Nov 11, 2020

IBM provides SC State University with resources worth US$2mn

SC State University
Georgia Wilson
2 min
South Carolina
IBM provides the SC State University with learning and technology resources worth US$2mn...

In an announcement made by SC State President James E. Clark, SC State University has entered into a US$2mn collaboration with IBM. The collaboration aligns with the university's strategy - ‘Transformation through Collaboration’ - and will include IBM providing SC State University with access to industry resources for academic enhancement.

As part of the collaboration both students and faculty will gain access to technology, resources and skill development, with the two organisations working together to develop student and faculty expertise, the curriculum and research opportunities. In addition both IBM and SC State University will focus on multiple core areas including: cybersecurity, data science analytics, cloud, blockchain, quantum computing and artificial intelligence.

Resources provided by IBM

The strategic collaboration will see IBM make software, courseware and other resources available to SC State University via its IBM Academic Initiative, which strives to ‘enable students to graduate with direct hands-on experience on industrial strength tools that will help them in their chosen career’, and develop meaningful relationships with academic institutions around the world.

The collaboration will also see IBM provide access to the IBM Skills Academy, a comprehensive training and badging program designed to empower students.

“We are very grateful for this collaboration between SC State and IBM. It is a great opportunity for the university to stay up to date with modern technological advancements. This partnership is a gateway to success for all students, faculty and staff. It is also a step to ensuring the continued success at HBCUs,” commented SC State Student Government Association President Javonni Ayers.

“Equal access to skills and jobs is the key to unlocking economic opportunity and prosperity for diverse populations.As we announced earlier this fall, IBM is deeply committed to helping HBCU students build their skills to better prepare for the future of work. Through this collaboration, South Carolina State University students will gain modern skills in emerging technologies across hybrid cloud, quantum and AI so they’ll be better prepared for the future of work and thrive in the digital economy,” added Valinda Scarbro Kennedy, HBCU Program Lead, IBM Global University Programs. 

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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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