Leading Design-Build Firm Southland Achieves Greater Agility and Real-Time Collaboration with Workspot
Posted: May 14, 2019 | Tradewinds
Workspot announced today that Southland Industries, one of the nation's largest building systems experts and #19 on ENR's list of Top Specialty Contractors, has deployed Workspot Workstation Cloud on Microsoft Azure to accelerate the firm's growth.
Workspot GPU cloud workstations enable hundreds of the firm's CAD and BIM (building information modeling) experts to be productive anywhere – using GPU-intensive apps – and collaborate in real time on complex 3D designs. The ability to scale the solution in minutes brings the agility the firm needs to hire the best talent and pursue new business opportunities, regardless of location.
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Southland realized that continuing to replicate multi-terabytes of data across multiple branch offices for geographically dispersed teams was prohibitively expensive and unsustainable. There also was high risk of design overwrites leading to costly project rework. To pursue its growth objectives, Southland needed a common data environment for collaboration, better-than-PC performance and a unified platform for optimizing joint ventures.
With Workspot, Southland's CAD engineers and BIM managers access a GPU cloud workstation and project data in the Azure region closest to them, enabling the company to:
Collaborate effectively in a common data environment and avoid overwrite mistakes that lead to project rework
Engage the best talent globally and onboard them quickly without the need to open new branch offices
Increase employee satisfaction with performance that's often better than a local workstation
Create dedicated cloud workstation pools for joint venture partnerships and scale them up and down as project dynamics change
Israel Sumano, senior director of infrastructure services for Southland, said: "Southland has tested many traditional VDI solutions. Workspot brought ease of use to a solution that has been very cumbersome in the past. The GPU cloud workstations can be deployed in any Azure region around the world, which delivers stellar performance to our power users. Now, we can hire talent from anywhere and scale rapidly."
Harry Labana, chief customer officer, Workspot, said: "Southland is fortunate to have an IT team that's constantly innovating in support of the firm's business strategy. Their desire to give power users the freedom to work anywhere, hire the best possible talent regardless of geography and lead the way to transforming how joint venture partnerships operate in the AEC industry is truly visionary. Companies across industries can look to Southland as a model for IT and business process transformation that can be easily achieved with Workspot solutions."
Workspot is a cloud-native Desktop as a Service (DaaS) solution that is a turnkey, enterprise-ready service on Microsoft Azure. Windows 10 desktops and GPU workstations are placed at the edge of the cloud region nearest users so they can get better-than-PC performance. IT can expect fast-time-to-value, on-demand, global scalability in minutes, 99.95% service availability, and flat-rate pricing that includes the cost of Azure compute. Business leaders can respond faster to changing market dynamics, pursue new opportunities globally and hire the best talent anywhere, while fulfilling cloud-first mandates that position the company for accelerated growth. For more information on Workspot solutions, please visit: www.workspot.com.
Founded in 1949, Southland Industries is one of the nation's largest MEP building systems experts providing innovative yet practical solutions through a holistic approach to building performance. Advocating a design-build-maintain model, Southland specializes in the design, construction, and service of mechanical, plumbing, fire protection, process piping, automation and controls systems, as well as comprehensive energy services needs. Offering standalone services as well as integrated solutions, Southland's in-house experts remain connected, sharing knowledge and information in order to produce the results that have earned Southland its unmatched reputation as one of the top design-builders in the nation. As a company that has always prided itself on innovation and collaboration, Southland continues to pave the way as an industry leader in sustainability and energy efficiency so as to improve the way buildings are designed, built, and maintained. For information, please visit southlandind.com.