Google Street View to Map Cambridge Bay, Nunavut
Google Maps is on an arctic adventure to map Cambridge Bay, Nunavut. Located above the Arctic Circle in the Kitikmeot Region, Cambridge Bay is a village of 1,500 and Google Maps is trekking north to add it to its digital cartography via Google Street View trikes.
Google Maps explained that they plan to build the most comprehensive map of the region to date, cataloguing an area that is the furthest north Google Maps Street View team has ever gone, hoping to help tell 4000 years’ of stories this region can provide.
Google Maps isn’t going on this adventure alone. The idea to map Nunavut came from resident Chris Kalluk, whom Google met at a Google Earth Outreach workshop in Vancouver. Interested in learning how to edit Google Maps via the Google Map Maker, Kalluk used the knowledge from the workshop to host a community Map Up event with village elders, mapping experts and high school students. This group has utilized Google products to add new roads, rivers and lakes to the Google Map of Cambridge Bay and Canada’s Arctic.
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This interest is what led Google Maps to Nunavut and on their embarkation of mapping the region via the Google Street View Trike to get an up-close and personal look into the community. Kalluk and other local leaders will be trained on how to use the trike so they are able to travel to other communities of Nunavut for even further knowledge and cartography.
“This is a place with a vast amount of local knowledge and a rich history. By putting these tools in the hands of our people, we will tell Nunavut’s story to the world,” said Kalluk to Google Maps.
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.