I am seeing a phenomenon in capital project construction that we need to monitor. When it comes to design and scheduling functions, we are raising up a generation of professionals that, I fear, are losing touch with reality.
Solid works modeling and interference checking is great. However, you still have to get the stuff in place and properly connected. What whizzes around on the computer screen is an entirely different matter when it is a five ton assembly that has to be brought to the operating floor, moved halfway down the machine and shoe-horned into place. Inexperienced designers and engineers may not appreciate the brute strength (from machines or people) or the dexterity required to get that piece to its proper position.
Same is true of schedules. I have seen schedulers who are greased lightning on the computer, but when it comes to real sequencing in the field have neither the understanding or appreciation for what it takes. On their computer it may look like chess pieces being moved around. In reality when you have twelve pawns and four rooks but really need five pawns and 7 rooks, so to speak, it is an entirely different matter.
We need to assure ourselves we are properly staffing the management of our projects, in the office and in the field, with professionals either (a) familiar with the needs of the moment or (b) in training so they can learn the needs of the moment.
The gulf between the office and reality has never been wider.