Regional Architects

What is your main business activity?

Regional Architects are dedicated to providing full architectural and project delivery services to regional and remote Australia.

How has the NBN impacted on the way you do business?

The NBN allows us to work in real time between offices on a number of projects at any one time; we can log onto our head office (Armidale) equipment from anywhere in Australia with the fibre to the premises connection handling a large number of simultaneous connections.

  • • Our graphic rich content is shared effortlessly between offices and out in the field
  • • Our builders have instant access to large data files
  • • Another great benefit is the real time online conference and client meetings through Skype etc.

The NBN is really opening up rural Australian opportunities for us.

In what way has the NBN impacted on your work/life balance?

I am seeing a number of firms on the Coast put off staff and often close their doors due to a lack of local work.

The NBN has allowed us to remain in close contact, share information easily and make submissions to a huge geographic area, this has allowed us to expand over the last 12 months.

We have put on an additional 3 staff members in the last 6 months and expect that growth to continue. We put this down to sharing information instantly with better communication between clients, architect and builders.

Working from home, travelling or in the office, everything is available at your fingertips.

Do you see any opportunities into the future for your business as a result of the NBN?

We are seeing architectural computer modelling technology advancing exponentially.

Simple 3D renders have now become self guided model tours where the client can walk through a virtual model of their building on their phone or computer.

This is now making way for virtual reality tours of the model for clients who can reach out and open doors, change colour options and share information online with the architect.

Added to this our engineers also work in 3D modelling which allows us to incorporate services into the buildings virtual fabric. This extra information is used to optimise services and spatial requirements and reduce onsite changes resulting in significant cost savings.These technologies come at the cost of file sizes which are huge but now manageable.

Where do we go from here, what technology will be available in another 5 years? We need fast NBN in rural Australia and it is essential if rural Australia is going to be competitive.

Are there any other ways we can help grow your business and to build Armidale's future Digital Economy?

Armidale is well positioned to advance its Digital Economy. The fibre-to-the-premises fast NBN combined with the university (ready part time workforce, graduate workforce and opportunities for PPP's) should result in companies looking for cost savings relocating to the area.

We see great growth opportunities here in Armidale over the next few years as technology and data needs increase and an understanding of the NBN benefits becomes more apparent. This could be assisted by a strong promotional campaign on these benefits.

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