We're excited to share this guest blog by Vista Projects, a leading integrated industrial engineering firm. This feature explores how Vista Project's truth-based program can help organizations navigate the digital transformation of their projects and operations, something that's very near and dear to our hearts here at 4castplus. Keep reading to learn more.
Engineering comes in many forms, from electrical to civil to mechanical and beyond, but there is perhaps none more versatile and none that cover a wider scope than the practice of industrial engineering.
The thing about industrial engineering (IE) that everyone who thinks of pursuing it should know is that it is far more than just a practical occupation. To be a successful industrial engineer, one must master skills based on logic and strategic analysis.
These engineers are not specific in their disciplines, the goal is to optimize complex processes, systems and organizations and to minimize wastefulness in production processes. Efficiency is the key.
Industrial Engineering: Solving Problems
It’s all about taking a product or service and integrating machines, workers, materials, information and yes, money too, into one well-organized system to provide said product or service in the most efficient and expedient fashion.
Industrial engineers will need to learn about math, physics, chemistry and business if they want to be a serious presence in the industry and this makes for a skillset which is varied and can be applied to a lot of other jobs too.
IE has been around for a long time, with the first formal degree on the subject being established in about 1908 and the systems involved dating back to sometime in the 19th Century, having grown out of the era of the industrial revolution.
Like all industries, IE has grown and evolved over the years and right now it looks very different to how it did back in the earlier parts of the 20th Century. And with the rise of computers, the internet and information, things are changing now more than ever.
Focused on Process and Transformation
Many industries are undergoing a process of digital transformation. For something like IE, this is the next logical step in its evolution because organization and information are such important components of it.
But this transformation is not going to happen automatically, IE needs to be guided into the future and Vista Projects are leading the charge in that capacity. Vista has devised a truth-based program which will simplify the process for your infrastructure assets.
The system works by structuring data in a single source of truth (SSOT) environment which will connect all of the stakeholders involved in a project together in a data portal which is accessible from anywhere.
For your project, this allows you to be collaborating with the other stakeholders at all times. You have access to all the up to the minute information you need and it ensures you can have input from everyone else at all times when dealing with problems and optimizing solutions.
Gone are the days of traditional written documents and waiting days for a phone call responding to a simple request you put in. Scheduling becomes easier, decisions get sped up and information will rarely be misplaced.
Summary of Benefits
The first and arguably most important benefit is transparency. In order to be efficient with your projects, you need to be constantly progressing and making fast decisions about what to do next.
This becomes more difficult if your information is not always accessible. The SSOT will ensure that you have full transparency, everything you need to know and everyone you need to contact will be at your fingertips at all times.
And that brings us to our second benefit, which is collaboration. Up to this point, IE has been based on a system of limited collaboration. Stakeholders are working in separation and often very far apart from each other.
This slows things down because they will be working on finalizing documents in isolation and then sharing them and this isn’t really collaboration. We don’t get to operate with each other's input in mind and make decisions which work for everyone involved. Vista’s data portal eliminates that problem too.
Finally, we come to quality. Something that we used to have to sacrifice in our bids to meet deadlines and preserve the budget. Before an accessible data portal, just getting the project finished was a monumental task in itself.
This is no longer the case. Now that we have a system which is organized and manageable, we can overcome the restrictions and put more focus on actually putting together a product of the highest possible quality.
Keeping in mind the fact that the very essence of IE is efficiency and strategic innovation, there is really no greater way to ensure full realization of your projects than utilizing Vista’s SSOT to its fullest capacity.