May 19, 2020

Textbook Execs Watch Out: PDF's Ready to Replace Books

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Textbook Execs Watch Out: PDF's Ready to Replace Books


Textbook executives better watch out, PDF’s are becoming more popular and preferred not only in the education field but by also by the students themselves.  Since regular textbooks cost $300-$400 while PDF replacements cost at least 50 per cent less (and are sometimes free), it’s not really a surprise that textbooks might be on their way out.

A new survey by Kelton Research has found that 73 per cent of students are willing to give up dating or even sex in exchange for never having to carry textbooks again. Since the typical textbook weighs around 5 pounds and each class requires one, taking five courses really adds up in weight.

PDFs are starting to be viewed as superior alternative teaching tools.  Even more, if students view them through the free PDF reader offered by  NitroPDF , they can to take notes, copy text, and search for important facts within the PDF file.

Additionally, PDFs are a greener technology. Environmental consulting firm Cleantech has concluded that the typical book generates almost 17 pounds of carbon dioxide equivalents and textbooks generate approximately double.



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NitroPDF understands the cost effectiveness of using PDFs as a teaching tool and therefore, has a few tips on how to cut college costs using the technology:

1.     Digitize note-taking with PDF

More students than ever before are working with PDF files thanks to professors and faculties who issue electronic excerpts from books, course notes, and more. A growing number of college textbooks are also being made available for electronic purchase – often at half the price of their physical counterparts – enabling students to take notes faster, search them more easily, and access all of their coursework and materials from the convenience of a laptop or USB drive.

2.     Carry less on campus by going paperless

Avoid lugging heavy books around and scan paper to PDF using Optical Character Recognition (OCR) to create easily archived, searched, and edited documents you can reference all semester long.

3.     Easily repurpose text and images

When referencing a quote or paragraph, don’t spend time re-typing an entire passage – simply extract the text electronically and copy-and-paste what you need – even snapshot images or charts for easy repurposing.

4.     Store your school materials in the cloud

Nitro Reader’s Evernote integration makes storing and accessing your coursework easy – and free. Save PDF files directly to your Evernote account to access them from anywhere, and easily share them with others.

5.     Take group project collaboration online

Group assignments are a fixture of college – they can also be incredibly frustrating. Collaborating electronically saves time otherwise spent trying to balance multiple schedules and contributions and allows all members to be involved regardless of time or place. It even makes it harder for that one slacker in the group to fly under the radar.

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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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