Is it worth it?
That’s the fundamental question that many engineering leaders are asking themselves when they are contemplating the pursuit of Model Based Enterprise (MBE) initiatives. It can be a tricky question to answer when the biggest impact is theoretically on time saved downstream.
Here, we’ll get answers to this question in the form of findings from The Model Based Enterprise Study, which gather responses from 575 respondents, and its related publications. A few days ago, we tweeted out this finding.
— Lifecycle Insights (@LC_Insights) May 8, 2015
This finding was originally published in the eBook Quantifying the Value of Model Based Definitions (MBD), which provides two other areas of ROI on MBD initiatives. Some insight in terms of the research methodology can be found on its preview page. This finding represents the average sum of time invested across three performance based questions in the study.
- How many hours per week does an average engineer in your company spend creating documentation (2D or 3D)?
- How many hours per week does an average engineer in your company spend answering / clarifying questions for downstream users, including creating special 3D or 2D snapshots or views?
- How many hours per week does an average engineer in your company spend generating additional documentation for clarification?
In terms of ‘why’ MBD could provide an advantage, one of our respondents explained it best.
Many people have trouble visualizing an object from 2D views, even with standard orthographic projections. I have no problem ‘seeing’ a part, but I have over 40 years of experience in PCB design and mechanical layout. 3D models and drawings do, however, help others understand exactly what they are seeing.
Anonymous, Machinery Manufacturer, United Kingdom