May 19, 2020

Google Offers New Services for Computers and Mobiles

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Bizclik Editor
2 min
Google Offers New Services for Computers and Mobiles

Written by Katie Wegner

 

Google makes the life of the modern digital-addict so much easier. The many features, browsers, and services that Google offers make being constantly plugged into multiple electronics more efficient and addicting. Google seems to be always thinking how to improve and update its myriad of services. This past week was no exception as Google released three services for the busy digital consumer.

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First, the finished version of the Chrome Web browsing software for desktop and laptop computers was released on Tuesday. Google improved the settings for bookmarks, passwords, searches and home pages and enhanced protection from infected websites. The Chrome browser software is available for free at google.com/chrome and Google assured that earlier versions of the Web browser already in use will be automatically updated.

Next, Google upgraded its Google Maps to suggest faster routes to drivers based on real-time traffic conditions, calling it Google Maps Navigation. Google Maps Navigation was released in test mode to show various routes with estimated travel times. It uses red, green and yellow color-coding to show traffic development.

Previously, Google maps would choose routes without examining current traffic conditions. Now the Google Navigation will “automatically guide you along the best route given the current traffic conditions” says Roy Williams, a software engineer with the Google Maps team. This Navigation feature is available in North America and Europe where both Google Maps Navigation and real-time traffic data are available.

Lastly, the feature Instant Previews is now available on mobile Androids and iOs devices. Instant Preview allows users to quickly identify content by looking at the visual search results—the “preview” of the website--rather than navigating between websites and search results. On an Android, a few swipes of the finger on Instant Previews quickly separates the wheat from the chaff in search results.


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Jun 18, 2021

Intelliwave SiteSense boosts APTIM material tracking

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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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