Canadian Pacific train will be #ConnectingCanada this summer with cross-country block party
Canadian Pacific (CP) today announced a summer train tour to celebrate Canada's sesquicentennial while re-connecting generations of Canadians with the nation's iconic and historic roots. Through shared stories and celebration, the CP Canada 150 Train will honour the country's past, while acknowledging the leaders of the present, and looking toward a bright future.
Beginning 28 July in Port Moody, B.C., CP is hosting celebrations in 13 Canadian cities and towns. The train will travel west to east, completing a reverse tour of the very first transcontinental passenger train trip made on June 28, 1886, which started in Montreal and travelled to Port Moody. The final CP Canada 150 Train event takes place August 20, 2017 in Ottawa.
"It is my honour to invite communities and citizens from across the country to join us in celebrating the nation, the railway and the future of Canada," said Keith Creel, CP President and Chief Executive Officer. "CP has been connecting Canada for 136 years, something we consider a distinct privilege. We are proud to have been a part of building Canada, proud to employ the country's best railroaders, and we look forward to many more years of giving Canadians a reason to be proud of this railway."
Incorporated in 1881, Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR) was an integral part of confederation. As a physical link between east and west, the building of the CPR is one of the country's greatest feats of engineering. As the railway diversified to include steamships, hotels, and beginning in the 1940s, Canadian Pacific Airlines, many considered the CPR to be the world's greatest travel company. CP has since returned to its core business of railroading, and is the safest railway in North America.
A key part of the program will be the Spirit of Tomorrow, a special railcar which, as it moves across Canada, will be decorated with thousands of handwritten cards from children outlining their dreams for the future. CP will be inviting kids at every stop to contribute to decorating this car, which will be included in CP's Holiday Train program for 2017, giving more Canadians a chance to view the final creation.
The Spirit of Tomorrow is only part of the splendor of the CP Canada 150 Train. Iconic F-unit diesel locomotive CP 1401 (1958) will lead the train, powering more than 10 beautifully restored Royal Canadian Pacific heritage cars. As the train makes its way across the country, it will be the exclusive event backdrop for photographers and admirers alike. Also included in the train is CP's exclusive retrofitted stage car from which event-goers will be treated to a truly Canadian performance.
Aboriginal entertainer and world champion hoop dancer Dallas Arcand will open the stage show with his world-renowned athleticism and grace, sharing the symbolism of the hoop dance and its significance in aboriginal communities. Following Arcand will be a concert from Canadian country music superstar Dean Brody.
"I am so excited to be celebrating Canada's 150th by train this summer, playing towns along the way, experiencing some of the more rugged and rare routes across our country," said Brody, 13-time Canadian Country Music Award winner and two-time Juno Award winner, most recently for 2016 Country Album of the Year.
This family-friendly occasion has something for Canadians of all ages and there are a number of activities to explore during the three hour event. History buffs will delight in seeing images and facts pulled from CP's archives, and kids of all ages can design their very own conductor's hat as a memento of the day.
To further celebrate Canada's 150th birthday and to recognize the people, families and communities that helped shape the nation, CP is running a contest to learn "What's your railway legacy?" From stories of sacrifice, bravery, ingenuity, even romance, authors of the two most compelling true short stories will win the experience of a lifetime including a two-day, two-night, all-expense paid trip for two aboard the CP Canada 150 Train, with five-star hospitality from the staff of the Royal Canadian Pacific. Visit cpr.ca to enter.
Today, as part of the Canada 150 announcement, CP also launched a new video higlighting the role the railway played, and continues to play, in connecting Canada. For a full list of event locations, dates and times, including further details on CP's contest and history, visit www.cpr.ca.
Intelliwave SiteSense boosts APTIM material tracking
“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.