Category Archives: Information Technology
Posted in Employees | Information Technology | Stewardship by Jillian Ibbs (Marketing) on November 11, 2013
At Larson Design Group, we believe that our employees are our greatest asset. In this feature, we profile some of the staff members who contribute to our success. This month the spotlight is on Ryan Raplee, Web Designer with LDG’s IT group.
Where did your career take you before joining LDG?
I was very fortunate to begin my career at LDG as a Student Co-Op in the Information Technology department. The Co-op program offered by LDG allowed me to gain valuable experience, earn some money, and gain college credit all at the same time. It was awesome. I worked as a Job Co-op off and on for 2 years.
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 | 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 |
Posted in Blogging | Codes & Regulations | Current Events | Information Technology | Politics | Social Media by Brad Breneisen (Graphic Design) on January 20, 2012
As many of you may have noticed, January 18th was Internet Blackout Day in an unbelievably successful attempt for many of the web’s heaviest hitters to show their strong disapproval of the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the Protect IP Act (PIPA). As companies like Google, Wikipedia, and WordPress “blacked out” their content and urged users to endorse their opposition to the bill, SOPA and PIPA’s sponsors started to run for the hills, but the lawmakers haven’t backed down – even as the amount of endorsements against the bills allegedly shut down congress’ switchboards and melted their servers.Comments (1) | Permalink |