In 25 BC, Vitruvius described a good building
design as comprising three key elements: firmitas, utilitas, and
venustas (structural strength, functional utility, and beauty).
Beauty refers to aesthetics of the design. Structure pertains
to the strength of the construction. Function includes intangible
aspects that allow the building to serve the purpose it was designed
for. These elements are interrelated. (3rd party source)
Architects Integrating Industry, herein after Ai2SA
(pronounced A I TWO S A or AI2SA)
was born out of this need to provide industrial clients with independent
yet specialist services to address the needs which exist in both
good and bad times to ensure sustainability.
During good times we specifically focus on supporting our clients
starting with up front scoping up to tender award and also the
execution phase. We provide continuity in the form of project
management to ensure that all quality requirements are met while
achieving time deadlines, cost as well as managing risks. We continuously
assist our clients by identifying risk free cost reduction alternatives.
The focus is also on integrating the respective disciplines and
technologies as closely as possible to ensure an integrated solution.
During bad times we focus acutely on identifying ways to reduce
our strategic clients costs base. This could be by drafting specifications
and obtaining proposals from various vendors to ensure optimal
prices may be negotiated. This is achieved since we are not associated
to suppliers and therefore do not need to help them protect their
margins. We simply charge for our time in securing the optimal
commercial and technical proposal. Next due to our extensive procedural
knowledge we are able to assist companies in optimising their
work flow and resource loading pertaining to Industrial Systems.
Finally while not our core competence we do have in depth maintenance
experience and do from time to time get involved in supporting
our strategic clients in need.
Therefore AI2SA typically fulfills
the same role as a traditional architect in compiling user requirement
specifications (URS) formulating designs or blue prints along
with the proposed plan or method in order to be able to build
something based on their experience. Due to our independence,
we are in the position to audit conformance.
AI2SA has in depth experience with
the formulation of user requirements (URS) on a wide range of
systems, specifically within the mining and manufacturing industries.
This expertise is focused around the control and productions system
layers along with its supporting sub sections and infrastructure.
AI2SA also has in depth knowledge
with compiling specifications for the above mentioned areas as
well as facilitation of this process. The aim however is to balance
the clients needs with what is technologically available in order
to avoid over selling of respective supplier’s products.
Once a tender is awarded AI2SA will
assist with contract management to ensure that the original expectations
Our services are aimed at industry and we specialize in control
and production systems and the associated infrastructure.
On a lighter side also according to Vitruvius,
"The ideal architect should be a man of letters, a mathematician,
familiar with historical studies, a student of philosophy, acquainted
with music, not ignorant of medicine, learned in the responses
of juris consultis, [and] be familiar with astronomy and astronomical
calculations. (3rd party source)