Charles Berteaux is a BIM Manager at LRS Architects, a firm that prides themselves on a dedication to design integrity and responsible environmental practices. In fact, they’ve received more than 50 design awards! These are just a couple of my favorites:
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As collaboration is very important to their design process, Charles and team went in search of a tool to meet their needs. Hear what he has to say about inspiration, great design, and what he hopes to do with A360:
Where do you find your inspiration?
“I find inspiration everywhere I look. There is not a single building that I do not go into that I have to start picking it apart. Why did they do that? How does this make or break this space? How could this have been designed better? How has BIM possibly impacted this design… “
How do you define great design?
“I believe that great design comes as small and trivial spaces and great monoliths – as long as they are able to either adapt or withstand the testament of time. Also if the designer is able to embed his own flourished artistic aspect and self-expression. I personally do not gravitate towards one style or another.”
What helps you “get in the zone”?
“Work environment is number one. Nothing gets me more excited about coming to work than knowing I work at a great place that allows me to be creative, and embraces technology and wants to leverage its power to not only help our clients, but to also give our staff the tools to do their jobs efficiently and effectively. A little fun tossed in every now and then helps too.”
How are you sure that you know what your client wants?
“We aren’t seeking 15 minutes of fame or looking to put our own brand on our projects. We work very collaboratively in the preliminary stages of each project to make sure that all involved parties are on the same page regarding project goals, cost, and schedules, before proceeding with a certain design. It is this “green light” from our clients that lets us know that we have achieved an understanding of what they are looking for. All parties can then proceed with confidence, knowing that our clients’ visions, budgets, and timeframes are our top priorities. We also keep constant and open communication with our clients throughout the entire design and construction process to ensure we stay on target.”
How important is collaboration to the creativity of your projects?
“Extremely important. Our ability to work effectively with our clients and consultants and respecting the needs of all team players, and negotiating a win-win solution is vital to our business.”
What challenges did you and your team face that brought you to A360?
“Collaboration and Project Management. We, as of late, have been researching other collaboration and management software’s being used in the industry, and not really liking any in whole. Collaboration is key and an essential fundamental practice here at LRS, and something we will not sacrifice on our projects. Being that we primarily use Autodesk software (Revit, Navis, AutoCAD) it made sense to stick with Autodesk for our collaboration needs. With all the new features and the ones that are coming down the pipeline, A360 will prove to be a powerful asset in our toolbox to help us meet our goals.”
What do you use A360 to do?
“We use A360 both internally and externally with our consultants, and AHJ’s (Authority Having Jurisdiction or Plan Reviewers). [We] track changes to files uploaded, schedule meetings, view Revit models and other documents.”
Does the convenience of a web-based product help you when working outside the office?
“Increasingly more and more. The fact that we can now view our projects in real time is a huge asset and game changer.”
Do you use the file viewer in A360?
“Yes we do, and it’s Amazing. All we need now is the ability to edit these files and mark them up.”
When you send files to consultants/clients, has there been any reaction from them?
“Everybody that we have given access to A360 absolutely loves it.”
What makes A360 so convenient for you? What is your favorite feature?
“Definitely the sharing, and the file viewing. My favorite feature is the online viewing of nearly any document.”