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Economics of Additive Manufacturing

April 15, 2017
Author(s)
Douglas Thomas
There are three aspects to the economics of additive manufacturing. The first involves measuring the size of additive manufacturing. This includes measuring the value of the goods produced using this technology in the context of the total economy. The

Annual Manufacturing Report

October 3, 2016
Author(s)
Douglas Thomas
The purpose of this report is to track domestic manufacturing activity and its supply chain in order to develop a quantitative depiction of U.S. manufacturing in the context of the domestic economy and global industry. This depiction provides change agents

Annual Manufacturing Review

December 14, 2015
Author(s)
Douglas Thomas, Anand M. Kandaswamy
This report provides an overview of the US manufacturing industry. There are three aspects of U.S. manufacturing that are considered: (1) how the US industry compares to other countries, (2) the trends in the domestic industry, and (3) the industry trends

Inventory and Flow Time in the US Manufacturing Industry

December 14, 2015
Author(s)
Douglas Thomas, Anand M. Kandaswamy
Advancements in the efficient use of inputs, such as land and labor, have been a key driver of per capita income growth throughout history. One method for identifying potential efficiency improvements is lean manufacturing or lean production, a set of

Costs and Cost Effectiveness of Additive Manufacturing

December 4, 2014
Author(s)
Douglas Thomas, Stanley W. Gilbert
The use of additive manufacturing has increased significantly in previous years. Additive manufacturing is used by multiple industry subsectors, including motor vehicles, aerospace, machinery, electronics, and medical products. Currently, however, additive

The Decline in Reported Smoking-Caused Wildfires

June 21, 2014
Author(s)
David T. Butry, Jeffrey P. Prestemon, Douglas S. Thomas
The number of smoking-caused wildfires has been falling nationwide. On national forests in 2011, smoking-caused wildfires represented only 10 % of their 1980 level. No other cause of wildfire has experienced this level of decline. Using U.S. Forest Service

USA - Characteristics, Impacts, and Future Directions

June 11, 2014
Author(s)
Sarah Slaughter, Douglas Thomas, Robert E. Chapman
Investments in the built environment provide the basis for civil society and commerce, and construction is an engine of growth for the U.S. economy, equaling approximately 3 % to 5 % of GDP. Current U.S. annual expenditures for construction-related R&D are

The U.S. Manufacturing Value Chain: An International Perspective

February 10, 2014
Author(s)
Douglas Thomas
This report uses input-output data from the World Input-Output Database along with the methods developed by Wassily Leontief to track the intermediate goods and services used in national manufacturing industries. Specifically, it examines the extent that

Economics of the U.S. Additive Manufacturing Industry

August 14, 2013
Author(s)
Douglas Thomas
There is a general concern that the US manufacturing industry has lost competitiveness with other nations. Additive manufacturing may provide an important opportunity for advancing US manufacturing while maintaining and advancing US innovation. Additive

The Effects of Wildfire Prevention Activities

August 1, 2013
Author(s)
Douglas S. Thomas, David T. Butry, Jeffrey P. Prestemon
Eighty percent of wildfires are human caused, so it is important for decision makers and land managers to consider the role of prevention activities that minimize the costs and losses of human-caused wildfires. There have been significant efforts aimed at

The Current State and Recent Trends of the U.S. Manufacturing Industry

December 20, 2012
Author(s)
Douglas Thomas
This report brings together multiple sources of aggregate manufacturing industry data and industry subsector data to develop a quantitative depiction of the U.S. manufacturing industry. It compares the U.S. manufacturing industry to its international

Social Disorder, Accidents, and Municipal Wildfires

December 1, 2012
Author(s)
Douglas S. Thomas, David T. Butry, Jeffrey P. Prestemon
Societal safeguards, established by those who have shared perceptions in the importance of safety and taking preventative measures, reduce the incidence of accidents that harm people and damage property. These safeguards prevent or discourage community

Evaluating Potential Bias in Non-Randomly Reported Fire Incident Data

September 26, 2012
Author(s)
David T. Butry, Douglas S. Thomas
This analysis is a part of an effort to develop statistics and uncertainty measures for characterizing, tracking, and better understanding the root causes of the total burden of fire in the United States. They will be used to develop performance metrics

Wildland Fires within Municipal Jurisdictions

January 1, 2012
Author(s)
Douglas S. Thomas, David T. Butry
Each year, wildland fires threaten structures and occupants of the wildland-urban interface (WUI). Currently, wildfire ignition estimates largely exclude ignitions originating within municipal jurisdictions, whose jurisdiction encompasses the majority of

Tracking the National Fire Problem: The Data behind the Statistics

November 21, 2011
Author(s)
Douglas S. Thomas, David T. Butry
The objective of this report is to support the development of descriptive statistics and associated measures of uncertainty for characterizing, tracking, and better understanding the root causes of the U.S. fire burden by identifying the relevant costs and