Suffolk Construction Company, Inc. is a company that looms large in construction industry, not only with the size and complexity of the projects they’ve chosen to build, but for their forward-thinking use of technology to accelerate and perfect the process. Headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts, the company has operations across the country and has performed major projects in 37 states.
A prime point of differentiation its use of “Virtual Design and Construction,” an intense development process that involves performing extensive modeling of all aspects of a building’s performance—from energy use to ergonomics—all before ground on a project. This highly creative process requires extraordinary collaboration and exchange of data between stakeholders, inside and outside the company.
Scott Amaral, Suffolk’s Senior Business Analyst explained that in addition to network file-shares that operate throughout the company’s offices, Suffolk also relies on an extensive Microsoft SharePoint installation to provide file storage and critical compliance and workflow functionality. He also described how the exchange of files that often are in excess of 300-500mb continually created bottlenecks. “The challenge was that our on-premises SharePoint portal was not the right tool to enable our stakeholders to collaborate creatively.” explained Ameral. “Sometimes this includes vendors and work sites across the globe, many of which may have sub-optimal Internet connections.