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

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

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?

What Exactly Does TEECOM Do?

What does TEECOM do? Sure, we can give you a rundown of our services, and roll out our new tagline (we’re “the tech in architecture”), but the world of technology and engineering is confusing, full of jargon, and involves a multitude of service providers. So when TEECOM Associate Jason Cummings (JC) was asked this very question by a … Read more

Engineering Titles and Technical Certifications: A Definitive Guide

Engineering Titles We hear all kinds of terms used to describe people who design building technology systems, including engineer, designer, technologist, and integrator. What’s the difference? There are two aspects to designing low-voltage systems for buildings: the theoretical and the applied. In general, integrators and technologists are oriented toward application, whereas engineers and designers are geared toward the … Read more