Predictive Maintenance – selling snake oil to a gullible audience

We have reached now a computation power where machine learning algorithms can easily be applied across a spectrum of industries to resolve a huge variety of problems. While first successes are also published in the railway industry this also opens up the market for what I call "snake-oil-resellers". Companies or individuals that use publicly available models, claim … Continue reading Predictive Maintenance – selling snake oil to a gullible audience

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The success of the cable car in Latin America

The Economist published today another article about the success of the cable car in Latin America where they explain that the following factors are key for its success: Landscape of the cities (hilly) Fast construction time (the mayors can cut the ribbons within their legislative) Little displacement of people Positive development effects in the respective … Continue reading The success of the cable car in Latin America

Cities that never have been built – sometimes for the better

Every time I visit Paris I am positively surprised that even though the city center has undergone countless transformations over time, it still kept its human scale. In the past, many architects and city planners have, as for most other cities or urban developments, proposed radical changes to Paris. From brutalist architecture to garden cities … Continue reading Cities that never have been built – sometimes for the better

Investing in concrete or intelligence

This fall, the Swiss transport authority (Bundesamt für Verkehr -BAV) announced the plans to invest heavily in railway infrastructure until 2035. Over 200 Projects and 11.5 bn CHF will be invested in tunnels, concrete and steel across the country. Last Sunday, an NZZ article (in German) has allowed  an alternative view on the intended infrastructure … Continue reading Investing in concrete or intelligence