The human in the loop
As good as technology is, machines can only get us so far.
They’re great at looking after the kind of monotonous, repetitive work that we enjoy least. But humans are far better at making inferences, doing nuanced thinking, and being creative. So qualified, talented Network Planners, Engineers and GIS specialists are essential if we are to harness the real power of machine-led design.
They can take an automated, optimized large-scale design and apply their own on-ground experience to hone it for the real world. This way, we get the cost and processing benefits of using automated design across a large-scale network, along with the functional and practical benefits of human skill and intelligence.
The importance of investment in geospatial data
The main challenge with automated design is that it takes a slightly different process and approach. For it to work well, the mathematical model and data inputs must be of very high quality, and often takes more time to set up and get right, before we begin to see any output.
So, we’ve put a lot of effort into getting these two elements right. This isn’t just necessary for FOND to produce a quality design on your next project; it’s essential if the tool is to produce reliably optimal designs for all customers, across all scenarios, and across larger- and larger-scale designs as industry growth continues to intensify.
It’s true that you may look at an individual automated network design and think, I could have generated that myself. But due to it being completed in minutes, when you begin to iterate and work across a variety of different projects, you’ll see that FOND reliably produces much better, more compliant results across entire large-scale networks for much lower cost.
In fact, our clients have already seen considerable productivity gains using FOND. One client trialed the platform for 30 days and estimated they saved around 400 man-hours in that time. This enabled their Engineers to work more towards rollout and business outcomes, rather than simply sitting there and drawing the design itself.
One client trialed the platform for 30 days and estimated they saved around 400 man-hours in that time.