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 Current Events | Politics | Transportation by Steve Muller (Manager of Client Development) on June 3, 2013
On May 29th, a very enlightening report was published by TRIP of Washington, DC, a non-profit transportation research group, showing the dire costs of Pennsylvania’s deteriorating roadway system. In their ‘Pennsylvania Report’, TRIP offers costs and statistics that result from poor transportation facilities in PA, and even though they are backed by thorough research, the numbers are almost incomprehensible. TRIP estimates that it costs Pennsylvanians $9.4 billion a year in additional vehicle and travel expenses because of the poor condition of our roads and bridges. Their research shows that it costs me an additional $1,646 every year in vehicle and transportation costs, in the Harrisburg/York/Lancaster area – that’s really getting into my wallet!No comments yet | Permalink |
Posted in Architecture | Building Systems | Energy Conservation | Innovative Solutions | Sustainable Design by Serena Wray, LEED AP+ (Brand Architecture) on May 30, 2013
With consumers increasingly buying into the green movement and making sustainable choices, there has never been a better time for companies to start to adopt green business practices. Companies are finding that their customers embrace shopping at stores or dining in restaurants that have proven environmental stewardship. People feel good about going to those places, and that can translate to more time spent shopping or more dollars spent at the register.
A company’s buildings can make a big impression on shopping habits. Perhaps even better is the advertising potential that can come from showing consumers firsthand just how sustainable your company is.
Through LEED certification, building projects receive an internationally recognizable, third-party verification that shows the world that a company means business regarding sustainability.No comments yet | Permalink |