disciplined design engineering in practice
It seems that applying disciplined engineering methods is sometimes looked down upon in my department and more valuable is put on "napkin" design and trial and error fabrication. To be fair we do have some very intense projects that we have outsourced to PE firms for final verification of design to specific industry standards. And I don't take concern with all other projects that will never be used outside of our facility. But IMO we have a few projects that should really be held to higher standard.
So what gives?
Am I just putting to much emphasis on these middle of road projects and that usually some napkin math is all that's needed and the "we'll figure it out" mentally is actually more practical vs doing detailed design with optimization of material usage, fabrication, labor and overall cost, generally following a more structured Systems engineering approach?
We do a lot of one-offs so this may be why…
Thanks for any input!
Submitted December 31, 2016 at 03:17PM by EngineerAllTheThingz
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