Tracking Infrastructure

Smart Infrastructure with IoT

Posted by Jeff Pollock

Jun 22, 2018 3:06:26 PM

 

The 'smart city' is the wave of the future and there is a lot of interest in making it happen. However, you don't seem to hear as much about 'smart infrastructure', which is curious. Every house has a foundation, and infrastructure is the foundation of the city, so it stands to reason that you can't have a truly 'smart' city unless it is 'smart' all the way down to its foundation. Idencia is all about smart infrastructure so we thought we would share our vision.

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Topics: Smart Infrastructure, Market Insights, Idencia Use Cases

RFID Applications in Precast

Posted by Jeff Pollock

Jun 15, 2018 5:27:29 PM

 

We conducted a Twitter poll this week asking what the construction supply chain expects to gain from adopting technology. By a factor of almost 2:1, 'Reduce paperwork' was the most common response. There have been a lot of solutions offered by many tech companies to help the AEC industry transition to digital records but most have (naturally) been targeted at the paper-intensive businesses in the supply chain... most especially design and engineering. The manufacturers, on the other hand, have not received as much attention as they deserve. Fortunately, RFID is a technology that is well suited to serving their needs.

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Topics: Connected Concrete

Supply Chain Productivity Polls High

Posted by Jeff Pollock

Jun 8, 2018 7:05:21 PM

 

This week we began conducting our new Highly-Unscientific-But-Very-Interesting-Twitter (HUBVIT!) polls to get a finger on the pulse of what the construction supply chain is thinking these days. More respondents told us that they see productivity growth as their greatest opportunity, ahead of market growth and increased market share. Curiously, we also learned that only 26% see adoption of lean practices as the means for this. So, we asked how they expect to make the productivity happen.

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Topics: Market Insights

Lean Principles for Precast Concrete

Posted by Jeff Pollock

Jun 3, 2018 2:59:23 PM

 

In our conversations with precast concrete manufacturers lately, we have heard of a lot of interest in lean manufacturing. Some of our customers, such as Jensen Precast and Smith Midland, have engaged in the practice for some time with good success. The NPCA wrote about their experiences in a November 2017 blog post. Many others are starting to think hard about becoming lean because the gains in productivity and customer value are long known and well proven. We engage in lean practices at Idencia so we thought we would share the basics for those interested in learning about lean principles.

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Topics: Market Insights

How Does An RFID Tag Work?

Posted by Jeff Pollock

May 25, 2018 4:31:04 PM

 

RFID systems are becoming more and more prevalent. We drive through tolls and the RFID tag in our car is automatically read and we are charged. Tags are included on items in stores to deter shoplifting. Hospital equipment is tagged so that supplies can be tracked. And, of course, infrastructure products are being tagged at manufacture so that critical QC/QA information can be tracked throughout the product's life cycle. They are everywhere but... how does it actually work?

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Topics: Idencia Tips

Customer Ideas for RFID Concrete Tracking

Posted by Jeff Pollock

Nov 18, 2017 10:04:19 AM

 

Over the past two and a half years about 80 precast and prestressed concrete manufacturers have subscribed to the Idencia concrete tracking system to improve inventory control and implement paperless QC processes. As they have integrated Idencia into their operations, they have developed some great ideas for improvements based on their user experiences. We welcome this input because our customers often come up with suggestions that may never have occurred to us. Every once in a while we like to report the new features that have been developed from these ideas.

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Topics: Idencia Use Cases, Idencia Tips

Connected Concrete: A Deeper Dive

Posted by Jeff Pollock

Nov 10, 2017 6:01:50 PM

 

We were pleased to be asked to speak at the Command Alkon ELEVATE 2017 customer conference this past week. As the theme implies, creating ways to offer more customer value was a topic of extensive discussion. The Idencia presentation was Connected Concrete: An Opportunity to Lead. Since this was the topic of last week's post, we thought we would provide a deeper dive in this post by sharing our slide deck. Thanks to Command Alkon for a great conference!

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Topics: Smart Infrastructure, Market Insights

Precast Will Deliver Connected Concrete

Posted by Jeff Pollock

Nov 3, 2017 3:09:25 PM

 

As project owners and contractors adapt to the demands of the coming infrastructure boom, precast and prestressed concrete manufacturers will be forced to redefine the nature of the products they provide. They will have to deliver "Connected Concrete", concrete that can deliver information.

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Topics: Smart Infrastructure, Market Insights

The High Stakes of Infrastructure: Contractors

Posted by Jeff Pollock

Oct 28, 2017 12:15:30 PM

 

The construction industry has lagged the general economy in productivity growth for 70 years. With $4.6 trillion of infrastructure rebuilding required over the next 8 years, project owners will be pressed to achieve maximum cost efficiency in order to stretch limited funding dollars as far as possible. This is the second in a series of posts that explores the stakes of rebuilding this country's infrastructure for each party in the construction value chain. Today we discuss construction contractors.

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Topics: Infrastructure News, Market Insights

The High Stakes of Infrastructure: DOTs

Posted by Jeff Pollock

Oct 21, 2017 5:03:50 PM

 

A future of crumbling roads and bridges, trillions of dollars in investment needs, a national economy that requires modern infrastructure to remain competitive globally and the inevitable transition to 'Smart Cities'.  These are all factors that create the highest stakes confronting federal, state and municipal departments of transportation (DOTs) since World War II. 

This is the first in a series of blog posts in which we address the opportunities and potential pitfalls faced by each party in the infrastructure value chain as a result of the unique circumstances in place today. We start at the top of the chain with the project owners: DOTs.

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Topics: Smart Infrastructure, Market Insights

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Tracking Infrastructure is a blog about innovation in the manufacture, construction and management of infrastructure.

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