Focus Engineering Chooses Onshape for Oil & Gas Design Projects

Global engineering firm credits cloud CAD’s real-time data management for streamlining communication between Norway and China.

Cambridge, Massachusetts (September 26, 2018)


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.

“We have more than 40 engineers around the world, working on 10 to 20 different projects at any one time,” says Focus Engineering CEO Tore Bjørkås. “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 across time zones,” he 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.”

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.”


About Focus Engineering

Focus Engineering AS is a global engineering firm based in Norway. The company also has an office in Qingdao, China, where the engineering team visualizes clients’ technical solutions to comply with project and regulatory standards, public requirements, work environment and environmental requirements. Focus Engineering is run by engineers and is uniquely positioned to improve efficiency and reduce the cost of engineered solutions.

Focus Engineering serves the oil & gas sector as well as 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

About Onshape

Onshape is a next-generation SaaS design platform that speeds up product development. It’s an all-in-one system that combines CAD, release management, workflow, collaboration, analytics, admin tools, and an API with more than 50 engineering applications. Onshape helps extended design teams work together faster and helps executives make better business decisions with real-time analytics and unprecedented visibility into their company’s design and manufacturing processes.

Founded in 2012, Onshape was acquired by PTC in November 2019 and will operate as a SaaS business unit within the company. For more information, visit

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