Written by Matt Heying

Hosting Remote Design Reviews

By now, most of us are getting more adjusted to the new working from home routine. We have an office space set up, we have the video conferencing custom backgrounds figured out, and we’re setting up work and home life boundaries.

But the actual work part of “remote work” is still a challenge for most people. Especially as many companies are shifting to support the medical community, remote collaboration on 3D designs continues to have hiccups. Remote design reviews are now taking place over Zoom and Slack rather than in person. And of course, none of us know how long this will really last.

Amidst this uncertainty, one thing remains certain to me: manufacturers have to keep going. Today’s engineers have to stay productive and keep developing innovative, game-changing products. One way to do that is to optimize how they facilitate remote design reviews. Our goal at Vertex is to help you connect, share, and collaborate on 3D product data as easy as using Zoom to keep you moving forward.

The New “War Room”

If you’re like most engineers, you’re used to in-person design reviews, day-long war rooms, and direct person-to-person collaboration. Just a few short months ago, it was common to jump on a plane and fly out to a different office or supplier to work through design challenges.

Not only can we not travel to distant colleagues and partners right now, we can’t even meet with local teammates in the office. So now your war rooms are through conference call and screenshare. It’s more vital now than ever to be intentional about communicating design intent.

The Importance of Relationships

If we thought we needed confidence in our designs last year, there’s no room for error in these uncertain times. Last minute changes in a design or delaying production can have drastic consequences for companies. Missed details lead to longer time-to-market and costly rework.

That’s why it’s so important to build and maintain strong relationships with suppliers and customers through intentional communication. Sharing ideas and staying collaborative and open will help companies find innovation, quickly respond to shifting needs, and rapidly develop products.

Hosting a Remote Design Review

When it comes to remote design reviews, many engineers are struggling to review changes and collect feedback on 3D product data especially without in-office workstations or access to internal servers.

We built Vertex to keep your work moving forward in times like this. We are a purpose-built collaboration tool for enterprise workflows along the digital thread. So now it’s easy to jump on a conference call during your daily standup, connect to the 3D model without transferring files over your home network, and start exploring data with fast performance and native security features. We help manufacturers have more insightful discussions, understand designs, and stay efficient. Our customer Vermeer recently said:

“It's been amazing to have Vertex now that we're all remote with no central place to connect. Because of variable internet connections, doing design reviews in Vertex has allowed us to keep the work moving like normal.”

I recently joined my colleague John Heller and Vertex friend Dr. Nathan Hartman in a webinar with Digital Enterprise Society to talk more about how to have successful, remote design reviews. Check out our conversation to learn some tips on improving your remote design review experience.

About Matt Heying

Matt has over 15 years of experience in designing and building B2B cloud-based collaborative applications in manufacturing, finance, and defense. In his role at Vertex, Matt oversees the product management and product marketing teams in addition to leading initiatives on new markets and products. This unique position gives him the insight into ensuring new product capabilities match customer expectations and needs.

Matt received his Bachelors and Masters degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Iowa State University. Matt’s graduate work at the Virtual Reality Applications Center (VRAC) focused on 3D visualization and machine learning for mechanical and materials design applications.