Chasing the paperless office: how the engineering workplace is changing
05 October 2015
A London South Bank University (LSBU) and CIBSE Young
Engineers Network (YEN) event will consider how traditional engineering workflow
processes can successfully be adapted to the paperless environment.
Enter the current workplace of a typical engineer and you
will see that it is dominated by paper print-outs of drawings and documents,
revised by hand and then circulated to clients and colleagues. Yet many
established engineers recall computers first entering the workplace and the initial herald of the ‘paperless office’. These engineers may remember transitioning from making hand-made drawings to using computer-aided-design, and switching from a postal intray to an
email inbox. But for most engineers, the promise of the truly paperless office has not quite yet been realised in full.
Students and young engineers should therefore anticipate a number
of changes in the way in which their role may be conducted in future, and LSBU and YEN have brought together some leading thinkers from the industry to explore how a paper-free environment in engineering can be made possible.
The Paperless Office, 7 October, 6-9pm, will highlight potential changes to industry working practices to students and young engineers, encouraging them to
help decide on best practice and ultimately to adapt to keep pace with industry
Speakers include David Mather,
Senior Mechanical Engineer at JDP, Dwight Wilson, BIM Engineer at Imtech
Engineering Services and Nick Blenkarn, Managing Director of Seeable 3D Modelling. Students
will learn about the environmental impact of paper use in the office, before
seeing how a common engineering workflow – marking up drawings for a client –
can be adapted with a digital solution. The event will also highlight the
impracticability of printing copies of 3D-printed models, becoming ever-more widespread as Business Information Modelling (BIM) technology takes hold, presenting students with a new digital alternative.
Gillich, Research Fellow in LSBU's School of The Built Environment and
Architecture, comments: “At LSBU we are committed to ensuring that our students
graduate ready for the world of work. The pace of technological advancement in
recent years means that new tools are constantly available to the engineering
sector. How to incorporate these tools to working practices is an ongoing
challenge. This event is just one example of how we are helping our students to
keep apace with change and to gain awareness of best working practices in the
The Paperless Office will be held in LSBU’s flagship Centre
for Efficient and Renewable Energy in Buildings (CEREB), a venue that is
designed to investigate and research the low carbon technology that we need for
a sustainable future. The event will be held on Wednesday, 7 October, 6-9pm, CEREB, K2 Building, LSBU, Keyworth
Street, SE1 0AA, London. Reserve a place online.