Steinberg Hart Transforms Network Connectivity to Foster Improved Collaboration, Creativity and Connections
The rapid evolution of BIM and interoffice collaboration in the last five years has been a steep learning curve for many in the industry. By early 2019, Steinberg Hart needed to prepare for a new technology shift that would require some outside expertise. According to Gautam R. Shenoy, BIM/VDC Director at Steinberg Hart, a growing demand to use Autodesk BIM 360 web-based applications to streamline communication among customers and partners was emerging.
While Steinberg Hart had the BIM 360 platform at that time, there were some growing pains with regard to the application of it. They did not have the in-house expertise or required network infrastructure on the front-end to facilitate the transition from communication based on a wide-area network (WAN) and local area network (LAN). Shenoy engaged U.S. CAD to develop and provide an enterprise-wide transition to BIM 360.
The U.S. CAD team and Shenoy reviewed Steinberg Hart’s applications and processes and then developed a plan to scale the company’s network to the cloud. U.S. CAD took a project-by-project approach, training individual project teams, rather than the entire office. During this two-hour long class, U.S. CAD technical experts stepped through tools and techniques within the BIM 360 platform that team members could then easily apply to their specific projects, once they returned to their desks.
Since engaging U.S. CAD, Steinberg Hart has grown from having a single project on the BIM360 platform to 10. According to Shenoy, “Our people are meeting benchmarks on a timely basis, and we’re seeing more engagement. For example, our project managers are typically platform-agnostic, but in the last six months, they have begun to ask whether they should use BIM 360. To me, that awareness shows that they understand the potential advantages.”
The U.S. CAD team and Shenoy agreed upon a project-based approach because it allows the teams to truly hit the ground running. This is approach is the best way to build acceptance and therefore encourage adoption and address the unique circumstances of a specific project.
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