May 19, 2020

Boeing and Leonardo land contract to replace US Air Force’s existing helicopter fleet

Manufacturing
Boeing
Aerospace
Leonardo
erptre fusion
2 min
Boeing and Leonardo land contract to replace US Air Force’s existing helicopter fleet
Boeing announced on 24 September that is has been granted a program by the US Air Force to produce MH-139 helicopters to replace its existing UH-1N “Huey” fleet
 
The MH-139 is based on the Leonardo AW139.
 
Leonardo will construct the aircraft at its northeast Philadelphia plant before sending it to Boeing’s facility south of the city for military-specific technology and component integration.
 
The $2.4bn program is for up to 84 helicopters, training equipment, and associated support gear.
 
Leonardo’s 25 September press release states that the aircraft is due for initial delivery in 2021, and “will take over the role of protecting the nation’s intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) bases and the transportation of U.S. government and security forces”.
 
David Koopersmith, vice president and general manager of Boeing Vertical Lift, said:
 
“We’re grateful for the Air Force’s confidence in our MH-139 team”.
 
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“The MH-139 exceeds mission requirements, it’s also ideal for VIP transport, and it offers the Air Force up to $1 billion in acquisition and lifecycle saving costs”.
 
Bell’s UH-1N Twin Huey, introduced in 1970, has been used by the US Air Force for almost 50 years.
 
According to Defense Media Network, the US Air Force uses 62 Twin Hueys, and most of them were purchased in 1969 during the Vietnam War.
 
Leonardo’s press release said that the MH-139 “exceeds the Air Force’s speed, payload, range, armament and survivability requirements for protecting ICBM bases”.
 
The Leonardo AW139 is in operation with over 270 governments, militaries, and firms around the world.

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Jun 18, 2021

Intelliwave SiteSense boosts APTIM material tracking

APTIM
Intelliwave
3 min
Intelliwave Technologies outlines how it provides data and visibility benefits for APTIM

“We’ve been engaged with the APTIM team since early 2019 providing SiteSense, our mobile construction SaaS solution, for their maintenance and construction projects, allowing them to track materials and equipment, and manage inventory.

We have been working with the APTIM team to standardize material tracking processes and procedures, ultimately with the goal of reducing the amount of time  spent looking for materials. Industry studies show that better management of materials can lead to a 16% increase in craft labour productivity.

Everyone knows construction is one of the oldest industries but it’s one of the least tech driven comparatively. About 95% of Engineering and Construction data captured goes unused, 13% of working hours are spent looking for data and around 30% of companies have applications that don’t integrate. 

With APTIM, we’re looking at early risk detection, through predictive analysis and forecasting of material constraints, integrating with the ecosystem of software platforms and reporting on real-time data with a ‘field-first’ focus – through initiatives like the Digital Foreman. The APTIM team has seen great wins in the field, utilising bar-code technology, to check in thousands of material items quickly compared to manual methods.

There are three key areas when it comes to successful Materials Management in the software sector – culture, technology, and vendor engagement.

Given the state of world affairs, access to data needs to be off site via the cloud to support remote working conditions, providing a ‘single source of truth’ accessed by many parties; the tech sector is always growing, so companies need faster and more reliable access to this cloud data; digital supply chain initiatives engage vendors a lot earlier in the process to drive collaboration and to engage with their clients, which gives more assurance as there is more emphasis on automating data capture. 

It’s been a challenging period with the pandemic, particularly for the supply chain. Look what happened in the Suez Canal – things can suddenly impact material costs and availability, and you really have to be more efficient to survive and succeed. Virtual system access can solve some issues and you need to look at data access in a wider net.

Solving problems comes down to better visibility, and proactively solving issues with vendors and enabling construction teams to execute their work. The biggest cause of delays is not being able to provide teams with what they need.

On average 2% of materials are lost or re-ordered, which only factors in the material cost, what is not captured is the duplicated effort of procurement, vendor and shipping costs, all of which have an environmental impact.

As things start to stabilise, APTIM continues to utilize SiteSense to boost efficiencies and solve productivity issues proactively. Integrating with 3D/4D modelling is just the precipice of what we can do. Access to data can help you firm up bids to win work, to make better cost estimates, and AI and ML are the next phase, providing an eco-system of tools.

A key focus for Intelliwave and APTIM is to increase the availability of data, whether it’s creating a data warehouse for visualisations or increasing integrations to provide additional value. We want to move to a more of an enterprise usage phase – up to now it’s been project based – so more people can access data in real time.

 

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