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How to adopt remote work mode for architecture industries

How to adopt remote work mode for architecture industries


The current outbreak of COVID-19 has brought a digital revolution. The impact of digital transformation is increasing due to the rise in digital toolkits and the implementation of online practices.

When we discuss architecture industries, the trending question that pops up our mind is “ Are Architect industries resilient enough to adopt WFH culture?”

Most of the people will respond with ‘NO’. But, in the modern-day world, with the proliferation of advancing technology and Saas based software, the answer is 100% YES. It has been observed that the emergence of technology has increased remote work by 400 fold.

What are the hidden challenges that impede the remote work efficacy in the architect industries?


1. Robust Infrastructure


Sharing and collaboration is a challenge that remote work culture welcomes. “To work together and share things, both parties need the software on their computer. This also makes it quite difficult for people to work remotely because you need to have the infrastructure, ” explains A/Prof Haeusler. These high tech machineries and technologies can’t be available for WFH purposes leading to impeding architect businesses.

2. On-site visit


For the designs to be explained, architects have to visit the on-site places and have to project the designs to potential clients. Virtual room meetings are more difficult to explain than in-person meetings. Hence, exact replication of traditional working mode is not possible in remote work mode.

3. Disruption in the evaluation of performance


The project contracts are based on the work hours that the architects spend. Approximately one in five architects work longer than 50 hours per week, hence it’s critical to track the architects’ labor, productivity, and efforts. Employees’ office activities should be monitored to prevent design,data, and insights leakage to other competitor companies. Hence, robust surveillance tools are required to mitigate data transfer leaks.

Let's discuss the remote work solutions for Architect Industries....

1. Prepare remote workforces


The architecture industries are cosmopolitan based, hence the firms are globalized in nature. Teams are functional while settled at different geo-locations. The architect teams settled in China were forced to work from home initially due to the beginning outbreak of the pandemic, this anticipated the architect industries of the WFH scenario may happen in the future. Hence, remote work mode has been adopted from the beginning of the outbreak.

SOM, one of the largest architecture and engineering firms in the world, has been managing remote teams since the 1980s – it even built the Hajj Terminal in Jeddah using early digital technology, while working across oceans with teams in Jeddah, Chicago, and New York.

2. Implementation of Technology tools


Cloud infrastructure, VPNs, and teleconferencing tools allow employees to continue their work smoothly, retaining access to documents, designs, and software licenses. Giraffe Technology provides a digital platform where employees can model and design directly on their web browsers, plus collaborate with colleagues, automate design processes, and model 3D designs. Many architecture firms have been aware of the scenario and have already equipped themselves with remote work strategy. Cloud BIM has been installed in the remote systems to collaborate with cross teams.

3. Tracking remote architect’s activities


Employee monitoring software is an effective remote tool to keep records of the remote engineers’ activities. WorkTrak is an employee monitoring software that generates timesheets providing a detailed analysis of the 360- degree time view on each project. With the screenshot recording & websites & application monitoring features, management can have better knowledge about the work approach of the architects.

Conclusion


Online transition to adopt digital tools has embraced the remote work culture in architectural industries well. But, in the future, the vast array of remote tools has to be adopted to create designs in an online user-interface, to collaborate with cross teams, monitor architect’s performance and productivity levels, and security tools to secure designs from outsiders.

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