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6 myths limiting your AEC practice growth

Post by Synergy - September 21st, 2018

Are you managing your practice or does your practice manage you? As directors and business leaders — not simply architects and engineers — you need time to focus on strategic decision-making, not just chasing your tail. Total Synergy CEO Scott Osborne has encountered many myths and misconceptions that typically limit practice growth and progress. Here, he breaks down a few for you to consider in your business.

Folding planes and building bricks — Synergy at RICS, IStructE and Vision events in London

Post by Damiaan van Zanen - June 28th, 2018

Over the last two weeks, #TeamTotalSynergy was at three architecture, engineering and construction industry events in London. Although Synergy has been around since 1999 and is the market leader in Australia, we’re still growing in the UK, so it was a chance to talk to architecture, surveying and engineering professionals face-to-face about how Synergy can help them be more effective and efficient in delivering projects for the built environment design sector.

The power of product reviews — why you should read them, why you should write them

Post by Katie Yates - June 28th, 2018

Review sites have sprung up over the last 10 years for the software you use every day in your business. The opinions of others — strangers — play an increasingly influential role in how you make buying decisions. Here's why you should read and write reviews.

Transmittals simplified — your future of project information management

Post by Paul Hemmings - June 6th, 2018

Managing transmittals is one of those jobs that every architecture and engineering design professional knows is important, but wishes was just a little less time consuming. Synergy has taken the pain out of the transmittal process, while at the same time automating the record-keeping to save you time and let you sleep at night. Synergy product manager Paul Hemmings explains.

More time for clients — how technology helps John Coward Architects directors focus on clients

Post by Synergy - May 28th, 2018

John Coward Architects (JCA) director Mike Darwell knew there were ways to make the practice more efficient in project delivery. In particular, he wanted to improve how the team of 12 (including four architects and five technical staff) managed emails and timesheets. Here's how they achieved crucial time savings, and more than they expected.

ProjectCentre founder joins Total Synergy to accelerate global product roadmap

Post by Synergy - May 23rd, 2018

Media release: AEC project management software developer Total Synergy has scored a major industry coup in recruiting Paul Hemmings to lead its product development.

The value of cross discipline collaboration for structural engineers and the tools to do it

Post by Synergy - April 3rd, 2018

With his structural engineering practice management under control, STRUCTURE director Rob McGowan is looking to a future of collaboration around Synergy project portals — a central project information management hub.

SynergyTips — notifications

Post by Synergy - March 27th, 2018

SynergyTips — managing email notifications in Synergy.

Surf to sand — the story behind Total Synergy’s office mural

Post by Ross King - March 12th, 2018

This is the story of how the Total Synergy mural came to be. Imagined and created by our graphic designer Ross King - aka @thatdesigner - this is his blog about the opportunity to leave a mark, the inspiration, and process. The mural is a unique and personal visual for our company's HQ in Sydney. One more thing that helps define the Total Synergy culture - a real thing that grows with unique personal contributions for the team.

Technology solves architecture practice challenges for Bespoke Architects

Post by Synergy - March 2nd, 2018

Disparate and disjointed systems were making Bespoke Architects inefficient in project and practice management. Director Daniel Calder turned to specialist architecture business and project management software for a solution. He told us how Synergy saves time and allows the directors of Bespoke Architects to focus on clients, design and mentoring.

Why is Wingman a man?

Post by Katie Yates - February 27th, 2018

“A wingman, male or female, is simply someone who’s got your back…” The story behind the 'man' in wingman — by the person who created the concept.

The solo structural engineer using technology to punch above his weight

Post by Synergy - February 20th, 2018

Structural engineer James Turner sat down to tell us how technology gives him more time to engage in some unique voluntary work.

How to keep track of 150 active projects

Post by Synergy - February 16th, 2018

How do you keep track of more than 150 design projects at a time? Olsson Fire & Risk director Sam Liptrott explains how project management software gives him both close-up project progress view and high level business-wide view.

The benefits of cloud project management software for Clapham Landscape Architects

Post by Synergy - February 7th, 2018

An interview with Clapham Landscape Architecture studio manager Renee Clarke on how cloud project management software is giving her more time for work-life-balance.

Margins — architecture and profit

Post by Synergy - December 21st, 2017

One of our articles on australiandesignreview.com.au – Margins: Architecture and profit. We wrote this in response to Issue 138 of Architectural Review Asia Pacific magazine – Margins. Featuring interviews with i2C Design and Management, Tobias Partners, Mark Williams Architects and our own CEO, Scott Osborne.

The value of non-utilised time

Post by Synergy - December 21st, 2017

Engaging chat between NBRSArchitecture director Rodney Drayton and Partridge Engineers director Andrew Derbidge. Rodney presents his view on driving utilisation down for the benefit of the future of the practice. How do you think of utilisation?

Interview — how technology is helping MVL Architects grow

Post by Synergy - November 23rd, 2017

MVL Architects and Surveyors director Chris Lelliott talks about how a strategic focus on technology is helping the eight person practice expand and manage project collaboration and communication across the company’s three offices in England and Wales.

Synergy takes flight at 2017 RIBA Guerrilla Tactics conference

Post by Peter Davies - November 22nd, 2017

Synergy featured at the 2017 RIBA Guerrilla Tactics event alongside Microsoft Surface devices, and Drawboard Bullclip. Armed with paper planes, and looking awesome splashed across all the Surface range, our UK team spoke to 200 SME architecture practitioners about finding more time for design.

6 misguided misgivings about the cloud for AEC businesses

Post by Synergy - November 22nd, 2017

[From the archive.] Cloud is a conversation with a weight of inevitability about it; a conversation that’s moved from important to urgent for all businesses in the AEC industry. Check out these six misgivings about cloud and why they might be just a little bit misguided.

Collaboration in action — i2C and the Ryder Alliance

Post by Synergy - November 22nd, 2017

How can SME practices compete with companies and joint ventures that seem to have virtually unlimited resources? One answer lies in embracing drivers of change, like technology and collaboration, and turning them into differentiators and advantages. Australian architectural firm i2C Design and Management has done just this. In founding the Ryder Alliance with UK-based firm Ryder Architecture, they’ve added strength in depth with international resources, expertise and capability.

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