AI Could Be the Engineer’s Friend

EE Times | June 11, 2019

Engineers may worry that artificial-intelligence and machine-learning algorithms will eventually replace them as circuit designers. A panel session on June 4 at the 2019 IEEE International Microwave Symposium held here tackled that touchy subject. The opinions were generally positive for engineers, but panelists acknowledged that AI/ML will change analog/RF engineering jobs but not necessarily replace engineers. No panelist would go so far to say that your job is 100% safe, but none felt that engineers will be able to totally coast on their expertise and intuition. Why? Because technology has changed many jobs over the years. Yes, technology destroys jobs, but it creates others. Only 2% of the U.S. population are farmers, and we have a population that loves to eat, said Hogan. You could say the same about manufacturing jobs. If you’ve been doing the same job for the last five years, you’re in trouble. AI will start with the bottom jobs. I interpret that to mean manufacturing rather than engineering or technician jobs.

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CTCI Helps Top Chipmaker TSMC Save Water With the Industry's First Industrial Wastewater Reclamation Plant for Chip Use

CTCI | September 19, 2022

Leading engineering, procurement, and construction group CTCI announced today the operation start-up of the TSMC Southern Taiwan Science Park Water Reclamation Plant, an industrial wastewater reclamation plant dedicated to supplying reclaimed water to the chip-making process through bio-treatment, ultra-filter, and reverse osmosis technologies. TSMC Southern Taiwan Science Park Water Reclamation Plant is the industry's first reclaimed water plant that uses innovative green technology to successfully regenerate industrial wastewater and reuse it in the semiconductor process, effectively alleviating stress on the local water supply and setting a precedent in the recycling of water resources. A ceremony marking the commencement of operations was held today, presided over by John T. Yu, CTCI Group Chairman. Notable attendees included Wei-che Huang, Mayor of Tainan City, and Arthur Chuang, Vice President of TSMC. "Utilizing reclaimed water as a water resource is becoming increasingly important in achieving global sustainable development,"We are pleased to have the opportunity to join forces with TSMC, which shares our commitment and vision in terms of sustainability, to bring that dream to reality. I believe this water reclamation plant has set a brand new milestone in terms of water reuse and waste reduction." -John T. Yu Chairman CTCI Group. TSMC practices green manufacturing, is deeply engaged in water resource risk management, and is committed to expanding diversified water resources, said TSMC Operations / Facility Vice President, Dr. Arthur Chang. The TSMC Southern Taiwan Science Park Water Reclamation Plant is an important milestone in global green technology innovation. Together with CTCI, we have developed technology to successfully regenerate industrial wastewater to meet the process cleanliness standard in order for it to be reused in semiconductor production. TSMC looks forward to attracting other industries to jointly support the use of reclaimed water in order to accelerate the development of related industries and technologies and realize a more sustainable future. CTCI was commissioned by Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) to design, build, own and operate the plant for the next 20 years, providing clean water for TSMC's chip-making business. The plant sources its influent from the wastewater generated from the chip-making process, as well as from the discharge of the science park's wastewater treatment plant. Currently, the plant can supply 5,000 tons of reclaimed water per day and will be able to supply up to 20,000 tons per day a year from now. Two other municipal wastewater reclamation plants, Yong-Kang and An-Ping, are being constructed and will join the initial plant, in stages, to supply additional reclaimed water. This is a major milestone for the water-intensive chip industry, as TSMC's fabs inside the Southern Taiwan Science Park (STSP) will now begin to receive at least 5,000 tons of reclaimed water per day and will receive 67,000 tons of reclaimed water per day by 2024, equivalent to 68% of the city water used by TSMC's fabs inside STSP in 2021. CTCI, which has extensive experience in industrial wastewater treatment, adopts advanced bio-treatment technology to significantly cut down the amount of energy required for and the sludge produced from traditional aeration bio-treatment. As a result, the plant has less pollution, less energy consumption, and better water quality. For the future expansion of the plant, CTCI aims to utilize the residual heat from a nearby energy-from-waste plant to heat up the wastewater generated from the plant itself, and to condense and collect the vaporized steam to produce another 16,000 tons of reclaimed water per day. About CTCI: CTCI (TWSE: 9933, TPEx: 5209, TPEx: 6803) is a global engineering services provider that offers a comprehensive range of services, products, and solutions. Since its founding in 1979, CTCI has strived to deliver the world's most reliable engineering, procurement, fabrication, construction, commissioning and project management services. Headquartered in Taipei, Taiwan, CTCI serves the hydrocarbon, petrochemical, power, environmental, transportation, advanced technology facilities, and industrial markets. The company is Taiwan's leading EPC services provider, with about 7,000 employees in around 40 operation bases spanning across more than 10 countries. It is a member of the Dow Jones Sustainability™ Emerging Markets Index.

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Intelliwave Technologies Releases Enhanced SiteSense® Integrations with Procore® Financials and Field Productivity Modules

PROCORE | September 12, 2022

Intelliwave Technologies, a global leader in providing digital solutions for construction materials management and tracking, is proud to announce a significant expansion of the integration available between SiteSense and Procore Technologies, a leading global provider of construction management software. This integration continues to strengthen the strategic partnership between SiteSense and Procore by providing additional value to mutual customers utilizing leading construction technology tools in one ecosystem. Intelliwave Technologies was formed in 2007 to increase "Time on Tools" for craft labor productivity and improve overall site safety in construction. The result was the creation of a revolutionary web and mobile-based software solution in one encompassing brand, SiteSense. SiteSense's integration with Procore's Directory, Financials, Quality and Safety and Field Productivity modules allows construction teams to effectively close the loop for vendor payment for commitments along with defect management, while tracking material, tools, assets, and equipment consumption from one project to another, with support from the existing directory from Procore during these transactions. This enhanced integration builds on SiteSense's previous integration releases with Procore to provide teams additional touchpoints to further connect the office to the field, driving project performance more effectively. SiteSense and Procore customers can now: Utilize Directory records during field transactions: Directory entries in Procore now sync to SiteSense as workers, crews, and jobs to assist with auto populating contact information, company names and e-mails but can also provide support scanning site badges for materials, tools, assets, and equipment handover transactions. Manage Delivery Defects with Observations: Defect tickets created during receiving of materials, tools, assets, and equipment transactions in SiteSense sync to Procore as Non-Conformance Observations to ensure the defect is reviewed and resolved with the vendor. Types of defects that can be logged in SiteSense include Unacceptable, Overage, Shortage and Damage (UOS&Ds). Support the 3-way match for Commitments: SiteSense Receiving Reports sync to Procore as Commitment Invoices to remove communication issues when closing the loop for jobsite deliveries of materials, tools, assets, and equipment to ensure trust with vendors and continued deliveries. Financial Consumption of Resources: SiteSense Issue Tickets for consumption of materials, tools, assets, equipment, and consumables sync to Procore as one of three options, Change Event, Time and Materials Ticket or Direct Cost to ensure cost is either re-captured through or properly allocated to a project budget that is consuming the goods. Advanced Project Mapping: Added support for 1-1, 1-many or many-1 Procore to SiteSense Projects to support custom Warehousing and Inventory Management use cases. Developer Managed Service Account Configuration: Upgraded set-up of the integration from legacy Service Accounts to the new Developer Managed Service Accounts (DMSA) that drastically reduces the time required to set-up the integration between SiteSense and Procore. The two-way integration between Intelliwave SiteSense and Procore provides considerable value to our shared clients, We look forward to providing new and prospective clients our enhanced best-in-class integration for inventory control, supply chain and materials management for all types and sizes of construction projects." -Dale Beard, CEO of Intelliwave. The SiteSense integration with Procore provides a connected network of leading construction technology tools that can help: Reduce administration costs by up to 10% Craft labor productivity improvement by up to 16% Reduce material bulk purchases by up to 40% "SiteSense by Intelliwave can help reduce data entry errors, transit time, and receipt capture for payment to vendors," said Micah Senen, partner manager at Procore. "The new enhancement to the integration reaffirms how vital SiteSense is for AEC companies looking to bridge the gap between their office and field teams and achieve maximum project performance. By syncing directory entries, defect tickets, and commitment invoices from Procore to SiteSense, we continue to achieve our mutual goal of connecting everything and everyone in construction." ABOUT INTELLIWAVE TECHNOLOGIES: Intelliwave Technologies provides the world's most comprehensive materials management digital solution for construction projects. 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Bectran’s Suite of Construction Job Sheet API Solutions will Further Support and Streamline Information

Bectran | November 11, 2022

Bectran, Inc., an industry leader providing cutting-edge credit, collections and accounts receivable automation software, has released a suite of API solutions to streamline the data transfer process between sales and credit departments when initiating or documenting construction job sheets, allowing for clearer oversight of information all in one central system. With this API suite, we have eliminated the need for sales professionals to leave their CRM in order to create, initiate, link or store construction job sheets in Bectran for the credit department’s review. These APIs will not require your sales team to have to learn a new system to keep work flowing from department to department. The enhanced construction job sheet APIs are designed to facilitate a simplified data transmission process between the Bectran platform and your current CRM, streamlining interdepartmental communication while maintaining consistent and accurate data. In the past, the construction job sheet initiation and documentation process involved the constant interchange of information between different applications, software or systems within the credit and sales teams. Companies without technology to supplement the data collection had it even worse, often requiring the manual input of data into multiple systems, which significantly heightened the probability of error. It was also an extremely time-intensive process, resulting in delays and, subsequently, dissatisfied customers. This combination of unhappy customers and overworked, burned-out teams only leads to further friction between departments and lost sales. More importantly, growing your company becomes nearly impossible because this redundant, repetitive, time-intensive process is difficult to maintain accurately at scale. That is precisely where Bectran identified a need for improved efficiency and established APIs so that sales teams no longer need to abandon your current CRM to initiate or store construction job sheets. Bectran makes it simple to capture existing project information and combine it with new data, all while remaining within your own CRM. These APIs can be called from the system that your sales team presently lives within for secure and instantaneous transmission of job data to the Bectran platform. “We recognized the need to have complete oversight of construction job sheet information in one system and the ever-present need for those processes to continue operating smoothly at scale. These APIs will improve the efficiency of your own existing workflow without having to become proficient in the intricacies of a new application.” -Louis Ifeguni, CEO of Bectran. Overall, these APIs will help facilitate more seamless interdepartmental communication while saving your teams time and resources to focus on more strategic business initiatives. The construction job sheet API suite is now available to our customers. To start using these APIs, please contact your product services specialist. About Bectran, Inc: Since its inception in 2010, Bectran has pioneered affordable credit management and accounts receivable automation solutions for all sizes of organizations. Bectran’s SaaS solutions — credit, collections and accounts receivable — provide seamless user experiences across various industries and empower users with robust credit evaluation services, putting you in control of your financial health. Our dedication to improving the efficiency of the order-to-cash cycle has helped companies cut down the time to process and approve credit by over 90% while significantly lowering the risk of default.

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