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Deltek Clarity A&E Industry Study: Understanding Key Characteristics of High-Performing Firms

Friday, July 31st, 2015

Bench players don’t become part of the starting line-up overnight. In many cases, they first decided that being good just wasn’t good enough and put in the necessary work to achieve a drastic change.

The A&E industry is no different. There are truly great firms; many have been recognized within the industry as best places to work, top design firms or even top emerging firms. But their status often reflects a choice to pursue greatness, followed by introspection and hard work.

What separates these firms from everyone else? In this year’s Deltek Clarity A&E Industry Study, we broke out a group of high performers – more than 25% of participants – to analyze what makes them so successful.

Let’s take a look at some key areas where the high-performing firms stand out from the competition.


P&ID = Piping and Instrumentation DATA (not Drawing)

Friday, July 24th, 2015

It’s time we stop referring to P&IDs as piping and instrumentation drawings/diagrams and instead as piping and instrumentation DATA.  We are on the cusp of a “paradigm shift” – where the “D” in P&ID will be a distant memory for those who reference diagrams or drawings.  There will be numerous challenges to overcome in the “P&I Data Shift”, but I believe there has never been more justification to undertake such an initiative.

These schematics are an owner-operator’s most valuable data asset, representing an index of process equipment and specification data captured in the design, construction, and operating phases of a plant. At Environmental intellect (Ei), we have long advocated the use of “intelligent” P&IDs for compliance purposes.  I often say that “P&IDs are the foundation for compliance” for many programs, such as those mandated under the Process Safety Management (PSM) and Clean Air Act (CAA) regulations.  It wasn’t until earlier this year that we realized the importance of P&IDs beyond compliance (see YouTube demo: Plant Data and P&ID Technology that Reduces Operating Costs and Compliance Risk).


Getting Ahead in the Clouds – UAV Scanning for Strengthening and Re-building Cities

Monday, July 20th, 2015


Despite what you were taught in school, having your head in the clouds, and start your next project there, may be the best place to start. UAVs (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles), Quadcopters, Eyes Spying in the Sky, or Drones, as they are better known, may sound like something that belongs in a sci-fi movie, but the truth is, they are becoming easily accessible and we should be taking advantage of them to help us strengthen and re-build our cities. Remotely operated, UAVs allow architects and engineers access to dangerous and remote environments, permitting them to make assessments that they never could before.

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