In his latest Expert’s Corner, Michael Keating shows how trade groups lend a hand to manufacturers during and after a disaster. This is Keating’s fourth article in a series on disaster planning and recovery. Future installments in the series will cover document recovery for manufacturers after a disaster and key resources for disaster planning and recovery. Read more
Corporate leaders, human resource strategists and policy experts will join the inaugural Close It Summit today in Washington to discuss training strategies designed to prepare the nation’s workforce with the skills needed to drive businesses ahead of the global competition.
With strong bipartisan support, the House Water Resources Reform & Development Act (WRRDA) of 2013 passed last month. A similar bill by the Senate passed in May. Together, the bills indicate that there is wide recognition among policymakers that the nation’s waterway infrastructure needs to be repaired and modernized. Read more
Each node in an external and internal supply chain relies on a network of others, from workforce to inventory to customer. Focusing on customer demand in a “pull-based” enterprise helps manufacturers with their business and process decisions, but managing that paradigm can be problematic without the correct tools. Read more
A study of 100 private water wells in and near the Barnett Shale deposit in North Texas has revealed elevated levels of potential contaminants such as arsenic and selenium closest to natural gas extraction sites.
“This study alone can’t conclusively identify the exact causes of elevated levels of contaminants in areas near natural gas drilling, but it does provide a powerful argument for continued research,” said Brian Fontenot, a University of Texas at Arlington PhD in quantitative biology and lead author of a new paper on the study.
“We expect this to be the first of multiple projects that will ultimately help the scientific community, the natural gas industry, and most importantly, the public, understand the effects of natural gas drilling on water quality,” he added. Read more
Energy companies see dramatic change on the horizon. Such factors as energy efficiency, deployment of renewables, and smart-grid technologies will spark the change. But few will have as much impact on power companies’ business model as distributed generation.
This is one of several conclusions drawn from the 13th PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) Annual Global Power and Utilities Survey. PwC interviewed the represententatives of 53 power companies and utilities from 35 countries. Nearly all — 94 percent — predict complete transformation or important changes to the power utility business model. Of them, 4 percent expect the business models to be “unrecognizable” to today’s current structure. Forty-one percent plan to adapt their business models within the next 10 years. Read more