You know better than we do that it takes dozens if not hundreds of people working together to deliver on a major construction or design project. Even the simplest of buildings takes skill and coordination to ensure effective collaboration between architects, planning officers, construction companies and everyone in between.
So how are modern businesses facilitating this massive amount of collaboration that's required? Well, with one of two approaches. There's the traditional method, which essentially revolves around enormous amounts of paper. And there's the modern, technology-driven approach. No prizes for guessing which one we're advocating.
Working with your clients
You've won the contract for your architects' firm, congratulations! Now to work out exactly how to implement your client’s vision. As you know, get this bit wrong and your designers will be bashing their heads against a brick wall for the rest of the project.
So how can you ensure things g
Whether you're working for an architects' practice or a construction company, as a contractor or supplier or anywhere in-between the two, we'd hazard a guess that some of your targets revolve around safety and sustainability.
But even with so much industry attention on these two watchwords, it's not always easy (or cheap) to make the necessary improvements to working practices to hit targets.
Technology is changing this, especially for architects. Simple adjustments and additions to your meeting room can transform the way in which you interact with clients, co-workers and other contributors to the central project.
Read on for a quick look at the meeting room technology you need to drive up sustainability and improve safety records on your next project.
A new era for sustainability
Sustainability and environmental targets are a big challenge for modern construction and architectural design companies. Everyone in the supply chain is aware of their
Technology is changing the way we do business. Processes are becoming faster and slicker. Clients have increasingly high expectations and the millennial generation of employees are integrating gadgetry into every area of the office – whether we like it or not.
Architects cannot ignore this change any longer. Practices across the country are harnessing the power of the latest technology to wow potential and existing clients.
Is it time for your company to catch up and become a pitching powerhouse?
The potential for technology to drive up efficiency and drive down costs is enormous. But our focus here is purely on its potential to impress.
Whether you deal with public sector projects, infrastructure builds, residential developments or luxury 'one-of-a-kinds', you'll know there are certain key things your clients want to see from you and your team during a pitch.
Your work is creative, clients want to se
Can we make it any cheaper? Can we bring the handover date forward? Two all-too-common questions project managers hear in architects' firms across the country.
Businesses in every sector strive to lower costs and many are turning to technology for the answers. But for architects and construction companies the potential savings are so huge that this really isn't a choice any more.
But this isn't about buying every possible gadget on the market. Read on to find out how the right meeting room technology could save you thousands on your running costs as an architects’ practice.
Time is money
There's no other way of putting it: time really is money. When it comes to meetings, conferences, feedback, revisions and collaboration, you want to achieve as much as possible in as little time as possible. Well, nothing saves time like fast and efficient technology.
It's all about keeping things as streamlined as possible. In many cases, this is t
It’d be difficult to argue that technology hasn’t had a huge impact on almost every aspect of our lives, but sometimes it’s easy to forget just how much things have changed over the past decade or so.
The education sector has experienced a particularly significant transformation at the hands of technology, having moved from a complete reliance on paper (and chalk!) to integrated education technology in a matter of decades.
Here are the 10 most game-changing technology developments in the education sector.
We couldn’t call ourselves edtech experts without discussing the enormous success of touchscreens in the classroom. Replacing the soon-to-be outdated interactive whiteboard, touchscreens offer a fully immersive learning experience via software and apps.
This technology has made it easier than ever to connect pupils and teachers to shared digital workspaces, while encouraging collaboration and participation from even the most de
Education technology, or edtech, is one of the fastest growing technology sectors in the world. In fact, figures from EdTechXGlobal suggest the worldwide edtech market could reach $252 billion (£198.6 billion) by 2020, the equivalent of 17 per cent year-on-year growth.
Of course, as the market grows the hope is that all children will benefit from easier access to information and learning resources thanks to technology developments. But some experts reckon that improvements in technology could prove to be particularly significant in Special Educational Needs (SEN) learning.
For educators and school tech leads hoping to enhance the learning experience for SEN children, the growing education technology market has a lot to offer. Teachers now have a huge array of specially designed aids to choose from, whether children require basic teaching aids or the use of full technology systems designed for pupils with more demanding special educational
Education technology has never been better. But as funding proves to be an ongoing challenge for schools across the UK, every piece of equipment in the classroom needs to earn its place.
Not only do tight budgets mean less money for equipment, but they also mean less money for specialist IT staff. Today teachers need great value, easy-to-use technology that they can maintain and operate pretty much on their own.
We’ve taken a look at the two developments in low-maintenance education technology – touchscreens and laser projectors – to highlight where you can cut costs and stress levels, without impacting on performance.
Touchscreens for the classroom
One of the most significant advancements in education technology in recent years has been classroom touchscreens. These large screens probably aren’t news to you if you work in the education sector; they’ve transformed lessons and teaching practices with collaboration and inter
No matter how many years’ experience you have in education, taking on a subject lead can be a daunting task. Given the mishmash of roles and responsibilities, IT lead has to be one of the most daunting of all.
Perhaps you’re purely focused on your responsibility for guiding your school on the subject of IT and what to offer students. But maybe you’ve also been roped into choosing which technology the school should introduce into its classroom next year and how to distribute funds with maximum effect for every department.
It’s no simple ask. But you can make things easier by knowing where to focus your efforts. Read on for our round up three top priorities for a primary school IT lead.
1. Keep up to date
A common ask of an IT lead will inevitably be to keep the technology your school uses up to date and up to its job of serving teachers and pupils. This doesn’t just mean staying up to date by purchasing the latest equipment; you can also make sure
When you think about just how far education technology has come in the past ten years, it’s hard to believe that experts are already working on the next edtech revolution. But it’s true.
Many companies are already delivering sneak peeks of their latest creations, hoping to be at the forefront of modern learning – and we’re seeing some pretty exciting stuff. Read on for a quick overview of the biggest new trends in edtech set to transform the education sector all over again.
How technology can broaden access to information
It’s been impossible to ignore the growth in remote working in the last few years. For one, you might have wondered where your colleagues keep disappearing too. Well in tech terms, business and education aren’t that far removed; many of the operational developments end up crossing over as both seek to encourage collaboration and group engagement, albeit in very different environments
Over in the business world, we’ve seen
It’s one thing trying to impress your clients on your home turf. But when you move out of a familiar work environment it can be a challenge to show the same confidence and streamlined delivery when you don’t know the meeting room setup you’ll be working with.
However, there are a number of things you can do with your own meeting room environment which can actually have a huge impact on your efficiency and organisation when presenting externally. We’ve taken an in-depth look at how you can use your touchscreen display and conference technology to make life easier for yourself even when you’re in an unfamiliar environment.
From team meeting to client meeting
The obvious challenge is how you and your team can use the top of the range touchscreen and collaborative technology in your own meeting room and convey all of that resulting creativity at the client presentation.
For simple, small documents, this can be as easy as sending an email with an attachmen