How Does Digital Planning Improve the Quality of Execution?

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As the world is currently undergoing economic upheaval, it is essential for management to optimize processes in terms of quality. Today, top management needs a holistic, overarching strategy for operational planning and control. Most companies operate in a highly competitive environment and often tight deadlines are set for key business objectives.

Digital planning aims to effectively support managers in organizational planning and quality management. In real estate and facility management, the digital planning method allows for more agility compared to the conventional planning method, as it can be seamlessly integrated into computer-aided process planning. Regardless of size, every company operating in today’s age tries to achieve sustainable competitive advantages through digital transformation.

Management Level Issues

At the organizational level, top management is faced with the task of resolving conflicts, aligning the budgets of teams or departments, and tracking their performance. In addition to other problems, the competitive dynamics of the market segment require high order processing efficiency. If process management is not optimized, the project deviates from the cost estimate, the project delivery deadlines, the revision, correction, or modification of the plant services.

In 2016, it was estimated that 67% of well-formulated strategies failed due to poor execution (Harvard Business Review, 2017). Execution quality plays a key role in gaining a strategic competitive advantage in the market.

Value Management through Digital Planning

The organizational level execution strategy can be integrated with digital planning for a value-based approach to process management. This allows senior management to plan their strategic moves while keeping an eye on the moves of the competition, customer demand, and technological advances. In the competitive context of the organization, the digital planning of supply processes and management offers an advantage over traditional methods of record-keeping and paper-based management.

This also helps with efficient training and induction of employees in the supply chain through the qualitative data. With digital planning, management can clearly and methodically articulate tasks by organizing employees, gathering resources, and then creating a plan. From the management’s point of view, it is critical to increase the efficiency in order execution.

Improved execution quality gives senior managers the ability to achieve strategic goals and adhere to targets. It leaves room for planning stretch goals and deadlines for business units in highly competitive scenarios.

Digital project planning enables stakeholders to move from planning in silos to integrating all planning areas for demand forecasts and delivery timelines. This integrated platform, such as the Building Information Model, helps to involve all relevant partners – inside and outside the organization – in the planning process, where rapid collaboration can take place based on a single source of trusted data. This promotes differentiation through Collaborative Sales and Operational Planning (S&OP) at the executive level.

Even with potential mitigation, digital planning enables a more effective response to demand fluctuations and supply disruptions,  as it supports capacity planning and exception management, which leads to an improvement in efficiency.

Digital planning can be used for inventory optimization. It helps in the effective planning of all incoming raw materials and finished goods in production, supply chain, or distribution centers. Data analysis through the digital twin reduces the risk of stock shortages, optimizes inventory costs, and reduces reliance on estimated forecasts. In addition, it enables senior managers for multi-level collaboration in the supply chain to have effective bottom-up and top-down communication that can reduce rework and effectively translate it into results. Highly effective organizations use the power of digital planning to achieve scalability and lower the barrier of onboarding or changing workers, thus, increasing reliability and automation.

Strategic Solutions with Digital Twin

Digital planning is not a staff-driven exercise, but a holistic decision-making process at all levels of an organization through technological advances.

One such planning solution is 3D digital surveying. The information is anchored in a 3D model of the building, adding a dimension of information to the traditional 2D plan.  In 3D surveying, laser beams are used to simulate the actual situation of a facility/building. Together with the high-precision point cloud system, the scanning also records images and overlaps for a data-rich 3D model that can be easily accessed from anywhere in the world, e.g. to carry out measurements.

The second solution for digital planning – the digital twin – is an extension of 3D surveying. It enhances traditional building and property management through its highly networked, point-cloud-based, digital description of every aspect of a built asset. Digital Twin adds value to property management as it aligns a facility’s analytical techniques and management processes to focus management decision-making on the most important factors of execution, taking into account the status quo and goals. Digital Twin encompasses versatile control systems that help facility/infrastructure managers ensure efficient use of resources and effective operations.

Floor-wise Structuring for As-Built Documentation

The digital twin – the virtual replica of the physical building – consolidates all aspects of managing automotive, logistics, manufacturing, and real estate industries into one functional model that is accessible at all times. The model serves as a replica of the entire built ecosystem, not just a single asset. Thus, a digital twin of an asset consists of all networks and services in infrastructure, processes and timelines, logistics, and management. They benefit greatly from the increased reliability of rich data, improved productivity, safety, time, and cost-efficiency.

Digital planning through the digital twin enables realistic simulations of dynamically changing situations on the building and compares the occupancy pattern from the original design and actual operation. The digital twin in Industry 4.0 has a variety of applications, and the leading use case may be predictive maintenance by senior management and building owners. Senior managers become organizational architects by creating a fundamental enterprise design through advanced planning and comparative analysis of building and process efficiencies using the digital twin.

DiConneX Tools for Quality Management

DiConneX offers a portfolio of infrastructure solutions for high order efficiency in logistics, real estate, manufacturing & production, automotive, healthcare. Services range from 3D mapping, scanning and surveying, point cloud data integration on navigable and interactive BIM model, BIM for common data environment for data consolidation and analysis, BIM model as ‘single source of truth‘ for the project, demo walkthrough of facilities, buildings and infrastructures and the holistic ‘Digital Twin’.

The added value lies in accuracy, reliability, and time efficiency. Large areas of facilities/infrastructures can be converted into rich data using high-end and state-of-the-art mapping technology. This has opened up opportunities for data processing in the shortest possible time for efficient high-order decision-making and understanding the impact of such decisions at a digital level, long before they are implemented in real-life scenarios.

As the company’s board and senior management continue to seek ways to achieve greater efficiencies in the face of rigid timelines, the ability to execute with quality and respond with agility to evolving supply chain dynamics is becoming an increasingly valuable differentiator. A proper, integrated digital planning tool, such as Digital Twin, BIM method of work; helps you consolidate your view of all relevant data and act on it with confidence, improving decision-making, speeding execution and ultimately enhancing the customer experience with quality products that meet demand.

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