Debunking the Top 3 Digital Engineering Myths

When engineers design facilities – whether they’re factories, wastewater treatment sites, fabrication plants, or any other high-functioning facility – they need to know the build matches the design. Making sure this is the case can be tricky, but modern digital engineering and 3D modeling make the process a lot easier.

Still, many are trepidatious when it comes to implementing a BIM (building information modeling) based solution. Fortunately, much of this hesitance is based on a few myths about digital engineering. Here, we’ll dispel the top three digital engineering myths to remove any doubt about its value throughout the lifecycle of a facility.

Myth 1: There’s No Software to Manage All the Data

One common misconception about digital engineering is that capturing a 3D point cloud model will generate a ton of data that can’t be easily managed or connected to other information about a facility. Building information models (BIMs) can be obtained from scan-to-BIM methodology, which then needs to be turned into a digital twin for it to have any value in the build process.

Facilities have a multitude of data to keep track of – drawings, point clouds, as-designed, and as-is documentation, CAD models, facilities change logs, operational data, inspection and maintenance records, business and operational KPIs – the list goes on and on. Without the right solution for managing all this data, life can be difficult for engineers and facilities managers alike.

Fortunately, this kind of data nightmare is no longer a concern. Nowadays, software like JP Interactive Viewer exists to bring together all pertinent build and facility information in one place, accessible to anyone with the proper access authority.

Myth 2: Digital Engineering Is Too Costly

Because digital engineering is cutting edge, many assume it’s not for them because it must be more costly than traditional methods. As it turns out, a properly managed project that uses modern digital engineering to keep it streamlined and efficient is more cost-effective and efficient than the old-school build process.

Consider this contrast: In a cost comparison1 for a Manhattan skyscraper project, the cost to do a traditional manual field verification of three floors came to nearly $3000. By contrast, the cost to do the same job with a 3D scan came to $750.

Not to mention, 3D scans are free from human error and take a fraction of the time. The aforementioned job’s time scale? Three full workdays and two skilled laborers for the manual verification versus four hours of one tech’s time for the 3D scan.

This kind of cost and efficiency improvement continues over the lifecycle of the build, from initial design to verification to updates to changes to ongoing maintenance, especially if there’s a cloud-based software package capable of centralizing all the data.

Myth 3: Setting up 3D Models Is Too Complex

Indeed, 3D modeling yields a highly complex set of data that can be used to create detailed BIMs and a digital twin with down-to-the-screw accuracy. It’s easy to see, then, how it might seem to some that the process of setting up 3D models is complex.

The truth is, it’s not. One technician can easily set up a set of equipment and for all intents and purposes stand back and let the machine do the work of scanning and creating a point cloud. For outdoor or large facility area scans, modern UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles – or drones), can do in minutes what used to take surveyors days to accomplish.

Once point cloud data is captured, it’s easy to transfer to the cloud and software can generate digital twins to represent facilities with pinpoint accuracy.

Digital Engineering Is the Future of Efficient Project Management

Traditional facility construction was complicated, costly, and error prone. Problems like duplicate data, miscommunication, or inaccurate manually drawn models can make an old-school approach unwieldy. Digital engineering techniques and technology exist for that very reason – to make things easier.

When things are easy, they cost less – in human hours, mistake correction, and ongoing management time. But, like many new methodologies, digital engineering may sound like the kind of high-end solution only the very rich or talented can afford. In fact, the truth is quite the opposite. Digital engineering makes high-quality, highly efficient processes available to anyone putting together any kind of facility – big or small, complex or simple.

If you’re used to the old way of managing facilities construction, digital engineering can seem daunting at first. But the reality is the tools available for taking a project from “barely got it done under budget and on time” to “well under budget and way ahead of schedule” are readily available, affordable, and easy to implement.

Still not sure about digital engineering? Try out JP Interactive Viewer for free or contact us today to learn more.




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Ivan Marten

Senior Partner Emeritus at Boston Consulting Group

Ivan Marten is a senior partner emeritus at Boston Consulting Group. He is also a member of JP Global Digital Advisory Board as from April 2019. He has supported various companies in the energy, Oil & Gas, power, and environment sectors on developing their strategic visions for over 30 years. Ivan holds a degree in economics and business administration, and a Ph.D. in business administration and economics from the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid. He was named one of the" Top 25 most influential consultants of the year by Consulting Magazine in 2003.

Javier San Juan

President of the Latin America Region at L’Oreal

Javier is the president of the Latin America region at L’Oreal. He is a member of JP Global Digital Advisory Board as from January 2019. He has over 27 years of experience with a world leading cosmetic company where he held various positions across Europe and the Americas. Javier holds a master’s degree in Law, a master’s degree in Economics from the University ICADE in Spain, and a Diplôme HEC from the Hautes Etudes Commerciales de Paris He is the co-founder of Gibraltar Corporation and is one of the advisory board members.

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She works hand-in-hand with multiple departments including Quality Management System, Human Resources, and Marketing. She is currently involved in the process of raising funds.

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Argenis has a bachelor's degree in Geophysical Engineering and an MBA. 

Argenis is experienced in the implementation of agile methodology, and project planning. He is knowledgeable in C++, MATLAB, and Python programming languages. He has almost two years of experience in his field.

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Customer and results-oriented. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in electrical, electronics, and communications engineering, a Master in Management, and a MBA.

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He has been a scrum master focused on software and applications development. He has 24 years of experience in his field.

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Hernan holds a bachelor’s degree in Computer Engineering and a master in Computer Science, Finance, and Strategic Management.

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Freddy is a strong business development professional with an MBA from The Wharton School and an MSE focused on materials science & engineering from The Moore School, University of Pennsylvania. Both degrees were simultaneously earned from 1984 to 1986.

Daniel Coronado

COO & Co-Founder

Daniel is the chief operating officer and co-founder of JP Global Digital. He is responsible for leading the entire overall global operations of JP Global Digital and the implementation of organic growth.

Daniel has a law degree. He has over 25 years of experience founding and developing a series of corporations in the agricultural, mining, construction, and technology sector since 2015.

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Ysaac has a law degree with a specialization in corporate law. Ysaac has over 25 years of experience founding and developing a series of corporations in the agricultural, mining, construction, and technology sector since 2015.