Will Uber Drive On? Canada's Debacle with the Famous Driving Service
Drivers, start your engines—the race is on! Whether or not you’ve actually experienced the convenience of an Uber, you’re most likely familiar with the famous car service. Headquartered in San Francisco, the company has expanded throughout the years, currently available in 55 countries and 200 cities—including Canada. Are you going to hit the brakes or step on the gas?
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While Toronto Mayor John Tory is completely for Uber and has even defended the company, the service has been forced to end its journey in both Vancouver and Calgary. The general census of municipal governments across Canada seems to be that Uber is not only operating illegally, but also putting its passengers in danger. And while the services of Uber may not be covered under the insurance plans that protect taxi rides, the car service considers itself to be a technology company instead of a transportation one. This opinion is due to the fact that consumers have to use an app from a smart phone in order to get picked up.
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Uber still has high hopes for expanding their services to other Canadian cities. The company is currently available for use in Edmonton, Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, Quebec City and Halifax—but it’s just the start.
Jeff Weshler, the general manager of Uber Canada has stated, “Uber wants to be everywhere and we are constantly evaluating new opportunities.” As well, the company does plan on attempting to resolve any issues that are currently prominent before expanding.
Since its start, Uber has proven to be quite profitable. The car service company was recently estimated at being worth $40 billion by Wall Street investors.
So while some may have grievances towards the company, it’s quite clear that plenty of others are having no problem at all hitching a ride!
Intelliwave SiteSense boosts APTIM material tracking
“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.