May 19, 2020

Private Firm Boasts Moon Missions For $1.5bn

NASA
Alan Stern
Gerry Griffin
Golden Spike
Bizclik Editor
2 min
Private Firm Boasts Moon Missions For $1.5bn

 

Golden Spike, a private firm founded by a team of former NASA executives has revealed it will be able to send people to the moon for a fee of $1.5bn. It will be able to offer countries two-man trips for either research or national prestige.

President at Golden Spike, Alan Stern said the company was in discussions with South Africa, South Korea and Japan among others. While it is quite clear that the United States will not be taking the firm up on its offer, since Barack Obama canceled its own NASA led return trip to the moon in recent years, Spike believes “It’s not about being first. It’s about joining the club,” and he wants to give other countries the opportunity to further research and development.

He also believes that Golden Spike will start where NASA left off and turn the missions into valuable commodities in the 2020s. The firm aims to launch its first mission by the end of the decade and is estimating it will carry out between 15 and 20 launches in total. The firm has revealed it will be buying existing rockets and capsules, meaning it will only need to develop new space suits and a lunar lander. 

Meet The Team

Golden Spike is made up of a number of notable space veterans, giving it more credibility than some of the other companies purporting to be launching space missions in the near future. 

The Board Chairman: Gerry Griffin, an ‘Apollo era’ flight director, who once headed the Johnson Space Centre is being supported by advisers including space shuttle veterans, Hollywood directors, the former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, the former UN ambassador Bill Richardson and the engineer-author Homer Hickam.

 

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Alan Stern during his time at NASA

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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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