Ulteig Utilizing Cloud-Based Platform to Collaborate Remotely with Clients
April 29, 2020
Keeping lines of communication open is key to controlling costs and managing construction schedules in today’s social distancing/working remotely environment. Ulteig engineers are regularly onsite with our clients to collaborate on project details and work through design challenges in person and look forward to working that way again soon. In the meantime, we’re providing our clients with complimentary online access to their project information, anytime and anywhere, whether they’re in the office, in a trailer, or onsite.
To increase efficiency, improve quality and reduce risk during this pandemic and going forward, Ulteig engineers are working with clients utilizing the BIM 360™ cloud-based document management system. By leveraging this software internally and externally with our clients, we are able to collaborate throughout the design and construction of projects with computer-aided design and drafting (CAD) schematics, drawings and documents through the BIM 360™portal on a computer and/or through an app on a tablet or smartphone. Using this collaborative system virtually eliminates the need for communicating via emails on a project. This unique value-added benefit gives the client’s remote team instant access to designs, project details, and documents while reviewing construction plans (with versions, edits and times clearly marked) whenever and wherever necessary to keep the project flowing and their staff working effectively.
What if a client uses a different cloud-based system?
Ulteig has found that BIM 360™ platform is a great tool for design coordination and collaboration as it allows our clients, as well as other required organizations access to project information quickly and efficiently without additional fees or licenses subscriptions. Clients may already utilize a different platform like Procore®, SharePoint®, or Box.com., which Ulteig has and is willing to support to ensure collaborative page turns and quality reviews.
Creating technical solutions to meet current business challenges
Ulteig engineers use BIM 360™ to organize, distribute, and share documents with project teams in real-time. By using this cloud-based management platform, our engineers can circulate designs and collaborate with project stakeholders anytime and anywhere to help keep everyone in sync throughout the project.
By Chris Smaaladen, PE, M. ASCE, Technical Manager
Chris is a Technical Manager for the Civil Renewable design team with 11 years of experience in site development, water resources, and transportation engineering. As a Technical Leader, he is responsible for providing guidance and oversight to direct reports and fellow engineers on wind, solar, and battery energy design projects across the United States. Chris has performed and overseen numerous wind, solar, and battery energy storage site design projects, providing a full range of civil engineering including site layouts, grading, stormwater management, SWPPP and SPCC, and construction and permitting support.