A regional, award winning architectural and planning firm offering Architecture and land use services, visualization works, project management, energy and environment solutions.
Architectural firms are continuously relying on computer Aided design in their work due to continuous and increasing demands from developers ; developers who have constrained space, who requires environment friendly buildings and always pushing the limits of what is possible today. Computer Aided design has led to generation of large files that needs to be processed, stored and shared.
Architects are also required to work with other architects within the firm and also with other firms locally or abroad. In addition the architect is also expected to work with other project stakeholders in a project from contractors, project managers, consultants to government agencies.
These scenarios paint the picture of an architect’s workspace which supports high levels of communication and collaboration. A workspace that enables instant communication in the most efficient method be it telephony, video conferencing, sharing of desktops to discuss designs, online meetings, exchanging large files on email , working from the field etc.
Despite these expectations the workspace for our client had a very traditional outlook that only supported physical drawing and printing of architectural work.
In order to create the required collaborative environment, the client required a reputable firm to chart a technology roadmap. Our client’s challenges were summarized as follows:
Onelife Consultants Ltd proposed to work with client in transformation of the current ICT environment to a modern ICT environment that would support a collaborative workspace for all staff. The transformation process involved the following