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Vol.3 | Issue 8 | August 2016
One of the tasks after performing analysis in CAESAR II could be to modify the model based on those results. It may be to... read more.
In an ongoing effort to continue bringing cutting edge and innovative solutions to their users, the... read more.
TANK 2016 is now in production and will start shipping to customers soon. This is a very significant release of the... read more.
Erin Hopple
Sr. Marketing Specialist
How to Predict If Your Design or Engineering Project is a Loser

Just as we like to speak with our customers before we build the software that powers your company, each project needs to define what the details of success are, from concept to construction. Everyone wants to be on the same page and equally understand their role in the project, and we all strive to dig in deeply and ask the pertinent questions. But sometimes expectations don’t mirror reality. In plant design, we see this often when materials or design don’t work in ways the client has planned. These three questions, whether you’re analyzing a pressure vessel or building the next LNG plant, are the key to finishing a winning project:

1. Is the problem solved? It’s a little obvious, sure. But whenever you can reign the discussion back to what was the real problem we’re solving by this new design, you’re sure to align the project with business needs. Ultimately, the business made the decision to start this project for a business reason. Is your plan aligning with it? Does your plan tie back all of the details to this business problem?

2. Is the project on time and within budget? The key to repeat business/project leadership is ensuring every stakeholder is satisfied with the results, and two of the biggest factors often repeated in surveys of project satisfaction are time and budget. Are you lagging behind in key areas? Is the delay a person, process, or technology issue? Do whatever you can to quickly identify and eradicate any issues that may delay a project, such as untrained staff or outdated software. A little investment in clearing up internal delays could pay out in repeat work down the line.

3. Is everyone talking? If there’s not a lot of chatter or updates going on between project teams or clients and consultants, your project may be failing. A healthy project has open, honest communication between all parties involved. The nature of the communication should support the end client’s strong, ongoing commitment and participation in the project itself, which helps to align the project with the business problem we were solving at the beginning.

Lastly, as a side note, we’re kicking off another listening project for all HxGN LOCAL CAU Houston 2016 attendees. If you would like to come and share the business problems your company is facing and how we can better align our software to your project needs, we would absolutely love to see you there. The event will be held Wednesday, September 22, from 8:30 a.m. until noon. Come meet the developers and decision makers for CADWorx, CAESAR II, GT STRUDL, PV Elite and TANK at the Sugar Land Marriott.

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