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Planning your 2022 Training Calendar

Build new skills – planning your 2022 training needs 

At Cadventure, we are scheduling courses for well into 2022 as individuals and businesses are busy planning their training requirements for the coming year.

Our Bentley, Vectorworks, Bluebeam, and Solibri courses are updated regularly by our in-house industry-experienced experts, so you can be assured that you and your team will hit the ground running with the latest software versions and most up-to-date training. Click HERE to view our schedule.

To ensure our training will best work for you and your team, we provide both face-to-face as well as remote and blended sessions using our Cadventure Virtual Classroom. This means that we can deliver seamless training when and where you need it, without the IT headache. In keeping with the latest government COVID guidelines, we will be following recommended working practices.

If you are unsure what courses are right for you, we will happily talk through the options and tailor a programme just for you and your teams, so please get in touch.

Whether you are looking to learn new skills or are keen to update and enhance your existing ones, Cadventure can help.
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Cadventure partners up for a design challenge in the UAE

As part of our ongoing support for Architects and Engineers of tomorrow, in partnership with Class Of Your Own (COYO), Cadventure is instrumental in the delivery of a new design challenge for UAE students on the future of infrastructure in the region.

The challenge is being run in partnership with Bentley Systems, DP World, Virgin Hyperloop and the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) MENA region, to launch the DEC Future Infrastructure Challenge.

This exciting competition has emerged from the development of COYO’s “Design Engineer Construct! Future Infrastructure” programme, designed to inspire the world’s future professionals.

The challenge will pit teams of undergraduates in a head-to-head competition to come up with new ideas to develop the UAE’s transportation infrastructure of the future.

University teams from across the UAE will conceptualise hyperloop portals, plan optimum routes and design associated infrastructure to connect the ports of Jebel Ali, Dubai and Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

Virgin Hyperloop is a new mode of transportation designed to eliminate the barriers of distance and time for both people and freight. Travelling at speeds of up to 1,000 km/h with zero direct emissions, Hyperloop could usher in a new era in sustainable logistics.

Hyperloop’s ambition is to revolutionise transport and logistics through cargo and passenger hyperloop-enabled systems is closer than ever.

With around 860 members living and working on a huge range of projects across the UAE and a very active graduate and student group, ICE MENA Regional Manager Redha al Redha commented:

“This competition shows budding civil engineers the many ways we can design and build infrastructure that benefits society. Hands-on experience on top-level projects is invaluable in inspiring and educating the next generation about a career that changes lives and can help us build a sustainable world for our future. We look forward to seeing some remarkable talent working at the forefront of our industry in a few years’ time.”

COYO’s self-directed programme of study enables young people to explore a range of themes that will impact and influence major infrastructure projects in the near future, including cyber security, net zero carbon and environmental issues, digital twins, machine learning and artificial intelligence. 

“It’s great to be in Dubai, working with this amazing team,” said COYO’s Founder and CEO, Alison Watson. “Covid-19 has had a huge impact on students and their ability to learn by traditional methods. The rapid adoption of digital technology has kept the world talking and compelled organisations to be more resilient, productive, and efficient. The Future Infrastructure Programme presents an exciting opportunity to test the collaborative problem-solving skills of a generation of graduates entering a very different construction industry.”

Cadventure Managing Director, Elaine Lewis added: “To be part of this impressive project is a privilege.  We have provided learning and development to industry professional and students for many years and being part of a wider knowledge-exchange programme that create the construction industry talent of the future is incredibly rewarding.

Our role is to equip these students with the technical software skills using Bentley software like OpenBuildings and OpenRail, to envision their design solution.

This challenge is designed to inspire, and we are looking forward to seeing the innovative entries from the students over the coming months.”.

To find out more about the challenge and how to take part visit the DEC website here.


Cadventure appoints Mike Clarke to head its new Project Information Services team

We have appointed Mike Clarke to head up our new Project Information Services Team, bringing with him over 30 years of global experience in supporting clients with their information management needs.

With the construction industry’s rapidly growing need for more effective and integrated project information management and the drive to go digital, more companies are understanding the importance not just of digital tools, but the need to deploy good processes and well-trained teams to ensure that their asset information is effectively and efficiently managed.

That’s why we specialise in working with these organisations to identify the right solution for better information management and delivery. As our new Project Information Management Services Director, Mike will lead in this area and work with clients to support their need to digitise asset information management.

Mike started work as a Junior Technician at Sir William Halcrow and Partners (now Jacobs) in 1987 – during his time there Mike also studied Civil Engineering and was one of the first people to begin using CAD systems such as GDS, AutoCAD and MicroStation. Mike worked on a diverse set of projects for Halcrow, including the M40 Motorway, the Belize City Infrastructure Project, small scale irrigation projects in Ghana, the Second Severn Crossing, and the Channel Tunnel Rail Link (HS1). Living and working on projects in Belize, Ghana and the UK enabled Mike to gain significant experience with a diverse set of Clients, information delivery requirements and software technologies.

After which Mike joined Scott Wilson Railways as CAD Development Manager in the late 1990’s, where he managed the CAD Development Unit and built a strong team of 12 CADD and Information specialists. During this time, he worked on major schemes such as the Lok Ma Chau Spur line tender (Hong Kong), Gautrain (South Africa) the East London Line (UK) and the West Coast Route Modernisation, where he introduced ProjectWise to both Scott Wilson and Network Rail.

Later Mike became Scott Wilson’s Global CAD Manager where he was responsible for the advancement of global CAD standards, ProjectWise adoption and development of both Autodesk and Bentley contracts. In 2011 Mike began working on the multi award winning Stockholm Bypass where he was responsible for the development of the project information requirements plan and the mobilisation and maintenance of the Client’s Project CDE – ProjectWise.

After four years working with Trafikverket in Sweden, Mike moved to the Digital Project Delivery as a Technical Director. Working in Europe, the USA and Australia Mike was responsible for the implementation of the URS global ProjectWise solution. Late in 2014 the Scott Wilson URS Group was acquired by AECOM where Mike was given responsibility for the advancement of ProjectWise across the EMEA business. In 2018 Mike and his team won the Global Bentley Year In Infrastructure Award in the Project Delivery category for their work in developing the strategic direction for ProjectWise Project Insights.

At Cadventure Mike will take on the responsibility of delivering Project Information Management Professional Services for our clients and commented: “It’s important that people manage project information in the most effective way. Good process, well trained teams and appropriate technology configurations are paramount if projects are to deliver more efficiently, while at the same time reduce costs and the use of carbon. That’s why at Cadventure our mission is to ensure that our customers achieve better information management through the adoption of technologies such as Bentley Systems ProjectWise and iTwin Services.

“AEC projects must manage infrastructure information much more effectively across the entire project lifecycle, if it is to reduce costs and the use of carbon, while at the same time improving the productivity of project stakeholders. This is an area that Cadventure is addressing with the development of its Project Information Management Services team. We will be implementing bespoke information management processes, Common Data Environment (CDE) technologies and offering hands-on training that will improve project outcomes for those involved with the design, construction, and operation of infrastructure assets.”

Cadventure Managing Director Elaine Lewis added: “The speed with which the industry is digitally transforming is increasing rapidly, as new trends emerge and begin to completely reshape the way we work. For Cadventure, we have been at the forefront of digital adoption at every turn – right back to 2000, when we were helping customers such as the Sydney 2000 Olympics on their digital journey with CAD and 3D visualisations. With the appointment of Mike to head the Project Information Management Services team, this further cements our capabilities to support AEC clients in their information management needs. Mike’s blend of technical excellence and real-world worldwide project experience is a great asset to Cadventure and our clients.”

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Vectorworks 2022 has landed – Design Without Limits

Wherever your ideas take you – you will get there faster with vectorworks 2022

Vectorworks 2022 has the flexibility to support your entire project from beginning to end, or anywhere in the process — from conceptual design to data-rich 3D model to construction documents, Vectorworks 2022 is the versatile solution you need, with a host of new features.

The latest version of Vectorworks, launched in September 2022 builds on the best in class software, making it faster and more intuitive, while also providing the stability and accuracy required for maximum efficiency.

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Elaine Lewis talks about being a Women in BIM Mentor

Now in its second year, the Women in BIM (WIB) Mentor Scheme is designed to create opportunities for more WIB Members to connect and support each other with guidance to learn and grow, both professionally and personally.

Having been a WIB Member since its inception in 2012, when Elaine first learned about the Mentor Scheme, she was instantly interested in getting involved to support this global network of female BIM professionals. Having had previous experience of mentoring and being a non-Executive Director for the UK BIM Alliance, places Elaine in the perfect position to support others in the early stages in their career.

Elaine spoke with the WIB team to discuss what makes a great mentor/mentee relationship: “The role of the mentor is to provide the mentee with the support, guidance and inspiration to assist then to thrive in their career. For the mentee, I believe it is helpful to work with someone who has gone down a similar path they are on currently, who can provide context, shared experiences and has the ability to listen. For me, it is about overcoming challenges together and identifying and advising on courses of action.”

Elaine continued: “There also needs to be mutual respect and trust. The mentee should feel comfortable in sharing their hopes, fears, and goals in a safe environment. Equally a good mentor should be an empathetic listener, as well as open, enthusiastic, and supportive in helping the mentee talk through their ideas and issues, excited to see them grow and succeed.”

Read the full interview with Elaine on the Women in BIM website here.


What to consider when choosing your Bentley Licence

So, you have decided to make an investment in Bentley software. You think you know which application you want to use – but which license model is best for you?

As many of you will know, unlike with some other software vendors with Bentley Systems you have a choice. But choice can be confusing, so let’s explain your options and also share which licensing model is the best fit for your circumstances.

Why is this important?

Each license model serves the needs of a particular client, community or project and considers several factors. For example, choice of application, length of need, whether it is a solution that is used every day or at key points on the project lifecycle. Whether everyone needs their own license, or it can be a shared resource across a project team.

Other factors that affect your choice include budget, cashflow, length of time you have been in business and your perception of what the future looks like.

With all these factors to consider, how do you decide?

At Cadventure, we spend a lot of time helping clients choose or switch how they license their software.

The best and only advice is to talk to an expert, someone who knows or wants to understand your business, its drivers and your short to long term strategy. Someone who can have a business conversation about all your software needs are now, how they might change and can help you arrive at a solution that is best fit for your business.

Let us look at the options:
  1. Perpetual licenses with SELECT

This is the traditional means of licensing your software. This is a purchase of an asset alongside an annual SELECT support agreement.  Perpetual licenses work best for you if you can see a two to three-year or a long-term requirement for a design solution that you will use every day.

Compared with other annual subscription models, perpetual licenses quickly start to stack up a return on investment as a capital asset, as once you have made your initial purchase, the only additional annual costs are your SELECT subscription.

SELECT offers several benefits, not least the ability to license your software on unlimited devices, 24/7/365 technical support and software upgrades as they become available. SELECT is better than just an insurance as it offers practical benefits and network license flexibility when managing your licenses. When you need that technical support, you know you will be at the front of the queue.

For many practices or extended project requirements this perpetual license model will be the backbone of your software investment.

If you are new to Bentley software, you can also start small and trade-up. For example, if you start with MicroStation PowerDraft for 2D, when you are ready to embrace full MicroStation for 3D or OpenBuildings for BIM, you simply purchase an upgrade. The only cost is the difference in price between the application you have and the one you would like to change to plus the additional SELECT subscription.

You can also trade-up, trade-down, or across, using the portfolio balance option under SELECT subscription once a year to rebalance your portfolio, based on your current software needs. No other software provider has this option and it de-risks the decision of what to buy.

Rental Options

If you are not ready to make this commitment to perpetual licenses OR want some additional licenses that you may not need long term, Bentley Systems offer a couple of rental options.

  1. Cloud Services Subscription – also known as CSS

This license model is ideal for project-related expenditure or where there is some degree of uncertainty or flexibility that is required. It also works well when there is a need to access multiple applications that support the design process, that are either not used every day, or only needed for a specific time frame.

It is a great way to access a much wider portfolio of Bentley solutions without the commitment of a perpetual license. It also puts flexibility and control in the hands of the Project or BIM Manager without the need to raise another purchase order when a new application is required.

It also allows you to cross-charge your project teams or project partners for the costs of the software you need to complete their project.

A Cloud Service subscription can be quickly set up and can be used to access the virtually the whole of the Bentley portfolio, on demand.

For access to some applications, for example ProjectWise, ProjectWise365, Legion or Synchro 4D, this is the only way that you can access this software.

Think of it like a London Transport Oyster card – you only incur a charge when the software is used. To access this license model, you set up an account with Bentley Systems and agree an initial deposit. We will advise you about what this should be based on the applications that you plan to use over the next 12 months. There is an initial threshold of £4100+VAT and you should familiarise yourself about how VAT is treated.

Thereafter, you use the software of your choice each month and receive a VAT invoice (that has already been paid by your CSS). You can always see how much of your CSS you have spent and how much is remaining on your quarterly statements.

Once your fund is approaching zero, we look at your usage over the previous six months, discuss your software requirements over the next twelve months and agree the recommended replenishment amount. Importantly, this is not a use or lose payment scheme. If your project requirements dictate and the funds are depleted more quickly than planned, you simply top up earlier. Importantly, the balance sits in your CSS until you need to use it and never expires.

12- month Subscription Practitioner Licenses

A new offering from Bentley Systems that we are pleased to bring you are Practitioner licenses. Available across virtually on the key Bentley applications, these were introduced in May 2020 to provide for annual based budgets.

These are named user licenses for specific applications that can be ordered and delivered through our online store.

They come with a simplified user license agreement that you simply click and accept, put in your credit card details, or arrange a bank transfer and you are good to go.

These are great for start-ups, project-based requirements, or clients familiar with annual subscriptions from other software providers who are looking for the same.

Each application also comes with a few “keys”. Keys can be exchanged for online training or get you started mentoring so you are not on your own. These are single-user licenses but can be transferred to other team members once a month. They last for 12 months and do not automatically renew, leaving you in control.

Practitioner passports are great to get you started, help you transition from another platform manage a short-term project requirement.

  • Best for project related expenditure and for applications that are used periodically. Also, this is good when circumstances are changing, or flexibility is required. SELECT benefits included
E365

To complete the story, E365 is the new version of an Enterprise License Subscription (ELS). This is a bespoke solution comprising, software, dedicated Account management, and success plans tailored to large-scale enterprises usually (but not always) with a global footprint. Importantly, your investment in Bentley technology is going to be significant on an annual basis as E365 is only available to clients planning to spend over a certain threshold.

Quick Checklist
License Type Best for
Perpetual Licenses with SELECT Best for software in constant use with a time horizon of two to three years or longer
Cloud Service Subscription This is the “Oyster card” option which is best, either on its own or in addition to perpetual licenses to manage the requirement for multiple applications and changing needs over the next 12 months or the lifetime of the project.
Practitioner Passports Excellent for start-ups where initial cost is key, simplified, and fast access is required. These areas also useful for clients familiar with other 12-month subscription offerings who like to budget annually. These also well to support a core ownership of perpetual licenses
E365 Ideally suited to large-scale Bentley Systems users, often global organisations, and significant budgets with a wrap-around offering of success planning services to ensure you get your return on investment
Can I have them all?

In short – yes! It The reason that Bentley Systems offer multiple licensing models is that they recognise that one size does not fit all.

There is often a core of perpetual licenses and SELECT alongside a Cloud Service subscription for project-related requirements and short-term peak usage. Practitioner passports can also be part of the mix for specific requirements.

This is why you have a better choice with Bentley Systems. So please talk to us about your circumstances as we are here to help.


Explore Bluebeam Revu sessions

Do you want to explore Bluebeam Revu?

First session: 21 July 2021, 11am – 12 noon
Join us for our regular Bluebeam Revu explorer online sessions. See below upcoming dates, and register your place.
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Whether you are an existing Revu user looking for tips and tricks, or new to Bluebeam, our regular online sessions will help you quickly get up to speed on key features and workflows. and industry-specific topics.

Topics covered includes:
  • Overview of the software interface and customised profiles
  • File upload and management
  • Explanation of PDF Markup Tools and Tool Chests usage
  • Introduce Markup lists – to track issues and assign to individuals or companies to resolve
  • Overview of measurements and how they can help with estimating and take-offs
  • Overlaying documents and comparing multiple revisions of drawings
  • How to use Bluebeam Studio Projects and Studio Sessions to aid in project collaboration
  • Q&As session
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Trends that are transforming the construction industry

by Patrick McNamara, Sales Director, Cadventure

It is an amazing fact that it has been six decades since the AEC industry began to embrace digital solutions. Initially it was CAD software that was making waves in digital construction – but once the digital revolution began, new innovations started appearing at an ever-increasing rate.

Over the years, we have seen an enormous uplift in smart, creative digital solutions. Although the construction industry has embraced digital solutions, as an industry we are still relatively new to the process.

The AEC industry is undergoing digitalisation at an ever-increasing pace, requiring data management solutions around the design, construction, and operation phases of physical assets. The speed with which the industry is transforming is incredibly exciting, as new trends emerge and begin to completely reshape the way we work.

Cadventure, has been at the forefront of digital adoption at every turn from the early days of 2D to 3D BIM and beyond – for example, helping clients to produce animations for projects such as for the Sydney 2000 Olympics stadium, all part of their digital journey with CAD and 3D visualisations.

Here we take a look at some of the exciting current digital trends and how they are making waves across the built environment.

Immersive technology

When we think about game-changing technology, we immediately think of immersive technology, such as Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR).

AR has the benefit of being able to place a 3D model into an existing space using a device such as a smartphone or headsets that project the virtual into real space, whereas VR is a completely virtual environment using immersive headsets.

When immersive tech first emerged, it was assumed that it would be largely the remit of marketing and design teams. But what we are seeing is more companies adopting it to make their construction more efficient. They can model and schedule in an immersive environment before building starts, saving on time and cost within the process.

As well as offering design help, immersive technology can also have a huge impact on safety standards and training. Remote workers can inspect job sites before going out in person, and companies can even train staff in a safe space before they even set foot on the site. With Augmented Reality, we are seeing this being adopted in a wide range of use cases – from On-site safety inspection to operational maintenance – bringing virtual experts to a real site.

Robotics

Robotics has been utilised in most industries across the economy – the technology is still young, but it is a fast-growing reality.

By introducing machines that can perform repetitive tasks, we free up time for more value-added and money-making activities. For example, a robot who can lay bricks quickly, efficiently, and cheaply, can then free up a worker for more creative thinking within the build.

This also has the potential to reduce the risk of human error, helping with productivity and reducing accidents on-site.

Then taking it to the next level and using robotics for semi-autonomous work such as surveying in dangerous conditions and creating building components that would be too complex for a human to build.

Digital Twin

The current industry buzzword is the ‘Digital Twin’. There are a lot of definitions around what a digital twin is, but in essence, it is a virtual representation that serves as a real-time counterpart of a physical asset. It brings different elements of design and data together in a single environment, allowing everyone within the process access to all the asset data – from designers and contractors to owners and operators. Importantly a true digital twin should allow a feedback mechanism between the digital and physical asset, that helps to ‘future-proof’ a project, as well as making maintenance of the asset as simply and efficiently as possible.

For a digital twin to be successful, it needs to incorporate a lot of different types and sources of information. It is more than just a model or a drawing – it includes data on materials, environment, past performance data and other individual pieces of data, to create a full picture of that asset – past, present and future.

The benefits of a digital twin are exceptional. It allows engineers and operators to monitor assets remotely and identify problems before they occur – greatly reducing waste and down time.

Cloud Space

Cloud space relates to both storage and collaboration. With projects becoming more data and file heavy, cloud solutions are crucial for storing this data and making it available to anyone within the project team, anywhere in the world at any time.

During the pandemic, being able to access a file at any time, anywhere became even more important. We have seen a lot of adoption of design review technology over the last 12 months, as teams move their meetings to the cloud, and realise that this approach not only saves time and paper but improves the design review process as it is more accessible to teams for constructive input.

Working digitally and remotely via the cloud allows you to send data to the team, rather than relying on the team finding their way to the data in the physical world. With unlimited storage, you can put as much data as you need to into a project without relying on a server.

Cloud space also allows for a single source of truth in the project. Hosting all data in a central Common Data Environment (CDE) means that everyone involved is working on the latest file at any given time, often updated in real-time.

Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning

Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) can bring multiple benefits to those who use it. The goal with these technologies is not to replace humans, but rather to equip them with the capability to improve efficiency and quality. By taking over manual duties and replacing them with automation, this allows professionals to focus on creative use of their time and value-added activities. Engineers want to be doing engineering, not repetitive tasks!

By teaching software to do these tasks, it can then predict any issues and mistakes ahead of time, clearing up any confusion before anything goes to the real-world environment, eliminating human error to create safer built assets.

However, AI and ML are still in their infancy when it comes the AEC industry. Where other industries have had several decades of digital development, construction is still catching up.

The future of digital construction

Construction is one of the least digital sectors, ranking behind even agriculture for digital adoption. Where other industries are benefitting from digital solutions already, we are only just seeing the potential for AEC.

Cadventure specialises in the implementation of these vital digital tools, but more importantly in training those who use them. We need to ensure that digital is seen as a tool for the professionals in our industry, rather than something that threatens to replace them – but we also need to ensure that we are attracting new talent into the industry.

Firms that implement a digital strategy have been shown to be more successful in attracting and retaining talent – and with a skills shortage in the industry, this is something construction needs to put a lot of time and energy into.

We can expect to see far more exciting and innovative products emerge over the coming years, and early adoption is crucial if we are to elevate the industry to its highest potential.


Going digital: why is it important?

by Elaine Lewis, Managing Director, Cadventure

Going Digital is more than just reducing or removing paper and increasing digital exchange of data via file share or email. It presents a great opportunity to re-evaluate every step in your design engineering and construction process. This is not about digitising an analogue process but stripping it back to evaluate how information is generated, shared, published, and managed through the lifecycle of an asset.

Therefore, I asked myself, why is digital transformation important?

Staying competitive in a constantly changing global marketplace depends on an organisation’s ability to rapidly adapt through the adoption of new technologies. IDC estimates that worldwide spending on the technologies and services that enable digital transformation will reach almost $2 trillion in 2022.

It also impacts the bottom line. According to recent research, digital transformation initiatives can result in productivity gains of 14 to 15% and cost reductions of 4 to 6%. In a 2% margin business this can make a major impact on the bottom line, but it does not happen by chance.

Following the Grenfell Tower disaster, the Hackett report highlighted the importance of information and the need to develop a “Golden Thread” – the requirement for reliability, accuracy, auditability, accountability, and transference through whole lifecycle.

Year on year the amount of data we produce for projects increases exponentially. Without continuous improvements in standards, process and management of information we will fail in our duties. Technology can help us with these improvements, along with robust protocols at a project, national and international level.

This becomes even more important as we start integrating data at local authority levels and with projects such as the National Digital Twin. These can be an entirely new business model to support flexibility, efficiency and cost control. We think of digital transformation as a journey not a destination so never think that once you have “done” this, there is no room for continuous process improvement.

Digital Service Mindset

While 2020 was not easy for any organisation, those that are thriving have embraced a digital service mindset. This has impacted not just construction but online shopping, delivery, medicine, automated supply chain optimisation, visitor attractions…. the list goes on.

A number of companies that I spoke to in 2020 began to use the term “pivot” to describe a transformation in their business. This could mean anything from facilitating the needs of their workforce to work from home, to developing office rotas to ensure staff returning to the office could remain safe and socially distanced, plus looking at new sustainable working practices to support net-zero carbon targets.

In some cases, new technology emerged or was repurposed, for example, the use of a security access card could become a social distancing monitor and Covid contact tracing device. Equally safety equipment like hard hats with a mounted device can promote social distancing, emitting a progressively louder alarm when workers are too close to each other. It enables them to focus on tasks rather than worrying about proximity to co-workers or potential virus exposure.

Starting at the top

Digital transformation starts at the top. It is a strategic business decision to adopt digital technologies supported with data to demonstrate improved productivity, better processes, management of business risk and cost control.

As a result, these improvements not only engender better customer and employee experiences but can also in some cases avoid litigation and preserve reputations alongside the cost of repairing or replacing structures. All of this because your project teams can identify and respond to RFIs or identify change management responsibility long after project teams and client contacts have moved on.

Does one size fit all? Absolutely not. An effective strategy has to be right for the organisation and your information needs. Within a large construction company, for example, there will be a significant number of stakeholders with different digital requirements, using a myriad of process, software tools and solutions.

This is why a top-down approach is vital as imposing a rigid all-encompassing Common Data Environment will naturally meet resistance when users have not been canvassed as to their requirements.

It should however represent a good opportunity to “clean house” by documenting processes, streamlining the software portfolio, and stripping back to basics.

Education in this is also key. For some teams, a simple structured F-Drive may be all they think they need, until they understand how hard it is to file and find email or be certain they are using the latest iteration of a document or drawing.

The Cadventure approach

For Cadventure, in 2020 digital transformation meant evaluating our entire enquiry to sale process to identify how information moved through our organisation and where the bottlenecks were. We were keen to see how we could eliminate double entry of information, reduce administration and ultimately provide a faster service to clients. Like many other businesses, we identified silos of information trapped in a range of systems that barely “talked” to one another or required a degree of manual intervention.

Today we have a single source of truth for marketing, sales, support, and finance. I am pleased to say that this investment pays for itself on a daily basis.

So how do you get started?

Make sure you have that C-level buy-in with the associated investment to achieve the required return. Assemble the best team you can with the right talent and mindset to deliver. Audit what you have and set realistic KPIs for what you are looking to accomplish. Pick pathfinder projects to find those quick wins and demonstrate early achievements. Measure your performance against your KPIs and create dashboards to track progress. Communicate early and often about successes. Share lessons learned and implement these findings on the next phase of your digital transformation.

And finally remind yourself that this is a marathon not a sprint.


Engineering: a phenomenal talent

The engineering sector affects each and every one of us. It is the reason why our cars start when we hit the ignition and the light comes on when we flip the switch – engineers have made the world what it is today! Engineering is innovative, pioneering, and inspiring, who wouldn’t want a career in engineering?

The engineering sector, though sizeable and diverse, is also very competitive and demands a high level of commitment, dedication, and skill. Learning exactly what a career in engineering can do for you and why is vital to younger generations of people considering their future career paths.

This week, we celebrated International Women in Engineering Day on Wednesday 23 June and this years’ theme was “Engineering Hero’s”, celebrating the outstanding work and achievements of women in engineering around the world to support industry, economy, and society.

The work of an engineer is not simply confined to just one sector, there are many sectors within the field of engineering: industrial, mechanical, civil, chemical, manufacturing and biomedical are all different and exciting, in a career in engineering you can do anything from developing planet-saving technologies in the renewable energy sector to a new high-performance vehicle that drives itself, engineers truly can be heroes.

Engineers make trains run faster and factory production lines operate more efficiently. Their impact across all sectors is apparent and valued. Engineers contribute such important and valuable skills to the world, making ourlives better in so many different and tangible ways.

At Cadventure we are big supporters of the European Women in Construction and Engineering Awards, with our Managing Director, Elaine Lewis being a regular judge. Elaine commented: “These awards not only celebrate the achievements of outstanding women in construction and engineering, but make these sectors more enticing to women, whilst encouraging employers to hire and train more women into high level roles. Just one example is Lauren Cunningham, a DEC graduate, celebrated by the Engineering Council for her achievements as DEC Ambassador, a STEM Ambassador and Chair/Head of the internal ICE Professional Development Forum. We all need to find and nurture more talent like Lauren.”

The number of young women studying STEM courses and applying for related roles is on the rise. Engineers are role models, they are innovators, designers and the originators of the solutions that will improve our quality of life. This sends a powerful message to young women that they have a major role to play as engineers, creating the sustainable communities of tomorrow. And of course, programs like Bentley’s new education platform providing free access to students to 40 of their applications all helps.

We look forward to the day when we don’t need to have a special International Women in Engineering Day, but until then, we will continue to work to inspire and motivate the next generation of women in engineering.


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