Onsite vs Offsite COMOS Design Assistance

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Different COMOS Design Assistance options There are different ways to get engineering design projects executed in COMOS for your projects. Both these ways would allow EPCMs to deliver all projects…

Onsite vs Offsite COMOS Design Assistance

Different COMOS Design Assistance options There are different ways to get engineering design projects executed in COMOS for your projects. Both these ways would allow EPCMs to deliver all projects…

Onsite vs Offsite COMOS Design Assistance

Different COMOS Design Assistance options There are different ways to get engineering design projects executed in COMOS for your projects. Both these ways would allow EPCMs to deliver all projects…

Onsite vs Offsite COMOS Design Assistance

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Different COMOS Design Assistance options There are different ways to get engineering design projects executed in COMOS for your projects. Both these ways would allow EPCMs to deliver all projects to their clients on time, within budget, and adhering to clients/end users’ standards and specifications. The EPCM in question would…

COMOS Crossing into the Mainstream South African Market

Although COMOS has proven to be a capable design and plant lifecycle management tool, it is natural that it takes longer than expected for it to be fully integrated into the South African Industrial Automation Industry. This is attributable to COMOS being a new technology introduced into the market and will go…

Onsite vs Offsite COMOS Design Assistance

Different COMOS Design Assistance options

There are different ways to get engineering design projects executed in COMOS for your projects. Both these ways would allow EPCMs to deliver all projects to their clients on time, within budget, and adhering to clients/end users’ standards and specifications. The EPCM in question would need to adopt one of the three options currently available in the South African Market, that is Offsite, Onsite, and/or Hybrid COMOS design assistance for their engineering design projects However, there exists pros and cons to each model and therefore left to the EPCM decision makers to decide on the type of model that works best for them, considering the workload and/or internal culture of the company.

 

Offsite/remote COMOS Design Assistance

Getting offsite COMOS Design Assistance may just be the quickest and simplest way to get your design project underway. It entails acquiring a team that works remotely (from different premises to that of the EPCM) to design all your deliverables in COMOS. This model is made possible by COMOS being a cloud-based Engineering design package, meaning that anyone who has been granted access to the project database can design and make changes onto drawings at any time via remote access to the server. The assisting company would then work on the design project while liaising with the EPCM’s engineering and design team in the process.

Advantages

  1. As the assisting company works remotely, there are no costs to getting the COMOS capacity and capability for designs done inhouse.
  2. The COMOS design process is not managed inhouse, thus helping the EPCM allocate time and resources to other projects.
  3. The EPCM gets to focus on the Engineering, while the assisting company focuses on the COMOS design aspect of the project.
  4. Collaborative work can greatly improve the outcome and quality of deliverables produced as team creativity can be enhanced by different work experiences from both teams.

Disadvantages

  1. Synergy can be difficult to achieve as communication and correspondence might be lacking due to the assisting company’s team working remotely.
  2. The EPCM has less control over the design process and will have rely more on trusting the assisting company to deliver the expected quality of work.
  3. There is a risk of delay should there be inefficient communication and correspondence between the EPCM and the assisting company.

 

Onsite COMOS Design Assistance (Body shopping)

The last option for getting projects designed in COMOS is Onsite COMOS Design Assistance refers to design assistants physically interacting with the EPCM team and working within the EPCM’s premises alongside the inhouse design team to design and complete the COMOS deliverables as a collaborative effort. This usually happens when the EPCM already has COMOS design capabilities and need extra resources one or multiple projects to complement their existing team. It may be challenging as you might need to manage a bigger team of designers on a single project, which might take more time before preparations can be made to accommodate the assisting team.

Advantages

  1. Easier to achieve synergy as the team interacts physically, thus reducing project delays.
  2. The EPCM has more control over the design process, thus accountability is shared equally.
  3. Both teams collaborate and learn from each other in real time, thus enhancing creativity.

Disadvantages

  1. Housing and managing bigger teams can be costly and more challenging.
  2. Clashes, rivalry, and alienation of the assisting design team can be a risk to progress.
  3. It takes longer to prepare for and accommodate a bigger team. thus, delaying project progress.

 

Hybrid model for COMOS Design Assistance

With a hybrid model for getting COMOS design assistance, the EPCM can enjoy the best of both worlds. It provides flexibility to have some assistants inhouse and have some working on the same or different projects remotely. This is especially helpful when projects are behind on schedule and some of the work to be done can be handed over to the remote team to be able to complete the required deliverables on time. The advantages and disadvantages intersect with that of both offsite and onsite COMOS design assistance. However, the plus to adopting both is that it can be effective in saving time and commencing with the project remotely while preparing to accommodate the assisting design team. Moreover, the EPCM has access to a bigger team at any given moment when extra resources are needed for a project.

 

COMOS Crossing into the Mainstream South African Market

Although COMOS has proven to be a capable design and plant lifecycle management tool, it is natural that it takes longer than expected for it to be fully integrated into the South African Industrial Automation Industry. This is attributable to COMOS being a new technology introduced into the market and will go through the maturing stages of adoption and implementation into the market. The South African Market is still in the early stages of the COMOS learning curve.

Innovators will inevitably be the first group of the market to test the capabilities and figure out whether the new technology lives up to manufacturer’s promises. This is because experimentation and interest in new technology is an integral part of who they are. This group of people are tech enthusiasts who enjoy putting new technology through its paces and are usually key in helping the developers to improve the technology. Once there is a buy in from the innovators, the new technology is likely to gain trust amongst early adopters, who are visionaries in a quest to stay ahead of the competition and are willing to take risks to get a competitive edge in the market. This group of people are not intimidated by new technology and are willing to take risks in hopes of big rewards in their businesses and personal lives. Regarding COMOS, such visionaries include the likes of Anglo-American Platinum, Eskom, Coca Cola, etc., who have embraced COMOS as the preferred tool to achieve integrated Engineering Design.

Crossing the Chasm comes as a challenge for most new technologies and businesses. The chasm is essentially the turbulent bridge that connects trends from the innovators and early adopters to the early majority group. Most new technologies never make it past this stage and end up falling through the cracks. Reason being that the early and late majority are the hardest groups to convince to buy into the use of new technology. Both groups make up two thirds of the market and their buy in and approval determines the success of the business or technology introduced into the market. If technology is adopted and gains support from both these groups, success is inevitable.

Larger EPCMs such as DRA Global, Hatch, Wood PLC etc., represent most of the early majority groups. One of the reasons Large EPCMs usually fall under this group is because they have the financial capacity to be able to absorb the cost of the COMOS technology (COMOS software, licences, and training). Small – medium sized EPCMs mostly fall under the late majority group as most might feel the cost of implementing COMOS on engineering projects outweigh the benefits as they do not have the financial capacity and flexibility that large EPCMs do. Most of all, the reason these types of organisations fall in their designated groups is because of the characteristics shared amongst the individual people within the groups as seen below.

 

Characteristics of the mainstream COMOS market

Early Majority (Large EPCMs) Late Majority (Small – Medium sized EPCMs)
1.      They are driven by the practicality of the solution/technology.

2.      They take time to assess and make informed buying decisions.

3.      They base their decisions on established and trusted references. (Early Majority and Early Adopters)

4.      They need proof that the solution has been tried, tested, and works before they commit.

5

1.      They are not confident or comfortable using or experimenting with new technology.

2.      They wait until the solution has become a set standard or norm to buy into it.

3.      They want to depend on a mature market (plenty support) to have peace of mind.

4.      They usually make decisions based on the established references from both Late Majority and Early Majority

5.      They need proof that the solution has been tried, tested, and works before they commit.

 

 

Recently however, as COMOS becomes more accessible, we are beginning to see increasing interest and demand from small – medium sized EPCMs wanting to complete their Engineering Design Projects in COMOS. In as much as COMOS implementation has not taken traction at the desired speed and urgency, we remain hopeful that more EPCMs and end users in different industries buy in to COMOS and adopt it as a viable tool and vehicle leading the industries towards fully integrated engineering. In our 3 years of research and experience assisting EPCMs to deliver Engineering and Design projects to their clients in COMOS, we have come to the realisation and insight that EPCMs are not motivated to use COMOS in most of their engineering and design projects because there is not enough demand for COMOS designs from the pool of end users in the market, as well as little enforcement from the current COMOS end users. Thus, contributing to the delay in ultimately maturing the COMOS technology within the South African industry to a satisfactory position.

In conclusion, we strongly believe COMOS, in due time, will successfully penetrate and become a set standard for design and implementation of engineering and design projects in the South African Industrial Automation industry. It is however up to the market’s Early Adopters and Early Majorities to come together, to influence the uptake of COMOS cooperatively and strategically amongst the Late Majority group if we are to create a healthy and thriving industry with COMOS at the heart of integrated engineering design. Thus, helping all industry end users reach Full COMOS Implementation across all their operations sooner.

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Onsite vs Offsite COMOS Design Assistance

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Frank Czymek on COMOS & the DigitalTwin Global Progress

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Onsite vs Offsite COMOS Design Assistance

COMOS Crossing into the Mainstream South African Market

Frank Czymek on COMOS & the DigitalTwin Global Progress

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Onsite vs Offsite COMOS Design Assistance

COMOS Crossing into the Mainstream South African Market

Frank Czymek on COMOS & the DigitalTwin Global Progress

An Introduction to COMOS

Onsite vs Offsite COMOS Design Assistance

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Frank Czymek on COMOS & the DigitalTwin Global Progress

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Onsite vs Offsite COMOS Design Assistance

COMOS Crossing into the Mainstream South African Market

Frank Czymek on COMOS & the DigitalTwin Global Progress

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COMOS Crossing into the Mainstream South African Market

Frank Czymek on COMOS & the DigitalTwin Global Progress

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COMOS Crossing into the Mainstream South African Market

Frank Czymek on COMOS & the DigitalTwin Global Progress

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Frank Czymek on COMOS & the DigitalTwin Global Progress

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