According to the National Academy of Engineering (NAE), the one thing that is certain about the future of engineering is its uncertainty. Yes, there will be plenty of work, but how it gets done and who actually does it is very much the question of the future of the profession. With advances in automation and the integration of technology into healthcare, communications, environmental sciences and other industries, tomorrow's engineers will need an expanded skill set beyond basic engineering principles to achieve all that the technological future appears to promise.
Back in 2004, when the NAE released "The Engineer of 2020" report, the Internet of Things was a distant dream and mobile phones were rare and only moderately successful. In the intervening years, the engineering industry has evolved alongside technology, but even still, the NAE report is remarkable for having predicted the engineering issues that would still be relevant in 2020 and beyond. The report identified 14 challenges that the engineering profession would need to address by that year, including:
Today's headlines underscore the prescience of the 2004 engineers, and the changes in today's engineering industries reflect, in many circumstances, their evolution in response to those early theories.
And, just as technology has transformed so many industries, so it is evolving the accounting field. The engineering-focused professional services automation software offered by Beyond Software is designed to track and quantify the value of the expanding suite of today’s engineering services while also being flexible enough to incorporate tomorrow's challenges.
Beyond Software allows your organization to manage your clients’ engineering projects more profitably:
The engineering field declared its intent to lead the world into the future of technologically advanced buildings and systems. Beyond Software designed its professional services automation software to walk with the engineering industry into that future.
Beyond Software enables us to manage projects efficiently so that we can help customers optimize energy improvements across the region that improve the quality of life for our citizens."
Eileen Kerby, Ruby Canyon Engineering