C+S April 2022 Vol. 8 Issue 4 (web)

8. Team Preparation It’s about supporting the personnel to do their jobs efficiently through training and up-skilling where necessary. Most contractors anticipate a growing quantitative and qualitative skill shortage. Successfully implemented technologies are easy-to-use and collaborative, allow- ing generalists to quickly be productive. Providing a modern working environment and embracing digital technology attracts a skilled work- force and also retains talent. Get Ready for Your Next Project Efficiency is where money is made. To achieve that, get the various project stakeholders on the same page. And, as shown above, the eight building blocks can be potential profit makers or breakers on your upcoming project.

The big question is: Are you ready to find out what your project needs? Answer a few questions about your next project and receive a per - sonalised assessment that will help you complete your next job safely, sustainably and profitably. Start your assessment .

MATT DESMOND is President Agtek, Vice President Heavy Construction, Construction Management Solution at Hexagon.

Nobody needs to tell engineers the importance of collaboration. In addition to working with architects, contractors, consultants, and owners, you need to collaborate effectively with colleagues in other of- fices of your firm. Using Collaboration Software in a NewWorld of Work By Dave Martin, Tyler Voegele, and Derek White

And now that as many as half of us are working from home, the pressure is on information technology managers to facilitate productivity however people are working. To this end, engineering companies are turning to col- laboration platforms from a number of companies—Zoom, Autodesk, and Microsoft among them. We are engineers and IT managers at three different firms. In each of our companies, we’re making strong use of Microsoft Teams col - laboration software in concert with other software applications. Our colleagues are asking us a lot of questions about the new ways we’re asking them to work: “Why do we need to change?” “What are the best ways to share files and notes?”

“How should we teleconference?” “How can we collaboratively plan and track everyday tasks, and keep the team in the loop on project communications?” “How can we create a searchable project record of our decisions?” “What makes Teams special?And how does it pair with other software?” Below, we share our experiences answering these questions: More than phones We’ve changed the way we collaborate because new technologies en - able us to do it better. ZEISS Michigan Quality Excellence Center (Wixom, Michigan), designed by SmithGroup. Photo courtesy of SmithGroup and James Ewing.



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