There's an Indian parable about several blind men who encounter an elephant -- it is surprisingly relevant to how we should approach data.
A hybrid multi-crop greenhouse dryer to preserve post-harvest fruit, grains and vegetables is one of eight finalists across two categories in the Innovate for Impact: Siemens Design Challenge co-sponsored by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. The challenge drew more than 220 entries from 34 countries, all with the goal of ending hunger and providing universal access to clean water.
Massive erosion occurred recently when Hurricane Isaias struck Cherry Grove Beach in North Myrtle Beach, S.C. Paul Gayes, executive director of Coastal Carolina University's Burroughs & Chapin Center for Marine and Wetland Studies, said it will take weeks or months for the beach to build back up, although the winter months will interrupt that process.
A crane was used to place two precast concrete bridges in California's Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area in a bid to improve wetland management and provide more habitat. The bridges replace pipes that were often blocked by debris.
Lake Michigan's rising waters are proving to be a challenge for the Chicago area's North Shore communities. Residents and communities have been hiring engineers to find solutions that may be able to prevent further shoreline recession and landslides.
The city of Williamsport, Pa., is working with the Williamsport Sanitary Authority and Loyalsock Township supervisors to find ways to clean up area waters that enter Chesapeake Bay. Specialists have been hired to draw up a plan to reduce nutrients and pollution in waterways in accordance with state guidelines.
Lands and waterways around the world that are protected to preserve ecosystems may be endangered by plans to build more than 500 dams, according to a World Wildlife Fund report. Dams hurt native freshwater ecosystems while interfering with natural sediment flows and species migration, the WWF says.
Unnecessary maintenance mires engineers in "a backlog of tasks that are not necessarily helping to increase the availability and reliability of your system," writes Victor Borges. The answer is a risk-based strategy that can "prioritize the most critical activities based on engineering evidence," Borges writes.
Distribution and fulfillment operations have not embraced predictive maintenance as quickly as other industrial sectors, but could reap the same improvements in cost, efficiency and uptime, writes Eric Rice. The same sensor monitoring and data analysis procedures that are used in industrial settings can be implemented by many distribution and fulfillment firms, Rice writes.