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Digital engineering involves building up the data that forms and informs a digital twin.

Much as a software engineer produces a program, digital engineers develop what’s known as a building information model, or BIM, which is a digital representation of a physical asset that includes data about its design, construction and future function.

Digital engineering, in its most general sense, marks a new approach to innovation and lifecycle management. This is enabled by these advances in technology. However, it isn’t simply the uptake of new technologies but a concerted effort to use them to unlock greater value across the entire lifecycle of a capital asset.

Right from the start of an engineering project, digital engineers aim to create and capture this data in a structured and sensible way, and collaborate with other stakeholders to ensure a high-quality result.

Digital engineering harnesses modern digital capabilities to improve an organization’s efficiency and value, enhance process sequences, and/or transform end-user experiences.

With the appropriate resource allocation, delivery models, project management and team enablement, it can create new business opportunities and competitive customer values. 

Digital engineering solutions can also produce a continuous chain of innovation and competitive positioning that evolves alongside customer needs and new technical opportunities.

Other benefits of digital engineering include the ability to create 3D models that enhance the analysis of geotechnical elements, help in clash and issues resolution, and enable the development of virtual and augmented reality (VR/AR) solutions.

Digital engineering also supports the creation of a value chain that is connected, collaborative and efficient. This of course contributes to improvements in performance, allowing for one source of truth in a federated model between all key players before, during and after the asset creation process.

Want to learn more? Tonex offers Digital Engineering Fundamentals for Programmatic and Technical Leadership, a one day course where participants learn about the holistic approach to analytics underpins dynamic system and system of systems (SoS) modeling, simulation and analysis.

Those who can benefit from this course include government programmatic, functional and technical leadership reviewing, approving, and using technical data to make program, technical and sustainment decisions. These leaders include division chiefs, project managers, program directors, technical directors, lead system engineers, chief engineers, etc.

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