Andre Bourque

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IDG Contributor Network: How drones are advancing civil engineering and surveying

Drones are everywhere. High priced and low, they’re the decade’s new toy. If you have one, you flaunt it. If you don’t, you want one. Regardless, there’s no doubt that they are also really making their presence felt throughout industrial applications. From real estate to golfing and farming, they challenge users to come up with new ideas.

Observation

Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), including drones, provide invaluable help and cost savings with wide views of inaccessible and otherwise difficult and tough to navigate locations. It sends back a full image of the territory to teams planning logistics for next steps.

Overviews reveal assets and challenges, as well as the broad lay of the land. They indicate best access and concerning hazards. The overhead perspective and 360° panoramas relay a real-time scenario. And, with this input, engineering teams can prioritize their approaches. 

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IDG Contributor Network: When does tech make you money and when does it cost you?

There’s an interesting Forbes article on the topic of turning a cost center into a profit center. In it, author Larry Myler talks about three ways to “become a hero” by:

  1. Killing overhead,
  2. Inventing revenue, and
  3. Supporting company strategy.

Having worked in cost centers within organizations myself, I was skeptical as to whether this can actually be done. If so, it would change the game for just about any company trying to reduce costs and increase revenues (and that would be almost every organization).

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IDG Contributor Network: 25 clever gadget and useful gift ideas for your mom

Mother’s Day is coming up fast, but we know that some of you have been slacking and haven’t gotten a present yet.

Finding something that is just right can take time, so we have done the legwork for you and found a smattering of thoughtful Mother’s Day gifts to consider. Best of all, not only will mom appreciate your gift, giving her something new and clever is bound to show your siblings up. 

This collection of products fits with today’s on-demand, mobile-powered, technology-immersed mom. There’s something in here for new moms, jet-setting moms, moms who like sweets or have pets, culinary-adventurous moms, and everything in between.

With price points ranging from $10 to $1,000, there’s enough variety for any sort of gift-giving budget. And if you don’t get it in time, several of the items are equally fit for both genders.

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