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

by Brian Sims

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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