Delivering Vital Airport Infrastructure via Cloud Technology

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via Construction Global : By Tony Fulton, Director, Industry Strategy, Construction and Engineering Global Business Unit, Oracle Airports are among the largest, most complex and most visible civil engineering infrastructure projects in the world. In fact, one could argue that airport construction is similar to building a micro city. Like a city, an airport project requires highly coordinated management through the complex stages of planning, building and operation across a conglomeration of assets, and throughout the airport’s lengthy lifecycle. As the numbers of these airport “cities” expand, a new urban form is emerging — the aerotropolis. An aerotropolis places airports as a “city center” surrounded by actual cities and a cluster of aviation-linked businesses with associated infrastructure around them. Such areas include Amsterdam Zuidas; Las Colinas, Texas; and South Korea’s Songdo International Business District. Indeed, airports increasingly are seen as a catalyst for economic growth throughout the world. The significance of such facilities is reflected in the nearly £458 billion dedicated to capital investments for airport infrastructure projects globally, according to the CAPA Centre for Aviation. Critical to the success of such projects is careful coordination around the planning, investment, construction and maintenance needed to build and sustain such operations. Thoroughly planned and well-managed airport construction often results in economic boosts for a region or country. On the other hand, poor execution may result in losses of millions of pounds per day – and deter future investments. So how can major cities deliver ever-shifting airport infrastructure on time and on… Read more

Have a Destination in Mind: 5 Women Share Their Best Tech Career Advice

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via buithinchicago : The tech industry has gained a reputation for a male-dominated culture, which is often particularly pronounced in technology and engineering departments. For women who are building their careers within the field, that can present challenges their male colleagues aren’t faced with. For this two-part article series, we asked technologists at eight Chicago companies what advice they would offer other women who are starting their career journeys. Read some of their answers below, and check back tomorrow for part two in the series. Grubhub lead software engineer Leah Whittaker knows a thing or two about what it takes to build a career at successful tech organizations. To her, the biggest key to growing professionally has been her effort to become a resource for the team through gaining subject matter expertise and using it to help others.  Do you have any advice for other women who want to enter the field, or are just getting started in their careers? The most important thing you can do is to earn the respect of others, which can be done by constantly learning and being a team player. To learn as much as you can about your area and gain technical skills, it helps to read documentation and blog posts, watch videos and learn from your peers. Absorb as much as possible as quickly as possible about the tech stack at your company — this type of knowledge can quickly make you a go-to person for others. Being a team player is… Read more

Nike Makes Air Max Shoebox from Recycled Milk Jugs & Coffee Lids

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via CE : Packaging makes up between a quarter and a third of all domestic waste. One of the main issues at hand is the desire to promote brands for profit, which often leads to exorbitant amounts of unnecessary materials being used in order to make a product more appealing. What the human really needs, or what the environment requires, isn’t taken into consideration. Minimalism is not a word easily thrown around in the world of brand packaging. As a means for creating more mindful packaging, however, Nike has partnered with Taiwanese architect and engineer Arthur Huang to create shoe boxes made from recycled drink containers and lids in order to create “sustainable and responsible” packaging that aligns with the growing public desire to do better. Nike released the lightweight shoebox design for the brand’s annual Air Max Day. The packaging can only be used for the Air Max Royal 01, designed by Huang as well. The shoes are also made from recycled materials, and are boasted as being the lightest Air Max 1 ever. The sneakers are encased in Nike’s Flyknit fabric, which the company stitches together using a seamless technique said to generate 60% less waste than conventional cut-and-sew methods. The shoebox design, which uses plastics from leftover consumer packaging, requires no added chemicals in the manufacturing process. “It cushions while at the same time reducing material usage,” said Huang, the CEO of Taiwan and Berlin-based Miniwiz — a studio that finds new uses for waste. “In this case,… Read more

How IoT Technology Is Reshaping The Construction Industry

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via TFOT : Construction has traditionally been regarded as the ultimate blue-collar industry, dependent on brawn, significant parts of gear and clipboards as opposed to computers and mobile devices. But all that’s going to change. However, IoT technology is having a significant impact on the construction industry in some ways, ranging from improved efficiency to better construction zone safety. IoT technology, sensors, and cellular monitoring equipment are making an impact on all kinds of industries, including the construction industry works and will revolutionize how construction crew plan and work on projects of all sizes. Let’s take a look at the top three ways that IoT technology will impact the construction industry. 1. Optimizing Labor and Work Crew Activities A construction site is a dynamic environment with lots of movement and where construction managers need to consider variables like work crews and vehicle usage. While today’s systems are adequate at finding ways to ensure crews and equipment are being used efficiently, IoT technology promises to provide new ways to ensure time and resources are allocated to their maximum potential. With IoT-enabled technology like dump trucks, cranes and even personnel handling materials and completing tasks will be tracked to help coordinate the complex system to ensure projects are done on time and in the budget. Sensors will be mounted on concrete equipment to monitor their usage, idle time, and paths of operation to help project managers choose the best timelines based on specific variables. 2. Increased Job Site Safety Security is a leading… Read more

Researchers Demonstrate the Limits of Driverless Car Technology

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via Malay Mail Online : LOS ANGELES, Aug 8 — People without an in-depth knowledge of driverless vehicle technology could be forgiven for thinking the hard part of developing fully autonomous vehicles is getting them to navigate lanes and junctions and avoid crashing into other road-users. However, researchers at the University of Washington, Stony Brook University, and UC Berkeley have just shown how much work still needs to be done on driverless technology, by blowing a big hole in one key part of autonomous-drive systems — road-sign recognition. While we already have vehicles with systems capable of reading road signs, the researchers showed how easy it is to hack the systems into interpreting the information shown on road-signs incorrectly, using nothing more complex than a few well-placed stickers. The team analysed the algorithm used by the vision system classifying the images, and then employed different methods of attack to manipulate signs and trick machine-learning models into reading them incorrectly. For example, in one case stickers were used to trick the sign recognition system of an autonomous car into reading a stop sign as a 45mph sign instead. It’s not difficult to imagine the real-world implications of such an action. The team came up with four different ways they could con the recognition systems into misreading things using just a colour printer and a camera, which they published in a paper entitled “Robust Physical-World Attacks on Machine Learning Models.” Perhaps most worrying is the fact all the “hacks” appear very subtle to… Read more

Drone Farming Is Revolutionizing Agriculture

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via WETALKUAV : Farmers are always pressured to deliver higher food yields due to the ever-increasing human population. This is where technology comes in. Drone farming has now become a game changer in the way farmers evaluate, spray, and plan for future crop growth. Drones can save farmers time, money, and fertilizer. Today, drone farming technology is more than just a bird’s-eye view. Advanced software can use images captured from drones to create 3D models to identify variables such as crop stress. Healthy plants can be distinguished and soil analysis is used for pinpointing the best areas to plant the next batch of seeds. Drones have made farming more efficient, which in turn translates to lower maintenance costs and higher food yields in the long run. Drone Farming is Actually Good for the Environment Precisely controlling where and when to spray fertilizers, herbicides, and pesticides with drones can minimize excessive fertilizer use. Too much fertilizer on plants can result in what is called fertilizer burn, or a condition in which plants become unhealthy and nearly unusable. The increase accuracy of fertilizer spray with drones decreases the chances of fertilizer runoff into local streams and rivers; this means that there are less dead zones in lakes because the excessive fertilizers don’t result in the depletion of oxygen in lakes. Basically, less contamination from fertilizers is good for the environment as a whole. Drone Farming Methods The most common use of agricultural drones is mapping or surveying. The aerial perspective that drones… Read more

Jim Olson Expands Tiny Cabin He Built 60 Years Ago in Rural Washington

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via dezeen : Jim Olson, co-founder of Seattle architecture studio Olson Kundig, has made a series of additions to a bunkhouse he designed and built aged 18, as a first-year architecture student. The Olson Cabin is located on a forested site in Longbranch, a village situated on a peninsula in the Puget Sound. The site has been in the Olson family since the early 1900s. The project has involved numerous expansions over the decades to a 200-square-foot (19-square-metre) bunkhouse built in 1959. The tiny cabin, which sits atop stilts, was designed by Olson when he was a teenager. “When he was 18 years old and a first-year architecture student, his dad gave him $500 and said, ‘Go build a bunkhouse’,” said the team at Olson Kundig, founded by Olson in 1966 and later joined by Tom Kundig. The cabin was first expanded in 1981, which resulted in three small pavilions linked by wooden platforms. Olson undertook more additions in 1997, 2003 and 2014, including the creation of several bedrooms, a living room with a large glass wall and a unifying roof. The dwelling now totals 2,400 square feet (223 square metres). With each modification, the architect has worked to preserve older elements. “Each successive expansion and remodel has reused and integrated the previous structure rather than erasing it, revealing the history of the architecture and the process of its evolution,” the studio said. The architect has used simple and readily available materials at all stages of the cabin’s evolution. Columns and… Read more

New Metal 3D Printer is 100x Faster, 10x Cheaper Than Existing Laser Technologies

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via inhabitat : 3D-metal printing could very easily become the go-to method for manufacturing around the world. Desktop Metal just developed a new metal 3D printer that is reportedly faster, safer and cheaper than existing systems. Indeed, the company claims it can print metal up to 100 times faster than conventional manufacturing techniques with materials that cost 20 times less than existing laser technologies on the market. They also claim they can bring costs down to 10 times lower than normal. 3D printing has been a hot topic for years now, but the Massachusetts company is presenting something new — something capable of revolutionizing the manufacturing industry. Because of the new technology’s speed and efficiency, it’s even better than NASA and Boeing’s slow laser-melted metal printer and beats small design studios’ desktop 3D printers. Capable of using a variety of metal options — essentially, anything one can use in a Metal Injection Molding (MIM) system, it stands apart from other competitors. The engineering-driven startup was founded by several MIT professors and Emanuel Sachs, who holds patents in 3D printing dating back to 1989. Over the last few months, Desktop Metal raised more than $115 million (USD) and received backing from big players, including Google Ventures. Presently, the company is investing efforts in producing two systems: a studio system geared toward developing a rapid, cheap metal prototyping for engineering groups, and a production system for mass manufacture. According to New Atlas, the Studio printer “runs around and prints parts into layers of… Read more

Michelin X Works HD Radial Tyres Launched for Construction Sector, CVs in India

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via ET Auto : New Delhi: Tyre manufacturer Michelin, has announced the introduction of new Michelin 10.00R20 X Works HD range radial tyres in India. Manufactured in India, Michelin X Works HD D (drive axle) and Michelin X Works HD Z (all positions) are designed to provide an optimum productivity solution for commercial vehicles operating in extremely demanding on and off road usage environments, according to a company statement. Mohan Kumar, Executive Vice President, Marketing and Sales, Michelin India said, “Our 125 years of tyre technology expertise, deep consumer and terrain understanding has powered the Michelin X Works HD range for the construction industry, which is seeing renewed growth, thanks to government’s infrastructure push. Customers that operate their fleet in these difficult conditions, demand a tyre that is robust and fights against all possible road hazards. With multiple features to protect the crown, sidewall and bead from shocks and impacts, the new range delivers the uptime, durability and capping these fleets demand. Michelin X Works HD range provides ruggedness, endurance, durability and safety. Also Read: Michelin profit softens, but tyremaker firm on 2017 goals These tyres have been designed for users who do majority of their running ON roads, but also need to access construction sites to deliver raw materials and concrete, or to collect waste. Operators need both high mileage for road use and grip and traction on construction sites. The Michelin X Works range delivers this high-performance combination, allowing users to reduce operating costs. The new range uses advanced… Read more

How To Use OK Google

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via TechAdvisor : With the launch of Google’s Pixel smartphones late last year, the firm also released Google Assistant. It offers a new way of interacting with Google Search in a conversational style. Google Assistant is built into the Pixel phones, and can be accessed by long-pressing the home button. It’s since been added to some other flagships, too, such as the Samsung Galaxy S8 and LG G6. In essence, Google Assistant is what loads up when you say ‘OK Google’ to a compatible phone. With Google Assistant you can do all the same things as you previously did with Google voice search, and there are even some new commands – the Google Assistant can tell you jokes and host games, for example. (Also see: Funny things to ask Google Home and the Google Assistant.) The main difference between Google Assistant and regular voice search is the built-in AI. The service is significantly more intelligent with the Assistant onboard. However, the basic command “OK Google” will work with any Android phone. What is OK Google? “OK Google” is the voice command used to activate Google voice search on your Android smartphone and other Google devices. This can be accessed by opening your phone’s Google Search app or Google Search widget and either tapping the microphone icon or saying “OK Google”. On some handsets (notably the Moto X) it even works when the phone is in sleep mode, while other phones have the search bar on the home screen, so you can… Read more