Tracking Infrastructure

DOTs Are Mandating Digital Records

Posted by Jeff Pollock

Nov 18, 2021 7:03:36 PM

There has been a lot of talk about 3D modeling and BIM in recent years. Both have experienced acceptance and application in commercial construction.... but very little in the civil construction market. However, it seems that the FHWA's push for e-Construction practices over the past 5-6 years is bearing fruit. Now, all of a sudden, DOTs are starting to require e-ticketing and Digital As-Builts from their suppliers.

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Topics: Infrastructure News, Market Insights, Productivity

Stubbe's Precast Goes Digital in QC

Posted by Jeff Pollock

Dec 28, 2020 4:10:50 PM

 

Stubbe's Precast, based in Harley, Ontario, is a big precast producer with a great reputation. They serve eastern Canada with two state-of-the-art manufacturing plants specializing in structural and architectural precast. Speak to any precaster in Canada or in the northeast United States and they will speak of Stubbe's with high regard. The reason for this is found in Stubbe's values: quality, innovation and, as they state on their website, "forward thinking solutions". 

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Topics: Market Insights, Idencia Use Cases, Connected Concrete, Productivity

Precast's Digital Response to COVID

Posted by Jeff Pollock

Oct 16, 2020 11:09:05 AM

Since early in Q2 of 2020, we have seen a dramatic growth in inquiries from large precast manufacturers who want to 'go digital' in their plants. They all have their own specific needs, of course, but the acceleration of interest suggests that there is something bigger at work. Something that suggests a change in thinking or a transformation. It feels as if the industry has reached a tipping point, much the same way that the world rushed to embrace Zoom to manage through COVID.

We think it has.

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Topics: Market Insights, Productivity

The Hidden Costs of Paper

Posted by Jeff Pollock

May 9, 2020 12:44:10 PM

Our discussions with concrete product manufacturers during the past month reveal that many are reassessing their workflows in response to the COVID-19 disruption. Smart managers see a break from normality as a good opportunity to rethink the old ways in order to emerge more productive.

The first cut is to find hidden costs that can be eliminated.

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Topics: Market Insights, Productivity

The Power of a Vendor-Central Platform

Posted by Jeff Pollock

Oct 19, 2019 10:57:19 AM

Amazon engages its vendors through a web interface it calls Vendor Central. Parties invited to become vendors register on the platform and their relationship with Amazon is managed on it. Why does Amazon operate in this way? Because it is the most cost-efficient way of doing business. All commerce will eventually follow Amazon's lead and engender the efficiency that platforms offer.

This is the third in a series of posts from our recently published vision statement called The Infrastructure Supply Chain PlatformToday we discuss how infrastructure manufacturers will engage with their vendors on a platform to save time, reduce costs and add more value to the end users of the products they produce.

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Topics: Connected Concrete, Productivity

The Potential of a Customer Platform

Posted by Jeff Pollock

Oct 10, 2019 8:34:00 AM

Advances in information technology over the past 30 years have created a foundation for improved manufacturing productivity that is often dubbed the Second Industrial Revolution. In the first revolution electricity was the underlying technology. But it was the application of this technology to a new manufacturing model... the assembly line... that created the productivity break-through. Today, information technology is serving as the foundation for another new model... the industry platform.

This is the second in a series of posts drawing from our vision statement for the future of infrastructure manufacturing. Today we discuss how manufacturers can provide a quantum leap in the value that they offer by using a customer-facing platform to provide seamless data sharing.

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Topics: Smart Infrastructure, Connected Concrete, Productivity

The Value of Systems Integration

Posted by Jeff Pollock

Oct 5, 2019 12:23:29 PM

 

There is a lot written about technology and the role it will play in improving the productivity of the construction process. But how will technology improve the efficiency of the construction product supply chain?

This is the first in a series of posts dedicated to this topic and it draws from our recently published vision statement entitled: "The Infrastructure Supply Chain Platform". We start with a dive into how systems integration will help manufacturers realize improved productivity from systems they already have in place.

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Topics: Connected Concrete, Productivity

The Technology of Modular Construction

Posted by Jeff Pollock

Jul 6, 2019 12:00:44 PM

"Modular construction's time may have finally come." This is how McKinsey & Company summarized the findings of its June 2019 report Modular construction: From projects to products, a follow-up to its 2017 report about reinventing construction to produce $1.6 trillion of productivity improvements. The possibilities include accelerated timelines (estimated 20-50%) and cost reductions of 20%. McKinsey reports that the primary factor enabling these possibilities is the application of technology. All manufacturers, modular or not, will want to understand the technology landscape in order to compete effectively. We offer a profile here.

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Topics: Market Insights, Productivity

Why Should Precast Pay Attention?

Posted by Jeff Pollock

Jun 28, 2019 5:36:40 PM

 

In our newsletter published this week, the article that received the most attention was titled 'Why Precast Should Pay Attention'. This was our title applied to an article that we circulated about a Cleveland, OH contractor's decision to offer integrated construction services. It obviously struck a chord, so we thought we would re-frame it as a question and respond with a deeper dive into how integrated construction is a threat to the precast industry.

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Topics: Idencia Use Cases, Connected Concrete, Productivity

Smart Infrastructure & Construction Productivity

Posted by Jeff Pollock

Jun 23, 2019 8:04:50 AM

 

In its 2017 report entitled Reinventing Construction: A Route to Higher Productivity, the McKinsey Global Institute revealed that the construction industry lags all other major industries in productivity. In fact, the construction industry experienced a productivity decline of almost 1.5% per year from 2005 through 2014. In this, our third in a series of blog posts drawn from our recent web report, The Promise of Smart Infrastructure, we discuss the ways in which development of smart infrastructure will induce the construction industry to become more productive.

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Topics: Smart Infrastructure, Productivity

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

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