Anybody who’s ever had stacks of Rubbermaid bins full of random LEGOs growing up knows what’s up. What is perhaps Denmark’s greatest contribution to the world, besides the Zenvo, has allowed imaginations of kids to take shape in blocky form through several decades now. However, the practicality of these hued hexahedra has expanded into records keeping, creating three-dimensional visualizations that can track progress. And it just so happens that General Motors has put such a technique to use jointly developed with WellStar Health System non-profit.
Though quirky, the system can track the company’s progress on pending vehicle repairs, and can act as a visual to-do list, helping GM to prioritize and address potential warranty repair problems. The process was created with organization and efficiency in mind, and GM claims it could reduce the time needed to implement a change by 33 percent. We’re not sure how it beats 3D graphs, but whatever. We’ll le’go of it.
GM plans on integrating the system into its existing Problem Resolution Tracking System, which keeps track of known problems, and prioritizes them based on severity. Say that a transmission case breaks during durability testing. A block representing that problem will then be placed on a board, and the color of the block corresponds to where the problem is on the vehicle. But it will be the size of the block that identifies how severe the problem is. Each block is tagged with an identification number and date of discovery, and is moved along the board until the problem is resolved.
“3D Visualization allows us to look at issues more holistically,” said Jamie Pickett, GM senior manager of current program quality in a press release. “By visually representing a problem it is easier to see the whole scope of it and where opportunities lie. And, unlike a line of data in a spread sheet, seeing a problem as a block on a board is a strong motivator for finding a solution to get it off the board.”
In addition to tracking warranty repairs, the system will be deployed to track changes and program budgets of its vehicle engineering programs worldwide.