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TECH IS CHANGING MANUFACTURING. THESE CLASSES COULD HELP PEOPLE AND BUSINESSES ADAPT.

January 23, 2017

Experts agree that automation is coming to American manufacturing, but many employers and workers still have to learn how to adapt.
An upcoming online course on digital manufacturing and design aims to address questions about the future of manufacturing.

Read more in the Chicago Tribune.

SENSORS MEASURE RAINWATER ON CHICAGO STREETS

January 4, 2017

Sean Thornton reports: "By combining sensors and cloud computing, a new pilot project in Chicago provides an innovative solution for what can be an everyday urban problem: rainwater."...

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HOW A SMART CITY TACKLES RAINFALL

January 3, 2017

Sensors are increasingly-valuable tools for better understanding, managing, and planning urban environments. In Chicago, for example, the city’s recently launched Array of Things urban sensor initiative has enabled simultaneous collection of data on a wide range of environmental factors such as air quality, weather conditions, noise, and traffic.

Read More at Data-Smart City Solutions

IT’S RAINING IT’S POURING. WE’RE FLOODING

December 16, 2016

Flooding. There is something about water coming into your house that is so…invasive. And when it comes in as bacteria carrying storm water from a sewer system, it is that much more upsetting and expensive. Now multiply that equation by 181,000 (the number claims of property damage from flooding in the Chicagoland area over the last 5 years)...

Read More at Microsoft Chicago

CHICAGO USES SENSORS TO JUDGE GREEN INFRASTRUCTURE

December 15, 2016

Bioswales, rain gardens, permeable pavers. There's a panoply of green stormwater infrastructure solutions - but not a lot of data about which types work best in which situations. A new pilot project by City Digital, a consortium of public, private and higher education entitites in Chicago, aims to test the effectiveness of different green stormwater projects using sensors and cloud computing...

Read More at Next City

BUILDING A SMART CITY: IT TAKES A VILLAGE

December 12, 2016

Over a five-year period, the city of Chicago received 182,000 claims against it due to flooding, totaling an estimated $735 million in property damages. The city implemented several different solutions, including permeable pavers, bioswales and planters with native water-absorbing plants, and wanted to measure their effectiveness. It turned to IoT for the answer...

Read More at IoT Agenda

VIDEO: HOW CITY DIGITAL IS BRINGING TOGETHER CITIES, STARTUPS, AND ACADEMICS FOR SMART CITY WINS

December 9, 2016

At the 2016 Smart Cities Summit, TechRepublic spoke with Chicago CIO and City Digital board member Brenna Berman about how the new accelerator is threading the needle on smart city initiatives...

Read More at Tech Republic

CHICAGO'S HANDS-ON APPROACH TO INNOVATION ACCELERATORS

December 8, 2016

UI LABS is unique among innovation accelerators because of the degree to which a municipal government—in this case Chicago’s—is involved with developing, deploying and testing its urban solutions. Established in 2014, the accelerator brings together more than 300 university and industry partners—hence the “UI”—under two labs: the Digital Manufacturing & Design Innovation Institute, focused on improving American competitiveness, and City Digital, centered around smart technology...

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MAPPING UNDERGROUND INFRASTRUCTURE: ONE DIG AT A TIME

November 15, 2016

A rather gloomy statistic is that, on average, every minute of every day somebody, somewhere in the US digging up the ground strikes an underground pipe or cable. Some of these incidents are the result of people not calling their local One Call service — the US equivalent of Australia’s Dial Before You Dig service — but an awful lot result from inaccurate information about the location of the buried infrastructure...

Read More at WhaTech

NEW INITIATIVE SEEKS TO MAP CHICAGO'S UNDERGROUND INFRASTRUCTURE

October 17, 2016

Chicago-based consortium City Digital is working on a project to map the subterranean infrastructure of the Windy City. Their underground infrastructure mapping (UIM) platform will “generate, organize, visualize, and store 3D underground infrastructure data,” such as the location and depth of gas lines, water pipes, and fiber optic...

Read More at The Architects Newspaper

3D TECHNIQUE OFFERS A WHOLE NEW PICTURE OF UNDERGROUND CHICAGO

October 14, 2016

Digging in the public right-of-way in Chicago — or in any city — can be a risky proposition. According to the American Public Works Association, an underground utility line is hit every 60 seconds in the U.S., in part because many renditions of underground assets don’t record depth. When planning a dig, utility companies and city departments have had to accept a degree of the unknown...

Read More at Next City

CHICAGO’S NEXT GREAT MAP COULD BE OF ITS UNDERGROUND

October 10, 2016

When it comes to maps and geography, Chicago is a tremendously satisfying city: a well-organized grid, easily navigable with minimum coordinates.

Read More at Chicago Magazine

CITY DIGITAL ANNOUNCES DEVELOPMENT OF TECH FOR UNDERGROUND MAP OF CHICAGO

October 6, 2016

One year after it announced its plans to create an underground infrastructure map of Chicago, City Digital — a collaboration of companies focused on cross-sector innovation in transportation, physical infrastructure, water and sanitation, and energy management — announced it has developed the technology to create a new underground infrastructure mapping program...

Read More at ChicagoInno

MAYORS EXPLORE DATA-DRIVEN SUSTAINABILITY SOLUTIONS

October 3, 2016

London Mayor Sadiq Khan and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel are interested in Smarter Cities, and are putting time and effort into learning more...

Read More at IoT Evolution

BENEATH THE SMART CITY

October 3, 2016

It’s five minutes into your morning commute, and whether you’re driving, biking, or walking, you can see them in the distance: orange cones, cordoning off large sections of a busy city street. Within their perimeter are jackhammer-wielding construction crews tearing up the roadway’s surface, snarling traffic...

Read More at Data-Smart City Solutions

DIGITAL MANUFACTURING AND DESIGN INNOVATION INSTITUTE 'VIRTUAL TOUR'

July 14, 2016

Take a look inside the Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute (DMDII)'s facilities on Chicago’s Goose Island.

Read more on the White House blog.

ROSTER AT DIGITAL MANUFACTURING INSTITUTE GROWS

June 14, 2016

The institute now has approximately 230 members, according to Elizabeth Stuck, senior manager of consortium development for the group. That's up from 65 as of April 2015, right before the institute opened its doors.

Read more at Crain's Chicago Business.

UI LABS TO OPEN DMDII BRANCH IN ROCKFORD

February 19, 2016

UI LABS said Monday it will expand beyond Chicago’s Goose Island, putting a regional chapter of its Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute in Rockford, an aerospace manufacturing hub.

Read more in the Chicago Tribune.

MANUFACTURING DAY GIVES STUDENTS HANDS-ON EXPERIENCE

February 19, 2016

Some Chicago Public Schools students got to learn a few things outside the classroom last week, and their study materials were a lot bigger than a stack of textbooks.

Read more at chicago.suntimes.com.

NEW CITY DIGITAL PROGRAMS TARGET STORMWATER, UNDERGROUND MAPPING

February 19, 2016

City Digital, a consortium of companies based at UI LABS announced Monday new pilot projects focused on green infrastructure monitoring and underground mapping.

Read more at www.ChicagoTribune.com.

GROWTH SPIKE AT UI LABS BRINGS FAST SET OF LEADERSHIP CHALLENGES

November 3, 2015

The digital manufacturing institute on Goose Island is in fast-growth mode, putting UI LABS CEO Caralynn Nowinski Collens and her staff on an accelerated path to change.

Read more at ChicagoTribune.com.