Our Top 5 Engineering Articles of 2016

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This year, we launched a new initiative to bring you valuable content related to engineering design, engineering tools, and the profession as a whole. We’ve looked at problems facing engineering firms, what the future might hold, and how engineers can perform their jobs more efficiently while maintaining the highest level of quality.

Here are the top 5 articles from our blog for 2016.

From P&ID to PLC in 10 Minutes [Video]

This first one isn’t an article per se. It’s a short video in which Aucotec product manager Pouria Bigvand demonstrates how to use the software platform Engineering Base to take a project from designing a P&ID to allocating the I/Os to the programmable logic controller in just 10 minutes.

Sound too good to be true? It’s not. Watch the video to see for yourself.

How To Prevent Mistakes So You Can Stop Playing the Blame Game

In this article, Ryan Nabozniak, an application consulting engineer at Aucotec, discusses the well-known but rarely talked-about problem of engineering mistakes. Drawing from his 20+ years of experience in the profession, Nabozniak outlines why mistakes happen, the consequences of those mistakes, and, most importantly, how to prevent them in the future.

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3 Engineering Disasters That Were the Result of Miscommunication

As the previous article on this list points out, many engineering mistakes result from miscommunication. Sometimes these mistakes can have disastrous consequences. This article shows how miscommunication contributed to three of the biggest engineering disasters of the last few decades — the Mars Climate Orbiter disaster, the loss of the Challenger and Columbia space shuttles, and the collapse of two Kansas City Hyatt Regency walkways.

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What Does the Future Hold? What Engineers Can Learn from Tomorrowland

Also by Ryan Nabozniak, this article looks into the crystal ball to imagine what the engineering profession might look like in the future. In it, Nabozniak suggests that a new mindset, new collaborations, and new tools are the key to a future that’s bright and hopeful. A version of this article also appeared on Control Engineering.

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How the Industrial Internet of Things Requires Thinking Differently

Finally, the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) is taking engineering and manufacturing by storm. As a development that’s fundamentally changing industry, the IIoT isn’t just a technological revolution. It requires a different way of approaching projects, problems, and processes. This article examines three ways the IIoT forces us to think differently.

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