The Lighter Side Of The Cloud – Music To The Ears
The Lighter Side Of The Cloud – Cloud Training
The Lighter Side Of The Cloud – Passwords
The Lighter Side Of The Cloud – Bed Box

Big Data: Automation At Sea

Big Data: Automation At Sea

As fascinating as we find big data’s potential as a management tool, the sources of big data also need to be considered. Anywhere an electronic signal or impulse is recorded, there is a potential data point. In isolation, these data points can be used to increase process efficiency. Collectively, they are making cultural and societal changes, increasing efficiency but eliminating jobs.

Anyone who has watched Discovery Channel knows that an aircraft carrier is an incredibly complex device. My service in the Navy was on a ship much simpler in scope than a nuclear powered carrier, but in my time aboard I was able to see the collection, as well as the transformations made by big data.

“Beans, Bullets, and Bulk Fuel”

My ship was a Fast Combat Support Ship, basically the fuel and grocery delivery system for the fleet, and I worked in the engineering department. The only hulls in the fleet larger than ours were the carriers, although we did our job with one fifteenth of the crew.

With their nuclear power plant, the carrier can stay at sea indefinitely. However, her aircraft needs fuel, parts and ammunition, and her crew needs food. The fleet supporting the carriers’ mission needs these same things, and it was our job to deliver them.

The Watch-Stander’s Lot

As part of the engineering crew, my job was to assist in monitoring and maintaining the ship’s machinery, both for propulsion and auxiliary functions. Most of the equipment, ranging from the gas turbine main propulsion engines and huge diesel generators, to boilers and water distillation plants, refrigeration equipment, and air compressors to fuel and oil pumps, had to be kept in operation 24 hours a day while the ship was underway. The only way to keep all the equipment pieces running at peak efficiency is to constantly monitor their performance so that potential faults can be repaired before there is a catastrophic failure.

Monitoring meant that every hour of every day, someone like me had to go around and read every gauge on every piece of machinery, and record the readings on a log sheet. Some pieces of gear had only a pressure and a temperature gauge, others had as many as fifty different gauges and parameters that needed to be recorded every hour.

Automation Comes to Sea

Near the end of my tour on the ship, the Navy began installing sensors in the place of most of the gauges on the machinery. The readings that would take a team of watch-standers most of an hour to complete before they had to be taken again are now constantly recorded electronically, more completely and accurately than live sailors could keep them, not to mention the reams of paperwork eliminated.

While I was aboard, the ship had a hardworking crew of around 380 sailors and officers. Today the same ship spends even more of her time at sea with a crew of 176 civilian mariners. Automation and the use of what is essentially big data analysis are the factors that keep her at sea, performing her mission.

The sailors whose jobs were eliminated by automation were all reassigned to other vital tasks, but how many jobs in industry have been eliminated by automation, and more importantly, what has happened to the middle-class wage earners who held the jobs?

By Peter Knight

Follow Us!

CloudTweaks

Established in 2009, CloudTweaks.com is recognized as one of the leading authorities in cloud computing information. Most of the excellent CloudTweaks articles are provided by our own paid writers, with a small percentage provided by guest authors from around the globe, including CEOs, CIOs, Technology bloggers and Cloud enthusiasts. Our goal is to continue to build a growing community offering the best in-depth articles, interviews, event listings, whitepapers, infographics and much more...
Follow Us!

Sorry, comments are closed for this post.

FREE! POPULAR RESEARCH TOOLS

Popular Archives

Using Big Data To Make Cities Smarter

Using Big Data To Make Cities Smarter

Using Big Data To Make Cities Smarter The city of the future is impeccably documented. Sensors are used to measure air quality, traffic patterns, and crowd movement. Emerging neighborhoods are quickly recognized, public safety threats are found via social networks, and emergencies are dealt with quicklier. Crowdsourcing reduces commuting times, provides people with better transportation…

The Industries That The Cloud Will Change The Most

The Industries That The Cloud Will Change The Most

The Industries That The Cloud Will Change The Most Cloud computing is rapidly revolutionizing the way we do business. Instead of being a blurry buzzword, it has become a facet of everyday life. Most people may not quite understand how the cloud works, but electricity is quite difficult to fathom as well. Anyway, regardless of…

Recent

Cloud Infographic – Top Vulnerable Applications

Cloud Infographic – Top Vulnerable Applications

Top Vulnerable Applications  As you use the Internet on a daily basis, you probably come across cyber security topics, but rarely glance at them twice. After all, cyber security threats don’t concern you, right? Well, that’s not exactly true. Cyber attacks are more widespread than you can imagine and they may be targeting your devices as…

The Lighter Side Of The Cloud – Whatever Happened To Alone Time?

The Lighter Side Of The Cloud – Whatever Happened To Alone Time?

By David Fletcher Are you looking to supercharge your Newsletter, Powerpoint presentation, Social media campaign or Website? Our universally recognized tech related comics can help you. Contact us for information on our commercial licensing rates.  About Latest Posts Follow Us!CloudTweaksEstablished in 2009, CloudTweaks.com is recognized as one of the leading authorities in cloud computing information.…

MOST RECENT - Posted by
New Trends In Cloud Based Education

New Trends In Cloud Based Education

Cloud Based Education With technological progress accelerating and users’ computer experience becoming richer and increasingly complex, the future developments in education technology is very exciting. Students are now able to attend demonstration sessions on how to handle technology through remote laboratories using advanced applications in a truly interactive environment. One of these exciting areas is in telemedicine.…

The Many Hats Of Today’s IT Managers

The Many Hats Of Today’s IT Managers

The Many Hats of IT Managers In years past, the IT department of most large organizations was much like a version of Middle Earth: a mysterious nether world where people who seemed infinitely smarter than the rest of us bustled around, speaking and typing languages that appeared indecipherable, yet, which made our world work. They…

Selling Your Business To Your Employees

Selling Your Business To Your Employees

Mobility For Your Employees It may seem a radical notion, the idea of selling your business to the people who work for you, but this is the era in which we now work. Employees of all levels are all incredibly aware of their options when it comes to mobility and employability. This doesn’t mean that…

Technology Sponsors

hp Logo CityCloud-PoweredByOpenstack-Bluesquare_logo_100x100-01
cisco_logo_100x100 vmware citrix100
Site 24x7 200px-KPMG
Advertising ROI Plans

Established in 2009

CloudTweaks is recognized as one of the leading influencers in cloud computing, big data and internet of things (IoT) information. Our goal is to continue to build our growing information portal, by providing the best in-depth articles, interviews, event listings, whitepapers, infographics and much more.

CloudTweaks Comic Library

Advertising