X-efficiency – Atlantic Storm http://atlantic-storm.org/ Wed, 29 Jun 2022 18:45:36 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://atlantic-storm.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/cropped-icon-32x32.png X-efficiency – Atlantic Storm http://atlantic-storm.org/ 32 32 Siemens launches Building X, an open AI-enabled suite for net-zero buildings – EEJournal https://atlantic-storm.org/siemens-launches-building-x-an-open-ai-enabled-suite-for-net-zero-buildings-eejournal/ Wed, 29 Jun 2022 17:54:49 +0000 https://atlantic-storm.org/siemens-launches-building-x-an-open-ai-enabled-suite-for-net-zero-buildings-eejournal/

Building X responds to the challenges of various stakeholders, including building users, property investors, property companies and facility managers. It acts as a single source of truth to eliminate complexity and supports net zero goals. Stakeholders can now digitize and use their building data from various sources, disciplines and systems on a single platform, Building X. This enables a seamless user experience and the integration of their existing software and ecosystem, including third-party applications, through vendor-neutral connectivity and open application programming interfaces (APIs). The suite offers modular AI-enabled apps and built-in cybersecurity. It also facilitates co-creation with customers and partners to solve their challenges faster, thanks to openness and cloud technology, which means that digital transformation can be achieved easier, faster and at scale. .

“Building X is the antidote to data silos. We can now connect all the data generated by smart building systems into a single data lake, enabling smart buildings to scale faster and closer to our vision of net-zero autonomous buildings. Building X creates data-driven outcomes for increased efficiency, performance and experience, improving the way we work and live in buildings,” said Matthias Rebellius, Siemens AG Board Member and CEO of Smart Infrastructure. “We look forward to co-creating use cases with our customers and partners on Building X to accelerate innovation and sustainability in the industry.”

The Building X suite currently includes a set of digital applications and services, tailored to different stakeholder groups, all connected on the AI-enabled platform. Building X opens up new possibilities to digitize, manage and optimize construction operations, bringing value to both existing and new buildings.

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3D Maps Improve Disaster Prevention and Rescue EJINSIGHT https://atlantic-storm.org/3d-maps-improve-disaster-prevention-and-rescue-ejinsight/ Tue, 28 Jun 2022 00:40:00 +0000 https://atlantic-storm.org/3d-maps-improve-disaster-prevention-and-rescue-ejinsight/

Abnormal and even extreme weather phenomena have become more frequent. The Observatory predicts that the incidence of tropical cyclones and total rainfall this year will be “normal to high”. To be well prepared, the Department of Civil Engineering and Development recently released an advisory report that studies the impact of storm surges and waves on low-lying or windy coastal areas under extreme weather and climate conditions. There are three recommendations, including:

1. Implement the design and construction works of the improvement works;
2. Design action plans for the implementation of management measures;
3. Liaise/coordinate with relevant government departments, private sectors/stakeholders for implementation modalities.

Of the three measures, the last on the coordination of internal and external parts of the government is the most important and urgent point to improve at present. Taiwan, our neighboring country, also faces the same problem every year, we can certainly learn from their experiences.

Earlier, three senior disaster management researchers from the National Center of Science and Technology for Disaster Reduction (NCDR) shared their experience of disaster relief and flood control in an article. Using a 3D Geographic Information System (GIS), NCDR set up a war game simulation for different disaster or flood scenarios. The purpose of the simulation is to help managers understand various disaster situations and determine if their emergency response plans and procedures can reduce the impact of a flood disaster, including the deployment resources, evacuation assistance and route planning for relief distribution. Now, officers from Emergency Operation Centers (EOCs) in Taiwan’s 22 cities, counties and special municipalities can use the platform to analyze both disaster risk and flood preparedness.

In addition to looking at different terrains to estimate flood depth, the GIS platform also looks at population composition (communities with many elderly people or young children), assets to be protected (infrastructure, major roads, schools) and assesses the location of emergency shelters, the number of residents the shelters can accommodate, and the distribution of emergency supplies. The information is presented on a 2D map, allowing the central and local EOC commanders to visualize on the screen and organize the corresponding actions.

The 3D GIS platform goes one step further by presenting a digital terrain model (DTM) displaying terrain and non-terrestrial information (such as overhead railways and bridges) in an evenly spaced 20 x 20 meter grid , with overlays of satellite imagery, street maps and 3D building models. It also integrates real-time video feeds from Taiwan’s Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) monitors. During flood simulation exercises, this helps on-site emergency units communicate and coordinate so they can develop emergency solutions that take into account potential damage to buildings and traffic.

The platform also makes it possible to help disadvantaged people more effectively. For example, all retirement homes will be able to be displayed on the screen, while rest homes located on the ground floor will be specially marked for priority treatment. The detailed information not only helps social welfare organizations assess their own disaster risks, but also facilitates their monitoring of government prevention and evacuation plans, as well as staff training.

The use of innovative technologies has significantly improved coordination between government, public and private companies, so that everyone can act in a coordinated manner in the event of a crisis.

John Lee, the chief executive-designate of the Hong Kong special administrative region, mentioned in his election manifesto that the new government should “strengthen governance capacity”. To do a good job, the best tools are needed. If we can make the most of cutting-edge technology, “improving governance efficiency” and “creating synergies” will not be empty words.

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Dr Winnie Tang

Adjunct Professor, Department of Computer Science, Faculty of Engineering; Department of Geography, Faculty of Social Sciences; and Faculty of Architecture, University of Hong Kong

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Weekly briefing: Has it ever gone so badly? https://atlantic-storm.org/weekly-briefing-has-it-ever-gone-so-badly/ Sun, 26 Jun 2022 09:45:43 +0000 https://atlantic-storm.org/weekly-briefing-has-it-ever-gone-so-badly/

June 26, 2022

By John Ashmore

‘Back to the 1970s?!’.

What a few years ago was a warning about the the perils of a Corbyn government has lately become a semi-rhetorical question about the state of contemporary Britain.

The parallels are pretty obvious. Skyrocketing oil and gas prices, salaries that do not follow the cost of living and a chaotic political situation. At the same time, taking a 50-year journey down memory lane is very instructive in exploring the profound and overwhelmingly positive changes the UK has gone through since. Problems abound, but we should not hide the fact that we are a much richer, healthier and better educated country today than we were then.

Those who lament “neoliberalism” or the excesses of the 1980s often seem to forget the extent of the malaise that Margaret Thatcher experienced when she took office in 1979. For living in 1970s Britain meant was to know an economy plagued not only by inflation (peaking at 24% in 1975), but by a stagnant and indigestible corporatism, encouraged by unions as powerful as they are intransigent.

It was living in a country where the state was not just active, but authoritarian in a way that most young people today would find confusing. Utilities, railways, British Airways and even car manufacturers were run by the state – with all the efficiency, dynamism and dedicated customer service that entailed. It’s tempting to portray Thatcher’s victory in 1979 and the privatizations that followed as the triumph of a particular ideology, but it was just as much a pragmatic reaction to the fact that people were fed up with the state of their services. public.

Heath, Wilson and Callaghan certainly faced exogenous economic shocks – two massive oil shocks in particular – but they were exacerbated by local issues, including excessive power and union militancy.

Indeed, this week’s RMT strikes stand out precisely because of the rarity of such large-scale industrial action now. In 1979, which began with the winter of discontent, nearly 30 million working days were lost due to strikes. Over the past three decades, the highest annual figure (2011) was 1.4 million. Audiences naturally complain about the inconvenience, but it’s much better than paralysis.

Politics was similarly crippled, for most of the decade. bad like this week by-election defeats were for Boris Johnson, when James Callaghan lost successive by-elections it meant he no longer had a majority in the House of Commons.

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How to Build a Gaming PC for Under $500 with GPU https://atlantic-storm.org/how-to-build-a-gaming-pc-for-under-500-with-gpu/ Fri, 24 Jun 2022 16:26:04 +0000 https://atlantic-storm.org/how-to-build-a-gaming-pc-for-under-500-with-gpu/

The global economy may be experiencing inflation, but the price of major PC components is actually quite low and, in many cases, falling. Because GPU prices are falling fast While SSDs, RAM (at least DDR4 RAM), and PSUs remain inexpensive, there’s never been a better time to build a low-cost gaming PC than now. With today’s prices, you can configure a solid, 1080p-ready gaming PC for under $500 that includes both discrete graphics and a 12th Gen Intel processor. We are also able to configure a very capable gaming PC for less than $400 using AMD integrated graphics.

Below we will show you how to build a gaming pc for less than $500, or even less than $400 using parts available from major US retailers today. Please note that the prices we list were current when we wrote this, but may increase or decrease slightly by the time you read this. Since these listings are primarily based on price, we have not tested each specific part listed, nor have we tested them all together. The cost of an operating system is not included, but you can get Windows 10 or 11 free or cheap. And, if you’re willing to spend a lot more than $500, please check out our list of best pc builds for more powerful recommendations.

Gaming PC under $500 with discrete graphics