Do you remember when you transferred your address book contacts into your smartphone? It was painful at first, but once you got used to the change, it made your life much easier. The same is happening for project delivery. Virtual training, 3D modeling, and mobile accessibility may be foreign ideas, but they have made collaborating, executing and reviewing projects faster and easier.
Ready, Fire, Aim
Prior to the emergence of today’s technologies, industry professionals made decisions through trial and error. One of Haskell’s senior packaging engineers, Jeff Fisher, an industry veteran with more than 25 years of experience, describes this project execution style as ready, fire, aim. Jeff reflects, “For every grey area that surfaced after we ‘fired’, we hoped our wits would allow us to ‘aim’ well enough to solve the problem quickly.”
These recent technological advances have allowed Jeff to reorder his phrase. Through 3D modeling, advanced simulation, computer aided stress analysis and mobile accessibility, project teams are able to precisely aim before firing into anything.
New Tools Making New Rules
We've all heard it. The only constant in life is change. The continuous evolution of technology has allowed manufacturers to adapt new perspectives and rules that improve project delivery. For example, static analysis was the primary means of determining system operations, but it did not always capture the real world problems. Designs could only be truly tested after construction. With the great advances in simulation and emulation, the predictive nature of the business improved. Project teams can now identify real world problems and reduce site start-up times by testing their coding using emulation and actual equipment software before touching a single line of conveyor.
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Simulations can also help train employees. For example, to improve safety on job sites, Haskell created virtual safety training videos for both team members and contractors. With virtual videos, the transfer of knowledge is much more seamless by saving time and resources while also breaking language barriers. View the virtual safety training video above to see how Haskell uses simulation technology to improve safety.
Communication: For Better or for Worse?
With the world moving so quickly, communication has evolved into text messages, emails and emoticons. Many have voiced their opinion about how communication has changed for the good and for the bad. Haskell’s John Simon sees both sides, “Although the use of email is easier and faster, just picking up the phone and talking to your vendor or your client is often much more beneficial.” Haskell identified this need to use cutting edge technology to make communication easier and faster while still valuing verbal communication. To fuse these two ideas, the virtual collaboration rooms were created.
Haskell project team in video collaboration room in Jacksonville office
Haskell’s virtual collaboration rooms allow project teams to take advantage of the latest advances in technology to improve efficiency and enable better communication between offices, job sites, and client locations. With this technology, teams can conduct face-to-face project reviews with clients and allow video access to drawings and dynamic modeling systems online, eliminating the need for either party to travel. In addition, job site inspections can be performed remotely through connection with tablet device cameras managed by project personnel on site.
There’s an App for That
Project adjustments and collaboration are not just left in virtual collaboration rooms; some engineers have decided to use apps to access data on the jobsite. These apps address the importance of mobile accessibility in today’s fast paced work environment. When project managers access and update project data from the job site, team members in the office implement the changes immediately – ultimately delivering clients faster design, production, installation and start-up times. To learn more about the impact apps are making in the construction industry, read Constructech Magazine’s Contractors Become App Savvy, which includes an interview with Haskell Project Manager, Chad Kunkel.
Though technology has changed, the goal has not – to deliver innovative solutions to help clients move their enterprise forward.