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Eight Steps to Effectively Adopt New Technology

Piloting new tools with a small test group can help design and construction firms spot potential issues—before they grind a project to a halt.

Adobe Stock/nd3000 via building Forward
Adobe Stock/nd3000 via building Forward

New software upgrades for a large design or construction company can be risky. The larger your firm, the bigger the risk faced. The slightest software bug or area of confusion is amplified with each additional staff member. These setbacks can slow down or even halt work on a project, and with those fears in mind, companies may delay embracing new technology, especially when it impacts the bottom line. But with the right process in place, it’s possible to overcome those concerns and implement new technology that is ready for mainstream use while minimizing any risk of downtime company-wide.

The primary challenge at our client, was handling the ongoing stream of software upgrades and improvements that users are always itching to try out. Every year, Autodesk Revit deploys large, significantly updated versions of their software that showcase a variety of new features and improvements. However, due to Revit’s lack of backwards compatibility, there’s no turning back once upgraded. This one-way road typically causes hesitation and apprehension within the technology team.

Our client’s secondary challenge was transitioning from one application to an entirely new one. Their technology team had to determine the best way to move from SketchUp to FormIt for use as their primary conceptual modeling tool. Such a substantial change requires significant training on user interface, modeling techniques, levels of necessary detailing, and the overall workflows of design and development.

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