LIFT Aircraft unveils ride sharing eVTOL vehicle
Texas-based startup, LIFT Aircraft, unveiled on Tuesday its new electric, vertical takeoff and landing vehicle, Hexa, in a bid to make “flying so simple, safe and inexpensive that anyone can do it with very little skill or special training” said company CEO Matt Chasen. “We’re truly consumerizing flying for the first time in history.”
According to a report by CityLab released in February, the cumulative economic cost of congestion in the United States totalled US$305bn in 2017, with Los Angeles, New York and San Francisco leading the nation with $63.5bn in losses.
“Most important, in my mind, is the environmental cost”, said transit journalist John Surico in an interview with Motherboard. “Our transportation choices are now the leading cause of climate emissions.”
LIFT Aircraft’s goal is the reinvention of short-haul travel in congested urban and suburban environments. Operating its new ultralight semi-autonomous aircraft in the vein of ride-hailing companies like Uber and Lyft would see customers make journeys of up to ten miles for approximately $20, according to Motherboard.
Before bringing its multi-rotor, self-stabilizing passenger drone to the commercial transportation market however, Chasen believes that the first step is to leverage LIFT’s aircraft for recreational flight.
"Multi-seat eVTOL air taxis, especially those that are designed to transition to wingborne flight, are probably 10 years away and will require new regulations and significant advances in battery technology to be practical and safe”, Chasen says.
The first step for the Texas startup is to open up LIFT locations, where anyone over the age of 18, under 6’5ft and 250lbs, will be able to rent aircraft for scenic flights around scenic and uncongested areas near major metro areas, tourist destinations and entertainment hubs.
Chasen says: "Flying is probably the oldest and most enduring of human aspirations. Personal aviation is available today but it's only accessible to the lucky few with the money, time and skill to get the extensive training needed to fly traditional aircraft. At LIFT, we're making flying so simple, safe and inexpensive that anyone can do it with very little skill or special training. We're truly consumerizing flying for the first time in history".
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.