Tech skills all MBA students should have

Tech skills all MBA students should have

The landscape of business and industry is continuously evolving. Organisations are facing innovation disruptions from technology every day. The current pandemic has only pushed this into force with remote working and excessive dependence on data analytics. Therefore, it becomes essential for business leadership and management to inculcate a basic understanding of technical tools. All MBA students must hone their skills and shape their career trajectory with some basic but extremely relevant tech skills.

Data analysis

The new mantra of the business world is “Data is the new oil”. Certain industries are booming and data is the reason why. One of the top tech skills for management students is proficiency in analytical tools. The most basic and commonly used tool in organisations for data handling is MS Excel. Due to its widespread popularity, knowing Excel is a must these days. It is not just very easy to use but it is also logical to implement. You do not need to memorise the formulas, just build logic on the data you are conducting.

Programming languages

While this is not a must-have for MBA candidates, it is still an added advantage. As a manager, you will work on various projects where your deliverable will be a software interface or an app. While you will be having a team of engineers for the coding part, as a manager you cannot understand and review your deliverables unless you know the basics of the problem you are solving or the requirement your product is fulfilling.

Presentation and design

Good working knowledge of presentation tools is one of the most important tech skill for management students. Presentations are critical in the corporate setup as they are an official form of communication between a client and a business. Companies require managers to make presentations to their clients that put out their business objectives, offerings and solution to their problem. Similarly, companies need an aesthetic design for their website or social media handles to connect with their consumers.

Technical writing

Managers are tasked with the responsibility of setting goals and objectives on a project. They are required to facilitate cross-functional or cross-divisional team cooperation in a project. They are also expected to communicate the expectations, deliverables, limitations, etc. of one team with the other. Lastly, they communicate the technical, budgetary and other requirements of teams to the supervisors.

Project management

Managers communicate the information received from top management to the employees. They also create Minutes of the Meeting, training and staffing material, reports, etc. Managers also create reports on the internal and external process, stakeholder management, competitor analysis and project documentation.

While these are some of the top tech skills for MBA students to know to stand out from the crowd, there are others, too. We live in competitive times and every day brings in a new challenge. Today’s most important thing is to constantly update and upgrade yourself with the times to stay relevant.

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GPS and its connection to telematics

GPS and its connection to telematics

You are probably familiar with the average GPS device and you have a rough idea about how it works. GPS is used as part of a telematics solution. So what exactly is GPS and what is its connection to telematics?

At the heart of a telematics system is a vehicle tracking device with a built-in GPS receiver. In detail, the GPS receiver collects real-time data about the current location and status of the vehicle. Furthermore, a telematics solution takes that GPS tracking data and sends it via the cellular network to central computers. Finally, the data can be processed and converted into usable information visible in fleet management software.

Benefits of GPS tracking

GPS tracking data can give a precise view of where your vehicles are at any given time. Additionally, it can help identify driver behaviours like speeding, harsh braking and acceleration and excessive idling, all which can impact vehicle maintenance and running costs. Moreover, geofencing and alerts about unauthorised truck movements that are made possible with GPS trackers can help improve fleet safety.

The power of GPS

However, what makes GPS tracking even more powerful is the additional engine data that telematics systems can collect. This data includes fuel consumption, odometer readings, engine diagnostic trouble codes. In fact, just about any vehicle metric can be monitored by connecting the right vehicle tracking unit to the vehicle’s electronics.

Telematics highlights the potential of GPS and how it can be used to streamline business operations, particularly in modern fleets.

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What you need to know about Wastewater Treatment

What you need to know about Wastewater Treatment

Wastewater is used water. It includes substances such as human waste, food scraps, oils, soaps and chemicals. In homes, this includes water from sinks, showers, bathtubs, toilets, washing machines and dishwashers.

What is wastewater?

If the term ‘wastewater treatment’ sounds confusing, you might think of it as ‘sewage treatment’. Much of the water that people, industries and business use need to undergo treatment before we can release it back to the environment.

Nature has an amazing ability to handle small amounts of water wastes and pollution but it would be overwhelming if we did not treat the billions of litres of wastewater and sewage produced every day. Treatment plants reduce pollutants in wastewater to a level nature can handle.

Wastewater also includes storm runoff. Although some people assume that the rain that runs down the street during a storm is fairly clean, it is not. Harmful substances that wash off roads, parking lots and rooftops can harm our rivers and lakes.

Why treat wastewater?

Treating wastewater is a matter of carrying for our environment and for our own health. There are a lot of good reasons why keeping our water clean is important.

FISHERIES: Clean water is critical to plants and animals that live in water. This is important to the fishing industry, sport fishing enthusiasts and future generations.

WILDLIFE HABITATS: Our rivers and ocean waters teem with life that depends on shoreline, beaches and marshes. They are critical habitats for hundreds of species of fish and other aquatic life. Migratory water birds use the areas for resting and feeding.

RECREATION AND QUALITY OF LIFE: Water is a great playground for us all. The scenic and recreational values of our waters are reasons many people choose to live where they do. Visitors enjoy water activities such as swimming, fishing, boating and picnicking.

HEALTH CONCERNS: If it is not properly cleaned, water can carry disease. Since we live, work and play so close to water, harmful bacteria have to be removed to make water safe.

Effects of wastewater pollutants

If we don’t properly treat wastewater, it can have a negative impact on the environment and our health.

  • Decaying organic matter and debris can use up the dissolved oxygen in a lake so fish and other aquatic biotas cannot survive;
  • Excessive nutrients, such as phosphorus and nitrogen (including ammonia), can cause eutrophication or over-fertilization of receiving waters, which can be toxic to aquatic organisms, promote excessive plant growth, reduce available oxygen, harm spawning grounds, alter habitat and lead to a decline in certain species;
  • Chlorine compounds and inorganic chloramines can be toxic to aquatic invertebrates, algae and fish;
  • Bacteria, viruses and disease-causing pathogens can pollute beaches and contaminate shellfish populations, leading to restrictions on human recreation, drinking water consumption and shellfish consumption;
  • Metals, such as mercury, lead, cadmium, chromium and arsenic can have acute and chronic toxic effects on species;
  • Other substances such as some pharmaceutical and personal care products, primarily entering the environment in wastewater effluents, may also pose threats to human health, aquatic life and wildlife.

Wastewater treatment

The major aim of wastewater treatment is to remove as much of the suspended solids as possible before the remaining water (effluent) goes back to the environment. As solid material decays, it uses up oxygen, which plants and animals living in the water need.

“Primary treatment” removes about 60 per cent of suspended solids from wastewater. This treatment also involves aerating (stirring up) the wastewater, to put oxygen back in. Secondary treatment removes at least 85 per cent of suspended solids.

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Five software programs to know in Civil Engineering

Five software programs to know in Civil Engineering

If you are interested in joining the field of Civil Engineering, you should be familiar with the following programs. In particular, these programs help civil engineers in their daily duties. Whether it is modelling pipe networks or detention/water quality ponds, or making sure they are staying on schedule, these five programs are fundamental to the job!

AutoCad Civil 3D

Easily the most used program in the industry, Civil 3D is a civil engineering drafting software with a multitude of design, analysis and simulation tools for civil engineering design. If we are talking high level, we use CAD to create sets of plans known as construction documentation. From polylines to feature lines, pipe networks to profiles, Civil 3D’s range of tools will allow you to create innovative and detailed designs.

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HEC-HMS

Considered a standard for hydrologic simulation, The Hydrologic Modeling System (HEC-HMS) is designed to simulate the hydrologic process of watershed systems and provides you with nearly all the drainage values you could need. In the program, you describe the physical properties of a watershed and the meteorology that act on the watershed during a defined time span of simulation. Additionally, the simulation results are easy to understand. Furthermore, summary tables for each element include peak flow, total volume, depth and storage values in reservoirs and ponds, and more.

Developed at the Hydrologic Engineering Center of the US Army Corps of Engineers, HEC-HMS is available to the public

HEC-RAS

In addition to HEC-HMS, the Hydrologic Engineering Center of the US Army Corps of Engineers has also created the River Analysis System (HEC-RAS). This program models the hydraulics of water flow through rivers and channels of many cross-sections. This program will help you determine if water can travel through specific structures (channel, stream, bridge, culvert, etc…) safely without causing adverse flooding in the area. The system is able to analyze both steady and unsteady flow, sediment transport computations and water quality components. Additionally, it is used for floodplain management with the help of its mapping tools.

This program is also available to the public.

Microsoft Project

Project is Microsoft’s project management tool. It is similar to Microsoft Office, specifically Excel, with its user interface, making navigating the program easy. Scheduling is very important when it comes to managing engineering projects. With the knowledge of basic scheduling concepts such as activity relationships, critical paths, Gantt Charts, and more, Microsoft Project will enable you to create detailed schedules to manage your different projects.

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StormCAD

StormCAD is a modelling and analysis program for drainage system, stormwater and sanitary sewer design. Civil engineers use it daily to size pipes and structures for a variety of development projects. StormCAD can provide calculations for drainage area runoff, inlet capacity, gutters and pipe network flow and more. The outputs and custom report generator are helpful in providing necessary information to ensure your system is engineered correctly. With GIS and AutoCAD support, importing and exporting between programs makes doing the job that much easier!

Want to know more about StormCAD? Check out their overview video!

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Three types of management skills you need

Three types of management skills you need

Good management skills are vital for any organisation to succeed and achieve its goal and objectives. Above all, a manager who fosters good management skills is able to propel the company’s mission and vision or business goals forward with fewer hurdles and objections from internal and external sources.

Management skills are crucial for various positions and at different levels of a company. According to American social and organisational psychologist Robert Katz, the three basic types of management skills include:

  1. Technical skills,
  2. Conceptual skills and
  3. Human or Interpersonal skills.

Technical skills

Technical skills give managers the ability and the knowledge to use a variety of techniques to achieve their objectives. These skills not only involve operating machines and software, production tools, and pieces of equipment but also the skills needed to boost sales, design different types of products and services, and market the services and the products.

Conceptual skills

These involve the skills managers present in terms of the knowledge and ability for abstract thinking and formulating ideas. In detail, the manager is able to see an entire concept, analyze and diagnose a problem, and find creative solutions. Consequently, this helps the manager to effectively predict hurdles their department or the business as a whole may face.

Human or Interpersonal skills

The human or the interpersonal skills are the skills that present the managers’ ability to interact with people. Specifically, these skills enable the managers to make use of human potential in the company. Furthermore, to motivate the employees for better results.

Bottom line

Management skills are a collection of abilities that include things such as business planning, decision-making, problem-solving, communication, delegation and time management.

While different roles and organisations require the use of various skillsets, management skills help a professional stand out and excel no matter what their level.

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