Steven Gentles

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Cloud Adoption by Municipalities

Posted by Steven Gentles on Jul 19, 2019 2:02:55 PM

Businesses and organizations in the private sector have been adopting and adjusting cloud technologies for quite some time now. Cloud technology has evolved and delivered its promises of being flexible, affordable, and secure. Following these trends, companies have customized their investments with multi-cloud and hybrid approaches to suit their needs.

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Topics: Municipality, Records Management, Smart Cities

Cities Are Not Snowflakes

Posted by Steven Gentles on Jun 7, 2019 2:47:37 PM

Common City Problems Require Common Solutions

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Topics: MMLConference, Maryland, Municipality

Work Package Delays - Is Engineering Lying?

Posted by Steven Gentles on Sep 19, 2017 10:14:25 AM

We’ve all been in those progress meetings where, for the fourth week running, engineering says they’ll be done next week. The PM and the customer rep exchange uneasy glances and others openly smirk and eyeball roll. These are the ones that think engineering can't be trusted because they are liars.

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Topics: Project Control

Engineering Work Package – 95% Complete (40% Remaining?)

Posted by Steven Gentles on Aug 10, 2017 11:23:40 AM

I’ve been spending some time getting up to speed on how heavy industrial projects work. Coming from the aerospace sector, it has been an interesting study with many obvious parallels and similar challenges.

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Topics: Problem Framing, Project Control

Cloud EDMS Software for Engineering Projects

Posted by Steven Gentles on Jul 6, 2017 4:55:44 PM

If you order a ‘Venti Iced Skinny Hazelnut Macchiato, Sugar-Free Syrup, Extra Shot, Light Ice, No Whip’ at Starbucks, you KNOW EXACTLY what you’re getting because you exactly described it.

On the other hand, the term ‘EDMS’ (and even ‘Cloud’ and ‘Engineering Projects’ to a lesser degree) is a woolly

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Topics: Document Control

How to Improve Engineering Project Control

Posted by Steven Gentles on Jun 29, 2017 2:27:28 PM

You just finished up a 50,000 hour engineering project.

It took 9 months to create and deliver 308 documents and files to your customer:

  • 4 General Arrangement Drawings
  • 20 Installation Drawings
  • 20 Layout Drawings
  • 223 Piping ISO Drawings
  • 33 Engineering Analysis Reports
  • 8 Solid models

You also created a ton of Excel spreadsheets, Word docs, emails and more. But these artifacts were noise in 

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Topics: Project Control

Tina5s Document Control Radio Interview

Posted by Steven Gentles on Jun 6, 2017 5:55:54 PM

Back at the beginning of May, I was interviewed by Tino Da Silva Business Radio - an online radio station based in the UK. We got into some high level discussions about what document control and project control are as well as Tina5s (of course!). Below you'll find the audio version as well as edited transcripts if you prefer to read.

Here's The Audio: 

 

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Topics: Problem Framing, Solution Framing, Document Control

Document Control Software – What Do You Want to Control (Part III)?

Posted by Steven Gentles on May 5, 2017 2:04:17 PM

This is Part 3 of a 3 part blog (here is Document Control Software - What Are You Trying to Control Part 1 and Document Control Software - What Are You Trying to Control Part 2 if you missed them). To quickly recap: every document control software vendor has a different take on what document control is (see my blog What is Document Control for my take). We’ll have a look at the numerous control elements that you should consider and see how they tie into the document lifecycle:

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Topics: Solution Framing, Document Control

Document Control Software – What Do You Want to Control (Part II)?

Posted by Steven Gentles on Apr 25, 2017 3:05:12 PM

This is Part 2 of a 3 part blog (if you missed Document Control Software - What Are You Trying to Control Part 1, check it out). To quickly recap: every document control software vendor has a different take on what document control is (see my blog What is Document Control for my take). We’ll have a look at the numerous control elements that you should consider and see how they tie into the document lifecycle:

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Topics: Problem Framing, Solution Framing, Document Control

Document Control Software – What Do You Want to Control (Part I)?

Posted by Steven Gentles on Apr 21, 2017 2:18:38 PM

Every document control software vendor has a different take on what document control is (see my blog What is Document Control for my take). In this 3 part blog, we’ll have a look at the numerous control elements that you should consider and see how they tie into the document lifecycle:

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Topics: Problem Framing, Solution Framing, Document Control

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