Tue, Jul 06, 2004
Boeing Designers Come Up With Innovative Ways To Collaborate
Boeing has built a worldwide network of designers and vendors to
build the 7E7 Dreamliner. The question is, how do you get everyone
on the same page?
Online, baby, online.
So says the Wichita Eagle, quoting engineers from Boeing's plant
there in Kansas. To cut down on travel costs and to provide the
fullest possible communications on a moment's notice, Boeing and
its partners have set up "collaboration rooms." In cyberspace
suites, they can communicate by voice, text or videophone.
So instead of sending someone from Wichita to Japan or Russia,
Boeing can now schedule online conferences, where engineers can
share graphics, look each other in the eye and have real
"The intent is to create the ability to work many miles apart,"
said Bob Waner, Boeing vice president of engineering, in an
interview with the Eagle.
How much does all this cost? Boeing won't say. But in an era
when the Chicago-based aircraft manufacturer is relying more and
more on partners around the world, company executives are pretty
sure the investment will pay off.
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