Levee reconstruction in New Orleans, one of the largest construction tasks of the decade, required both brute strength and high precision. Tons of soil was moved, but soil types and amounts had to be monitored constantly. Hayward Baker, a leading geotechnical construction company, developed a new mixing technique to get the right soil qualities for long-term stability. Hollow stem augers and paddles blended materials as they were put in place. Soil characteristics, including moisture levels, were monitored using National Instruments Compact Fieldpoint hardware and LabVIEW software. That tool combination also helped Hayward Baker document its activity, an important factor in the government project.
The promise of the Internet of Things (IoT) is that devices, gadgets, and appliances we use every day will be able to communicate with one another. This potential is not limited to household items or smartphones, but also things we find in our yard and garden, as evidenced by a recent challenge from the element14 design community.
If you didn't realize that PowerPoint presentations are inherently hilarious, you have to see Don McMillan take one apart. McMillan -- aka the Technically Funny Comic -- worked for 10 years as an engineer before he switched to stand-up comedy.
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