Innovation News

Innovation News

Supply Chain Effect and How the Design Community Can Help

5 May, 2023 at 4:39

Have electronically commutated (EC) fans become the AEC industry’s toilet paper? There have been runs on the stores for two years now. People fortunate to get their hands on large EC fans are stocking up.…

Virtual Machines and High-Performance Computing

24 April, 2023 at 3:36

One innovation that is having an enormous impact on the A/E/C industry is the virtual machine. A virtual machine (VM) is essentially a software-based representation of a physical machine, but a VM can run its own operating systems (OS) and applications. Consequently, users can consolidate many small workloads onto fewer, more powerful machines.…

ChatGPT – Does it create value?

7 March, 2023 at 10:37

ChatGPT is both fun and horrifying at the same time. Some artificial intelligence leaders believe this is the start of a fundamental altering of our society/culture for the positive. They envision robots/computers doing everything and humans just enjoying themselves. Others believe this is the beginning of a War Games 2030 version in which AI takes…

Simplifying Digital Twins for Practical Use

11 January, 2023 at 1:35

Engineers have, by necessity, a practical nature. This stands in contrast to scientists, who focus on the complete understanding of a subject of interest. For example, scientists study the mating habits of constipated scorpions or the cognitive impact of video games on children. Engineers, in contrast, are focused on solutions that are practical, o…

Engineering Perspectives: “Optimizing” My Vacation

17 November, 2022 at 6:41

Twenty years ago when I went on vacation I would simply call a travel agent tell them where I was thinking of going and how much I could spend. Then, like magic, a vacation is planned. Of course, travel agents are still an option today, but now with the advent of travel websites and Yelp reviews, I can not resist the urge to spend weeks on planning…