May 19, 2020

Massachusetts named the most innovative US state for 2018

Pouyan Broukhim
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Massachusetts named the most innovative US state for 2018

Massachusetts has been the most innovative state in WalletHub’s latest report, 2018’s Most & Least Innovative States.

The report uses 22 key metrics including Research and development (R&D) spending per capita, the projects STEM job demand by 2020 and each state’s share of technology companies to rank the states, with Maryland and Washington rounding off the top three.

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Each metric was graded on a 100-point scale, with Massachusetts being the only state with a score about 70 at 73.04, whilst Mississippi was named the least innovative state with a score of just 19.32.

Massachusetts’ advancements in innovation has also had a positive impact on its business operations, with the state having risen 10 places from 20th to 10th on CNBC’s top states for business in 2017 ranking.

The US is ranked fourth on the Global Innovation Index due to its forecast R&D spending set to reach an estimated $553bn, accounting for 25% of the world’s total spending in this area.

Placing fourth, the US is behind Switzerland, Sweden, and the Netherlands who make up the top three spots of the Global Innovation Index, whilst the UK rounds off the top five.

For more information into either of these studies, see the full 2018’s Most & Least Innovative States and Global Innovation Index rankings.

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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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