Since signing an Enterprise Business Agreement (EBA) with Autodesk in October 2014, Beca has developed significant digital and BIM delivery capability. Under the EBA, the customer’s accomplishments include developing Virtual Reality (VR) capabilities via Revit Live; delivering projects using BIM360 Field and Glue; and being nominated for innovation awards for using Autodesk Building Ops.
Beca has identified Autodesk as one of five key information and communication technology (ICT) supply chain partners, as well as a primary software provider. Beca is very interested in emerging technologies and engaging with Autodesk to inform its investments and thinking.
Customer Background and Goals
Headquartered in Auckland, New Zealand, Beca is an employee-owned professional services firm offering engineering and related consultancy services. With more than 3,000 professionals in 19 offices across the Asia-Pacific region, Beca serves multiple markets, including Infrastructure, Industrial, Buildings, Power, Defense, and Advisory.
Because Beca utilizes resources in Australia, New Zealand, and Southeast Asia to effectively deliver projects, the company’s Customer Success Plan (CSP) identified improving the organization’s intercontinental collaboration as one of its four key goals.
In the spring of 2016, Beca took on an $80 million food factory expansion project in Sydney, Australia, for which they would need to utilize Revit software. Company management knew that the architectural design and engineering represented at least 12 weeks of work, but Beca only had eight weeks to complete the project.
With a very tight timeline to get its design documentation out, Beca would have to engage external offices. In addition to its large work force across the Asia-Pacific locations, Beca also collaborates with documentation firms in Indonesia and the Philippines. While this brings cost efficiencies to large design projects, working with these firms also presents drawbacks—such as the time wasted uploading and downloading shared models, and the risk of extensive rework. And while Beca has experience in implementing different collaboration solutions with various capabilities, those were not appropriate for this particular project.
With the goal of achieving better collaboration in mind, Autodesk worked with the customer to understand the regional teams’ requirements. Beca was investing in collaboration solutions like Panzurra (which required some hardware set-up), but the Autodesk team positioned Collaboration for Revit (C4R) as an alternative—and undertook a small C4R trial with the Technical Director for BIM.
Following the successful trial, the Beca team undertook a small pilot project with support from the Autodesk team. With growing confidence in using the C4R solution, the Beca team began to apply the technology on other upcoming projects—including the eight-week- long, $80M industrial project.
By implementing C4R, Beca was able to reduce the project’s duration by a third—and, ultimately, to meet the food factory project’s challenging design deadline by taking full advantage of the time zone span between New Zealand and Indonesia. Effectively stretching the workday to 15 hours, Beca’s NZ team would begin work in the morning; the Australia team would get going two hours later; and the Indonesia and Manila teams would come on board before the other offices went home for the day. As a result, the team “knew exactly what we wanted them to work on and what the design deliverables were for the day,” reported Craig Lamont.
Not only did C4R maximize the multi-region team’s traditional “workday,” it enhanced communication between team-members in different offices. Workers on the project spoke three different primary languages, but the Revit solution helped to minimize confusion between them. According to Lamont, having “everyone see the same thing in Revit at the same time helped overcome the language barrier.” This project is a fantastic demonstration of using C4R and cloud technology to not only overcome geographic, language, and cultural barriers, but to resolve the perceived challenges around IT infrastructure.
Original article published and written by Autodesk in collaboration with Beca.