A new approach for implementing Digital Engineering
At DEOS Digital we understand that successful digital transformation starts with the right capability.
We recommend organisations consider a staged approach with the right expertise, to develop appropriate Digital Engineering (DE) strategies prior to commencing with new digital technologies.
Our approach comprises of four stages (as represented in the diagram below):
Advisory: Executive engagement and initial scoping to commence journey
Strategy: Strategic planning to identify the benefits and define the roadmap
Delivery: Develop DE Framework and test on pilot projects
Implementation: Implement DE Framework and measure benefits
Our team offers bespoke digital services, supporting clients through DE implementation.
We specialise in providing advisory and strategic services, providing technical guidance and support through the early stages of the client journey.
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Essential capabilities for DE implementation
DE is complex and requires a blend of skills for successful business implementation.
Industry is now seeking to extend the use of DE beyond individual projects, and improve integration into a broader range of business functions. Leading organisations are now shifting their focus beyond the technology, with greater attention being placed on more strategic capabilities to drive business change.
Through our extensive experience with both clients and industry, we have identified four key capabilities that are each considered essential for successful DE implementation.
These capabilities comprise of the following (as represented in the above diagram):
DE Advisor: Strategic advisor to shape vision, prepare roadmap and business case
DE Developer: Business-focussed expertise to develop and integrate DE Framework
DE Manager: Project-focussed managers who lead and assure DE Framework implementation
Digital Engineer: Technologists who produce DE deliverables (inc. BIM Managers & ICT Leads)
Further details such as typical activities and deliverables are outlined in the table below.
At DEOS Digital, we are initially providing specialist DE Advisor and DE Developer capabilities, to support clients through the early stages of their journey.
We see this is the greatest opportunity to optimise DE implementation and maximise return on investment
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Strategic planning and executive engagement, to influence and advocacy
Develops the vision, policy, business objectives, roadmap and reporting processes
Manages the business-case, funding strategy, executive buy-in and approvals
Business-focussed technical expertise and change management
Develops new standards, processes, data schemas, guidance, training etc to form DE Framework
Integrates existing business functions into DE Framework
Key capabilities include technical, technology and business acumen
Project-focussed champions to manage and assure DE deliverables in accordance with DE Framework
Drives transition as projects “go digital”
Delivers on-the-job training for project personnel and contractors
Technologist capable with DE software, hardware and digital processes (including BIM Managers and ICT Leads)
Works in accordance with the DE Framework, to creates, coordinate and exchange project deliverables 'digitally'
Technologies may include CAD, BIM (3D, 4D, 5D, 6D), laser scanning, geospatial, parametric design, machine learning, drone site capture etc.
Infratech in the built environment
Digital Engineering (DE) is not a new concept, however it is still an emerging domain for many organisations working in the built environment. Over the past decade our sector has experienced rapid change due to the rise ‘infratech’ through numerous innovations such as BIM, internet of things and machine learning.
The introduction of these new technologies and digital processes has enabled a faster, more efficient and more accurate approach to delivering capital projects.
While incremental benefits have been realised, the introduction of new technologies has been relatively disjointed across the construction sector. Siloed point-solutions and disconnected workflows have typically been the norm, which has limited the benefits and impacted the overall value gained.
In short, new technologies have not lived up to expectations, and our sector has not experienced the productivity improvements as many had hoped.
New skills for digital transformation
Leading organisations are now shifting their focus beyond the technology, with greater attention being placed on more strategic initiatives to drive change.
New DE capabilities are emerging, that are proving essential for many organisations seeking to become ‘digital-by-default’.
At DEOS Digital, we understand that successful digital transformation starts with the right digital capability.
We help organisations on their journey with DE, by providing technical expertise that guides each step along the way, from early planning through to operational proficiency.
To find out more, please get in touch.