If you want to ensure that your design process is efficient, then you need to ensure that you have a good methodology.
Engineering is a very wide subject matter that involves several diverse disciplines. That said, all engineers use methodical and well thought out processes in order to come up with solutions to problems that they are presented with. In the case of a civil engineer, the problem could be how to construct a building that is able to stand on a particular kind of soil or withstand strong winds or earthquake tremors and so on. For a process engineer, the problem could be to try and find a way to separate two different liquids and deliver a product to customers in the distinct forms. Whatever the problem an engineer is presented with, it is important that they have a methodology that will guide them to efficiently and effectively arrive at a solution. Whether you are an engineer or someone that needs the services of an engineer, it can be useful to understand the basics of one of the most useful methodologies used by engineers. Below is a basic summary of the process. It should be quite helpful to you.
The first step in the process is to identify the problem. If say for example you want to request a civil engineering company in Australia to help you come up with a structure that is able to provide certain functionality while at the same time solving certain problems, it will be quite helpful if you are able to clearly define the functionality and the challenges that you seek to resolve. Even if you are not aware of all the issues or challenges from the get go, it will be important that you work with the engineer to clearly define the problem into unambiguous statements that can enable the creation of a solution to the specific problem. The next important phase is the research phase. In the research phase, current solutions if any are explored. The efficacy of those solutions is researched and it is decided whether those solutions can be useful to the current problem.
The next stage is the solutions stage. In this stage, brainstorming for well-fitting solutions to the current problem is done. In this process, if you for example retained the services of a civil engineering company in Brisbane, then this is where you will begin to see the engineering creativity flourish in order to come up with the best possible solution to the current problem. The final stage will be where all the possible solutions are prioritized and tested according to the one that provides the best criteria for what is required. In this stage prototypes could be created and tested and further fine tuning could be done or different solutions tested and evaluated. This whole process is quite iterative which means that there is a constantly improving process up to the point where the best solution to the problem can be decided upon.