Category Archives: Sector: Construction

Think outside the box – think cylindrical

Leiden has a new car park.  Both in its construction and design it is highly innovative – as this video explains. Advertisements

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How the IoT and AI can turn facilities management from a bug into a butterfly

Facilities management tends to be thought of as dull, unglamorous, and a chore, whereas the Internet of Things (IoT) and artificial intelligence (AI) are trendy, forward-looking, and exciting.  So you might think that never the twain shall meet – but … Continue reading

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Using sensors and analytics to predict and/or resolve problems

Short 3 minute video from IBM about “predictive maintenance”.  Actually it explains how sensors and analytics can be used to diagnose all kinds of problems so that they can be fixed, not just the maintenance of plant and machinery.

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Operations Insight: The Model Group

I’m always on the look out for companies or organisations that are out of the mainstream, often making things that you’ve never thought of before.  So it is with The Model Group, who are specialists in making scale models.  Is … Continue reading

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The IoT provides a data fest, but what to do with it all?

Apparently an oil rig has 30,000 sensors on it, but only 1% of these generate data that is analysed.  This is because most sensors are reporting, as frequently as every second, that the device or machinery being monitored is performing … Continue reading

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Carillion: an operations management perspective

Much has been, and will be, said about the collapse of Carillion, the UK’s second largest construction company and major provider of facilities management services to both the public and private sectors.  In this blog, I aim to specifically to … Continue reading

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IoT in the construction and real estate sector

This article discusses the concept of ‘smart building’.  The IoT enables different types of sensors to track features such as motion, pressure, light, temperature, and people flow and hence create a vast amount of data around building operations and the environment. … Continue reading

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It’s not just budget hotels being constructed from prefab modules

Budget hotels have been assembled from preconstructed modules for quite some time now, as have bathrooms installed into hotels.  But as this technology has become more sophisticated, more upmarket and boutique properties are being developed in this way .  For … Continue reading

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How to ‘grow’ houses rather than build them

Imagine a four ton solar-powered robot that can build houses out of the materials it finds around it… Science fiction? No, it exists – as this article explains.  MIT’s Mediated Matter Group have built a prototype, which they have called … Continue reading

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Loss control in the construction industry, but applicable to all sectors

I occasionally check to see what topics and/or industry sectors I’ve not blogged about recently – just to ensure the subject matter of our book is reflected in this blog.  That is how I came across this article on loss … Continue reading

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