We’ve also linked up our project data in Deltek Vision with both OpenAsset and Synthesis. This means that we have consistent information across our systems and we save time by not double-handling data.
Before OpenAsset, staff had to know where images existed, or you went to one of a very small number of people who might know of an image, and then someone would have to trawl through folders to find it. For ease and speed, people would make their own little collections of images that they’d use over and over again, and copy from one project folder into another, resulting in a lot of duplication. Now, staff know that they can look in the image library and use keywords to search for visual materials.
The communications and the graphic design teams upload material to OpenAsset, but we have a constant call out to the architects for project imagery. At each key stage of the project we work with the architects to determine which image should go into the library and why. When it comes to project photos, the communications team work with the project architect to brief a photographer and then together we determine which images go into the library. There’s a lot of dialogue and collaboration.
All new staff are given training sessions in how to use OpenAsset and they know that if they’re looking for an image it will be in our image library.
We have a much richer visual culture now, and are able to locate our key images faster and more easily.