Tracking Infrastructure

Following FHWA for DOT Innovations

Posted by Jeff Pollock

Jan 24, 2019 4:30:06 PM

 

When I was taking driving lessons at school (way back when!), my teacher gave me some great advice: Don't just observe what the car in front of you is doing; watch the car in front of him. The same wisdom applies in business. Watch what your customer's customer wants in order to be able to anticipate and respond nimbly. We do this at Idencia and like to offer our observations as part of the service we provide. The Federal Highway Administration's Center for Accelerating Innovation(1) provides a great tool for tracking state DOT innovations across the country. Here are some of the most intriguing.

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Topics: Market Insights, Infrastructure News

What is GS1 Product Tracking?

Posted by Jeff Pollock

Dec 15, 2018 12:08:53 PM

 

GS1 is one of the most important underpinnings of commerce that you've likely never heard of. Over 5 billion scans are performed each day using GS1 standards for product tracking. GS1 is an international standards board with over 1 million members in 100 countries. We benefit from its impact with almost every product we purchase. And yet, it seems to work 'under the radar' for most of us. It's influence is now quickly moving into infrastructure product manufacture so we thought we would shed some light.

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Topics: Connected Concrete, Infrastructure News, Smart Infrastructure

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: Market Insights, Infrastructure News

What's Up With Construction Productivity?

Posted by Jeff Pollock

Mar 18, 2017 4:06:58 PM

 

Earlier this month, the American Society of Civil Engineers reported that the US will require $4.6 Trillion of investment in its infrastructure over the next 10 years. This would seem to be an opportunity of a generation for the construction industry but it remains to be seen if it is actually capable of meeting such a large need. Consulting firm McKinsey & Company reports that US productivity in manufacturing, retail and agriculture has grown by as much as 1,500% since 1945. Construction productivity? Hardly any improvement at all in more than 70 years! What's up with that?

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Topics: Infrastructure News, Market Insights

Infrastructure in Action: Seattle Tunnel

Posted by Jeff Pollock

May 8, 2016 1:56:57 PM

If a picture is worth a thousand words, a construction video of the new Seattle tunnel project is incalculable. The project, known locally as the SR 99 tunnel, is replacing the above-ground Alaskan Way trestle with a tunnel that will run underneath the city. The video below shows how the contractors are boring the tunnel and installing the concrete rings that line it. An engineering marvel!

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Topics: Smart Infrastructure, Infrastructure News, Idencia Use Cases

5 Lean Practices of Excellent Construction Companies

Posted by Jeff Pollock

Jun 27, 2015 2:22:16 PM


In an age of global competition and compressed margins many industries are embracing lean manufacturing practices, a system designed by Toyota fifty years ago when it faced the challenge of entering a global automobile market with severely constrained resources.Participants in the construction value chain... manufacturers, contractors and asset owner/managers... are currently experiencing similar stress from a combination of huge demand and limited spending dollars. The best construction companies operate according to a set of five fundamental processes that separate the ordinary from the excellent. 
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Topics: Infrastructure News, Market Insights

Concrete Tracking for DOTs

Posted by Jeff Pollock

Aug 9, 2014 11:01:00 AM

 

We developed Idencia in the firm belief that tracking information about the manufacture and maintenance of concrete products would be of great value to infrastructure project owners.

(Picture credit NPCA)

Being responsible for public safety, they need to know everything they can about the integrity of the structures they build. For years now manufacturers of aircraft have had to maintain information about virtually every part they make for the same reason. It stands to reason that state departments of transportation want to provide the same quality assurance for the public when they travel over bridges and through tunnels.  

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Topics: Infrastructure News, Idencia Use Cases

From Product Tracking to Smart Bridges

Posted by Jeff Pollock

Jun 7, 2014 9:30:00 AM

 

(This blog post was updated in June 2018)

Two unconnected announcements were made this past week that will transform infrastructure as we know it. We will look back in the not-too-distant future and recognize that the first week of June 2014 marked the beginning of the "smart infrastructure" era.

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Topics: Infrastructure News, 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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