Focus Engineering, which has current oil and gas design projects in Norway, Singapore and China, has chosen Onshape as one of its primary CAD systems. Based in Norway, the company designs modules and systems, optimizing structures for strength, durability and weight.

The energy sector is central to Norway’s economy. According to the Norwegian Ministry of Petroleum and Energy, the Scandinavian nation is the third largest exporter of natural gas in the world, and it supplies about 25 percent of the European Union’s natural gas.

Focus Engineering CEO Tore Bjørkås credits Onshape’s real-time data management for helping to streamline communication between his engineering teams based in different time zones.

“We have more than 40 engineers around the world, working on 10 to 20 different projects at any one time,” he says. “Onshape gives us the confidence that we always have the correct information – in one central place – and that it is always updated. We never have version control problems.”

“We’ve strived to run as many of our business systems in the cloud as we can. Knowing that you have the latest version of a design is absolutely critical – especially when you are running operations in Norway and China,” Bjørkås adds. “Now, we don’t have to wait for people to lock in and lock out files and we are confident that the assembly or the sub-assembly is the latest one. And our clients love that we can share the 3D model information with them in real time.”

Onshape’s real-time data management eliminates the need for a PDM system to prevent colleagues from overwriting each other’s work. Whenever someone makes an edit or change to a CAD model, everyone else on the design and manufacturing team instantly sees it. Everyone who logs into an Onshape Document is always on the latest version.

“We’ve long been hearing engineers talk about how old CAD and PDM technology slow them down,” says Onshape CEO Jon Hirschtick. “So we’re delighted to welcome Focus Engineering to the world of modern CAD. Their company was already hugely successful before adopting Onshape, but we look forward to helping them further build on their competitive edge for years to come.”

Onshape Enterprise’s Real-Time Analytics

Bjørkås says he especially values the Onshape Enterprise dashboards that allow him to easily monitor up-to-the-minute progress of multiple projects and analyze real-time data such as modeling hours and how they are being allocated. Enterprise Reports detail all user activity within an organization, allowing executives or project managers to better identify bottlenecks and ensure deadlines are being met on time.

“Our core values are being Trustworthy, Transparent and Profitable, so we’re always striving to get smarter, leaner, faster and more efficient.” says Bjørkås. “To survive in this business, you have to get a little better each day. Upgrading to Onshape Enterprise has given us a better overview of our operations and this will help us make better decisions.”

“The dashboards can tell me how we can best utilize our resources and when we can reuse what we already have,” he adds. “I hope it can also help us automate as many processes as possible. And for our clients, showing the dashboards and explaining how we evaluate their projects will ensure good communication and increase quality.”

In addition to the oil & gas sector, Focus Engineering also serves the aquaculture and infrastructure industries. Clients include Wärtsilä Oil & Gas Systems AS,Techouse AS, Rapp Bomek, Kanfa Group, Aragon AS, Dana Petroleum, Euroskilt, TS Reels, Cosco Shipyard and Kongsberg Maritime. For more information, contact or visit