The CNA pledges to advance nuclear power
The Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the two organisations represents a joint commitment to collaborating on innovative ways to develop and promote nuclear power as a clean and much-needed energy source.
Currently providing 10% of global electricity, the power generated by nuclear fission does not release CO2 or toxic sulphides during its production and isn’t dependant on environmental constraints to be efficient in the way wind and solar power can be.
The World Nuclear Association - based on the UN’s prediction that Earth’s population will grow to 9.7bn by 2050 - asserts that nuclear power will be pivotal to meeting electricity requirements and environmental targets, which are often seen to oppose each other.
With 19 reactors providing roughly 15% (101 TWh) of Canada’s electricity, the country’s uptake is generally less developed than other countries: France leads with 72%, followed by Slovakia (55%) and Hungary (51%).
Despite this relatively low uptake, Canada’s nuclear industry mitigates 80mn tonnes of CO2 per annum, employs 76,000 people and contributes more than CA$17bn to GDP.
Therefore, there is certainly an argument in favour of pooling knowledge and resources to increase the alternative fuel’s popularity.
CNA President and CEO John Gorman is adamant that nuclear energy could solve Canada’s dependence on fossil fuels and assist the country’s efforts to mitigate climate change.
“Nuclear energy already makes important contributions to combating climate change. To reach net-zero emissions, global cooperation at the government and industry level will be essential. This agreement between two world-class industries is a key step in that direction.”
In accordance with the Paris Agreement, the Canadian Government has pledged to reduce GHG (greenhouse gas) emissions by 30% by 2030. In addition, the ambitious goal of reaching net-zero emissions by 2050 has also been outlined.
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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.