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Engineering Design Outsourcing

Engineering Design Outsourcing Landscape and Trends

Several trends currently drive the engineering landscape design industry. From consumer needs to industry advancements, companies must adapt. Advancements mean that some of the work can be outsourced, allowing firms more flexibility in the services they offer. Other trends drive what the consumer wants, creating changes in the industry itself. Let’s take a look at some key trends driving the industry forward.

Consumer Trends

Consumer trends often overlap with industry trends, but they can still be the driving force for change.

1. Climate Change

Climate change is informing the way we design. Factors such as air quality, extreme weather patterns, and the responsible use of resources are dominating consumers’ design prerequisites. The result is a swing toward environmentally responsible design choices.

2. Pandemic Lifestyle

The pandemic has affected lifestyle in ways that impact design as well. People are redesigning interior spaces to meet the needs of at-home schooling and remote work. Outdoor spaces are changing as well, with an increased emphasis on exteriors conducive to relaxation and privacy.

3. Technology

Advances in technology are further changing the way outdoor spaces are designed and used. Smart lighting and other features, alternative power sources, and advances in material composition have all resulted in creating a plethora of choices for consumers.

Industry Trends

Industry trends are sometimes the result of consumer demands, but also arise from needs within the industry as well.

1. 3D Modeling and Animation

Gone are the days of visualizing a concept from a 2D plan. Now engineers and designers can formulate 3D models of space and design. Additionally, some of the 3D tools include a “walk through” feature for clients to get a “feel” for the final design. This is one of the things that can be outsourced by engineers. Some companies can take a 2D drawing, input some additional data, and produce a 3D model with an animated, interactive experience.

2. Project Concept and Management

Two other aspects of engineering landscape designs that can be outsourced are design concept and project management. Technology is one of the factors driving the outsourcing of these components. For example, drones can be used to map topography or photograph a location, and the resulting images can be overplayed using augmented reality or other technologies to create an accurate, visual design concept.

3. Physical 3D Models

To give customers a better feel for how their project is going to turn out, engineers can also outsource the creation of physical 3D models that mimic the finished project. These can be created using a 3D printer and an image that’s drawn by either the engineer using software or by the 3D printing company itself.

Customers can then muse about how their landscaping will look, show it off to investors and other stakeholders, or use it as a keepsake for the project. Offering 3D renderings of landscape design is also a great way to generate a little extra revenue. By applying a straightforward markup to whatever the 3D printing company charges, you can take in a little extra money without doing a lot of extra work.

If you’re ready to expand your landscape firm by providing design-build services, you can rely on PABS to be your design team while you focus on running your business. Learn how PABS can help by reaching out today.

By John Bugh

John Bugh is Chief Revenue Officer for Pacific Accounting and Business Services (PABS), responsible for the strategic direction, planning, vision, growth, and performance of the company’s marketing, branding, and revenue streams.

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