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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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Business process mapping

Business process mapping

By | Methods in Engineering | No Comments

To improve business processes, it is important to have a global overview. Create a map of processes helps to identify, understand and manage interrelated processes as a system. It contributes to the effectiveness and efficiency of the whole organization to reach its objectives. Business process mapping helps companies to obtain a shared vision of business processes and to optimize them.

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change management

The importance of change management

By | Document control and AEC jobs | No Comments

For many people, efficient project management is about filling a central repository with data and documents. This is a first step, but change management is also important.

In industrial engineering and construction, everything is about “change” and evolution innovation, development, modification etc. A data repository is a single version of the truth at a specific time but not at all time! The key is less about what is the information at a specific time than how it evolves.

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Subcontractors & Suppliers

The difficulties of adopting a collaboration tool

By | EDMS use cases in engineering | No Comments

In almost all construction and engineering projects, a platform for collaboration and project management cycle is set up. This provides key benefits to better perform projects and better manage workforce, but it can be hard to be adopted.

Let’s be clear, adopting out a collaborative tool is not instinctive. A software project does not end with the delivery and an easy implementation of a turnkey and hosted application such as Lascom AEC. Installing a platform doesn’t mean that users will properly use the platform and begin to collaborate through it.

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Approval signature

Approval and electronic signature

By | EDMS use cases in engineering | No Comments

Approval processes are a common issue in EDMS management. Standardizing, referring and gathering documents are the first stages of document workflows. Effectively following the document’s lifecycle (changes identification, updates, versioning etc.) is the second part.

Some documents are more critical than others and need to be approved by many participants. Approval processes are not always the same but usually the chosen one is based on the safer one, even for simple documents. This may result in a complex workflow.

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Major French and European companies go worldwide

By | AEC technology intelligence | No Comments

French and European engineering companies efficiently manage crisisThe French and European major construction and engineering companies such as Vinci, Bouygues or Eiffage are no longer impacted by the economic downturn. One of the main reasons is the global strategy they have chosen for their activities, which they implemented to cope with the contraction of the European market.

These large groups fulfill major contracts in developing countries where
the need for infrastructure is critical and where, accordingly,
investments are higher. To better compete for these contracts requires
acquiring local companies to have offices on site. 

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