The Evolutionary Changes In Engineering Technology Sector
FREMONT, CA: The Engineering Technology pathway provides productive results when it comes to design, production, and maintenance of mechanical, telecommunications, electrical, electronics, and electromechanical products and systems. In the last couple of years, engineering sector has evolved a lot. Customers are becoming more comfortable to seek outside help for engineering through outsourcing and through new specialist technology solutions beyond the conventional engineering tools.
Macro-economic imperatives like difficult economies and need for capitalizing on the potential emerging markets have helped drive outsourcing engineering services in recent times. Companies are looking for solutions–technology or process, for cost reduction and to retain knowledge, as talent becomes constrained. Other factors such as product localization, shortening product lifecycle, growing pressures on R&D budgets are also driving changes in engineering. From an engineering discipline perspective, embedded and electronics content has increased significantly, specifically in automotive sector demanding tighter integration and common engineering roadmaps in mechanical, software and electronics domains.
“To address these needs solution providers like us will have to invest in improving domain knowledge as customers are expecting higher value. Customers are demanding global delivery capabilities from their engineering partners with complete ownership of the solution or service,” says Sameer Kondejkar, Senior Director and Head of Geometry Technology Solutions Business of Geometric Limited.
Engineers are at the forefront of leveraging new approaches around pre-fabrication that need to be included early in the design, and there needs to be more efficient use and management of big data. Major engineering organizations as well as service providers are still laying out the right approach to adopt systems engineering as an engineering discipline. Engineers need to be prepared to collaborate with distributed cross functional teams at a higher speed, across the globe. The ramp up time will be shorter (higher effectiveness, need for flexibility), and simulation will play a greater role early in the design process, especially around optimization to drive project outcomes. “Looking at the trend of “the internet of things,” mobile and cloud will become ubiquitous and will enable new workflows as well as amplify current ones, especially for industries such as construction, that are inherently inefficient,” notes Amar Hanspal, SVP of Information Modeling and Platform Products at AutoDesk.
The ability to collaborate in the field and relay changes and errors back to the design team in real time is huge. Also, connectivity between the digital and physical world such as reality computing, digital fabrication or 3D printing adds new elements to the workflow that need to be accounted for. “We also expect our design customers to move earlier and later in terms of what they offer–early in terms of being able to ride the wave of expressive design and use computational modeling for that,” adds Hanspal.
Engineering service providers continue to believe that Building Information Modeling (BIM), Mobility and Cloud-based collaboration and computing software will be driving trends for 2014. They expect to see this continue to increase across the world as more engineers are empowered with the necessary tools for analysis, simulation and optimization. “To serve the emerging market needs, I am anticipating continued activities around mergers & acquisitions or partnerships between leading auto OEMs,” says Kondjekar.
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