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AEC Needs Better Work Instructions, too

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construction safety

3DVIA Composer gets lots of use in different kinds of manufacturing organizations, but the basic value of having clear and concise work instructions can benefit other industries.  For instance, In the AEC industry worker safety is a top concern.  Construction is one of the most dangerous occupations in the world incurring more occupational fatalities in both the United States and European Union than any other sector.  Of course, there are obvious safety concerns if you assemble an airplane or automobile incorrectly, but most assembly workers are seldom at risk and problems are likely to be found in QA and testing, well before the plane has passengers...

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The Challenge of Communication

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rotary_phoneRecently I attended the Collaboration & Interoperability Congress in Colorado Springs. The annual event attracts those interested in discussing things like LOTAR, MBD, MBE, PMI and the state of industry standards. Whether you recognize those acronyms or not the common connection is one of “communication”. What is desired is a way to communicate so that both sides, really all sides, understand exactly, unequivocally, what the other side is telling them. Nothing should be open to interpretation or the results could range from re-work to disastrous. While the communication problem seems straightforward, the solution is not. Just like when we communicate between spoken languages through a translator, we get the words right, but the cultural meaning is lost...

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