Launching Pigs?

Launching Pigs?

Yes, you read that correctly. It may sound like a childhood prank, but in reality pig launching is an everyday occurrence! Every one of us is dependent on the oil and gas industry, and the pipelines that carry oil and gas products to consumers. Just like the pipes in your home, oil and gas pipelines can build up residue that impedes the flow in the pipe. To keep the pipelines flowing, a device called a Pig is placed into the pipes, and travels with the flow to loosen debris and enhance throughput.

Dealing with Soft Requirements

Dealing with Soft Requirements

In the ideal product development project the client would provide a thorough and well-written set of requirements that can be unambiguously understood and implemented by the engineering team. Of course, this almost never happens in practice. Sometimes the requirements we’re given are so “soft” that they aren’t even really quantifiable. That kind of requirement can be extremely difficult to design to during a product development effort. So what can you do?

Teaching Students About Real Product Development

Teaching Students About Real Product Development

As part of our community outreach efforts, Syncroness engages with local universities in a variety of ways, one of which is guest lecturing. We’ve found that this is both a teaching experience, and a valuable learning experience. To help explain why you might want to try incorporating teaching into your own outreach projects, let’s look at one of my recent guest lecturing experiences.

Getting Started with Model-Based Systems Engineering in Product Development

Webinar – Getting Started with Model-Based Systems Engineering in Product Development

You’ve convinced the powers-that-be that your company should use Model-based Systems Engineering. You’ve done an extensive trade study and picked the tool that you want to use. You’ve completed the budget and IT hurdles to put the tool into the hands of all your engineers. Now what? How does this new tool fit into your product development process? How do you capture your project’s data in the tool? Which diagrams should you use? How do you create your regulatory submission documentation?