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How to generalise implementation processes in engineering projects

By | Methods in Engineering | No Comments

In engineering and construction projects, it cannot be denied that formal processes whether they are IT or not have several advantages. They allow frame exchanges as well as putting in place and following critical procedures. With hindsight, they encourage companies to formalise their business processes management. Thus it generally makes them more efficient and willing to share their good management practises.

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BIM PLM: How are they complementary?

BIM and PLM: a strong complementarity

By | Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) | No Comments

When we launched our offer combining BIM and PLM that was dedicated to the Architecture, Engineering and Construction (AEC) sector, we wrote an article to underline the complementarity between BIM and PLM. This article and more precisely the complementarity is still valid. In fact, the recurrent questions and exchanges that we have with many actors of the AEC are the best confirmation of it! More and more companies of this sector realise that BIM alone is not enough to ensure an efficient collaboration and management of the project.

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Engineering and risk mangement

Engineering and Risk Management

By | Methods in Engineering | No Comments

The fields of engineering and construction have always been linked with risk assessment. Nonetheless, risk management is becoming more and more important for both success of projects and companies’ profitability. Indeed, due to technological innovations as well as the increasing complexity of equipment, the appearance of new standards and regulations to follow, the number of potential sources of risks is increasing.

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Manage document workflow: a solution to be more competitive

Manage document workflow

By | Document control and AEC jobs | No Comments

Projects involve an increasing number of internal and external participants, resulting in more complex data. Engineering projects have a growing requirement for traceability, also increasing the amount of data to be managed. This is not only about documents anymore but also about lifecycles, workflow, approval processes, changes etc. Managing documents has grown beyond the simple use of EDMS.

Considering these new uses, typical software solutions reached their limits. For instance standard EDMS is usually not able to efficiently manage automated documentation transfer, plans, on-time delivery or responsibilities in case of an accident. As these issues are essential in an engineering project, companies must find better ways for participants to collaborate and organize information.

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Configuration Management

Configuration management – How to drive data evolution efficiently

By | Methods in Engineering | No Comments

To effectively manage products, systems and infrastructures, it is above all necessary to manage the evolution of data and products rather than having a static view of the data. In fact, the need of industrials is mainly related to managing the evolution of data and products and not having a static view of data. More precisely, in the construction sector everything is about “movement” and evolution: innovation, development, modification … A technical reference is not intended to be a virtual archive room! Finally, what matters is not the “photo of data” but their creation and evolution over time.

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Process and Workflow

Process vs Workflow: what is the difference

By | AEC technology intelligence | No Comments

Nowadays, terms related to Business Process Management (BPM), collaboration or data management are increasingly used. Thus, we are more likely to find approximations and conflations.

“Workflow” and “process” are a good illustration of this idea. For many people, these two terms have more or less the same meaning. However, it is important to distinguish them correctly.

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Efficient achievement of deliverables

How to easily manage deliverables?

By | Methods in Engineering | No Comments

Managing deliverables effectively is essential in construction and engineering projects. Providing deliverables ends parts of the project and is often linked to payments. Consequently, effective project management requires clear monitoring of deliverables. Each deliverable is attached to a dedicated file which, all gathered, provide a Final Deliverables List (FDL) which is a record of executed items.

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document review approval

Documentation review: serial or parallel approval

By | EDMS use cases in engineering | No Comments

In most companies, document review cycles are in series. Usually it is through informal emails or internal mails with no formal or traceable process or tool support.

For instance, Bob, the document author send it to his colleague John for review. Then, he sends it to Mrs. Smith, Bob’s manager has to approve it as well as Mr. Drew, head of the quality control department. . Each reviewer modifies the file name in a crude way to track the versions. At the end, the document name looks like [Client] – Specification XXX-v8_Bob_John_Smith_Drew.

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