Encouraging people to train more broadly in the STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) subjects is an ongoing issue in Australian higher education. A 'talent shortage’ of these specialities was identified by Australian CEOS as one of their top business risk areas, according to a recent report by job search site SEEK.
Having a suite of technology available to be used anywhere, with a focus on the needs of the end user, is an end goal that construction technology companies must strive for. After all, competition in this sector is heating up. With engineers in such hot demand, being able to supply them with cutting-edge technology will not only help with efficient procedures and quality output but also impact the way companies attract and retain engineers as employees.
Leveraging the power of the cloud means engineers can now also work from anywhere, on any device.
Sam Carigliano, CEO and Co-Founder of SkyCiv Engineering, spoke to Jobsite ANZ about SkyCiv, a software specifically designed to meet the needs of engineers. SkyCiv is close to completing 3 million projects for engineers globally, with a focus on constantly improving the platform to service the modern engineer.
With offices in Sydney and Chicago, SkyCiv has been building easy-to-use software. The cool thing about it is that it is 100 per cent cloud-based, including its API, which allows engineers for the automation of some of their designs.
Leveraging the power of the cloud means engineers can now also work from anywhere, on any device. Traditionally, engineers have been limited by their need to use traditional ‘download and install’ software. Now, the cloud opens up all devices as engineers move seamlessly between their desktop, tablets and laptops.
SkyCiv is also able to service engineering students in this way, with cloud giving new grounds to universities being able to teach in the classroom. Students are now able to access the software from their personal laptops, including Macs.
Collaboration Made Easy Through The Cloud
Carigliano developed SkyCiv along with his friend and co-founder Paul Comino. Their story began back during their university days, when they realised there was a gap in the market for structural engineering software in the cloud.
“So we decided to go out and build it ourselves,” says Carigliano, before going on to expand on the crucial importance of having software that’s completely cloud-based.
Being in the cloud, however, means that everyone on the project has an up-to-date file that the whole team can work from.
“Being 100 per cent cloud-based, SkyCiv works across all devices and operating systems. Collaboration becomes a lot easier if you are trying to work together with someone on a single project,” he said. “So if you are trying to design a building and there are a few hands touching the model, it is often very difficult to manage through FTP, USBs or different version controls.”
Being in the cloud, however, means that everyone on the project has an up-to-date file that the whole team can work from. What’s more, they can work on it from wherever they are: office, home, or on the go.
“It just makes collaboration a lot easier,” notes Carigliano.
The Importance Of Design
Carigliano recalls his university days, when he first used a traditional structural engineering software, and had no idea how it worked.
“It took me a week to really learn how to use it, as there were lots of buttons everywhere, and it was a slower work process. Basically, the software was built with features put first, but the user experience was never prioritised. I think that nowadays users are expecting better user experiences,” he says.
Carigliano and the team wanted SkyCiv’s software to be as easy and intuitive to use as possible.
“What we are finding is that a lot of mechanical engineers, naval architects, and scaffolders are picking up the software because they can get the results they need without needing a complex understanding of the more traditional, clunky software,” he adds.