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Motivators for Smart Buildings

2018-09-29T05:35:24+00:00September 28th, 2018|Categories: Engineering|Tags: |

If you think the appetite for smart buildings is limited, you might want to reconsider your position. Thanks to a rapidly growing urban population and increased environmental regulation, operational efficiency is getting more attention. The Internet of Things (IoT) and other advances in technology are key enablers of this efficiency. Gartner research shows IoT can [...]

Small Satellite Constellations Needed for U.S. ISR Architecture

2018-10-28T01:56:30+00:00April 19th, 2018|Categories: Engineering|Tags: |

Should the Pentagon invest in small satellite constellations for the United States to remain a military superpower? The Center for a New American Security (CNAS), a Washington think tank, believes it should. In a recent report, the think tank warns that the spread of advanced technologies has allowed state competitors to challenge U.S. military advantages [...]

Self-Driving Cars of GM, Uber, Lyft and Waymo

2018-09-06T03:44:26+00:00December 28th, 2017|Categories: Engineering|Tags: |

How soon will self-driving cars impact how you get to work and your home from a night on the town? Automakers, ride-sharing firms and tech startups are forging loose alliances in an effort to advance self-driving technology and claim a piece of what is expected to be a multi-billion-dollar business. General Motors (GM) plans to have [...]

Building Construction with 3D Printing

2018-09-06T03:51:46+00:00August 17th, 2017|Categories: Engineering|Tags: |

Since 3D printing is being used for applications in a variety of industries, how feasible is it for the construction industry? If you ask researchers at MIT, they are likely to tell you 3D printing has immense potential for the construction industry. MIT researchers have designed a system that can 3D print the structure of [...]

IoT Fits in Aerospace

2018-09-07T05:06:20+00:00May 18th, 2017|Categories: Engineering|Tags: |

How well does IoT fit in the aerospace industry? IoT is a natural fit according to Intelligent Aerospace. The aerospace industry depends on the use of sensors and handheld devices as well as connected electronics systems focused on network-centric data capture, communication and storage. These are prime enablers for IoT. In fact, aerospace organizations who [...]

What is the Real Impact of Automation?

2018-09-07T05:14:29+00:00March 16th, 2017|Categories: Engineering|Tags: |

With all of the recent advancements in automation whether due to robots or computerization/artificial intelligence, how will the workforce be affected? There seems to be a difference in opinion depending upon whose research you consider and how the research was conducted. For example, some research uses an occupation-based approach to gauge impact while others use an [...]

The Appetite for Electric Vehicles

2018-09-09T04:30:57+00:00January 26th, 2017|Categories: Engineering|Tags: |

Is the momentum of electric vehicles (EV) increasing or leveling off in the automotive world? The following events should provide an indication. Jaguar introduced its first all-electric vehicle. Jaguar said its new concept, the I-PACE, is expected to deliver 516lb-ft of instant torque, 400 HP and 0‑60 mph in around 4 seconds. Tesla entered into [...]

World’s Largest Solar Energy Project Targets Nevada

2018-09-09T04:47:56+00:00October 20th, 2016|Categories: Engineering|Tags: |

What type of progress is being made in solar plants? Ask SolarReserve LLC, a privately-owned energy company in California. According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, the Santa Monica-based organization announced plans this month to build the world’s largest solar energy facility in Nevada. It is a $5 billion concentrating solar power (CSP) plant which gathers and [...]

Space Taxi Progress at SpaceX and Boeing

2018-09-10T04:24:33+00:00August 19th, 2016|Categories: Engineering|Tags: |

Two NASA astronauts just completed a six-hour spacewalk outside the International Space Station (ISS) to install a parking spot for upcoming commercial space taxis, which will end U.S. reliance on Russia for rides to the orbiting outpost, according to Reuters. Since grounding the shuttle fleet in 2011, the United States has been dependent on Russia [...]

Volkswagen Joining Tesla in Electric Vehicle Market

2018-09-10T04:52:21+00:00July 21st, 2016|Categories: Engineering|Tags: |

In order to help recover from its diesel emissions difficulties and focus more on faster-growing market segments, Volkswagen is shifting its focus to include electric vehicles and autonomous driving. Volkswagen’s forecasts suggest that electric vehicle sales will be between two and three million units in 2025, equivalent to between 20 percent and 25 percent of [...]