Design Office Optimisation

Design Office Optimisation

We can create an Autodesk Inventor optimisation strategy that enhances your design & drafting office and improve business performance.

Optimising your design & drafting office may seem like a waste of time, but it is one of the best ways to improve productivity and service, reduce costs and foster a culture of innovation and creativity. Whether you’re planning to optimise your existing office space or move to a new location, the first step is developing an office optimisation strategy.  Here are four key elements to consider:

1. BUSINESS GOALS
Before you start making changes to optimise your design & drafting office, take a step back and think about the bigger picture. How will your office help you achieve your business objectives? Look at your overall vision, company values and KPIs for the year ahead, as well as how your teams are structured and who they collaborate with on a daily basis. Also consider any challenges or frustrations raised by staff and how you see your business operating in the future. This will provide a good foundation for understanding what challenges need to be overcome in your design & drafting office optimisation strategy.

2. DESIGN & DRAFTING OFFICE PRACTICES
It’s important to consider not only how your staff work on a daily basis, but also how they use the office space throughout the day. Where are the main thoroughfares in the office? How is the equipment used by staff? Who uses the meeting rooms most often and how are they used? How are project documents used and stored?
A design & drafting office optimisation strategy will also take into consideration any environmental practices that can be implemented in the design & drafting office environment and how these will be used by staff. Understanding the design & drafting practices of your staff will allow you to determine what technology and design elements will support their needs and improve their productivity and morale.

3. AUTODESK INVENTOR
Enhancements are critical to an optimised design & drafting office. It can help staff stay motivated and productive, enhance your ability to attract and retain the best talent and boost the reputation of your brand. A well-operated Autodesk Inventor workstation not only takes into consideration speed, accuracy and the engineeering practices of your staff, but also the business culture and values of your brand. Enhancement tools such as automated templates, company specific applications, existing applications working together with relevant (company) standards should all work in harmony to support your team and achieve your business goals.

4. TECHNOLOGY
Technology is an integral part of modern design & drafting offices and can significantly impact the way your staff communicate and collaborate with clients and each other. When considering what Autodesk Inventor Enhancement Solutions you may need in your design & drafting office, start with your business objectives and the day-to-day business practices that will help you achieve these goals. For example, enabling a streamlined design & drafting procedure. From there, you can consider the various platforms available within your project budget. You may even find that you can maximise value from existing technology and improve your return on investment.

When you are interested in how we can assist you, please don't hesitate to contact us.

Company Standards

A lot of companies do not realise that there is a lot of money to be saved in the Design and Drafting office by simply having templates and office drawing standards in place. In short: Company Standards.

With the 3D Modelling programs that are on the market these days, most of the Engineers, Designers and Drafters can use these programs very well but not everyone is aware how sophisticated, powerful and flexible these programs are. A lot of things can be automated very easily without having a lot of coding knowledge. Are you still filling out the Bill of Material? Then it is time to eliminate this costly waste of time!

In my opinion data presented on drawings should come from the item (model) that is shown on the drawing; all the data can and should be in that part or assembly file. Data shown on the drawings such as Length, Width, Thickness, Revision, Status, Description, Drawing Number, etc., etc. should be coming from the model and should not be manually filled out on the drawing. That is really bad practise when you have very strong tools available with your 3D Modelling program. Reason is that if a part or an assembly has changed or is used in another project, that same and accurate information will be presented again on the drawing without having to fill out fields on the drawing again.
These 3D Modelling programs are not cheap but when used to it's (full) potential you will have this investment back in no-time!

My advise is: try to be lean and look at things that are repetitive. There is always a solution to make things faster, easier and most importantly accurate. Nothing is so bad as presenting wrong information to the customer or workshop.

Can 3D Norm help? Of course! The experience is here, just drop an email.

3D Norm has many, many years of practical experience with (mainly) Autodesk Inventor and SolidWorks used in the Mechanical and Structural fields. Tools have been created in-house to eliminate repetitive work and make sure that the information presented on drawings is accurate. Ideas and tools developed over the years are now actively being developed by a small group with the right coding experience and these tools will be made available to the 3D Modelling market.