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The 7th Annual day 2015 wrap uppp

We are still coming down from the excitement of the Virtual building Studios Annual Day 2015 held end of last month. It was our 7th birthday – an amazing day, packed with awards, announcements and a prolific line-up of performances.
When we set out on this incredible journey in April 2008, our primary objective was to make our clients more successful in their professional lives. Every single day, our employees work hard to build a company where we deliver our promises and celebrate even greater feats. And what better way to keep up the morale and motivation, then by giving everyone the opportunity to have a bit of fun to celebrate a busy and successful year.
In honour of our 7th year in business, we celebrated our achievements on Saturday, March 28, 2015. A sunny day graced the event and the place was buzzing with activity as over 100 employees, from our Ahmedabad and UAE offices, made a beeline for the YMCA club. Many drove down to the club, and some more arrived using the VIRTUAL BUILDING STUDIOS Cab service.
Following some light refreshments, staff mulled their way around tables and found a spot to sit and soak in the sense of community.

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Virtual Building Studios starts BIM Academy

Leading BIM outsourcing center of excellence, Virtual Building Studios, is turning the tables to ensure it recruits the very best BIM manager & coordinators by providing its own bespoke high level training.
As Mitali Mandwiwala, Operations Director explained, “As a growing business providing BIM modeling and Consulting businesses in the UK, America, UAE and India, we must ensure we can recruit the top Modellers and managers. Our in-house recruitment team is constantly searching for new people but often these candidates do not have the skills or level of experience we require; and that led us to identify our own solution – we can train them ourselves.”
The BIM team who work at the Virtual Building Studios delivery center in Ahmedabad, India are highly skilled, often with direct experience of working in the countries that they now provide BIM services for; and many of them with recognized Diploma and Autodesk certifications. They ensure they keep abreast of changes and developments in BIM practice in the countries they serve and are therefore ideally placed to impart that knowledge to others.
Virtual Building Studios has a history of internal training so it was just one step further to develop a dedicated BIM training academy and put together a detailed educational programme lasting four months for appropriate candidates.
The BIM Training Academy has been running since the beginning of 2015 and already has over 20 people undergoing the training. The programme includes: BIM standard practice, Clash detection & Coordination, Discipline knowledge, Integrated project Delivery etc

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Virtual Building Studios host technical seminar – Adoption of BIM workflow

Leading BIM outsourcing centre of excellence, Virtual Building Studios, hosted BIM workflow seminar for registered Architects and interior designer affiliated with IIID and IIA.
Prime focus to show BIM & IPD
  • Improve collaboration and win more business by visually communicating your layout ideas.
  • Reduce cost and manage time by Coordination & Construction
  • Take advantage of Autodesk Glue and 360
Get everything you need to manage, track and share building design data in a flexible and secure environment.

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Important questions to ask your business process outsourcing partner

Once you’ve decided it’s time to appoint a business process outsourcing partner, the next step is to choose which one to hire. And with thousands to choose from it can be a daunting call to make. So what are the questions you as a business owner need to ask so as to make the most informed choice?
1- Do they have the expertise and credible references?
A little research will go a long way in finding the right outsourcing partner. This is the first thing you would want to do. Find out how long the company has been in business? Whether they have worked on a project similar to yours in the past? How many offices do they deliver and operate from? Search for them on Google and other social media platforms to understand their brand image. Find out their history and business experience.
Importantly, ask for references, check their staff retention rates, learn about their work culture, get to know how many contracts they are able to renew at the end of their contract periods, and ask if they have UK-based support staff.
As far as references go, check how long their clients have been with them and if they have referred them in the past. Contact the referees and find out their levels of satisfaction. It will also be helpful if you ask for the providers’ strengths and how they deal with work issues and problems.
2- Do they have quality and information security measures in place?
We perfectly understand that quality compliances are only a good general measure and the best outsourcing vendors should have quality built into their genetic codes. However, it doesn’t hurt to find outsourcing partners that follow globally-accepted standard models like ISO. Find companies which are certified by the latest, revised ISO standards as these adopt a process oriented approach and emphasize on measuring process performance and effectiveness. Other than helping measure and improve quality standards, it also ensures that the company follows defined processes and abides by quality parameters set by the regulating body.
In terms of quality, ensure that your outsourcing vendor delivers similar or better output than your own internal resources. Don’t settle for anything less!
3- Do they speak the same language as you? Are they on the same page?
Many an outsourcing deal has been marred by poor communication. There is research-based evidence which says that 38% of outsourcing deals fail because of a lack of cultural congruity between the outsourcing company and its client.
We suggest you spend at least a fortnight with your supplier to get a first-hand experience of their work ethos and culture. Get involved with them; attend the staff meetings; interact with your extended team. This is the best way to experience their work culture.
4- Do they have the best IT infrastructure and latest technologies?
ISO 27001 is an official method for an outsourcing company to demonstrate the robustness of their IT capabilities. However, the next best would be to visit to your outsourcing partner’s workplace and find out if they use the best IT Infrastructure and high-end technology. A personal visit helps you understand if they have the proper technology to handle your project. It will also help you analyse and understand their processes, methodologies and workforce employed to run your business process.
5- How do they report?
Look for a company with a proven track record; companies which provide reports on a daily, weekly or bi-weekly basis. These reports help you monitor performances of people who work on your process and take action as the work happens. The only thing that should change when you outsource is the location the work is being processed at.
6- Have they won any rewards and recognition for their work? Are they affiliated with any regulating bodies?
Awards and industry recognitions are a good general measure to learn about the reputation of your outsourcing vendor. Research says that companies, just like employees, perform better if they are recognized for their accomplishments. Also, awards say a lot about the quality of an organisation and the strength of the management team.
7- Are they a registered company?
Last but no less important than the first, before choosing your provider, take some time and learn about the owners of the company and which laws does it operate under. It is recommended therefore that you choose a registered outsourcing partner.
Conclusion
So now that you have established what to look for in an outsourcing company, it must have become a lot easy to link your requirements. Right? Well, honestly, at first glance most suppliers might seem to serve the purpose. Nevertheless, before you hit the road don’t forget to perform a due diligence on their financial stability, track record, data security measures, reporting tools, industry recognitions, the country laws to which they comply, and most importantly their quality of service.
With careful planning and evaluation you should find the most capable supplier and enjoy the benefits of outsourcing.

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Virtual Building Studios took part in Autodesk University Extension Dubai 2014

Autodesk University Extension Dubai 2014 offered Autodesk training to design and engineering professionals, informing them about cutting edge design, while, networking with pioneers in the field of 3D software design.
Met the thinkers, planners, architects and engineers who dream about, and design the world we live, work and play in.
Met the thinkers, planners, architects and engineers who dream about, and design the world we live, work and play in.

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Virtual Building Studios helped the architectural firm to integrate BIM

We undertook and in depth study of their drafting methods and document procedures and produced a detailed plan outlining all the tasks. After careful consideration the client outsourced their complete BIM model responsibility to Virtual building Studios. This decision firstly allowed their staff to concentrate on design activity and on site issues; and secondly, provided the additional resources they required at a lower cost base and without the physical office space and associated overheads.
The transition focused on a number of areas which included:
  • Establishing BIM standard protocol
  • Establishing BIM modeling guideline between Client & Virtual Building Studios
  • Creation of Architecture model
  • Creation of RFI & FYI format related to query
  • Assisting the client with basic design options and issues

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Virtual Building Studios has strategic partnership with Singapore based firm

Virtual Building Studios and Singapore-based CONSULTING firm formed a strategic partnership to offer clients tailored solutions for appropriating and visualizing complex project BIM data, ranging from decision support to asset management & enterprise/precinct information models.

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