May 19, 2020

Breakthrough Energy Ventures to become a leader in the cleantech industry

Breakthrough Energy Ventures
Catherine Rowell
2 min
Breakthrough Energy Ventures to become a leader in the cleantech industry

Led by investors, Breakthrough Energy Ventures will provide sustainable solutions within a multitude of sectors

Breakthrough Energy Ventures is set to revolutionise current processes by committing to providing $1 billion to ensure the development of cleantech companies, reduce greenhouse gas emissions by half a gigaton and tackle the important issue of climate change.

On their website, Bill Gates has stated, “if you could change the price of one thing to really lift up the lives of the poorest people everywhere, it would be the price of energy. They could get to their jobs, they could buy fertiliser, they could have lights at night.”

He added, “The energy miracle that’s allowed for modern civilisation has primarily been based on hydrocarbons that is coal, gasoline, natural gas”, resulting in climate change, particularly affecting the poorest people on the planet.

What we need to do is fund the researchers who are already looking at the early stages of this problem.”

The company have stated: “The new model will be a partnership between governments, research institutions, and investors. Scientists, engineers, and entrepreneurs can invent and scale the innovative technologies that will limit the impact of climate change while providing affordable and reliable energy to everyone.”

With 20 investors from an array of industries, Breakthrough Energy Ventures will find technological and innovation solutions to issues such as population growth and lack of renewable energy sources, with a focus on construction, transportation, electricity, agriculture and manufacturing.

Breakthrough Energy Venture has recently released their framework, the “Landscape of Innovation,” in order to support other investors who wish to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and support the initiative. They have stated, “Our leadership will be made up of entrepreneurial investors and scientists, and our investments will be guided by solid research as well as by market priorities.”

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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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