May 19, 2020

Orbital Research recognised for SATCOM tech innovation

Orbital Research
SATCOM
tech innovation
Rocket Research
Knackles
2 min
Orbital Research recognised for SATCOM tech innovation

Burnaby, BC-based Orbital Research has been recognised for its industry-leading products by featuring on the 2020 Ready to Rocket list.

A programme seeking to highlight the top tech contributors in the British Columbia market, the prestigious list identified Orbital’s exceptional growth potential and industry expertise, particularly its high-performance frequency conversion products for the SATCOM (satellite communications) sector. 

Commenting on Orbital’s inclusion, Reg Nordman, Managing Partner at Rocket, said, "When we choose the Ready to Rocket companies, we are looking for those companies that have best matched technical innovation with market opportunity.

“Orbital Research is an excellent example of the right technology for the right customers at the right time."

Serving the global market

Orbital was founded in 2003 by a team of highly experienced engineers, which led to the creation of a range of products, including LNBs (low-noise block downconverters), BDCs (block downconverters), oscillators and more. 

The result of their combined expertise and industry knowledge has been a superior product capable of withstanding extremes of temperature and atmospheric conditions. As such, they have received widespread adoption in military, aeronautic, media and satellite applications.

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The diversity of Orbital’s products has been emphasised by the support they have provided to emergency workers and the army during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Recognising success

Other companies included on Rocket’s diverse ICT list (the category which Orbital was placed) include Envisio, Freightera and Procurify.

The latter, a software company looking to refine the procurement process and make it easier for operators, raised $30mn in its Series B funding last year to expand its business internationally. 

“The way organizations are managing their spend has evolved and changed throughout the years, and the landscape of business tools need to keep up with that evolution,” commented Aman Mann, co-founder and CEO, in an article with GeekWire.

“We are so grateful to embrace the next stage of Procurify, and to have some of the top investors and leaders in U.S and Canada believe and support our mission of reinventing the way organizations spend, to transform the Spend Cultures of businesses around the world for the better.”

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Jun 18, 2021

Intelliwave SiteSense boosts APTIM material tracking

APTIM
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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