Tuesday, July 28, 2015

The Rise of the Administrative State




If big auto hadn't crawled in bed with big government and begged for big regulations we'd all be flying like the Jetsons! Keep that lesson in mind as the construction industry slowly enters the 21st Century.

Glenn Reynolds, the author of the Instapundit Blog who teaches law at the University of Tennessee embraces that vision. His most recent article in the USA Today fleshes the regulation = opportunity for graft argument in more detail.

On Twitter, the other day, someone tweeted a quote from Will Spencer:  “When life gives you lemons, apply for a business license, a food service license, and a sales tax license and make lemonade.”
This cynical-but-realistic statement drew a reply in the same vein from Tennessee Sen. Frank Niceley: “Then hire a lobbyist to make lemonade consumption mandatory and subsidize it.”  Another cynic responded: “You then also need to require government approval to open new lemonade stands.”  And the final word in this little colloquy was: “Then lobby again for regulations you can handle, but will bury your competition.”


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Monday, July 27, 2015

Nanotech Update - New Super Fiber




Carbon nanotubes continue to amaze as building blocks in the nanotech revolution. While applying such advances in the construction environment may take years, the possibilities intrigue.

Researchers at UT-Dallas developed a super fiber consisting of a rubber core surrounded by carbon nanotubes that stretches 14 times its length and experiences no decrease in conductivity when stretched. Very interesting stuff.

Read more at the link below or click the video for a visual tour.




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Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Ethereum to Host Future BIM Applications?




Ethereum, a blockchain platform modeled after Bitcoin, purports to enable miners operating on the platform to run any piece of software they want. While the scope, nature and purpose of Bitcoin is very precise, the creators of Ethereum envision a bold new internet that is more secure and less susceptible to control by others than the current architecture of the internet. The idea behind it to build entire distributed software platforms available globally that are as secure as the blockchains that underpin Bitcoin, but with exponentially more flexibility.

Very interesting stuff that will impact everything if it succeeds.

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Monday, July 13, 2015

1,000 Year Old Recipe for Neosporn Kills Super Bugs!




The article linked below details the discovery. The video provides even more information.  Great stuff.



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Saturday, July 11, 2015

Augmented Maintenance Manuals




As the information age matures and the knowledge economy grows the use of augmented reality rises too. The article linked below describes the use of augmented reality replaces traditional how to manuals. While augmented reality remains a bit futuristic, the rise of DYI and how to videos on Youtube provides a peek into the future.

From changing your oil to tiling your bathroom to the proper procedures for completing a root canal, virtually any task can be googled and observed on Youtube. Again, in the emerging knowledge economy augmented reality represents the next generation in maintenance, especially maintenance of critical complex systems and components thereof in equally critical facilities.

 

Welcome to the revolution my friends!

A GE engineer explained how the company is investigating the use of AR to install "Christmas trees" on oil and gas rigs.

To elaborate on how GE is using augmented reality in oil and gas, Nunes explained that frequently offshore oil and gas workers are called upon to install "Christmas trees," which are complex assemblies of pipes and valves used for a variety of purposes, including monitoring wells or injecting fluids into them. Owing to the wide range of functions, these are necessarily complex devices, and their installation can take more than a hundred hours under ideal conditions. 
Currently, explained Nunes, the installation and servicing of a Christmas tree is done using paper manuals and checklists, and GE is aiming to change that by making things electronic and interactive. The interactive field maintenance manual concept is a multi-pronged beast, with a front end in the field and a back end that contains a tremendous variety of hardware and which can be continually updated as new equipment enters the field or new procedures are devised.
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Tuesday, July 7, 2015

A Blow for Economic Freedom?




The Texas Supreme Court struck a blow for economic freedom in the case styled Patel v. Texas Department of Licensing & Reg.. In that case the court struck down a licensing requirement for "eyebrow threaders" that required them to undergo 750 hours of training (that's over three months at 8 hours a day) to earn a license. 

Rejecting the highly deferential rational basis test used by the US Supreme Court to clear the way for all manner of ridiculous regulations, the Texas Supreme Court held that the Texas Constitution limits the legislature's power and ruled that if “the statute’s effect as a whole is so unreasonably burdensome that it becomes oppressive in relation to the underlying governmental interest” — focusing on its “actual, real-world effect” — the law is unconstitutional. While hardly libertarian in nature the ruling is a crack in the awful wall of the administrative state the we suffer under.

Licensing rules and regulations, written by the lobbyists for industry clients seeking to shield themselves from competition, punish poor people who lack access to capital, increase the cost of licensed services and impede innovation. Lawyers, accountants, brokers, insurance agents and construction professionals all benefit from licensing schemes intended to "protect the public" but which, too often, just increase costs and create monopolies.

The administrative state is eating our country and freedom alive. It's time to stand up against it and this appears to be one small step in the right direction.


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Wednesday, July 1, 2015

The Thigh Master of Urban Planning: The Street Car




Nothings says 21st Century like a little 19th Century technology!


The street car here in Cincinnati is a giant money sucking pit that can never be self funding.  All the green programs hurt the poor by driving costs higher and wasting resources. It's sad. 

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Monday, June 29, 2015

New Generation 3D Printer!




The Ted Talk linked below explains how the latest generation of 3D printers will work.  The technology described is truly revolutionary. The speaker contends the new generation printer is 25X to 100X faster than traditional 3D printers.

Further, the process eliminates weak links in the printed objects, vastly expands the universe of materials that can be printed and establishes a solid digital thread running from design through prototyping all the way to manufacturing.

As the speaker contends, several times in the presentation the process is a real game changer.  And ya'll know how much I love a great game changer. 

Check out the video and let me know how you think we might leverage this new 3D Printer technology in construction. No reason to let manufacturing have all the fun!


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Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Nanotech & Photosynthesis




My oldest daughter once suggested connecting all the roots of a field of corn to the electric grid and harvesting the suns energy. It looks like she and the rest of the millennials may have been onto something!

Researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, say that by combining nanoscale materials with bacteria, they have opened the door to a new way of designing systems that could efficiently turn carbon dioxide, water, and sunlight into useful organic compounds—similar to what plants do through photosynthesis. Down the road, they say, the system could become a commercially viable way to produce high-value chemicals like drug precursors used by the pharmaceutical industry, or to store renewable energy in the form of liquid fuels.



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Friday, May 8, 2015

Precision GPS Now Affordable




A team of engineers working out of the University of Texas recently developed a software program that enables the GPS antenna in a regular cell phone to accurately determine its location down to the centimeter.
Centimeter-accurate GPS systems aren’t new. They’ve been used for 20 years in agriculture and surveying. Experimental self-driving cars like the one being developed by Google also rely on them. But these systems use fancy, dinner plate-sized antennas that can cost anywhere from $1,000 to over $3,000 with receivers that are even pricier, Humphreys says. “If we want to see autonomous or even semi-autonomous vehicles go mainstream, we need a cheap way to provide centimeter or decimeter-scale accuracy.”
Advances in this arena, like others on the technology front and those in the lean construction environment, provide hope that the AEC industry can compete in the knowledge economy on a global scale.


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