On Homes and Cars and Jets and Supermarkets

first_imgHome building has undergone dramatic changes since the early 20th century. Houses used to be assembled from a relatively small number of different components—wood, brick, plaster, tile, pipe—and not too much else. In fact, many homes didn’t have indoor plumbing or wiring through much of the first half of the 20th century. They weren’t very efficient, but they were durable and low maintenance. We went through a major learning curve as insulation and air sealing improved faster than moisture control, trapping moisture within wall cavities, causing mold, rot, and a host of other problems leading to building failures and occupant health issues.Homes today are so much more complex that we must carefully engineer them and aggressively manage the process to assure that each element is designed and installed properly. Homes also require regular maintenance and repair in order to remain healthy and efficient throughout their lives, not unlike other complex products such as jets, cars, and even appliances.We build like we shop, but worseUnfortunately, homes are rarely given the attention they deserve in either the design or construction process. We build and remodel them like we’re shopping for dinner without knowing what we are planning to cook. Walking down the aisles of the supermarket (or, in this case, maybe The Home Depot, Lowe’s, or the local lumberyard), we throw the different things we want in our basket. We pick a style, regardless of whether or not it is appropriate for our climate, then we add in some features like a garden tub or a skylight. Finally, we wrap it up with the finishes—tile, carpet, cabinets, floors, and maybe some fancy hardware.A defective processBe they a builder, remodeler, or homeowner, everyone goes through this process in some form or another. The project is designed by a professional, or just someone who likes to draw, or scratched out on a piece of scrap drywall, or by, my favorite, what I like to call “arm wavers.” They walk around the house and wave at this and that, explaining (clearly, they think ) what they want. This particular habit is not limited to homeowners. I have experienced it with the occasional (but rare) design professional who is either lazy or incapable of putting ideas on paper. Once the design is finished, it is handed off to a contractor, who hires subcontractors, who in turn hire employees to do the actual work. Vendors are contacted for advice and pricing on the hundreds of products to go into the house. Many of the links in this long chain of people involved may have little or no training or experience in the work they are assigned to do.With much of home building and renovation reduced to a commodity sold for the lowest price, there is little incentive or time available for quality control during the process. Careful details that add to the efficiency and durability of the structure, even if they were considered at the design stage, are rarely inspected and, more often than not, are installed incorrectly.Finished or abandoned, then ignoredOnce homes are finished, the regular maintenance that they need and deserve is often neglected. How many homeowners know how to change the HVAC filter, if they even know what it is or where to find it? Jets and cars have maintenance and repair manuals and are serviced on a regular basis by professionals so that they have a long, efficient life. Green building programs either require or offer incentives to contractors for providing homeowner manuals, which, while a good start, are subject to being ignored by the owners, who often avoid regular maintenance and repairs until they become critical problems. We can blame some of this on our “disposable” society. There are few products that we own these days that are worth repairing. It is cheaper to go out and just buy new, even if you can find someone who can repair something for you.Homes are sophisticated machinesWe need to start treating our buildings like the sophisticated machines that they are. Trained, experienced professionals from all disciplines must be involved throughout the process. Assumptions must be questioned and issues resolved through the design phase instead of leaving critical details for the last (and often least-skilled) person to figure out. If we built and maintained our jets, cars, or appliances like we build houses, they would not work efficiently; heck, they probably wouldn’t work at all.last_img read more

For real industrial internet insight: don’t just capture data, use it

first_imgIt’s not about more data, but more effective use of dataOur approach at GE has been to create an Industrial Internet Controls System (IICS) that reliably, safely and securely connects thousands of machines at scale to the power of the cloud and brings computing to the edge in the plant and at the machine. IICS is designed as an out-of-the-box bridge for industrial assets to the full computing power of GE’s Predix platform, which we built as an operating system specifically for industry. The system consists of a flexible combination of intelligent controllers, I/O modules, secure cloud connectivity, advanced analytics software, and apps. For example, connected controls could enable an app running a turbine to check the price of electricity and adjust speed when the price was at an optimal level. A traditional control would have run the machine at a predetermined speed with no knowledge of outside factors that drive profitability, but the new paradigm creates greater efficiency by optimizing operations based on analysis of dynamic external factors.Another example would be a gas-fired power plant. Industrial Internet automated controls can canvass the information on the performance and operating conditions of every single machine in the plant, as well as market conditions such as costs, pricing, supply from other electricity sources and demand response. They know if the power supply from wind farms and solar photovoltaic sources is surging or ebbing and whether demand is high or low. They can forecast pricing and the additional revenue that would accrue from stepping up production and set it against the cost regarding wear and tear of parts and future maintenance expense. They can do this with the utmost precision because digital twin models provide precise information on the health and performance of every asset in the plant.This new-generation nervous system for industry goes beyond Big Data by allowing the best allocation of data processing between the cloud and the edge based on the speed of response and precision of insights. It also enables different industrial assets to talk together and design optimal coordinated responses, and it combines data and forecasts about machines, the physical environment, and the economic environment. The benefits to industrial companies and their customers are substantial: a shift to predictive maintenance, sharp reductions in malfunctions and unplanned downtime, greater efficiency, productivity, and reliability, lower costs and higher revenues. The extent of these benefits, and the speed at which they can accrue depends crucially on the efficiency of the Industrial Internet controls system.The author is president and CEO of GE Automation & Controls Tags:#featured#GE#IIoT#industrial internet controls#Industrial Internet of Things#Internet of Things#IoT#top 5 Industries Destined for Technological Disruption Industrial operators already have mountains of data and its only getter bigger. A recent report by GE and Accenture found that for 80 to 90 percent of companies, Big Data analytics is among the top three priorities, and 76 percent expect their investment to increase over the next year. Data holds powerful answers for industries across the spectrum — from energy to health care to transportation and beyond — to increase productivity, improve the customer experience and open doors to new technologies and revenue streams.To get there, we need more than just data collection. Industry needs to be able to use data better and faster for smarter operating decisions, which is the promise of the Industrial Internet of Things. The pathway to this next stage of industrial productivity is through the individual machines from wind turbines to MRI machines to turbines, and more specifically through their control devices.The industrial internet is like a human bodyA functioning and connected nervous system play the key role in allowing us to operate efficiently by responding to our environment extremely fast, even unthinkingly. In this analogy, machine controls are the nervous system of the Industrial Internet. Traditional control systems, however, are woefully inadequate for realizing the full potential of the Industrial Internet. Traditional controls operate on a simple closed loop, act on a fixed schedule or respond to a very limited set of environmental data. They are self-contained, with limited or no interaction with other industrial systems. Currently, companies with traditional control systems can only utilize about three percent of data from industrial assets. Think about that: Just three percent.The next wave of industrial productivity growth will come from turning that data into automated operational decisions driven by machine analytics. We need controls at the machine level to be not just smart, as in collecting and processing data locally, but to be connected. Connected controls can utilize the reams of local data by funneling it through the analytical and computing power of the cloud and back down with specific decisions, in real time. They need to do this in addition to performing the same reliable, deterministic control that we all rely upon. Jim Walsh The Ultimate Checklist on Ways to Prevent IoT D… How IoT Will Transform Cold Chain Logistics For… Related Posts Electronic Design is Utilizing AI-Enabled Solu…last_img read more

Bihar prepares new roadmap to woo tourists

first_imgIdentifying around 900 tourism sites, the Bihar government is preparing a new road map to woo tourists from across the world. The new roadmap is likely to be approved by the end of this month or the first week of June.The state government had earlier asked all district magistrates of the State to identify spots in their respective jurisdiction to be developed as potential tourist attractions and send a detailed report to the headquarters. According to state tourism department officials, DMs of all 38 districts have sent their reports under which around 900 such spots have been identified which could be developed as tourist places. These places broadly fall into Buddhist, Jain, Sikh, Gandhi and Ramayan Circuit of the state.“We’ve received details from the district magistrates identifying the potential tourist spots…we’ll first inspect those sites in view of their tourist potential before giving final shape to the roadmap for approval…besides, Buddha and Jain circuit spots, the state has huge potential for other tourism sectors too”, State Tourism Minister Anita Devi said. The MPs, MLAs, and local representatives too have suggested potential spots in their constituencies which could be developed as tourist attractions. “The idea is that visiting tourists should stay in the State for a longer time…it will boost the state’s economy as well”, said a department official. A group of four companies, he said, have been given the task of preparing the roadmap. Meanwhile, the State tourism department has also geared up to showcase major tourist destinations of Bihar at an event organized by the Indo-American Chamber of Commerce in Calcutta on Friday. Besides highlighting the Buddhist and other heritage tourist spots to the visiting dignitaries at the event, the department officials would also showcase the successful celebration of the recently held 350th Prakash Parv in which Sikh devotees from around the world had visited Patna and enjoyed the festival. Earlier, the annual event of Kalchakra Puja too was successfully organized at Bodh Gaya in which lakhs of Buddhist pilgrims from around the world participated.Bihar stands at eighth position as far as foreign tourist footfalls are concerned. Patna, Gaya, Bodh Gaya, Rajgir, Vaishali, Nalanda and Banka are major destinations. Last year, over 10 lakh foreign tourists had visited Bihar while in 2015 their number was a little over 9 lakh. “The number of foreign tourists in the state has been increasing consistently from the last five years and now we want to increase it further”, said the official. When asked whether prohibition has any impact on the flow of foreign tourists in the state, the official quipped, “official figure doesn’t suggest that”.last_img read more

West Bengal Assembly bypolls: Over 75% polling recorded

first_imgMore than 75% of the 7 lakh electorate on Monday cast votes in the bypolls to the three Assembly seats in West Bengal, amid allegations that Trinamool Congress activists orchestrated an attack on the BJP candidate from Karimpur segment, Joy Prakash Majumdar.The turnout was 77.17% in Kaliaganj, 67.62% in Kharagpur Sadar and 81.23% in Karimpur. Video footage aired by local television channels showed that a group of people surrounded Mr. Majumdar, staged a demonstration, and then started slapping and punching him before pushing him into the nearby bushes.  The BJP candidate blamed the Trinamool for the attack and alleged that West Bengal’s ruling party was trying to “murder democracy”. ‘Attempt to murder’West Bengal BJP president Dilip Ghosh called it an “attempt to murder” the party candidate and said the Trinamool was looking at an imminent defeat.The Trinamool leadership said the BJP leader was trying to garner sympathy. “This was a planned act to garner sympathy from the people,” Trinamool Congress secretary general and State Minister Partha Chatterjee said.In another incident at Kaliaganj, BJP candidate Kamal Chandra Sarkar was seen helping his wife cast her vote. The presiding officer of the polling booth was removed after the incident. In Kharagpur Sadar’s booth number 140, the BJP agent complained that the Electronic Voting Machine was strategically placed beside a mirror wall.Over 7.34 lakh voters were eligible to vote in 801 polling stations. Voters had to choose their representatives from among 18 candidates, including three women.Vacant seatsThe polls at Kharagpur Sadar and Karimganj were necessitated after the MLAs from the respective seats contested and won the 2019 Lok Sabha polls. Dilip Ghosh, BJP MLA from Kharagpur Sadar, was elected from the Medinipur Lok Sabha seat and Mahua Moitra, MLA from Karimpur, won the Krishnanagar seat in Nadia district. The seat in Uttar Dinajpur district in Kaliaganj had been vacant after the death of Congress MLA Pramath Nath Roy in May 2019.last_img read more

Bucks’ Sterling Brown arrested, tased over parking spat

first_imgMOST READ Brown, who is averaging 3.5 points per game and 1.8 rebounds this season, has received more minutes over the last couple weeks including two straight starts.“That’s working hard and the results are going to show. I’ve been getting more minutes and I’ve been taking advantage of that,” Brown said. “I don’t expect (anything) to change.” LeBron won’t tell All-Star order, jokes Westbrook last pick Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting LATEST STORIES Milwaukee Bucks’ Sterling Brown (23) chases down a loose ball during the first half of the team’s NBA basketball game against the Brooklyn Nets on Friday, Jan. 26, 2018, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps)MILWAUKEE — Police officers used a stun gun on Milwaukee Bucks rookie guard Sterling Brown and arrested the 22-year-old Friday after a confrontation at a Walgreens parking lot.Police Sgt. Timothy Gauerke says the department is investigating what happened and the officers’ use of force.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Read Nextcenter_img Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Gauerke says officers contacted a man after seeing a vehicle parked across two handicapped parking spots while doing a business check at about 2 a.m. Gauerke did not say what led to the officers’ use of force and it wasn’t immediately known whether Brown was cited for anything.“It’s a personal issue I’m dealing with right now. I know it’s being handled. I’d appreciate it if you all respect that right now,” Brown told reporters before the Bucks’ home game Friday night against Brooklyn.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutBrown had what appeared to be a bruise and scratches on the right side of his face.Asked if there could be any discipline for Brown from the team or NBA, coach Joe Prunty said “I truly believe. We support him in this. We believe it will be resolved quickly. We’ll move forward from it.” John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding View comments Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PHlast_img read more