Modern information technologies are changing all business sectors in one way or another, and engineering firms are no exception to this. It is now possible to design and build a project without having the entire staff at the project’s location. Engineering firms sometimes view this approach with skepticism, but it brings many advantages:
Companies with operations in multiple cities, states or countries are no longer required to have a fully-staffed team at each branch office, and instead they can focus on building specialist teams to work on many projects simultaneously.
Travel expenses are reduced significantly: Moving qualified staff members across multiple project sites is very expensive due to travel and lodging, not to mention the hours of work lost while traveling.
Redundant job positions can be consolidated with remote collaboration, making the company easier to manage while reducing total payroll. Supporting business functions such as accounting and legal services can be outsourced, while engineering firms focus on what they do best.
However, to deploy remote collaboration successfully, a company must make sure it has the right IT services to support such an operation, while focusing on team building and best practices. This approach is only feasible if teams can communicate effectively, while coordinating tasks and working simultaneously without interference.