDECIDE

    Cheers!
    Milos Djukic
    03/08/2017 #26 Anonymous
    #19 Thanks Phil.
    Milos Djukic
    03/08/2017 #25 Anonymous
    #24 Just guess Peter, I could write an article on how to fight against hydrogen embrittlement and the environmentally-enhanced cracking of military equipment, including naval ships and fighter. This seems like a very important technological breakthrough, but it is not. Social media is not the ground for such "so-impressive value-engineered solution". Finally, an article like this one by Phil has great practical value and certainly represents a practical and useful example of a successful engineering in a specific field. Science and engineering are not only in national laboratories and large research centers. The work of engineers is also practical. Just my 2 cents.
    Peter Altschuler
    03/08/2017 #24 Peter Altschuler
    Nah, @Phil Friedman, that ain't gonna work.

    I've written about grazillions of "value-engineered solutions" that have nothing to do with any actual engineering. It's one of those, well... marketing phrases intended to make something seem oh-so-impressive.

    It could be about improving operations with new technology that is engineered to simplify interactions, accelerate transactions, and improve productivity because, yes, it's value is engineered-in. Or about a ship whose hull design is so advanced that it slips through water with less drag than a dolphin and, as a result, uses less fuel, increases speed, and reduces onboard manhours, all due to the fact that it's value-engineered.

    I'm just sayin'.
    Phil Friedman
    03/08/2017 #23 Phil Friedman
    #8 Thanks, @Todd Jones, for reading and the kind words. Plugs for the intake holes were placed in the female tool by working from the CAD drawings. A male plug placed in a female tool leaves a hole in the molding when it is removed from the tool. Same for the waterjet drives, which were inserted through holes in the transom. We built special purpose alignment jigs for the intake grates which had a vertical spike that extended up into the hull and which had to kiss a laser light beam from a jig on the transom in order for us to know that the waterjet units could be buckled up to the intake ducts/grates.

    A lot of measuring, laser projecting, etc. However, you need to keep in mind that the only really tricky part was to assure that the drive would couple properly to the intake ducts because the engines were coupled to the drives via Cardan shafts (a long jack shaft with a constant velocity universal joint at each end.

    I will tag you, as requested, for subsequent installments of the series. Thanks and cheers!
    Phil Friedman
    03/08/2017 #22 Phil Friedman
    #17 @Lada 🏡 Prkic, much of my writing has been in the interpretation of technical material for an educated, though not necessarily technically oriented audience. I've found the effort gratifying, and my gut tells me you would too. Moreover, your English is beautify and flawless. So if you were to feel the need for a cooperating copy editor, I'd be pleased to helpin any way I could. Not pressuring you. Not pressuring you. Not pressuring you. Cheers!
    Phil Friedman
    03/08/2017 #21 Phil Friedman
    #16 That's why, Graham, I believed this might have some wider appeal to even those who couldn't care less about grinding perfect flats for backing washers. In this case, I think the lesson(s) transfer to business management, as well. Thank you for reading and commenting. Cheers!
    Phil Friedman
    02/08/2017 #20 Phil Friedman
    #15 Ah, Jerry, you correctly perceive that there is an undercurrent of life philosophy running through this engineering-related piece. Thank you for reading and commenting with such insight. Cheers!
    Phil Friedman
    02/08/2017 #19 Phil Friedman
    #7 Milos, I appreciate the suggestion and already planned to do so -- eventually. What I've discovered, however, is that simultaneously sharing a piece in a number of groups breaks up the "trending" stats among the group notices and tends to retard distribution in the main feed. (LI worships trending and so gives better distribution to what the Algirithm sees as more popular articles.)
    So better to wait for sharing into groups until the initial rush of views and likes is complete and the piece sits on the LI "long tail". Cheers!
    Phil Friedman
    02/08/2017 #18 Phil Friedman
    #14 Except, @Peter Altschuler, that would not satisfy those who tend to start reading at the end in an effort the glean the crux without the work of reading through the piece.

    Oh, and BTW, with all due respect, what is not clear about my deck and preface which said: "THE FIRST IN A SERIES OF RETROSPECTIVES THAT LOOK BACK AT THREE DECADES OF FINDING VALUE-ENGINEERED SOLUTIONS ... This article begins a series that looks back at various value-engineered solutions to problems encountered by the author in the course of several decades of boat and yacht building and shipyard management. "?

    Anyway, thanks for reading and commenting. Cheers!
  2. Sahba Naderi

    Sahba Naderi

    17/07/2017
    Sahba Naderi
    12 Biggest Civil Engineering Companies in Europe – Stocks Review
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  3. ProducerSahba Naderi

    Sahba Naderi

    17/07/2017
    A Brief History of Environmental Engineering
    A Brief History of Environmental EngineeringWith a focus on protecting citizens from environmental hazards, the study of environmental engineering equips those in the field to improve aspects of life that could directly harm people all around the world. Covering areas such as pollution,...
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  4. ProducerBoria Alex

    Boria Alex

    06/07/2017
    Everything You Need to Know about Retrofit Windows
    Everything You Need to Know about Retrofit WindowsIf you live in an older home and are looking to remodel or upgrade your home the windows of the home are usually the first place that someone looks at to replace. If you live in an older home this may be the only true upgrade that will need to take...
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  5. ProducerBoria Alex

    Boria Alex

    06/07/2017
    Bathroom Renovation Project: How to Get Prepared for It Properly
    Bathroom Renovation Project: How to Get Prepared for It ProperlyBathroom renovation is very interesting and usually an unfamiliar experience for many customers. Therefore it is important to make sure that the remodel is done in the way that is keeping the customer truly satisfied with the end result. If the...
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  6. Francisco Lopez

    Francisco Lopez

    05/07/2017
    Francisco Lopez
    Scientists explain ancient Rome's long-lasting concrete - BBC News
    www.bbc.com Researchers unlock the chemistry of Roman concrete which has resisted the elements for thousands of...
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  7. Lada 🏡 Prkic

    Lada 🏡 Prkic

    24/06/2017
    ► In Search of the Civil Engineers on beBee ◄
    The civil engineers' community on beBee is not much active. That's why most of my activities related to civil engineering are on LinkedIn.
    I would like to know how many of us are active on beBee, and willing to engage and discuss the topics related to civil engineering.
    If you are interested, please do say so in the comment section.
    (Image by Bpress - For Construction & Builders)
    Lada 🏡 Prkic
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    Lada 🏡 Prkic
    29/06/2017 #2 Lada 🏡 Prkic
    #1 That makes only two of us - civil engineers on beBee. :-) It somewhat reminds me of Diogenes and his search for an honest man. Maybe I need a lamp. 🤣
    Anđela Bogdan
    28/06/2017 #1 Anđela Bogdan
    I'm in :-)
  8. ProducerSahba Naderi

    Sahba Naderi

    21/06/2017
    The Ins and Outs of Coastal Engineering
    The Ins and Outs of Coastal EngineeringCoastal engineering is a field of civil engineering that covers exactly what the name implies: coastlines and the protection of surrounding areas. As something that may commonly be overlooked, rising levels of water can directly affect our society...
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    Lada 🏡 Prkic
    22/06/2017 #1 Lada 🏡 Prkic
    I'm glad to see another civil engineer on beBee. Welcome to the hive. :-)
    As you pointed out in your article, it's something that plays a crucial role in the safety of people and land masses along coastlines.
  9. ProducerSteve Lewenhoff

    Steve Lewenhoff

    18/06/2017
    Taking Screwpiling to New Heights
    Taking Screwpiling to New HeightsNo other piling & ground anchoring system can compete with the speed, simplicity, cost effectiveness and predictable structural performance than that of Screwpile Australia's...
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  10. ProducerAnđela Bogdan

    Anđela Bogdan

    28/04/2017
    ASTANA - Futuristic city for the 22nd century
    ASTANA - Futuristic city for the 22nd centuryOne of the largest international expos of the decade is coming to the capital of Kazakhstan. EXPO 2017 is a recognized expo, also referred to as an international specialized expo, and is part of the World’s Fair system. Recognized expos are smaller...
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    Brian McKenzie
    11/05/2017 #8 Brian McKenzie
    #7 @Anđela Bogdan You're welcome, it will probably be my next landing zone on my continuing 'Stans escape & expose trip.
    Anđela Bogdan
    11/05/2017 #7 Anđela Bogdan
    @Brian McKenzie Thanks for sharing! :)
    Lada 🏡 Prkic
    30/04/2017 #6 Lada 🏡 Prkic
    #5 Hvala Tebi! Sviđa mi se ideja, ali toliko je već zanimljivih tema obrađeno u Građevinaru. Možda nešto o splitskom kampusu ili nekim budućim projektima Sveučilišta u Splitu. Bit ćemo u kontaktu. :-)
    Anđela Bogdan
    30/04/2017 #5 Anđela Bogdan
    #3 Hvala Vam puno na podršci, @Lada 🏡 Prkic! Ako imate neke zanimljive teme, projekte ili građevine o kojima biste voljeli čitati u Građevinaru, slobodno proslijedite u inbox, pa ću ih pokušati obraditi u sljedećim stručnim prilozima. :)
    Anđela Bogdan
    30/04/2017 #4 Anđela Bogdan
    #2 I agree with you, Lisa. :) Astana is called ''The Dubai Of Central Asia''. Very unique city in the middle of the Kazakh Steppe.
    Lada 🏡 Prkic
    29/04/2017 #3 Lada 🏡 Prkic
    Astana je grad sam po sebi čudo, koji je izgrađen vizijom jednog čovjeka i uz pomoć najpoznatijih svjetskih arhitekata. Nigdje nema toliko čudnih struktura na jednom mjestu. Sajamski grad će samo upotpuniti sliku Astane po tom pitanju.
    Uvijek mi je drago pročitati tvoje članke u Građevinaru, Anđela. :-)
    Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    29/04/2017 #2 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    How unique and should be very enlightening!
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    28/04/2017 #1 mohammed khalaf
    Being more inclusive should be of utmost importance to all employers in an increasingly diverse society and competitive global marketplace.
  11. Anđela Bogdan

    Anđela Bogdan

    20/04/2017
    THE GOST TOWER: VICTIM OF THE TIMES
    The Sathorn Unique building was among the buildings that fell victim to the Asian Financial Crisis. Many of the towers that were being developed prior to the economic crash were eventually completed, or are about to, but this one remains in ruin. Although once on its way to becoming one of Bangkok’s most beautiful buildings, the Sathorn Unique is now a creepy reminder of what Thailand dreamed of becoming...
    Anđela Bogdan
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  12. Anđela Bogdan

    Anđela Bogdan

    07/04/2017
    Australian experts found a way to incorporate cigarette butt waste into brick making that not only gets that waste out of the environment, but it also makes cheaper and less energy-intensive bricks. When cigarette butts are added to clay bricks, the energy needed to fire them was cut by up to 58 percent. The bricks were lighter and were better insulators, too, meaning they could help cut household cooling and heating demands, all while keeping the same strong properties of traditional bricks.
    http://www.treehugger.com/clean-technology/cigarette-butts-make-better-bricks.html
    Anđela Bogdan
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    Bryan Tate
    28/04/2017 #6 Bryan Tate
    I love seeing innovative new ways to make construction a more eco-friendly industry!
    Ken Boddie
    07/04/2017 #5 Ken Boddie
    Can't say I've heard of this brick additive concept before. Sounds a great idea, Andela, although It probably needs one of the main brick companies to get on board, along with a means of readily gathering discarded butts, before it'll get wings. Thanks for the tag, @Lada 🏡 Prkic and @Praveen Raj Gullepalli.
    Lada 🏡 Prkic
    07/04/2017 #4 Lada 🏡 Prkic
    @Ken Boddie, have you heard of the brilliant Aussie invention that could make cigarette butts valuable? :-)
    Lada 🏡 Prkic
    07/04/2017 #3 Lada 🏡 Prkic
    Great share, @Anđela Bogdan! :-)
    Praveen Raj Gullepalli
    07/04/2017 #2 Praveen Raj Gullepalli
    LOL...Talk of bricks n butts @Ken Boddie ;)
    Lada 🏡 Prkic
    07/04/2017 #1 Lada 🏡 Prkic
    @Ken Boddie, @Gert Scholtz, have you heard of the brilliant Aussie invention that could make cigarette butts valuable. :-)
  13. MUHAMMAD ARIF

    MUHAMMAD ARIF

    13/02/2017
    Binladin Concrete Solutions (BCS) Ready Mix Plants in Makkah. It has 5 batching plants of 80 m³ each. MUHAMMAD ARIF
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  14. Robert E Arms

    Robert E Arms

    08/01/2017
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    Robert E Arms

    08/01/2017
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    Robert E Arms

    08/01/2017
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    Robert E Arms

    08/01/2017
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    Bryan Tate
    27/03/2017 #1 Bryan Tate
    Gorgeous design!
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    Robert E Arms

    08/01/2017
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  19. Robert E Arms

    Robert E Arms

    08/01/2017
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  20. Veronica Alvarado
    Excelente estructura, acabados y detalles.
    Disfrute mucho trabajar aca como inspector de obra.. Excelente experiencia.
    Inspirato Hotel & Spa - Puerto Ordaz, Venezuela
    Inspirato Hotel & Spa - Puerto Ordaz, Venezuela • Clip - Inspirato Hotel & Spa en Construcción - Puerto Ordaz, Venezuela | Dirección, Cámara y Post- Producción: Jermaín Odremán | Tomas areas:...
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  21. Veronica Alvarado
    #ingeniería #civil construcción de muro de contención de tanque subterráneo. Veronica Alvarado
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    #construccion #ingenieria #civil losa flotante y armado de vigas. el gran ovalo! #hotelinspiratospa Veronica Alvarado
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  23. Tanmoy Ray

    Tanmoy Ray

    11/08/2016
    Spring 2017 Application Deadlines and Average GRE Scores for MS in USA
    Tanmoy Ray
    Spring 2017 Application Deadlines and Average GRE Scores for MS
    www.meetuniversity.com Looking at to Study in USA in January 2017? Know about the Spring 2017 Application Deadlines and Average GRE Scores for MS at top US universities in...
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  24. Jason Walker

    Jason Walker

    01/08/2016
    Let's reinvent this broken A/E/C Industry!
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    Reinventing the Construction Industry, Jason Walker (jasonbarrettwalker)
    jasonbarrettwalker.wordpress.com Innovator, Entrepreneur,...
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  25. ProducerKen Boddie

    Ken Boddie

    06/07/2016
    'Three Teachings' Cradle Leaves Us Suspended
    'Three Teachings' Cradle Leaves Us SuspendedAnother mystic Chinese temple? Certainly, but one with some interesting engineering, dating back almost 1500 years, and perched some 75 m above the base of the cliff into which it has been built.First there's the technique used to support many of...
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    Ken Boddie
    08/07/2016 #8 Ken Boddie
    Thanks for dropping by, Greg. #7
    Greg Rogers
    07/07/2016 #7 Greg Rogers
    That's a nice piece of work and a brilliant engineering technique. thanks for sharing @Ken Boddie
    Ken Boddie
    07/07/2016 #6 Ken Boddie
    #5 I suspect, @Lada 🏡 Prkic, that the concept would be 'shelved' until a Hard Rock Cafe was included in the layout? 😂
    Lada 🏡 Prkic
    07/07/2016 #5 Lada 🏡 Prkic
    I like this post very much, @Ken Boddie. We can only admire its superb workmanship and ingenious engineering. I wonder whether this structure could be built at the present time, even by using modern technologies. Keep posting about interesting engineering!
    Ken Boddie
    07/07/2016 #4 Ken Boddie
    Thanks for the shares yet again @Javier 🐝 beBee. How do you do it? So many buzzes, so little time. Do you get help from Santa Clause's elves? 👍
    Ken Boddie
    07/07/2016 #3 Ken Boddie
    Thanks for the shares, Dean-san (@Dean Owen).
    Ken Boddie
    06/07/2016 #2 Ken Boddie
    #1 Hey great blog, Dean-san. I'll take time out tomorrow to look at it properly! Off to bed now. 👍 😴💤
    Dean Owen
    06/07/2016 #1 Dean Owen
    Excellent. This is quite an incredible structure that I was fortunate enough to be able to visit on Day 7 of my road trip around China. Well recommended. For some additional photos for anyone interested, visit : https://www.travelblog.org/Bloggers/The-Great-China-Roadtrip/page-3.html
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