Driving Efficiency with Technology

How we Embrace Communication Advances to aid Project Outcomes

Hands up who struggles with technology? The rate at which technology is developing and integrating with everyday life is staggering. It’s not uncommon at one moment to feel like you’ve conquered one thing only to have someone tap you on the shoulder and make you realise you are merely standing in the shallow end.

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Mobile and Tablet Apps are bringing information on site.

The same applies to business. What was cutting edge two or three years ago becomes the minimum standard of today. That means we must continue to strive and find the ‘new things’ that will enhance the how and what i2C produces.

i2C took the initiative to adopt BIM and Revit some years ago and it is now our primary production tool. How can we enhance it? How can we tell the difference between what will be a ‘killer app’ and what will be as productive as playing Candy Crush Saga? We don’t presume to know all the answers, but the important message is that research and development of work techniques and deliverables forms part of i2C’s mission.

Here are some examples on how i2C is integrating new working methods:

A Private Cloud

In a recent article posted in Architecture AU we discussed our solution to set up a virtual private cloud where hardware, software and data is centralised in one location. So in practical terms, we have the incredible flexibility to setup satellite offices anywhere in the world very quickly with the full i2C resource capability at our disposal. We can imagine a future not far away, where our Firm is fully cloud-based with no infrastructure hardware.

Phone and Tablet Applications

Mobile and On-Site tools are attracting increasingly larger focus in the building industry. Tools that bring information to the site (such as data and visualisation from a BIM model) and take information from the site back to the office.

An example already implemented at i2C is our ability to mark up online project drawings and distribute defects reports to all team members prior to leaving a site. This is done with the aid of cloud-backed tablet technology and has streamlined the defects process by enabling accurate information recording and the fast rectification of site issues.

There are a numerous other areas in which we aim to aid communication and sharing of information. For example, i2C has recently implemented a new and ever-growing online knowledge base for all staff to access important information, documents, standards and learning material. We are also preparing to introduce software platforms that deal with all aspects of document management as well as customer relations management.

What does this all mean for our work partners and clients? Our aim is to ensure that i2C not only continues to deliver work of a high standard, but that we continue to find ways to enhance it; for ourselves and our clients. We encourage you to discuss with us how new technology and workflows can make us more effective for your needs.