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Building Design + Construction Article: “When is it Safe for your Firm to Adopt New Technologies?”

Mark LaBell, BIM/CAD Technical Leader at SSOE Group, and Lauren Collier, Assoc. AIA and Design Technology Section Leader, are both featured in this article recently published in Building Design + Construction Magazine. The article discusses the recurring theme of reluctance to technology that exists in the conservative realm that is the AEC industry. Despite the opposition, when implemented well, innovation can offer a better way with the rewards surpassing the risks. Continue reading → Article: “Tropicalize a Project Plan to Keep it On Schedule — Deploying Projects in Mexico When Timing is Everything”

Cultural and commercial variances between the U.S. and Mexico can sometimes result in construction delays or expensive component substitutions. When strategic plans rely on heavily maintaining schedules, the following insights, which are often grouped under the head of tropicalization, should add confidence to the planning and executing of projects here in Mexico. Continue reading →

Giving clients more for their money through innovative software

In our latest newsletter, we are highlighting the outstanding performance of Jonathan Bolbach and Mark LaBell, winners of SSOE’s Founder’s Award. Their accomplishment — developing the AutoNavis software application — met two of the award’s key criteria: delivering exceptional value to clients by saving them time, trouble, and money and implementing an innovation that leads to improved processes and quality. Continue reading →

Pulling back the curtain on VDC

In moving a project from statement of work to completion of construction, regular collaboration between owners, designers, and contractors is no longer a luxury. It is the managerial insurance the project must have in order to stay on schedule and budget. Much of the unbudgeted time and expense incurred by change orders can be attributed to a lack of integration between the players. It’s often because these parties failed to include the resources and intentional effort for collaboration.

Virtual Design and Construction (VDC) is one of the most effective means for achieving this integration. Using its framework, teams can collectively and collaboratively manage design-construction projects. VDC also provides an ongoing, updated, and holistic view of the project, ensuring that the input of all stakeholders is gathered and assessed early in the design phase. While this generally requires a higher investment upfront, over the life of your project, it has the potential to save you time, trouble, and money. For one client,  awarding a design contract that required a higher upfront investment resulted in a 29% savings over the life of a $200 million project. The following examples show why VDC has become a power tool for driving overall project performance not only in regard to cost, but also schedule, quality, and safety. Continue reading →

Wireless Design & Development Magazine Article: “Distributed Antenna Systems: Fundamentals and Who to Hire”

Evan Baker, Section Manager for SSOE’s multi-disciplined Data / Fire / Security Systems group, was recently published in Wireless Design & Development Magazine. Baker offers over ten years of wireless network and data communication expertise in this perceptive article on in-building infrastructures referred to as distributed antenna systems, or DAS. Although these systems offer improved reliability, they can be a challenge to map out and enable — which is why hiring right is so important. Baker shares his guidelines for choosing the right DAS contractor and “winning in the world of DAS.” Continue reading →

Site Selection Magazine Article: “Drive South … of the Border”

Alexandra Segers, Dipl.-Ing, PE, Program Manager and International Account Executive at SSOE Group, was recently featured in this Site Selection Magazine article discussing Mexico as a growing, viable option for major league players in automotive (think Toyota, Ford, and BMW) who are crossing the border to set up shop. BMW sites the country’s high number of international trade agreements as a significant determinant in taking operations to Mexico. Segers, who is no stranger to international site selection and advised BMW on the project, explains that much evaluation goes into the decision-making process, with reliability and water being popular concerns for companies considering an investment in Mexico to better serve their customers.
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