May 19, 2020

SpaceX set to announce first passenger to the moon

Elon Musk
big falcon rocket
gwynne shotwell
erptre fusion
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SpaceX set to announce first passenger to the moon
SpaceX announced via Twitter on 13 September that it has officially signed its first private passenger for a trip to the moon on its Big Falcon Rocket (BFR)
The announcement marks “an important step toward enabling access for everyday people who dream of traveling to space”, the tweet read.
Elon Musk’s aerospace company will name the passenger on 17 September.
Its in-development BFR is one of two rockets that SpaceX has been working on, although Musk announced earlier this year that the company’s focus is now firmly on the BFR as its commercial rocket.
The Falcon Heavy, SpaceX’s other spaceship system, was debuted as the world’s most powerful operational launch vehicle shortly before Musk announced the company’s shift in focus.
In 2017 it was announced that two unnamed people had signed a deal to take a trip to the moon aboard the Falcon Heavy, although SpaceX has not released the financial details of the deal or the identities of its would-be passengers.
CNN Tech reported Musk as having said, “You could send people back to the Moon [on the Falcon Heavy]”.
“But I wouldn’t recommend doing that, because I think the new architecture, the BFR architecture, is the way to go”.
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Any commercial rocket produced by SpaceX is still likely to be many years from its maiden flight.
Musk himself, “known for highlight optimistic timelines” according to CNN, set an ambitious timeframe for the company’s testing phase.
He reportedly said that the spaceship element of the BFR would begin tests in 2019 with a full system launch in 2022.
SpaceX’s COO, Gwyne Shotwell, gave a more open timeframe of “within a decade”.

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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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