BSCI Conference at the Savoy
The next presentation I was approached to build was for the annual BSCI Conference, which was held at the Savoy..
Was to build a dynamic presentation, as David Sands would not only be speaking to his peers, but to his possible clients. He wished to show animation sequences of models built using the CAD software XSTEEL (now Tekla Structures) as well as other animated sequences.
As the sequences they wanted me to build couldn’t be built in PowerPoint, so I chose to build the presentation using Flash MX.
The XSTEEL animation was managed by co-ordinating with the Technical Director, the Drawing Office Manager and the CAD Draughtsmen. As it meant that I would be taking a CAD Draughtsman from the project that they were currently working on and therefore a significant cost was involved. I needed to provide them with a detailed case of what was needed to be done and how long it would take to do.
It was decided that the best project to animate was the construction of Admiral Park, in the Channel Islands.
The areas I had to be concerned with were these:
- The majority of the work would need to be done out of hours, as I still had to provide IT support for not just Bourne Steel, but its two subsideries Bourne Parking and Special Works (now Bourne Special Projects).
- It was important that I proved the management with a acurate timescale on how long I would need one of their CAD Draughtsman.
- Although I had been allocated two weeks to complete this project, with it not being within business hours, it was closer to 28 hours.
- The animation sequence would need to be created from individual screen shots, cropped and optimised using Photoshop, before they could be animated. This would be a labour intensive undertaking.
It was identified that there were a number of risks within this project.
- With the presentation being built in Flash rather than the standard PowerPoint that this may not be an acceptible format for the BSCI.
- CAD Draughtsmen taken away from their current projects would put projects behind, unless this time could be made up by placing them on overtime.
- Working on this presentation could prove to distract me from my main duties.
- Excessive hours could reduce my efficiency.
Review & Reporting
To further reduce impact, all meeting with David Sands needed to be outside of standard working hours.
The project had to be completed within two weeks.
The Business Benefit
The presentation was well received, prestige of the company went up, order went up and relationships with the main contractors strengthened. From this, I was asked to work on further presentations.