Architectural Services Outsourcing (ASO) is a relatively new model in this industry. It is based on remote collaboration between teams that work together in order to develop projects in the most efficient way possible. The most in-demand processes in this sector include design, building information modeling (BIM), documentation, calculation, rendering and programming in CAD.
A publication from the Harvard University School of Design points out that this practice will continue thriving as information and communication technologies continue to develop.
The outsourcing of processes such as CAD design and drawing plans allow architecture companies to focus on strategic business areas such as project marketing and commercialization, development of innovative designs and adoption of new construction techniques.
From paper drawings to remote connection
Outsourcing of architectural processes can range from receiving a sketch from clients to the comprehensive design of a building that is going to be erected thousands of kilometers away with the help of satellite imagery.
In the past, it was difficult or not feasible for architecture studios to outsource
processes to other geographical areas. The drawings were made by hand and on paper, whereas at present the projects are made almost entirely using information technology tools.
"The most demanded processes in this sector include design, building information modeling (BIM), documentation, calculation, rendering and programming in CAD."
The possibility to have interdependent processes and the fact that architects can be in constant communication for the necessary modifications, allows all the processes of architectural projects to be carried out in different geographical locations.
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