What did Apex do when electricity had to be designed in data model?
Data model design has existed already from the beginning of the 2000s, but its use in real life still seems rarer than one would think. However, the data model design is becoming more and more common – even when it comes to industrial projects.
Apex Automation, a company specializing in automation and electrical engineering, came across a situation where the use of data modelling could no longer be avoided. Kenneth Grankull, the Chief of data model design says that the data modelling has not been deliberately avoided, but in the past, traditional planning was sufficient. "It's was not sufficient any more. A big project under construction, where we were responsible for the industrial electrical installation and the process flow, needed a different approach."
But the beginning was not that easy. A model and a drawing, prepared by an architect gave some direction, but how to proceed from there? Apex had experienced designers for whom the tool used – CADS Electric – was familiar, but it had rather been used for circuit diagrams and other layout designs. "We did not have a lot of experience with the data model," says Grankull. "That's why we called Kymdata."
Kymdata's leading expert Tommi Piispa knows the challenges of data models inside out. "I have been involved in the development of CADS' data modelling properties and have had an ongoing dialogue with customers about which properties of the design program are essential as regards the data model," says Piispa. "I knew what Apex needed."
Tommi Piispa went to Kokkola for a day. Five Apex designers and Piispa together reviewed the project under way and evaluated the performance and maturity of the data model. "Then we rolled our sleeves up and started working," says Piispa. Sometimes the knowledge acquired in a training course was implemented in practice with a delay, but in that case the benefits of the practice were taken into use immediately. "In the project root, an understanding in which direction to go became immediately clear. Tommi Piispa's mettlesome professional skills were in our favour to use in real time. For this many thanks to Kymdata," says Kenneth Grankull. "The ultimate beneficiary is of course the customer."
Once you have learned data modelling, it is difficult to get rid of it. "Two of the designers who participated in the training course were assigned to share their skills in Apex," says Grankull. "We shall spread the data modelling practices in the whole organization."