What Is Digital Engineering?

Digital engineering may sound like a mysterious term to some, but it’s really a simple concept. Digital engineering is the use of digital tools and skills to create, manipulate, and realize designs. Digital tools may entirely replace traditional analog tools like paper and pencil, or they may augment a more traditional approach.

While there’s much involved in digital evolution, including more and more use of 3D renderings and advanced building information models (BIMs), the truth is computer-aided design (CAD) has been standard practice for years – so digital engineering is not a new concept. Now, however, there are more digital options than ever for improving the process of designing, building, and managing projects. The whole of this set of advanced tools and skills is referred to as digital engineering, and digital engineering itself is evolving rapidly.

Benefits of Digital Engineering for Engineers

Digital engineering’s biggest contribution to engineers is efficiency. In the past, meticulous work on paper meant designing complex projects was slow and organizing the massive amount of data needed to see projects through to completion was difficult at best. Not to mention, human error is a major issue where paper documentation is concerned, and necessary information like maintenance history or equipment specs weren’t always connected to facility designs in any meaningful way.

Now, digital engineering practices make the work faster and more accurate, and the use of BIMs means engineers can manage builds remotely, respond to problems, change designs before building, and even stay out of dangerous environments and reduce travel. Plus, with the right management software, 3D models of real facilities can be accessible to all stakeholders – with all pertinent information in one place.

Benefits of Digital Engineering for Project Owners

Project owners often need to communicate with engineers and make sure projects are proceeding on-time and within budget, but sometimes a bottleneck can occur when translating technical jargon for non-engineer stakeholders. With no way to look at the same design files, wires can get crossed and communication can get bogged down.

With modern digital engineering processes, clients and engineers can communicate on the same level, in the same digital space. This means a quicker feedback cycle, better adherence to clients’ needs, and reaching a satisfactory product faster and more often.

Especially when using 3D models, clients can see what a build will look like and how it will function before and during the build, better enabling them with feedback as to what works. With the right software, such as JP Interactive Viewer, clients and engineers can stay on the same page during all phases of a project, bringing down costs, increasing efficiency, and speeding up project timelines.

Next Gen Digital Engineering

CAD was the beginning of the digital engineering revolution – now, it’s the building information model, or BIM and point clouds. A point cloud is simply a dense set of data points in space with coordinates, intensity, and color value, representing a digital replica of any external shape, environment, or asset – both indoors and outdoors. This data can be used to create BIMs, but at the end of the day all of this data can be unwieldy without the right package to bring it all together.

One way to do this is to create a digital twin: a 3D model representing a build project exactly as it is. Software such as JP Interactive Viewer brings this model together with an interactive viewing platform so clients and engineers alike can “walk through” an excavation, with all pertinent data tied directly to the model.

For example, as a facility owner walks through a digital twin, they can inspect each piece of equipment and quickly pull up maintenance records, finding out on the spot if a component is overdue for maintenance. This one kind of information is the tip of the iceberg. JP Interactive Viewer also connects a full spectrum of data to a digital twin, such as facilities changes, CAD models, analytics, operational data, key performance indicators, and more.

It’s this kind of advanced data organization and collaborative ease that makes digital engineering on the whole an exciting area of advancement in engineering and project management.

Endless Possibilities

There’s no end to the possibilities when it comes to how technology can improve life for engineers and their clients. Digital engineering has entered a new phase of innovation in recent years, but what has already appeared is only a small taste of what’s to come. JP Global Digital would love to be your guide in moving into the future of digital engineering.

If you’re ready to dive into what’s possible right now and see what a truly organized digital engineering solution can do for you, contact JP Global or get your free trial of JP Interactive Viewer today.

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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.

Elizabeth Coronado

Co-Founder and Head of Marketing

Elizabeth graduated cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in Organizational Communication. She has three years of experience supporting the management of internal and external communications. She holds a Digital Marketing Certificate from the University of Miami.

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.

Argenis Pelayo

Product Manager

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.

King Yung

Data Processing Specialist

King is a mechanical maintenance engineer with an MBA. He has almost 15 years of experience in the oil & gas industry. In the last five years, he has specialized and certified in laser scanning. He is focused on industrial data processing in Panama, the Republic of Panama.

Eduardo Colmenares

Technical Sales

Eduardo is a mechanical engineer with an MBA. He has more than 10 years of experience in the construction and oil & gas industry. In the last five years, he has specialized and is certified in laser scanning. Eduardo has focused on leading industrial asset digitalization in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Valentin Malave

Project Leader

Valentin is a civil engineer with almost 20 years of experience as a project engineer. In the last two years, he has focused on leading industrial asset digitalization in Houston, TX. He has specialized and is certified in laser scanning.

Ana Gutierrez

Project Leader

Ana has 10 years of experience in the design and engineering area of telecommunications and networks, and digitalization. In the last four years, she has specialized and certified in laser scanning.

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

Roberto Ocando Morales

Research & Development Leader

Roberto holds an associate degree in information technology and a law degree. He has an MBA and a specialization in strategic senior management.

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

He was second place within the 100 Best Technology Projects Executed in Venezuela in 2006- according to IT Manager 100 Empresas High-Tech 2006

Marvelys Gonzalez

Head of Operations

Marvelys is a civil engineer with a master in project management and specialized in project design and hydraulic engineering. She also holds an MBA and a master in Big Data & Business Intelligence.

She has more than 17 years of experience in her field, and for the last three years, she has focused on industrial data processing. She is located in Mexico City (DF).

Hernan Ocando

IT Team Leader

Hernan has more than 20 years of experience in computer science, cryptography, IT, data center design, telecommunications, and digitalization.

He also has experience as an information security management system auditor, and data processing platform manager in both private and public corporations.

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

Freddy Martinez

Partner and President

Freddy is a successful senior executive with more than 35 years of experience supporting global companies in their growth.

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.

Ysaac Coronado

CEO and Co-Founder

Ysaac is the CEO and co-founder of JP Global Digital. He is responsible for the overall business performance of JP Global Digital and is highly committed to the development of high-quality 3D digital solutions and to obtain the highest level of client satisfaction and growth for the Oil & Gas, Large Industrial, and Maritime Sectors.

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.