Category Archives: Client Service
Posted in Architecture | Client Service | Information Technology | Innovative Solutions by David I. Balzer, Assoc. AIA, LEED AP+, Project Manager (Project Manager - Brand Architecture) on June 26, 2013
Building Information Modeling (BIM) allows us to report on design alternatives in terms of energy usage and other key metrics.
We use Autodesk® Revit® Building Information Modeling (BIM) to design & coordinate projects for many of our clients. BIM is an intelligent 3D model that allows the team to better visualize a design, resulting in improved coordination and decision making.
For each brand, we create a complete 3D library of all prototypical components (shelving fixtures, gondolas, furniture, equipment, signage, and finishes). Then we overlay them onto the proposed store layout. It is rendered to create a full 3D-model of the entire space, allowing both the design team and the client to visualize the proposed new store prior to construction.
This technology is even more valuable when working within existing spaces where constraints are more challenging. Using BIM, first take information from our comprehensive building survey to create a complete model of the entire building shell. This allows us to coordinate existing columns, beams, joists, walls, etc., with the proposed new store design.No comments yet | Permalink |
Posted in Architecture | Client Service | Information Technology | Innovative Solutions by David I. Balzer, Assoc. AIA, LEED AP+, Project Manager (Project Manager - Brand Architecture) on June 12, 2013
LDG utilizes a user-friendly online Project Management Portal (PMP) which allows our Brand Architecture clients to monitor multiple projects in real-time, from any location 24/7/365.
The system is securely hosted on the cloud and can be accessed from any computer, laptop, or mobile device, allowing clients to view information on their own schedule without having to call or email.
What makes this software so unique is that all project information is located on a single, easy-to-use platform. Key features include dynamic scheduling, task checklists, web-links, automatic notifications, contact list, and a built-in file server. There’s no need to send an email attachment or navigate through a cumbersome FTP site to view a drawing; with the PMP you are automatically sent a direct link when a file is uploaded. The system supports any file type and can even be used to host documents for private bid.Comments (2) | Permalink |
Posted in Client Service | Innovative Solutions | Project Management | Site Design & Land Development | Urban Development by Justin Keister, PE, LEED AP (Director of Site Engineering) on June 4, 2013
At LDG, we are early adopters of software and technologies that assist our clients. We invest in the latest technology to offer value-added services to our clients that reduce project costs. This is a key differentiator of our firm. We stay ahead of the curve.
In 2008, we started using SiteOPS®, a web-based software program, to better engage our clients in the site design process during the conceptual design phase. This allows us to accommodate and visualize client requests from the very beginning. As questions arise, we reassign the variables in SiteOPS, and the client can see the impact to their budget immediately. It’s an iterative design process that allows decision making to happen early on in the project. Renderings are done in hours, instead of weeks.No comments yet | Permalink |
Posted in Blogging | Client Service | Codes & Regulations | Communication | Education | Leadership | Social Media by Justin Keister, PE, LEED AP (Director of Site Engineering) on March 25, 2013
I recently had the privilege of spending a couple of hours with some local high school students who are members of the Building Leaders for the Susquehanna Valley program. This group was picked among some of the brightest local students and they meet on a monthly basis. Their February session included an exercise where they were given a hypothetical 200-acre property in “Bright Hope”, USA and divided into groups to propose a development on the tract. After a brainstorming session, each of the five groups unveiled their plans, which ranged from a hospital to a golf course to a power plant.
Over lunch, I joined professionals from the Central PA Chamber of Commerce, Union County Planning Department, Bucknell University Small Business Development Corporation, and Susquehanna Visitors Bureau to quiz a group on their ideas and to provide real-world insight to refine their proposal. After some tweaks (from coal-fired power to natural gas at my table), each group took turns giving a final presentation to the entire group.Comments (2) | Permalink |
Posted in Client Service | Information Technology | Innovative Solutions by Ryan Raplee (Web Designer) on March 13, 2013
Larson Design Group has been offering our clients added value through the delivery of the Bid Plan application since 2008. LDG Bid Plans provides an intuitive solution for the dissemination of all crucial project documents and information to a substantial pool of contractors.
The value proposition for Bid Plans includes:
- Reduction in paper and travel costs for clients
- Contractors avoid unnecessary print costs
- Contractors can view plans at their convenience and print only what they need
- Efficiency in staff time
- Gives clients an additional pool of contractors to review plans and bid on a project
- Provides automatic email alerts for project updates such as addendums and answers to questions
On March 2nd, 2013, Larson Design Group introduced version 3 of Bid Plans.
Version 3 of Bid Plans was completely redesigned and engineered to deliver a better user experience to our clients. We combine some of the latest trends and technologies in web development with an intuitive, user friendly, and clean design.Comments (1) | Permalink |