Powerful waves in India's north Chennai sometimes top the seawalls built in some locations, causing flooding in seaside fishing hamlets. But this year, residents are likely to get relief with the construction of nine groynes, which should be finished next month.
Software selection, human nature and the common goals of maintenance and operations are among the factors companies consider when increasing commitment to a maintenance program.
Sheila Kennedy outlines how Covestro, Borealis, Mercer Celgar, Saudi Aramco, AGL Energy, Church & Dwight and Kaeser Compressors have approached prescriptive or predictive maintenance.
The first step in implementing a condition-based maintenance program should be determining which assets are most critical and what technology can best find their failure modes, writes Adrian Messer, manager of US operations at UE Systems. The plan should address both immediate monitoring needs and long-term goals, he writes.
Overall equipment effectiveness is optimized when there is benchmark data, and these data systems can also be helpful for the industrial internet of things, Swift Sensors CEO and President Sam Cece writes. "Once there's a database of sensor data to work with, analytics can show patterns related to effectiveness, causes for slowdowns or malfunctions, peak operating conditions, and other process-related issues," he writes.
Louisiana Tech University's chapter of the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers held its first meeting earlier this month. Chapter President Errol Mire said the group will help provide support for Latino students, who are "desperately underrepresented in the STEM fields."
Hispanic women have seen their representation grow in physics and astronomy during recent years, according to an American Institute of Physics report. Still, Hispanic women accounted for just 7% of bachelor's degrees in physics and 13% of bachelor's degrees in astronomy in 2016.
The STEM Transformation Institute at Florida International University is working to improve education in science, technology, engineering and math while increasing opportunities for underrepresented minorities. The institute emphasizes active learning and uses peers as learning assistants to encourage minorities to get involved in STEM fields.
Syracuse University's Inclusive Excellence Council has helped the New York school create a better dialogue on diversity among students, faculty and staff. The group has helped participants have better conversations about race, discrimination and similar topics, according to Miguel Aguilera, president of the university's Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers chapter and a member of the council.
Texas Tech University's decision to stop considering race in admissions for its medical school is likely to reduce enrollment of black and Hispanic students, who already comprise just 4% and 13% of the medical school's enrollment, respectively. "Research shows that banning affirmative action -- eliminating the use of race in admissions -- leads to a decline in the enrollment of those underrepresented students," Adam Harris writes.
Plethora Project Director Jose Sanchez creates video games as educational tools to teach players about architecture. Sanchez, who also teaches at the USC School of Architecture, singled out his work ethic as his most important skill.