In the ever-evolving landscape of engineering, the convergence of technology and innovation has led to a paradigm shift in how projects are conceived, developed, and executed. The increasing digital nature of engineering simulations, designs, and communications has brought forth both unprecedented opportunities and challenges. As the boundaries between the physical and digital worlds blur, the integration of Managed IT and cybersecurity has become paramount to the success of modern engineering projects.
After the supply chain disruptions and health implications of the pandemic, 2022 was targeted as a year of growth for the architectural, engineering, and construction (AEC) industries. In part, this was due to a federal infrastructure spending bill under the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. However, the continued impacts of labor shortages, overpriced materials, and ongoing supply disruptions are set to interrupt the growth pattern.
Like other industries, the practice of engineering has increased in complexity over the years, in part due to wide-ranging compliance issues arising from entanglement among the areas of liability, technology, and regulation. Advances in technology have made it possible for once local engineering firms to broaden their service areas to include surrounding states or even nationwide coverage. Of course, with this expanded reach comes an increase in regulatory requirements, making document retention an essential part of proper compliance — and protection in the event of legal difficulties.
In this article, we will explore the engineering challenges (and opportunities) of the future, such as cybersecurity threats and the “Internet of Things.” We will also share how Managed IT can support new engineering efforts and improve productivity for teams.
By the end of the century, the global population is expected to peak at nearly 11 billion individuals, causing many urban planners and politicians to rethink the way development is handled. With so many people, cities must be built with an eye toward environmental sustainability as well as scaled solutions regarding transportation, energy, and access to water.
Currently the engineering and construction industries are poised on the brink of a digital transformation that can not only help improve project time, quality, and safety, but also lower overall costs throughout the project lifecycle while increasing efficiency and productivity. Currently many engineering companies are struggling with thin margins, unable to finance the cost of IT talent that will help launch the required digital technologies and optimized business models they need.
Engineers are expected to pay attention to details all of the time, as errors in a typical large engineering project — think bridges, roadways, buildings, and pipelines — can lead to financial disaster and even loss of life. It is essential that engineers keep control of and understand the data they are handling.
As more companies move toward a digital environment, wily hackers are increasingly focused on industrial targets and businesses that use programs such as AutoCAD, making cybersecurity for engineering a critical — and essential — element to deterring industrial espionage.
It’s a known fact that engineering, construction, and architectural firms have unique printing needs. While accuracy and speed are important, they often also need to use their wide-format printers under harsh conditions. Every project the firm takes on also requires accurate billing to the customers for drawings, blueprints, project plans, and models.