Onwave helps Osborne avoid construction delays through seamless IP connectivity to critical IT infrastructure

Posted On 24 Apr 2015
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IP connectivity specialist Onwave has developed a successful ongoing partnership with Osborne (the UK construction business) aimed at improving access to critical IT resources on site.

Osborne employs around 1,000 staff and several thousand sub-contractors working on up to 90 sites across the UK. Clients span the private and public sectors including CNI projects involving the transport, health and education verticals.

IT connectivity is essential for meeting the UK Government’s mandated use of Building Information Modelling (BIM) on centrally-funded projects by 2016. BIM tools include the use of 3D models to virtually construct a building, with the ability to identify and eliminate errors and clashes before they occur.

Osborne runs its network from two separate data centres for resilience and has around 900 users accessing core applications including document management, industry-specific financials, scheduling, materials management, HR and BIM.

Network Services are delivered over a VPN and, in many cases, as a virtual desktop or thin client connection for serving 250 remote laptop users as well as a growing number of tablets, smart phones and sub-contractors using BYOD.

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Brian Sims BA (Hons) Hon FSyI, Editor, Risk UK (Pro-Activ Publications) Beginning his career in professional journalism at The Builder Group in March 1992, Brian was appointed Editor of Security Management Today in November 2000 having spent eight years in engineering journalism across two titles: Building Services Journal and Light & Lighting. In 2005, Brian received the BSIA Chairman’s Award for Promoting The Security Industry and, a year later, the Skills for Security Special Award for an Outstanding Contribution to the Security Business Sector. In 2008, Brian was The Security Institute’s nomination for the Association of Security Consultants’ highly prestigious Imbert Prize and, in 2013, was a nominated finalist for the Institute's George van Schalkwyk Award. An Honorary Fellow of The Security Institute, Brian serves as a Judge for the BSIA’s Security Personnel of the Year Awards and the Securitas Good Customer Award. Between 2008 and 2014, Brian pioneered the use of digital media across the security sector, including webinars and Audio Shows. Brian’s actively involved in 50-plus security groups on LinkedIn and hosts the popular Risk UK Twitter site. Brian is a frequent speaker on the conference circuit. He has organised and chaired conference programmes for both IFSEC International and ASIS International and has been published in the national media. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk UK at Pro-Activ Publications in July 2014 and as Editor of The Paper (Pro-Activ Publications' dedicated business newspaper for security professionals) in September 2015. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk Xtra at Pro-Activ Publications in May 2018.