May 19, 2020

TripAdvisor readying launch of one-stop social travel feed

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erptre fusion
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TripAdvisor readying launch of one-stop social travel feed
TripAdvisor has announced a new website and mobile experience that repurposes its content into a personalised social feed
 
Currently the world’s largest travel-based website, TripAdvisor houses over 661mn reviews and opinions on travel destinations, from tourist sites and tours to hotels and restaurants.
 
Steve Kaufer, CEO and co-founder of TripAdvisor, said in a live-streamed presentation video that the social feed will enable users to find recommendations and content that is relevant to their interests.
 
Users will be able to create “Trips” which can be “in-depth travel guides, itineraries or simple wish lists of things to do while traveling”, according to the firm’s press release.
 
“Trips can be made private and saved for personal use or shared with the community to inspire and help others”.
 
Users will be able to connect with “brands, social media influencers, publishers and friends”, thereby streamlining TripAdvisor’s wealth of information into personal and relevant content that will help users make the most of their trips.
 
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TripAdvisor says that this will be the first platform of its kind, and hopes it will revolutionize the manner in which people plan their excursions.
 
“The new TripAdvisor is the one travel site that brings together social-assistive tools, amazing content and our existing booking capabilities to merge the joy of planning and discovery together into a single experience,” Kaufer said.
 
Currently in beta, the platform already has “over 500 Launch Partners”, including National Geographic, Business Insider, the Travel Channel, and GoPro.
 

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Jun 18, 2021

Intelliwave SiteSense boosts APTIM material tracking

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Intelliwave
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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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