Most projects today involve data that is created, captured, presented and shared in electronic form. This type of digital collaboration connects all stakeholders across a project. Increasingly plans and designs are reviewed and tested in a virtual environment (on computers) before commitment to construction. This leads to higher quality work, improved coordination between trades and time saving. Plans that have been digitised can be shared easily across a wide range of devices in the office, on site, while travelling and elsewhere.

Digital Collaboration options
Document sharing and collaboration software
Power of the mobile phone
Online chat
Tips for the electrical industry

Digital Collaboration options


There is a wide spectrum of collaborative software products available today, ranging from simple email and online chat, through cloud-based document sharing tools such as Box, Microsoft OneDrive, Google Drive and DropBox, through to job management software such as simPRO or GeoOP, and large-scale construction management software such as Aconex.

Most electrotechnology businesses use one of the simpler options for their projects, unless working as a sub-contractor on a large construction project, where the choice of construction management system will be dictated by the developer or head contractor.  

Document sharing and collaboration software


Documents, designs, procedures and plans can be shared online through a variety of cloud-based services, including Google Drive, DropBoxBox and Microsoft OneDrive. These cloud-based tools can provide cost effective, collaboration for most small to medium sized electrotechnology businesses. See our Case Study with Power Integration for a real life example of document sharing via the cloud.

BIM – the way of the future

Building Information Modelling (BIM) is an intelligent 3D model based process for planning, design, construction and management of buildings and infrastructure projects. BIM is the process of representing building and infrastructure over its whole life cycle from planning, design, construction, operations, maintenance and recycling. It provides the framework for collaboration that brings together all the parties that design, construct and operate a facility. Increasingly, BIM will be the informational glue that connects all participants in a project together through its complete life cycle and beyond.

 

Power of the mobile phone


A mobile phone today contains as much computing power as the computers that put the first man on the moon. The inclusion of digital cameras into mobile and smart phones has provided all trades with an easy way to capture and store information at any location. A picture is worth a thousand words, and digital cameras allow issues, problems and questions to be resolved, illustrated and described simply, quickly and easily, and increase productivity in the workplace.  

Online chat


Collaboration can be as easy as online chat, a means of sharing viewpoints on a project during design and project management. Online voice and text chat is simple and accessible across a range of computing devices e.g. Google Hangouts, Yahoo Messenger and Skype.  

Tips for the electrical industry

Have accounts with more than one telecommunications provider When working from the cloud, a simple error with your internet provider can cut off your whole team from the network. It is best to consider a secondary service provider, to connect to in the event of an emergency shutdown of your primary account. Backup and store your data regularly Backup is even more important if using a cloud application – the last thing you want is to lose all of your data and files in an emergency instance with your cloud provider. Back up your files on one or more cloud programs regularly. We recommend daily backups to avoid loss of data. You may wish to store sensitive documents or important client files on an internal server.

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