A Digital Gateway into our Expertise
By Giuseppe Cadeddu, Associate
Technology is driving change at an ever-accelerating rate. At DMA we are actively investigating and implementing the latest advancements that are shaping the design, construction and operational aspects of the built environment, and applying them across the full spectrum of our business.
Delivering excellence to our clients is paramount and, while we continue to adopt the latest cutting-edge technologies into our workflows, the need to connect our digital landscape, expertise and knowledge requires a different approach and dynamic solution.
Over the past years, we have integrated BIM with great success across our architectural and interior design and consultancy services, and across all work stages, from concept through to project delivery. BIM allows us to provide our clients with the best immersive design experience, enhancing their engagement across their project development journey and improving the overall project performance and outcome.
Given the high level of internal organisation needed for a project, BIM helps us maintain efficiencies across all disciplines and departments involved, and stay competitive in a market where performance and quality are key prerequisites.
To support our internal digital transformation and to enhance our engagement with our clients, we have developed the ‘DMA digital lab’. This online portal provides round-the-clock mobile access to a centralised hub containing a range of valuable content. For our clients it holds the latest information, including a 3D prototype, for their building.
For our DMA team, the hub is a team integration, communication and business process enabler that fosters collaboration, knowledge management and social functionality through its main areas:
Client’s area: to share the latest project information and provide an interactive 3D walkthrough of their projects
Publishing: information and business news platform
Document management system: providing access to a centralised repository of key BIM standards and office documents
Resource library: access to company approved documents, tools and design components to ensure compliance with industry standards
Training platform: providing e-learning material to ensure the application of the latest protocols and systems
Workflow and frameworks: documenting and automating operational processes to reduce risks, improve production efficiency and quality of project information
Front-end interface: a common interface to corporate databases and business information systems
The DMA Digital Lab is an important – and continuously developing – interface for staff and clients, offering seamless, omnichannel access to technical and project content and improving communications and collaboration to support the delivery of the highest quality designs on time and on budget.