Custom Solutions Enable VOLLERS to Cut 10% off Project Times
A growing family construction company since 1949, VOLLERS serves public, commercial, and private clients with services like site work, paving, environmental, utilities, demolition, and landscaping. With several seats of Autodesk AutoCAD Civil 3D software, along with other platforms they needed to exchange data with, Chris Vollers (VP, VOLLERS) realized they might not be utilizing their Civil 3D software to its full potential. Additionally, Vollers had been several releases behind with their Civil 3D installations, so their ability to use new functionality and better manage data within Civil 3D was hindered by not keeping up with updates and having formal instruction on the software.
After reaching out to Synergis, VOLLERS was put in touch with Synergis Application consultant Kevin Spear, P.E. Kevin’s extensive experience in the private sector working on grading and land development projects made him the perfect partner for VOLLERS, as he was quickly able to understand their existing workflows and hurdles and develop a customized plan for getting the team formally trained in Civil 3D and customizing the software to specifically fit their needs.
Using Civil 3D Pipe Networks and Corridors, Kevin built a training program around getting customer CAF files as PDFs and converting them to linework with GPS coordinates. Additionally, he reduced efforts by implementing various LISP routines that eliminated manual workflows by automating drawing content creation and modifications.
After reviewing workflows and needed outcomes, Synergis and VOLLERS agreed to move forward with 3 objectives in mind: 1) getting to the latest version of Autodesk Civil 3D, 2) get all designers formal training on the latest technology, and 3) provide customized solutions to enable VOLLERS to complete manual, time-consuming tasks in a faster, more efficient manner.
One of the things we specialize in at Synergis Engineering Design Solutions is truly understanding what our customers do on a day-to-day basis and finding ways to help improve that. The engagement between VOLLERS and Synergis allowed for collaboration between both teams, leading to VOLLERS interest in expanding further into the Autodesk portfolio with Revit. Much of the work VOLLERS focuses on involves having to dig for building footings frequently; with Kevin’s advising and assistance, it was discovered that the ability to model all that out and combine the data between AutoCAD Civil 3D and Autodesk Revit will add additional workflow improvement, time savings, and profitability. Synergis and VOLLERS are looking forward to a continuing partnership and the introduction of Revit into their already improved workflows.
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