Tracking Infrastructure

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: 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

RFID Tracking for Smart Cities

Posted by Jeff Pollock

Jun 17, 2017 1:56:33 PM

 

All of a sudden it seems that everyone is interested in 'Smart Cities'. Publishers are creating periodicals dedicated to them (our favorite is Smart Cities Dive); in 2016 the venture capital community invested $2.7 billion in the sector; and now business accelerators (DreamIt and Urban-X, to name two) are incubating companies dedicated to the space. This is because, for the first time in the history of the planet, more than 50% of the world's population is currently living in urban areas (80% in the US). Projected to rise to 66% by 2050, this is unsustainable without a complete overhaul of existing infrastructure and services. No wonder that leading investors are focusing on the 'Smart Cities' opportunity.

RFID tracking will serve as its foundation.

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Topics: Smart Infrastructure

2017 Infrastructure Report Card

Posted by Jeff Pollock

Mar 10, 2017 4:02:41 PM

 

There has been a lot of talk over the past year about the importance of rebuilding America's infrastructure. Now there is more evidence supporting the claim. Every four years the American Society of Civil Engineers prepares a report card on the state of our infrastructure; its 2017 report was released March 9th. The report card justifies public concern by grading the overall state of the country's infrastructure with a D+. What does this mean?

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Topics: Smart Infrastructure, Market Insights

There's an App for Infrastructure Too

Posted by Jeff Pollock

Feb 11, 2017 11:26:41 AM


One of the many great outcomes from rebuilding our nation's infrastructure is that its massive scale will reshape the productivity of the entire supply chain. Being dedicated to helping the precast industry improve productivity with our RFID-based paperless quality control, inventory management and GPS tracking system, we are always intrigued by new technology for construction contractors and asset managers. Between these two, construction has gotten the lion's share of attention. That is now changing.

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Topics: Smart Infrastructure, Market Insights

Role of Construction Technology in 2017

Posted by Jeff Pollock

Jan 7, 2017 3:46:51 PM

 

In 2016 demand for construction continued to rise and the industry embraced new technologies to profitability serve the opportunity. As we start 2017 it appears that the industry will enjoy continued upside. However, several factors indicate that gains will not be won by business as usual. Specifically:

  1. Margin pressures will continue

  2. Workflows will need to be adjusted to manage volume approaching 2007 highs

  3. Pressure to shorten the construction cycle will heighten

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Topics: Smart Infrastructure, 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

How Customer Value is Created With Infrastructure Product Tracking

Posted by Jeff Pollock

Dec 12, 2015 11:28:34 AM


Recently there was a fascinating... and very encouraging... article posted in the technology website, TechCrunch, that extolled the bright future in manufacturing for those companies that embrace cloud technology and lean manufacturing principles. In fact, the article was so optimistic that it was entitled The Next Industrial Revolution Should Happen in America. This prompted us to look for some specific examples in practice today. It didn't take us long to find three close to home for infrastructure product tracking.

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Topics: Smart Infrastructure, Market Insights

Why Lean Manufacturing Needs 'The Cloud'

Posted by Jeff Pollock

Aug 28, 2015 4:35:58 PM


The central premise of lean manufacturing is the elimination of waste in all parts of the value chain. Waste comes in many forms, and redundant work is high on the list. One of the most frequent patterns of redundant work occurs in record-keeping. With paper systems, information is collected on a piece of paper; a report is then prepared using the information on the paper; the report is then filed; and often a copy is sent elsewhere. With IT systems, redundant work is required when data entry has to be duplicated because two or more software systems are used by a company. This is so much part of the every day routine that it is often accepted as a given. Using "The Cloud"... software as a service (SaaS) that is accessible using any device, anywhere... changes all this. Which is why it will become a central factor in every lean production system.

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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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