As coronavirus impacts people not only in the UK but worldwide, our hearts go out to all those who have been affected, directly or indirectly. We would also like to thank the healthcare workers and local communities around the world who are on the front line working to contain COVID-19.
The coronavirus pandemic has changed how we live in an incredibly short amount of time. As many quickly shift to ‘working-from-home’, we would like to share what we are doing to support our customer and partners as we move forward together.
There have been two factors that have proven vital: maintaining good communication and enable successful remote working for our business friends.
During this time, all our services remain fully operational and are available through telephone, email and online channels. We are continuing with our suspension of all travel, face to face events, and gatherings until further notice to minimise potential viral transmission.
Communication and Productivity is Key
For most people, being at work involves leaving home and going to a different physical location. And while you’re in transit, your mindset gradually alters from ‘at home’ to ‘at work’. It’s that different mindset that is the biggest hurdle to overcome when you’re suddenly forced to start working at home. Another important aspect of staying productive when remote working is to keep the lines of communication open.
Stay in touch with the people you work with, and keep the team atmosphere going.
With a good work routine, communication will come more easily too. For instance, we have a fixed structure with a morning team meeting via Teams, and check-ins throughout the day, helps keep everyone focused and on the same page. And make sure to chat with colleagues throughout the day, whether it’s by phone or using a messaging app such as Zoho cliq. It will hopefully help everyone stave off that sense of isolation as well as help them stay focused and in the work mindset.
Online CPD, Test Drive and Training
As soon as the Government mandated ‘work from home’ we postponed our ‘face to face’ meetings, scheduled CPD events and classroom/onsite training immediately. Utilising our online channels we swiftly moved these activities online.
For example, our VR for Architecture Online CPD sessions have been so popular we have had to post out nearly 350 viewers to date! The aim of this course is to demonstrate how the sensation of actually being inside a building makes VR a powerful tool for communicating design intent.
The course is classed as ‘structured CPD’ as it is a formal learning activity designed to meet a specific learning outcome. Both CIAT and RIBA members participating in the course can allocate at least two hours of learning. You can register for the free course here
The April ‘VR for Architecture’ CPD courses were oversubscribed so we have released three more for May.
Online demonstrations of ARCHICAD, BIMcloud and BIMx are available to studios looking to move over from other software solutions such as Revit, AutoCAD and Vectorworks. Our ARCHICAD ‘Virtual’ Test Drive is being particularly well received with each delegate provided with a full commercial trial of ARCHICAD 23 for 30 days, an introductory webinar, and step-by-step instructions on completing the modelling exercise.
With our flexible hands-on online learning options, you can gain better skills more quickly and ultimately reach a higher level of productivity.
Our Crossgrade to ARCHICAD course (four modules) gives you the opportunity to learn the core commands and actions, the workflow, and best practice processes involved in constructing a “Virtual Building” model, through to creating drawing layout sheets. The Project Documentation course (two modules) goes through the project workflow and documentation stages.
These are currently being delivered online as modules with further details found here
Remote working with ARCHICAD
How can you ensure everyone has access when they’re working remotely? With ARCHICAD and BIM Cloud, there are a number of solutions.
Our previous post ‘Effective ARCHICAD remote working during a pandemic’ covers ARCHICAD License Methods, Remote working with BIM Cloud and Remote working options in more detail.
The more secure option is a remote license borrow from a NET licence server dongle, which is an option available to studios using ARCHICAD Teamwork. This allows the user to obtain a license to use ARCHICAD off-premises for up to 30 days. Once the license borrow is activated, users can work at home using ARCHICAD, without the need for their computer to be connected to the office server. Whenever a borrowed license is not returned on time the server automatically takes back the license.
Team remote working
To help your team work together while at home, we are offering free 60-day access to BIMcloud as a Service, Graphisoft’s solution to further assist remote team collaboration between architects and designers. This is a hosted solution, so you don’t need to source your own hardware or cloud access. The additional benefit is that it doesn’t require you to source, setup and administrate a cloud-based system.
One login per studio is required with collaborating team members invited in from within BIMcloud set up. The availability of this service has been extended to 31 May 2020 and Teamwork users can register here
The coronavirus pandemic has brought with it a lot of uncertainty. In any time of great change, sticking to a routine, and staying in touch with friends, family, and peers, helps you stay on an even keel. And if you’re working remotely, these measures will help you stay focused during work hours, too.
Please stay safe and healthy, and thank you for being a valued business friend as we push through this unprecedented challenge together.