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THINK ‘SMART’ WHEN DESIGNING TRUMP’S MASSIVE PUBLIC WORKS PROJECT

April 21, 2017

Early this year, more than 180,000 Californians were evacuated when the Oroville Dam’s cement buckled. Here’s why the dam’s life-threatening flaws were not caught earlier: The most recent inspection involved only a visual check from a distance.

Read more in the Chicago Sun Times.

UB ADVANCED MANUFACTURING MOOC'S PULL IN 180 STUDENTS FROM 26 COUNTRIES

April 12, 2017

A total of 180 people from 26 countries enrolled in the first three University at Buffalo massive open online courses (MOOC) aimed at using data to support manufacturing operations.

Read more in Buffalo Business First.

DUCKWORTH VISITS UI LABS, HIGHLIGHTS IMPORTANCE OF ILLINOIS'S ADVANCED MANUFACTURING CAPACITY

April 12, 2017

Today, U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) visited UI Labs and the Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute (DMDII) with Million Women Mentors Illinois State Chair Jenny Kopach to discuss DMDII’s critical work to support advanced manufacturing in Illinois.

Read more in River Bender.

MANUFACTURERS UNITE TO DEVELOP AR GUIDELINES FOR SMART FACTORIES OF THE FUTURE

April 12, 2017

Chicago’s manufacturing innovation accelerator UI LABS and the Augmented Reality for Enterprise Alliance headquartered in Wakefield, MA, have released the world’s first augmented reality (AR) guidelines for industrial use.

Read more in 3D Printing Industry.

HERE'S WHY P&G CREATED GUIDELINES FOR "AUGMENTED REALITY" EQUIPMENT

April 11, 2017

Procter & Gamble Co. played a lead role in the development of the world’s first guidelines on functional requirements for augmented reality hardware and software, which were revealed today.

Read more in the Cincinnati Business Courier.

FUNCTIONAL GUIDELINES FOR MANUFACTURERS WILL SHAPE THE FUTURE OF AR TECHNOLOGY

April 11, 2017

The first augmented reality hardware and software functional requirements guidelines have been released today by UI LABS and the Augmented Reality for Enterprise Alliance (AREA).

Read more in Next Reality.

NEW GUIDELINES POINT TO AN AUGMENTED FUTURE

April 11, 2017

Lockheed Martin, Proctor & Gamble and Caterpillar have joined with 62 other organizations to create hardware and software guidelines for using augmented reality (AR) on the manufacturing floor. The guidelines are designed to guide AR technology vendors in developing future products for industrial businesses, both large and small. UI Labs and the Augmented Reality for Enterprise Alliance (AREA) announced the guidelines in a document released on Tuesday.

Read more in Network World.

THESE TWO PROJECTS ARE HELPING CHICAGO RIDE THE WAVE OF WATER INNOVATION

April 10, 2017

Living on the shores of the world’s largest reserves of freshwater, many Chicagoans tend to take Lake Michigan and access to freshwater, for granted. But one does not have to venture out too much further west to see communities increasingly dependent on groundwater rather than freshwater, as this research from the Illinois state water survey shows.

Read more in ChicagoInno.

WHO'S THAT SITTING IN THIS PENNY? IT MIGHT SURPRISE YOU

April 6, 2017

Did you know there are two Abe Lincolns on many pennies?

A super-high-tech machine showcased during a recent tour of UI Labs revealed a little-known fact about the back of a U.S. penny: an extremely tiny President Abraham Lincoln sitting in his chair in the middle of the Lincoln Memorial.

Read more in DNAinfo.

WHAT’S THE SECRET TO MANUFACTURING 4.0?

April 1, 2017

The U.S. Manufacturing Sector has had an incredible run over the past few decades. Fueled by technological progress and automation, our factories today produce more than twice as much as they did in 1984 and their value-added output is at an all-time high. But there are signs that all is not well. Since the so-called Great Recession of 2007-2009, the decades-long, meteoric rise in industrial output per worker has plateaued and productivity growth has stalled. It is a challenge that can’t be solved with better technology alone. Fundamentally, it is about people and skills.

Read more in the Manufacturing Leadership Journal.

WHAT'S THE BIG ORANGE BOX ON ARGYLE? SCIENCE.

March 15, 2017

UPTOWN — When walking the new "shared street" Argyle streetscape, it's hard not to wonder about the big orange box perched at the corner of Broadway and Argyle. The box, which popped up several weeks ago, is a complement to the streetscape and monitors the subtle science behind its design, according to UI Labs, which works with cities to solve large-scale problems through digital innovation.

Read more at DNAinfo Chicago.

BIGLY ISN'T ENOUGH; INFRASTRUCTURE MUST BE BUILT SMARTLY, TOO

February 14, 2017

I could point out the sorry state of U.S. infrastructure by citing the grade the American Society of Civil Engineers gives it (a D+) or by the level of public investment today versus the 1960s (it's half), but I don't need to. Americans are experiencing it personally as they go about their daily lives on roads, over bridges and through tunnels that are in obvious disrepair.

Read more in Crain's Chicago Business.

DIGITAL MANUFACTURING GETS ITS FIRST OPEN ONLINE COURSE

January 27, 2017

Engineers and scientists can do all the research and development in the world on digital connectivity in the factory, but it won’t have much impact if manufacturing executives don’t understand its reach and how to apply it to their own shop floors. “Part of the process is to make sure we build an awareness of what do we mean by digital manufacturing,” said Caralynn Nowinski Collens, CEO of UI Labs, a public-private innovation accelerator. “What does it mean to have a connected supply chain, connected factory?”

Read more in Industry Week.

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."...

Read More at Planetizen

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...

Read More at Route Fifty

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.