OceanGate currently has eight CAD users, four of which are out-of-state contractors who have always contributed remotely. But for the core design team, working from home during the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic was a brand new experience.
“I've never been a work-from-home guy. Well, at least not for teams,” says Scoville. “In my past lives at previous companies, we've never had that as an option. My sense of it was that being remote makes it harder to collaborate – that the team is better than the sum of its parts when everyone is face-to-face.”
“So the big thing that I’ve learned through this process is that our engineering team can be productive at home, especially if we're all remote and maintaining regular communications throughout the day. We use Microsoft Teams for conferences, but Onshape helps us tremendously to collaborate on the mechanical front,“ he adds.
For the OceanGate production team on the shop floor, duplicating the same tasks remotely is a tougher challenge, Scoville acknowledges, but reflects that the time was used to write procedures and “really up our game on the paperwork and documentation side.”
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