Engineering the future: Bilfinger Tebodin gives two lectures at Brunel

June 06, 2019

In reaction to our white paper about the success factors of the factory of the future, Bilfinger Tebodin was invited by Brunel to give two lectures about this topic in their offices in Amsterdam and Zwolle (the Netherlands). The audience consisted of plant engineers and ICT engineers. Last week, these lectures were given by Wouter van Gerwen, Business Developer at Bilfinger Tebodin. 

In an interactive setting, we discussed the success factors “adaptive”, “circular value chain” and “connected”. Then, we addressed the process of engineering the future. “If you influence it yourself, you can predict it more accurately”. 

Interesting observation: in the ICT field, engineers are more used to the process of developing the unknown with techniques like Agile Scrum than other engineers. Because markets become more volatile, the duration of projects and pay-back times does not fit the approach anymore of “make a very good plan, and don’t change it anymore”. Handling constant change is key in designing the future in a setting of continuous insight development regarding both technical developments and functional demand. This requires a fast cycle sequence of aligned decisions, a short (2 weeks) self-managed concrete result development and formal evaluation to re-align.

Digital meets modular
To bridge the gap between economic- and (more extended) technical lifespan of installations, a second life has to be pre-engineered. A modular approach supports this and avoids value loss at the end of economic use. To prepare modules before someone needs them, a digital twin development avoids the majority of upfront investments without stopping development.

For more information about the lecture, feel free to contact Wouter van Gerwen: wouter.van.gerwen*Please remove text between *, this is a spam protection*@bilfinger.com, +31 6 26 14 69 31

Click here to download the white paper 'The three success factors for the factory of the future'.