May 19, 2020

Drone Delivery Canada unveils 400lb cargo delivery drone

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Drone Delivery Canada unveils 400lb cargo delivery drone

Drone Delivery Canada, a leading Canadian UAV company, has unveiled its latest product: The Condor, a cargo delivery drone with a carrying capacity of up to 400lbs. According to Skies Magazine, along with its extensive carrying capacity, the Condor’s 200km range pushes the boundaries of what was previously possible in the field of drone manufacturing.

The Condor functions using Drone Delivery Canada’s proprietary FLYTE management system, a modular, agnostic system that transfers seamlessly between multiple airframes. According to Skies, this system was used “in the fall of 2018, during its operations in Moosonee and Moose Factory, Ont, in support of Transport Canada’s beyond visual line-of-sight pilot project.”

With a wingspan of 20ft, the Condor is the largest drone that Drone Delivery Canada has produced so far. Founded in 2011, the company has spent the last 8 years working to disrupt the logistics and delivery space in Canada.

The company’s “vision is to become a key player in the Drone Delivery Industry by commercializing [its] technology to create new and innovative logistics platforms for retailers and government agencies.” Drone Delivery Canada believe options like the Condor (and its current-generation Sparrow drone) will be able to deliver products faster, easier and more cheaply than existing infrastructures.


Drone Delivery CEO, Tony Di Benedetto said of the upcoming release: “The global application for the Condor is virtually limitless. As such, the Condor is a big part of the future of DDC’s commercial operations. Having the ability to move heavy cargo long distances is a significant milestone for us that opens up many potential commercial opportunities in both Canadian as well as international markets.”

The Condor will be displayed at the TXM broadcast centre gallery in Toronto on February 19, 2019.

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Jun 18, 2021

Intelliwave SiteSense boosts APTIM material tracking

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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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