IBSECAD case study


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For IBSECAD, the challenge was to find a better way of collaborating with clients to review and agree 3D models of construction projects - and that's where SMART Technologies came in. To support the continued growth of the business and to ensure it remains at the technological forefront of its industry, IBSECAD invested in a SMART Board interactive whiteboard. This gave them a faster, more effective and more collaborative process for working together with clients to refine, amend and agree construction project models.

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IBSECAD case study

  1. 1. Customer storyCutting-edge CAD collaboration solutionsfor IBSECADIBSECAD, London/UKImproving collaborative working by using a SMART Board® interactive whiteboardSince 1996, IBSECAD has grown into an industry leader in the CAD (Computer Aided Design) Challengeco-ordination field. With offices in Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia and USA, IBSECAD supports To find a better way of collaboratingprojects across the globe. Working with main contractors and sub-contractors, IBSECAD helps with clients to review and agreeto bridge the gap between design and build by utilising the latest technology to visualise 3D models of construction projects.construction plans and support its clients in delivering projects on time and under budget.To support the continued growth of the business and to ensure it remains at the technological Solutionforefront of its industry, IBSECAD has invested in a SMART Board interactive whiteboard. A faster, more effective and more collaborative process for workingCapturing the review process together with clients to refine, amendIBSECAD’s expansion has been rapid since the company was established in 1996. It has and agree construction project models.worked some of the most iconic buildings in the UK, including the Gherkin, Royal LondonHospital and Emirates Stadium, as well as enjoying a burgeoning portfolio of overseasprojects. The main software tool used by IBSECAD for collaborative work is Autodesk ResultNavisworks, a specialist product for the architecture, engineering and construction Construction projects are kept onindustries which requires flythrough and collaborative workshops. schedule and on budget.However, as explained by Richard Baglow, Regional Director of IBSECAD, the traditionalprocess for reviewing with projectors and paper copies left something to be desired:“IBSECAD have a lot of workshops with client teams, design teams and site teams, runningthrough the CAD models on the screen, for which we use a package called AutodeskNavisworks. This is a big step forward from looking at paper drawings and makes it easierfor the clients to visualise their projects. However, the challenge lies in how we work withthose models, record the collaborative process and capture the changes we want to maketo the plans. We were limited to using screen grabs of images and marking them up byhand, using Photoshop packages or using the commentary tool on Autodesk Navisworks,but it was a relatively slow process.”It was clear that a solution allowing for a greater degree of interaction, that provided a moreaccurate means of capturing the review process and that could be speeded up in order to keepconstruction projects on schedule would be highly beneficial.
  2. 2. The design industry is about collaborating and sharing ideasFor IBSECAD the solution was a SMART Board Interactive whiteboard. Richard Baglow,Regional Director at IBSECAD, explains how and why they chose SMART Technologies:“We knew that we wanted a more efficient and effective way of working, particularly whenengaging with our clients. In January 2012, I visited the US offices of one of our clients,Skanska, the main contractor on the University Medical Centre project in Louisiana. They wereusing a SMART Board and I knew immediately that this was the right solution for IBSECAD.”In July 2012 IBSECAD installed a SMART Board 885ix interactive whiteboard with MeetingPro™ software in their London office. Richard describes how the SMART Board supportstheir work: “As a 3D design company, IBSECAD is heavily involved at all stages of thebuilding process. With a SMART Board installed, we can make any annotations to pictures andimages that we see fit, manipulate the display with touch gestures on the board,write in digital ink on the display and save, print and distribute the outputs at any time.”As Richard explains, the SMART Board has been a tremendous help in delivering a more Using the SMART Board® to enhance clienteffective process of collaboration with colleagues and clients alike: “The SMART Board fits interface meetingsin brilliantly with our working environment. The design industry is about collaborating andsharing ideas and the SMART Board takes this further than ever. For example, we can pass thepen around the meeting so that everyone can input directly onto the SMART Board,with a level of interaction that we hadn’t seen before. Previously, we would have to thinkcarefully about any annotations we made because they were always on paper. Now, with “The SMART Board is the best piece ofthe SMART Board, it is quick and easy to alter a design without ruining the plan.” technology we have ever invested in. We’re leading the way in our industry“Clients also think it’s amazing. We use it for internal meetings and for training as well, but with this technology.”the main benefit of the SMART Board is for client interface meetings. You can take screencaptures while you are using the board, so it allows us to show our models to clients and Richard Baglow,to make real time alterations in line with our discussions with them. It allows everyone to Regional Director, IBSECADunderstand what we have created, how we have created it and why.”The SMART Board also supports IBSECAD’s ‘draw it once’ philosophy, which strives to ensureeverything is captured within the model, that the team works in a truly collaborative fashionto achieve the best results and that the project remains on schedule and under budget.Delivering contracts on schedule and under budget with SMARTAfter just a few months of use, the benefits that the SMART Board is delivering for IBSECADand its clients are immediately apparent, according to Richard: “The IBSECAD team tookto it very quickly and the feedback from clients has been universally positive. It is mucheasier for clients to understand what they are looking at in project review workshops and About SMARTto contribute their ideas, and easier for us to capture the discussion and action the agreed SMART Technologies is a leading providerdecisions. It is a massive benefit and is making a huge difference to our projects. of collaboration solutions that transform the way the world works and learns. WeThe SMART Board plays a key role in ensuring that projects stay on schedule. This is veryimportant in the construction industry, where any delay can prove extremely costly. It believe that collaboration and interactionalso helps to ensure that any disputes over the decisions taken are kept to a minimum, should be easy. As the global leader inthanks to its ability to accurately document the design process. interactive whiteboards, we bring more than two decades of collaboration research and“The SMART Board takes meetings to a whole new level. Having relied on marked-up hard development to a broad range of easy-to-copies of the plans, we can now keep everything electronically. This makes the whole process use, integrated solutions that free peoplea lot quicker. The SMART Board is superb at keeping everyone on track with project schedules. from their desks and computer screens,By capturing a detailed record of the collaborative process, it also provides greater clarity and so collaborating and learning with digitaltransparency, which reduces the risk of any last minute disputes over the decisions taken.” resources are more natural.Richard believes that the SMART Board has helped IBSECAD to stay ahead of the competition:“The SMART Board is the best piece of technology we have ever invested in. We’re leadingthe way in our industry with this technology. We make sure that we write it into tendersand tell prospective clients all about our SMART Board and the benefits for progress review Steljes Limitedmeetings and sign-off workshops. On the University Medical Centre project in Louisiana, we Bagshot Manor,use the SMART Board to work with colleagues on the other side of the Atlantic. It proves that Green Lane, Bagshot,with these tools, we can bid for, win and deliver contracts anywhere in the world.” Surrey, GU19 5NL Phone 08450 758 758 info@steljes.co.uk www.smartwaystowork.co.uk© 2012 SMART Technologies. All rights reserved. SMART Board, smarttech, the SMART logo and all SMART taglines and product logos are trademarks orregistered trademarks of SMART Technologies in the U.S. and/or other countries. All third-party product and company names are for identification purposesonly and may be trademarks of their respective owners. SJ58505