Taking Collaboration to the Cloud with Bluebeam Studio

As a firm that engineers technology systems that directly impact our clients’ work lives, TEECOM is keenly aware that virtual collaboration is the future. Architects and engineers have been pursuing the dream of a paperless office with passion for a while now, but the industry’s processes around marking up building plans make this a challenge. About … Read more

7 Signs Your Building Project Needs an IT Project Manager

Complex building projects incorporate diverse user requirements and need constant management to keep them moving forward. Information technology infrastructure and systems are an increasingly important, and increasingly complicated, part of the equation. IT deployment requires advance planning, milestone checks, a technical understanding of systems integration, and a knowledge of construction processes. When starting a project, it’s best … Read more

Announcing Lobby Transit for Portland, Oregon

Portland, Oregon is famous for its excellent public transit. When TEECOM opened an office in the city in March, 2017, we knew that we wanted to expand Lobby Transit™, our free award-winning real-time transit information app, to incorporate PDX. Today, we’re proud to announce that we’ve enabled Lobby Transit™ for MAX Light Rail, Portland Streetcar, and WES Commuter … Read more

How to Create a High-Value Internship Experience

Summer interns arrive fresh-faced and ready to work, but at design firms they often end up doing the most basic of production tasks. That’s because many architecture, engineering, and construction companies just don’t have the bandwidth to run a full-fledged internship program. Run well, however, internship programs can help solve one of the industry’s biggest dilemmas: the skills … Read more

A World Without Waiting: Translating the Amazon Go Model to Other Sectors

If you haven’t seen Amazon’s prototype zero-wait grocery store, watch their video (below) first and then come read this. At first this might seem like ground-breaking new work, but the reality is that Amazon Go is just the latest iteration in a series of technologies that are helping to eliminate waiting everywhere we go. And beyond simply … Read more

How to Deploy Mass Notification and Emergency Communications in Your Facility (Part 2 of 2)

Last week, we defined Mass Notification and Emergency Communications (MNEC) systems, and discussed their increasingly “smart” capabilities. This week, we talk about how to deploy these systems in your facility. The first step to deploying an MNEC solution is creating a Risk Assessment Report. This report sets the parameters for the system requirements. The report should … Read more

Understanding Mass Notification and Emergency Communications (MNEC) Requirements (Part 1 of 2)

How many hours per day do you spend in a building that isn’t your home, whether it’s work, school, at a service provider, retail, or a public environment in between? Sadly, the world that we live in is not as safe as it once was. What are the emergency procedures for evacuating, say, your doctor’s office? As … Read more

3 Ways Technology Can Aid Mindfulness in the Workplace

Just when you’ve gotten into the flow of reviewing a report, a flicker catches your eye. It’s a new Slack message from your manager… Click. You’re texting a detailed message to a co-worker when a shocking news headline pops up on your phone… Tap. Technology is good at distraction. In fact, some people, including former Google … Read more

What Do We Mean by “Flexibility” in Design?

Time and again in my technology consulting career I have found myself using or responding to the term “flexible” to describe a technology, a space, or even an entire facility. It’s one of those catch-all terms, like “collaborative” or “state of the art,” that seems inherently positive. Everyone wants to be flexible. But what do we mean, exactly, by flexibility in design?