The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2019-04-28T23:52:21Z Industry leaders to gather in Sydney to discuss the future of construction 2019-04-28T23:52:21Z industry-leaders-to-gather-in-sydney-to-discuss-the-future-of-construction The engineering and construction industry is primed for change and disruption as it investigates the impact of industry 4.0 in delivering the future of construction. This impact is driven by big data, IOT, AI and connectivity of the industry. Sharing views, opinions and experience on how international businesses are navigating disruption from technologies underpinning the 4th Industrial Revolution and driving innovation in construction is imperative to moving forward. Andrew Hill, Business Manager for Cloud A2K said today “We’re excited to be partnering with RIB Group and Microsoft to deliver a platform which will provide leaders from all of the country, the chance to share and learn from the very best.” An exciting line-up of speakers from Hansen Yuncken, Microsoft, McKinsey, RIB Group, and Stanford University has been announced for the Future of Construction Forum, which is expected to attract about 100 senior industry leaders in Sydney on May 8th. “These speakers have been hand-selected to ensure our delegates receive the latest information and leave the forum with solution-based concepts for business growth,” said Mr Hill. Business solutions from RIB Group and Microsoft in the development of the 1st vertical cloud for the construction industry, built on Microsoft’s Azure platform, an Australian IRAP certified public cloud that ensures security and reliability, is just one of the leading-edge technologies set to re-shape the productivity of projects all over the world. Felix Tsui, Global Head of MTWO, RIB Group went on to say, “Working with Cloud A2K to deliver MTWO to the ANZ market is an exciting and important step for the construction industry.” “MTWO offers a first class end-to-end 5D BIM enterprise cloud solution which is a first of its kind platform that runs SIM-based project lifecycle management on the cloud and connects a 3D BIM design with the 4D time and 5D cost, enabling visualised data-driven decision making for projects and enterprise,” said Mr Tsui. Register here: https://www.clouda2k.com/events ---End--- For further information, photo and interview opportunities please contact: BILLY MOSS Marketing Executive, Cloud A2K Technologies Ph: 1800 223 562 or 07 3323 6928 E: billy.moss@a2ktechnologies.com.au EVENT DETAILS Date: Wednesday, 8 May 2019. Time: 8:30am – 1:30pm (networking lunch from 12:30). Location: Jones Bay Wharf, Level 3, 26-32 Pirrama Rd, Pyrmont, Sydney. Event MC: James O’Loghlin, host of ABC’s TV show The New Inventors. INTERVIEW OPPORTUNITIES WITH SPEAKERS: Martin Fischer Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering. Director, Centre for Integrated Facility Engineering, Stanford University Professor Fischer’s research goals are to improve the productivity of project teams involved in designing, building, and operating facilities and to enhance the sustainability of the built environment. His work develops the theoretical foundations and applications for virtual design and construction (VDC). VDC methods support the design of a facility and its delivery process and help reduce the costs and maximize the value over its lifecycle. His research has been used by many small and large industrial government organisations around the world. David Beslich Director, Hansen Yuncken David has been a Director of Hansen Yuncken since 1995 and was appointed to the Chair in December 2011, after holding a number of project and management related roles over his 30 years’ service. With the continued growth of Hansen Yuncken as a national building contractor, and with an annual turnover of $1.2bn, David is now responsible for the strategic growth of the 100-year-old business. His focus is on the creation of an innovative construction business using “smart technologies” and integrated work processes in the delivery of Hansen Yuncken projects. Michael Girdis Partner Technology Director, Microsoft Michael’s 16 years of experience at Microsoft has given him a strong understanding of enabling capability across a broad area of solutions. Currently, he works with customers and partners on their transformation journey, by enabling Cloud computing platforms to increase agility, performance and business outcomes. Andrew Hill Business Manager, Cloud A2K With an impressive 15 years of experience in the architectural, engineering and construction software industry and previous roles which saw Andrew working as the BIM Practice Leader for Autodesk in the APAC region, COO for CSI Global Services, and more than 7 years working as a National Strategic Account Manager and a Consulting and Development Director for AEC Systems – his insight and ability to connect broad industry issues to practical solutions will no doubt resonate. About Cloud A2K Cloud A2K has helped thousands of companies and government agencies involved in the architecture, engineering, construction, infrastructure and manufacturing sectors, reach their full potential by delivering software and hardware solutions and support services such as training, recruitment and IT managed services. About RIB Group RIB Software SE is an innovator in construction business. The company creates, develops and offers cutting-edge digital technologies for construction enterprises and projects across various industries worldwide. Its flagship product iTWO 4.0 is the world’s first 5D BIM enterprise cloud solution for construction companies, industrial companies, developers and project owners, etc. Since its inception in 1961,  RIB Software SE has been the pioneer in construction innovation, exploring and bringing in new thinking, new working method and new technology to enhance construction productivity, and transforming the construction industry into the most advanced and digitalized industry in the 21st century.  RIB is headquartered in Stuttgart, Germany, and listed in Prime Standard Frankfurt Stock Exchange since 2011. With more than 900 talents located in over 30 offices worldwide, RIB is serving 100,000 clients including construction contractors, sub-contractors, developers, owners, investors and governments, in the field of building construction, infrastructure, EPC sector and more. A2K Technologies and RIB Group come together to transform the Australian building and construction industry 2018-09-27T23:58:21Z a2k-technologies-and-rib-group-come-together-to-transform-the-australian-building-and-construction-industry Supporting RIB Group’s announcement on 26 September 2018 (link below) of the MTWO MSP (Managed Service Provider) partnership and investment agreement with A2K Technologies and PhoenxPLM – there is no doubt this dynamic partnership is set to transform the Australian and New Zealand building and construction industry.    Paul Laycock, CEO of A2K Technologies today commented “A shared objective to deliver new technology and help modernise the future of the Australian and New Zealand construction industry, safeguarding its competitiveness on a global stage, made this partnership a clear and easy choice.”   “We are excited to join forces with RIB Group, and have the upmost confidence in their current, and future technology to provide true cost, time and safety savings to the ANZ construction industry.”  Australia and New Zealand both own a very large construction and infrastructure market because of the size and the mining and resources industry. The annual consolidated CAPEX and OPEX spending in building, infrastructure and mining has reached a remarkable level like countries of UK, France and Germany in the past decades.  Australia's construction sector (which sits at $367bn in revenue) is currently experiencing a strong start to 2018, with the Australian Industry Group’s (Ai Group) Performance of Construction Index (PCI) reporting a rise of 1.7 points to 56.0 in January, leaving it at a three-month high. The MTWO vertical cloud is exactly what A2K’s 100,000 ANZ user base is waiting for. This partnership is expected to deliver 10,000 MTWO users by early 2020 in a short-term manner and 100,000 MTWO users in the mid-term. Under the agreement, RIB will invest a total of AUD$ 14.07 million to acquire 40% of A2K and PhoenxPLM shares, out of which AUD$ 2.20 million will be utilized to build and develop the MTWO team across the ANZ region and position MTWO as the leading vertical cloud for the ANZ building and infrastructure market.  “I wish to take this opportunity to acknowledge the professional integrity of Tom Wolf and Mark Kefford of RIB Group and express my personal appreciation for their truly inspirational approach to the future of our continued growth,” said Paul Laycock, CEO of A2K Technologies. RIB Group media release 26 September 2018https://www.rib-software.com/en/group/investor-relations/news/details/?tx_news_pi1%5Bnews%5D=330&tx_news_pi1%5Bcontroller%5D=News&tx_news_pi1%5Baction%5D=detail&cHash=68678273997c8c8a70c8d4bb7d6b5161 ---End--- For further information, photo and interview opportunities please contact: MONIQUE LEWIS Marketing and Communication Manager, A2K Technologies Ph: 1800 223 562 or 0413 059 520 E: monique.lewis@a2ktechnologies.com.au About A2K Technologies  A2K Technologies fosters innovation through delivering software and hardware solutions, consulting, training, development and managed services. Our highly knowledgeable and industry-experienced staff from the Architecture, Engineering, Construction, Infrastructure, and Manufacturing sectors enhances our customers’ organisational capabilities, to deliver on project outcomes and differentiate from the competition. With a great footprint throughout the ANZ region, A2K has strategic partnerships with many major software and hardware vendors, including Autodesk, Microsoft, Adobe, HP, Bluebeam, Ultimaker, Symantec, and Citrix. We have become a trusted technology advisor to our customers through the breadth and depth of our service offering and technical expertise, our commercial flexibility and high levels of customer service and understanding. Think technology. Think A2K. About PhoenxPLM PhoenxPLM is a leading Solutions Provider for the manufacturing sector in Australian and New Zealand. It has offices based in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth, backed by a team of highly skilled hands on technical experts. PhoenxPLM is the only Gold Certified Siemens PLM Partner in Australia and New Zealand, which provides unrivalled knowledge and services to support Siemens PLM’s NX portfolio and Teamcenter PLM software solutions. About RIB Group RIB Software SE is an innovator in construction business. The company creates, develops and offers cutting-edge digital technologies for construction enterprises and projects across various industries worldwide. Its flagship product iTWO 4.0 is the world’s first 5D BIM enterprise cloud solution for construction companies, industrial companies, developers and project owners, etc. Since its inception in 1961, RIB Software SE has been the pioneer in construction innovation, exploring and bringing in new thinking, new working method and new technology to enhance construction productivity, and transforming the construction industry into the most advanced and digitalized industry in the 21st century.  RIB is headquartered in Stuttgart, Germany, and listed in Prime Standard Frankfurt Stock Exchange since 2011. With more than 900 talents located in over 30 offices worldwide, RIB is serving 100,000 clients including construction contractors, sub-contractors, developers, owners, investors and governments, in the field of building construction, infrastructure, EPC sector and more. dRofus and A2K Technologies partnership to help deliver New Zealand’s innovative buildings of tomorrow 2018-09-07T00:46:35Z drofus-and-a2k-technologies-partnership-to-help-deliver-new-zealand-s-innovative-buildings-of-tomorrow dRofus and A2K Technologies partnership to help deliver New Zealand’s innovative buildings of tomorrow dRofus, the leading planning and data management solution for the global building industry, has today announced its partnership with A2K Technologies, a trusted technology consultant specialising in the Architecture, Engineering and Construction (AEC) industry. This partnership will focus on business development and the increasing demand within the New Zealand region for dRofus products, together with the provision of technical support, professional training and other consultancy services. “A2K Technologies have a solid reputation in New Zealand with knowledgeable and highly experienced staff, so we believe they’re a great partner to deliver our software services in the dynamic New Zealand market.” said Chris Razzell, Asia Pacific Managing Director, dRofus. The opportunity for greater collaboration and understanding how to harness the full capability of data to create better buildings is not only a growing trend, but a necessity in achieving New Zealand’s built future. The unique BIM collaboration tool of dRofus minimizes risks and streamlines workflows by enabling stakeholders to work on one single set of data throughout the building lifecycle. “We’re incredibly pleased about this partnership and feel this is a great opportunity for both companies as well as being beneficial to our customers and the AEC industry as a whole.” said Greg Gudgeon, Executive Director, A2K Technologies. The innovative software provides the platform to plan, design, build and manage data which includes rooms, room templates, items, finishes, systems and components all in one cloud-based platform. A2K’s ability to provide training, onboarding and ongoing technical support to dRofus customers places them in a unique position to provide best-in-class service. “We are wasting no time in executing this new partnership with discussions already in play with some of New Zealand’s biggest AEC leaders.” said Greg Gudgeon, Executive Director, A2K Technologies. For more information about the dRofus software, please visit: www.drofus.com   Media contact: MONIQUE LEWIS, Marketing & Communication Manager, A2K Technologies Ph: 1800 223 562 or 0413 059 520 E: monique.lewis@a2ktechnologies.com.au Winners of the 2018 Digital Utility Awards announced 2018-08-23T02:44:19Z winners-of-the-2018-digital-utility-awards-announced A2K Technologies in conjunction with SA Power Networks took out the 2018 Digital Utility Award for Best Use of New Technology with the A2K creation of a Machine Learning Algorithm to Convert and Migrate CAD Drawings. The winners of The Digital Utility Awards 2018 were presented on 19 April 2018 at a gala dinner and awards ceremony held in Melbourne. The Awards recognise the utility industry’s greatest achievements in the digitisation of utility networks, processes and practices across Australia. In total, four awards were handed out. Machine Learning Algorithm (MLA), similar to Face Recognition System, was developed to recognise the Drawings, their Data and Characteristics to deliver an Autodesk certified drawing which could be easily transferred, edited and saved. To gain this award, SA Power Networks has worked and consulted with A2K Technologies technical staff to develop a solution to move to one system efficiency with Autodesk AutoCAD. This cooperation resulted in: ·       A2K’s custom build Machine Learning Algorithm saved SA Power Networks and estimated $1 million in labour costs and thousands of man hours Consolidation of systems and software assets and standardisation on Autodesk Software products, ·       Reduction of manual, time consuming tasks that are high risk, high level effort through automation, ·       Migration, conversion and replacement of data and files, ·       Future capabilities have enabled standardisation and optimisation across its business groups and networks. The project was a huge showcase of two businesses collaborating with each other. According to A2K’s Senior Solutions Consultant JC Davies, “the project has been identified as the first successful project of its kind in Australia and possibly globally.” Adrian Jeremiah, IT Project Manager SA Power Networks commented that the project consisted of, “(a) 12-month roadmap leveraging subject matter expertise across five different cities, four time zones and two continents, and during the project, over 85 project stakeholder meetings were held, 18 technical workshops and 80 periodic reports were delivered.” “A2K made what seemed like a very complicated process into a streamlined implementation, on time and on budget.” About A2K Technologies   A2K Technologies fosters innovation through delivering software and hardware solutions, consulting, training, development and managed services. Our highly knowledgeable and industry-experienced staff from the Architecture, Engineering, Construction, Infrastructure, and Manufacturing sectors enhances our customers’ organisational capabilities, to deliver on project outcomes and differentiate from the competition. With a great footprint throughout the ANZ region, A2K has strategic partnerships with many major software and hardware vendors, including Autodesk, Microsoft, Adobe, HP, Bluebeam, Ultimaker, Symantec, and Citrix. We have become a trusted technology advisor to our customers through the breadth and depth of our service offering and technical expertise, our commercial flexibility and high levels of customer service and understanding. Our Professional Services and Consulting divisions include experienced technical consultants with industry experience. Our operations, resources and infrastructure equate to the highest level of technical support, and a wide product offering of business software and hardware. See more at: www.a2ktechnologies.com.au   SA Power Networks SA Power Networks operates a distribution network that stretches across South Australia, comprising thousands of kilometres of powerline and hundreds of substations. We concentrate our efforts on achieving regulated requirements for high levels of service, reliability, safety and efficiency. A2K Technologies continues to strengthen its Managed Services offering 2018-07-16T02:33:16Z a2k-technologies-continues-to-strengthen-its-managed-services-offering A2K Technologies announced today that Paul Listo and Matthew Hutchins, previously with Novius have joined the A2K team. A2K Technologies’ Executive Director, Fari Fanaeyan said having Paul and Matthew on board will only strengthen A2K’s competitive advantage in helping architecture, engineering, construction, manufacturing and infrastructure customers optimise their IT network and investments, and find ways to optimise cloud-based solutions. “We’re excited to welcome Paul and Matthew to the team and are confident their wealth of experience and forward-thinking approach to GPU Cloud computing will bring even greater opportunities to our customers’ growth and profitability.” said Mr Fanaeyan. Not only is A2K Technologies one of the largest Autodesk partners in the world, they are a trusted technology advisor providing industry-leading solutions, training, consulting and end-to-end management to thousands of customers across Australia and New Zealand.Paul and Matthew joined A2K Technologies for the opportunity to take their services and solutions to a wider audience. “I’m really excited to be growing the team within A2K Technologies and provide customers with the right solutions for their businesses,” said Paul Listo. "I’ve made it my personal mission to provide best-in-class, mobile, fit-for-purpose and software agnostic IT solutions to customers in the building services, infrastructure and manufacturing industries." The AEC, Manufacturing and Building communities are all grappling with the huge explosion of data that’s generated through every-day business and are desperately seeking solutions to help transfer what they need from the cloud to a data centre.  “Transitioning our technical systems and resources to A2K Technologies’ existing offering will ensure specialised GPU Desktop-as-a-Service, Cloud and Managed Services are rolled out to the AEC community as quickly as possible.” said Matthew Hutchins. “We’re excited to amplify A2K Managed Services and provide additional offerings to existing clients.” said Matthew Hutchins. ---End---For further information, photo and interview opportunities please contact:MONIQUE LEWISMarketing and Communication Manager, A2K TechnologiesPh: 1800 223 562 or 0413 059 520E: monique.lewis@a2ktechnologies.com.au  About A2K Technologies A2K Technologies fosters innovation through delivering software and hardware solutions, consulting, training, development and managed services. Our highly knowledgeable and industry-experienced staff from the Architecture, Engineering, Construction, Infrastructure, and Manufacturing sectors enhances our customers’ organisational capabilities, to deliver on project outcomes and differentiate from the competition. With a great footprint throughout the ANZ region, A2K has strategic partnerships with many major software and hardware vendors, including Autodesk, Microsoft, Adobe, HP, Bluebeam, Ultimaker, Symantec, and Citrix. We have become a trusted technology advisor to our customers through the breadth and depth of our service offering and technical expertise, our commercial flexibility and high levels of customer service and understanding. Think technology. Think A2K. www.a2ktechnologies.com.au Paul ListoPaul is a leading expert in AEC on-site IT solutions and cloud computing enabling him to assist clients to leverage technology to drive revenue and optimise business processes. As the ANZ Manager for IT Managed Services at A2K Technologies, Paul brings nearly a decade of experience in help desk management and service delivery as well as hands on experience in project scoping, rollout and help desk support for customer centric organisations nationally across Australia and internationally across Australia Pacific. Matthew HutchinsMatthew is a managed IT services, support and infrastructure professional who has contributed his expertise to a large number of industry verticals and business models, enabling him to provide a truly holistic approach to methods and solutions to evolve technology in business. Matt has approximately 18 years of experience within the IT sector relating to infrastructure design, implementation, support handover and help desk management for a wide range of systems and businesses across Australia and Internationally. A2K Technologies Announces Platinum Partnership with Bluebeam 2018-05-01T22:17:20Z a2k-technologies-announces-platinum-partnership-with-bluebeam A2K, a leading consulting, training and managed services company, is thrilled to announce they have achieved the highest level of partnership in the Bluebeam, Inc. Partner Program - Platinum Partner status. Partners at this level have the closest working relationship with Bluebeam, as well as the experience and resources to independently provide clients with premium service and support in selecting, implementing, and integrating Bluebeam solutions into their business processes. To obtain Platinum Partner status, A2K exceeded sales and marketing targets while ensuring their trained and certified staff provided best-in-class customer service and Bluebeam product knowledge. "A2K's Platinum Partner status is a reflection of their commitment to their customers, and Bluebeam is excited to partner with them at the highest level,” says Aaron Courdy, Bluebeam Vice President of Channel Sales. "A2K represents a true extension of Bluebeam in their market, and shares our drive to empower people across the architecture, engineering, and construction industries by providing intelligent solutions to complex problems.” Bluebeam Revu is an important element of A2K Technologies’ scope of products sold in the Australian and New Zealand markets. A2K Technologies also support a growing number of customers using Bluebeam Revu for its inherent and standalone capabilities. “We’re very pleased to have reached the Platinum level as an authorised reseller and one of the first lines of support and training for Bluebeam software,” said Cameron Stuart-Nairne General Manager of Sales A2K Technologies. “We have been a trusted reseller of Bluebeam for many years and appreciate working with such a unique and versatile software solution for the AEC industries. We are now in an even stronger position to offer our clients not only a fantastic product for efficiencies and effectiveness in the workplace we also have the internal staff to offer end to end project consultation for our client’s electronic workflows. Our relationship with Bluebeam has allowed A2K Technologies to provide solutions to our clients that solve real project workflow challenges, enabling them to stay connected and communicate seamlessly with their project teams throughout the project lifecycle and more effectively maintain project schedules. This is critical in today's challenging and competitive work environment." About A2K Technologies A2K Technologies fosters innovation through delivering software and hardware solutions, consulting, training, development and managed services. Our highly knowledgeable and industry-experienced staff from the Architecture, Engineering, Construction, Infrastructure, and Manufacturing sectors enhances our customers’ organisational capabilities, to deliver on project outcomes and differentiate from the competition. With a great footprint throughout the ANZ region, A2K has strategic partnerships with many major software and hardware vendors, including Autodesk, Microsoft, Adobe, HP, Bluebeam, Ultimaker, Symantec, and Citrix. We have become a trusted technology advisor to our customers through the breadth and depth of our service offering and technical expertise, our commercial flexibility and high levels of customer service and understanding. Our Professional Services and Consulting divisions include experienced technical consultants with industry experience. Our operations, resources and infrastructure equate to the highest level of technical support, and a wide product offering of business software and hardware. See more at: www.a2ktechnologies.com.au About Bluebeam Trusted by over 1 million individuals in more than 130 countries, Bluebeam's smart, intuitive solutions advance the way technical professionals work, manage and collaborate on projects digitally. Founded in Pasadena, CA, Bluebeam has grown to include additional offices in California, Illinois, New Hampshire, Canada, Denmark, England and Sweden. Bluebeam is part of the Nemetschek Group. Download a 30-day trial of Bluebeam Revu on our website. A2K Technologies Develops Specify Caroma Revit Add In 2015-05-19T23:54:34Z a2k-technologies-develops-specify-caroma-revit-add-in BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA – A2K Technologies’ Design Content division has developed a Revit Add In for use by Caroma’s customers in the architecture and design community during the project design and specification process. Leading Australian distributor of bathrooms and kitchens fittings and fixtures, Caroma, has launched the Specify Caroma Revit Add In as part of its commitment to further improve digital product access to its customers. The new Add In saves valuable time in the specification process, by providing access to over 1,000 market-leading products and brands in the one location within Revit. Caroma has one of the largest catalogues of Autodesk Revit files across Australia's building products industry. With advanced navigation and comprehensive searching capabilities, the Specify website’s product finder functionality and the Add In provide seamless integration across Caroma and the other GWA Bathroom & Kitchens' brands. The new Specify Caroma Revit Add In is a result of rigorous research within the architecture and design community, ensuring technological developments coincide with the wants and needs of customers. Designed to create an efficient and user-friendly digital experience for industry professionals, the Add In’s extensive range of ‘render ready’, face-based families balance model accuracy and file size for optimal usability, and adhere to Australian and New Zealand Revit Standards (ANZRS). According to A2K Technologies’ Nathan Roobottom, this initiative further demonstrates Caroma’s proactivity in delivering the best possible resources and enabling their customers to make the most informed design decisions.  “A2K Technologies have enjoyed a long partnership with Caroma, and we’re very excited to have developed the Specify Caroma Revit Add In with them”, said Roobottom.  “This initiative further demonstrates Caroma’s proactivity in delivering the best possible resources and enabling their customers to make the most informed design decisions.  “As customers’ processes and requirements change, it is imperative that suppliers adapt and innovate to meet these needs.  The technology used in design and construction today provides product suppliers a great opportunity to engage closely in the design and be an integral part of the process, which Caroma exemplifies in their Specify Caroma Revit Add In.  “Congratulations to all the team at Caroma, and to all the design professionals that can now enjoy this valuable resource.” To download the Specify Caroma Revit Add-In, visit http://specify.caroma.com.au/ The Design Content library, which contains manufacturers’ products in a variety of file formats including Revit, can be accessed via www.designcontent.com.au A2K Technologies Inducted into Autodesk’s Platinum Club for New Zealand 2015-04-15T04:48:26Z a2k-technologies-inducted-into-autodesk-s-platinum-club-for-new-zealand AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND – A2K Technologies, an industry-leading solutions, training, consulting and management firm specialising in design technology, has been inducted into the Autodesk Platinum Club, for the highest percentage growth year-on-year in New Zealand.A2K Technologies’ Joint-CEO, Fari Fanaeyan, said the reward reflected the efforts and significant investment A2K has made in New Zealand, to ensure an even greater service for New Zealand customers.“We thank our valued customers who have trusted us to provide them with the best possible solutions and services. Without them, we would not have been able to achieve this accolade.”The award was announced at the Autodesk One Team Conference in Las Vegas, and acknowledged at the recent ANZ One Team Exchange in Sydney.About A2K TechnologiesA2K Technologies is an industry-leading solutions, training, consulting and management firm specialising in design technology. Our highly knowledgeable and industry-experienced staff from the infrastructure, building, mining and manufacturing sectors enhances our customers’ organisational capabilities, to deliver on project outcomes and differentiate from the competition.With 150 staff throughout the Asia-Pacific region, A2K has strategic partnerships with many major software and hardware vendors. Our Professional Services and Consulting divisions include many of Australasia’s most experienced Autodesk technical consultants.We have become a trusted technology advisor to our customers through the breadth and depth of our service offering and technical expertise, our commercial flexibility and high levels of customer service and understanding. Our operations, resources and infrastructure equate to the highest-level of technical support, and the widest product offering of design technology software and hardware. A2K Technologies Earns Autodesk PLM 360 Advisor Certification 2015-01-12T01:09:50Z a2k-technologies-earns-autodesk-plm-360-advisor-certification BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA – A2K Technologies, an industry-leading solutions, training, consulting and management firm specialising in design technology, announced today that it is the first certified Autodesk PLM 360 Advisor in Australia. Autodesk PLM 360 provides next generation cloud-based product lifecycle management, to make processes more efficient and get products to market faster. Already an Autodesk Platinum Partner in Australia and the largest channel partner in the ANZ region, this designation further extend A2K Technologies’ Autodesk credentials. As a certified PLM 360 advisor, A2K Technologies has shown that it has made significant investment in its PLM 360 business, provides the highest level of industry acumen, and has the knowledge to sell and support Autodesk PLM 360. Fari Fanaeyan, Joint CEO, A2K Technologies said, “As the industry moves towards greater automation of processes and projects, and a growing need for cloud-based task access for stakeholders, the Autodesk PLM 360 Advisor status supports A2K’s whole-of-business approach in supporting our clients”. “This achievement further solidifies our position of trusted advisor in the widest range of design technology solutions for our clients,” said Paul Laycock, Joint CEO, A2K Technologies. Autodesk’s PLM 360 Advisor Program allows partners to brand their expertise in delivering solutions and services in the highly-specialised field of product lifecycle management (PLM) and PLM 360. “The A2K team brings deep expertise to this space, and Autodesk is confident that any company would greatly benefit from their strategic approach,” said Brian Roepke, Director of PLM at Autodesk. “The Autodesk PLM 360 solution combined with A2K’s expertise offers companies a comprehensive solution that harnesses the true power of PLM.” By completing the required curriculum and training, as well as meeting required levels of sales and service standards set by Autodesk, A2K Technologies has demonstrated itself to be a key advisor to Autodesk PLM 360 customers. About A2K Technologies A2K Technologies is an industry-leading solutions, training, consulting and management firm specialising in design technology. Our highly knowledgeable and industry-experienced staff from the infrastructure, building, mining and manufacturing sectors enhances our customers' organisational capabilities, to deliver on project outcomes and differentiate from the competition. With 150 staff throughout the Asia-Pacific region, A2K is one of the largest Autodesk channel partners in the world. Our Professional Services and Consulting divisions include many of Australasia’s most experienced Autodesk technical consultants. We have become a trusted technology advisor to our customers through the sheer breadth and depth of our service offering and technical expertise, which is unsurpassed in Australia and New Zealand. Our operations, resources and infrastructure equate to the highest-level of technical support, and the widest product offering of design technology software and hardware. 2014 CAD/BIM Market Survey Key Findings Report Released 2014-10-31T05:15:06Z 2014-cad-bim-market-survey-key-findings-report-released The 2014 CAD/BIM Market Survey is an A2K Technologies initiative, sponsored by Autodesk, with the purpose to provide peer-driven statistics and data to leaders within the architecture, engineering, construction, infrastructure, manufacturing and government sectors. Based on an online survey of 300 professionals throughout Australia and New Zealand, the Key Findings Report provides insights into the current state of technology, innovation, business challenges and pain points in the CAD/BIM sector. The Report focuses on the adoption of design technology, particularly Building Information Modelling (BIM) and 3D computer-aided design (CAD).  According to Fari Fanaeyan, Joint CEO, A2K Technologies, “The 2014 CAD/BIM Market Survey highlights the critical role technology plays in the growth, security and stability of businesses operating in today’s competitive marketplace.” Among the findings, almost three quarters (74%) of respondents have either implemented BIM already or will do so in the next few years, while 73% have already moved to 3D and a further 16% plan to. Interestingly, for organisations with more than 100 employees, the adoption of BIM was the number one concern when asked of the most significant business challenge their organisation will face in 2014. Adoption of new technology stands out as an important factor for businesses to remain competitive. Surprisingly, cloud-based technology surprisingly lacked any real momentum throughout the findings. Only 6% of respondents said the majority or all of the technology they use is in the cloud. Just 7% believe that the cloud would have any influence on the world of CAD in the next two years. Manufacturers are leading the way with plans to adopt new technology into their business within the year, with 59% saying this was extremely important, compared to just 45% in the AEC sector.  When considering concerns with current technology, training topped the list, with 27% of respondents pronouncing this as their biggest pain point.  This being the case, it is surprising that only half of the organisations surveyed (51%) received training from their software provider and a staggering 32% were self-taught, while a further 16% sought training from their peers. Paul Laycock, Joint CEO, A2K Technologies said, “An interesting finding from A2K’s perspective was the recurring theme of training, learning and development being a priority, whilst also a pain point. “It solidifies the important role we have to play in ensuring our customers are up-skilled and benefiting from their purchased software…this is essential to our primary objective, which is to help our customers win more business.” Report snapshot - Almost three quarters (74%) of respondents have either implemented BIM already or will do so in the next few years, while 73% have already moved to 3D and a further 16% plan to.- Architecture, Engineering and Construction has the highest level of BIM adoption, at 64%.- Only 23% of manufacturing industry has adopted BIM, however 77% of manufacturers believe inter-departmental collaboration is extremely important.- New Zealand trails Australia in BIM adoption, with only 36% of organisations having implemented BIM to date, compared to 49% in Australia.- Only 6% of respondents said the majority or all of the technology they use is in the cloud.- When considering concerns with current technology, training topped the list, with 27% pronouncing this as their biggest pain point. This is unsurprising when considering that 48% rely on their peers for training, or are self-taught. The 2014 CAD/BIM Market Survey Key Findings Report was sponsored by Autodesk, and produced by A2K Technologies, an industry-leading solutions, training, consulting and management firm specialising in design technology. The full report is available for download. Use the hashtag ‘#A2KSurvey’ to continue the conversation on social media.  Consulting firm launches as Bentley Solutions Integrator for Bentley Systems, Incorporated: Consult AEC 2014-06-11T23:17:09Z consulting-firm-launches-as-bentley-solutions-integrator-for-bentley-systems-incorporated-consult-aec BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA – Consult AEC has today announced the launch of its business, which will serve the Australia and New Zealand market as a key strategic partner for Bentley Systems, Incorporated.Consult AEC will provide services to support better integration, collaboration and adoption of technology from a selection of world-class vendors in the architecture, engineering, construction, infrastructure and government sectors.Joining the group of companies that also incorporates A2K Technologies, Consult AEC was borne as a result of local demand for qualified, experienced and trusted advice.“Customer expectations have grown, and A2K Technologies has proven to be the leading provider of innovative software, hardware and services in the design technology space,” said A2K Technologies Joint CEO, Paul Laycock.Fari Fanaeyan, CEO of Consult AEC  said, “Consult AEC will now take customer engagement to a new level and importantly provide its customers with expertise, backed by Bentley’s superior BIM and infrastructure technology, to allow for an all-encompassing solution offering.”An important strategic alliance, Consult AEC has partnered with Bentley Systems, Incorporated, the global leader dedicated to providing architects, engineers, geospatial professionals, constructors, and owner-operators with comprehensive software solutions for sustaining infrastructure.“We are delighted to announce this partnership with Consult AEC, which will extend the reach of Bentley’s solutions across the government and building industries”, said Bentley Systems Vice President SEAPac, Alan Savin.“The increasing demand for Bentley solutions has meant that we needed to extend our reach through this key partnership to enable organisations to access our award-winning technologies and solutions,” Savin added.Consult AEC was formed to ensure a superior end-to-end service offering supported by some of the most qualified, experienced and industry-respected consultants in Australia and New Zealand.“In these economic times, trusted advice is critical to supporting our customers in achieving their business goals. The aspiration of the people behind Consult AEC is to help our customers succeed by bringing people and technology together,” said Fanaeyan.“This new partnership will allow many more organisations to benefit from increased exposure to Bentley’s market-leading design, analysis, interoperable information management and mobility technologies, thanks to Consult AEC’s proven ability to serve a broad base of users across Australia and New Zealand,” said Savin.Consult AEC will operate much like a Bentley Solutions Integrator, utilising expert diagnostics and troubleshooting to match the technology needs of customers from a variety of world-class vendors.  Further vendors will be added to the Consult AEC Partner Portfolio in the near future.For more information about Consult AEC, visit www.consultaec.com.auAbout Consult AECAt Consult AEC, our primary objective and aspiration is to help our customers succeed. By building the bridge between technology and people (ours and yours), we support you in driving change within the entire ecosystem and empower you to win more business. Underlying this is the provision of trusted advice. Qualified, experienced and respected by industry; the team at Consult AEC are considered world-class leaders in their respective fields of architecture, engineering, construction, infrastructure and government.www.consultaec.com.au About Bentley Systems, IncorporatedBentley is the global leader dedicated to providing architects, engineers, geospatial professionals, constructors, and owner-operators with comprehensive software solutions for sustaining infrastructure. Bentley Systems applies information mobility to improve asset performance by leveraging information modeling through integrated projects for intelligent infrastructure. Its solutions encompass the MicroStation platform for infrastructure design and modeling, theProjectWise platform for infrastructure project team collaboration and work sharing, and the AssetWise platform for infrastructure asset operations – all supporting a broad portfolio of interoperable applications and complemented by worldwide professional services. Founded in 1984, Bentley has more than 3,000 colleagues in 50 countries, more than $600 million in annual revenues, and since 2006 has invested more than $1 billion in research, development, and acquisitions.www.bentley.com A2K Technologies celebrates its first birthday and reflects on the demands of today’s marketplace 2014-01-31T06:18:10Z a2k-technologies-celebrates-its-first-birthday-and-reflects-on-the-demands-of-today-s-marketplac BRISBANE, QLD, 31st January, 2013 - A2K Technologies, the largest Autodesk channel partner in Australasia, marks its first 12 months of operation today, following the merger of AEC Systems, KarelCAD and ADA CADPartners, in response to market demands to better deliver the increasing technical expertise required by their customers.The company is currently continuing its expansion under the leadership of joint Chief Executive Officers Fari Fanaeyan and Paul Laycock, the former heads of AEC Systems and KarelCAD respectively.The merger arose from the challenges associated with the shift in technology from perpetual licences to mobility and the cloud.  Furthermore, as A2K Technologies’ suppliers, such as Autodesk, brought more products to the market, greater expertise was required to service customers in the way Fanaeyan and Laycock felt was essential.  Much of this involved integrating Autodesk solutions with other technologies customers need in their business.Laycock said, “We recognised the expectations of our customers were bigger than the changes in the market.  And we realised that without combining our specialists together, we could never meet these expectations.”Partnering with customersA2K’s aim is to not only supply products, but to partner with customers to provide industry-specific technical expertise, as the trusted advisor for the architecture, engineering, construction and manufacturing industries across Australia and New Zealand.“Our customers have the same challenges we had; being scalable, keeping costs low and delivering on time. By bringing our resources together, the quality of the people we can now attract to A2K from the industry has really enabled us to put the right people in place to help businesses with these challenges,” Laycock said.“With a larger team, we’re now able to close almost every Support call in the same day it’s created.  As separate organisations, that was very difficult to do when you consider the spread of products and the specialised knowledge required for each one.”Innovate, innovate, innovateFanaeyan said, “Our customers turn to us to look at how the technologies fit together for their specific needs, rather than attempting to do it themselves. That is what A2K can offer that we couldn’t before as separate entities.“I think the biggest challenge for our customers is how to transform what they’re doing in their business into what they want to be doing in three years’ time. Our position has evolved to a place where they’re not looking at A2K as a supplier, but now as a business partner and trusted adviser who can digest today’s technology and innovation to make it work in their business.”The year aheadLaycock believes, “2014 will be far different from any other year.  We now have a higher calibre of consulting and sales staff to actually solve our customers’ problems. We’re ready to help our customers take advantage of mobility and the cloud to perform the same tasks that were once tethered to dedicated workstations.“We are also proud of our consulting, traditional training and eTraining solutions, not to mention the strength of our relationships with industry associations to develop industry standards.”Fanaeyan added, “A2K is more than just an Autodesk Platinum Partner; we’re also an Adobe Partner, a Microsoft Gold Partner, and we’ve grown our relationship with HP to provide hardware matched to our customers’ software needs.  All of these partnerships allow us to provide a better service and be the one contact point for our customers’ technology challenges…and we will continue to take on new partners who we feel will add value to our customers.“We’re here to provide an overall solution to this marketplace. With A2K’s products, services and high-end consulting, we really are a one-stop-shop.  When our customers think of technology, A2K can support it,” said Laycock.ABOUT A2K TECHNOLOGIESA2K Technologies is an industry-leading solutions, training, consulting and management firm specialising in design technology. With a multi-million dollar turnover and over 150 staff across Australia, New Zealand and China, A2K Technologies is Australia’s largest Autodesk channel partner. Our highly knowledgeable and industry-experienced staff in the infrastructure, building, mining and manufacturing sectors allow us to offer superior support to our customers to help them enhance their organisational capabilities, deliver on project outcomes and differentiate from the competition.Once equally successful separate entities, AEC Systems, KarelCAD and ADA CADPartners merged in February 2013 to form A2K Technologies. Now, their combined leadership and innovation is driving the highest level of solution expertise, service and support for all design, facilities management, operations, maintenance and construction requirements.www.a2ktechnologies.com.au Australian manufacturers learn to leverage technology as a solution-fit application 2013-10-31T00:32:00Z australian-manufacturers-learn-to-leverage-technology-as-a-solution-fit-application BRISBANE, QLD, 31 October 2013 - Australian manufacturers heard they need to embrace new technology, leverage it as a solution-fit application, and apply it to their overall business, at the Manufacturing Technology event series, co-presented by A2K Technologies and Autodesk in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne this week.Attendees saw how the effective use of technology for competitive advantage is more than just about software and hardware, but also about implementing business processes designed to match the way these are used.Manufacturers also heard they are likely to be missing opportunities to improve their business through use of technology.A2K’s Senior Solutions Consultant, JC Davis said “the greatest challenge to manufacturers in implementing a lean manufacturing strategy is attacking those processes that cause waste.”“Value engineering, synergies between business lines and systems, upstream and downstream connectivity, automated processes, and interoperability and connectivity, are examples of what can be taken into account when designing business processes to increase efficiency. “Unfortunately, many smaller Australian manufacturers without a dedicated IT department are unaware they can close these gaps between software and their business. Experienced people are tied up maintaining systems rather than innovating,” said Davis.Autodesk’s Senior Technical Sales Specialist (MFG), Jeff Gale added many businesses knew they were wasting money through inefficiencies, but found it difficult to quantify, or even acknowledge, as it is not a cost that can be seen on a profit and loss statement. Gale identified four key benefits manufacturers could achieve through business process assessment that considered their technological configuration: increasing business, gaining greater market share, improving quoting efficiency, and reducing costs.“It’s critical to crystalise what you think is happening, and what is really happening,” said Gale.Using a demonstration of how to fill voids and create fluid volumes for a choke valve, A2K Technical Consultant, Niall Smyth showed attendees how Autodesk’s Inventor and Simulation CFD 2014 can be used to ensure product quality, reliability and performance, through the ability to quickly create design scenarios.“Manufacturers can’t differentiate on cost alone,” said Smyth. "It’s important to get it right the first time with agile product development for fit, form and function.”A2K Technologies provide a structured methodology to manufacturers for business process assessment, involving analysing processes and prioritising focus areas, identifying improvement opportunities, maximising use of existing tools and technology, and establishing implementation strategies based on business value.   ABOUT A2K TECHNOLOGIESA2K Technologies is an industry-leading solutions, training, consulting and management firm specialising in design technology. With a multi-million dollar turnover and over 150 staff across Australia, New Zealand and China, A2K Technologies is Australia’s largest Autodesk channel partner. Our highly knowledgeable and industry-experienced staff in the infrastructure, building, mining and manufacturing sectors allow us to offer superior support to our customers to help them enhance their organisational capabilities, deliver on project outcomes and differentiate from the competition.Once equally successful separate entities, AEC Systems, KarelCAD and ADA CADPartners merged in February 2013 to form A2K Technologies. Now, their combined leadership and innovation is driving the highest level of solution expertise, service and support for all design, facilities management, operations, maintenance and construction requirements. www.a2ktechnologies.com.au AEC SYSTEMS, KARELCAD AND ADA CADPARTNERS MERGE BUSINESS OPERATIONS 2013-01-31T22:53:23Z aec-systems-karelcad-and-ada-cadpartners-merge-business-operations AEC Systems, KarelCAD, and ADA CADPartners today announced they have merged their individual business operations.  The new company, A2K Technologies, will commence trading on the 1st February, 2013. As a result of the merger, the new company will rank as one of the largest Autodesk Value Added Resellers globally with over 150 staff, unprecedented technical expertise, and best in class sales and service teams.  Sales and services for Autodesk and all other existing vendors will be combined under the new business.  CSI Global Services and PhoenxPLM will remain separate entities from A2K Technologies. The company will operate under the leadership of joint Chief Executive Officers Fari Fanaeyan and Paul Laycock, part of the former ownership of AEC Systems and KarelCAD respectively.  The management team will comprise of key leaders from both businesses.  Following many years of committed service to the development, growth and innovation of the industry, both businesses have united with a common goal.  “At the centre of this decision is our shared desire to deliver a new level of vision, service and innovation.  We’re driven by our clients success, and our overriding goal is to deliver best in class products and services to make this happen,” Fari and Paul explained.  “A2K Technologies is committed to leading industry, delivering solutions to reduce technology complexity and cost, whilst improving efficiency, time to market and sustainability.” With limited physical change to existing offices in Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Adelaide, Perth, Auckland and Beijing, the combined company is now in a position to further extend its service, support and consulting offerings with even greater reach and unparalleled expertise.  “Clients and staff from both businesses will experience positive change as a result of the merger.  In addition to the far deeper level of technical service offerings, we will benefit from our combined operations, resources and infrastructure that has characterised the unique businesses until now,” shared both Chief Executive Officers.  “Expect our service offerings and deliverables to expand exponentially through this merge of excellence.” Bill Griffin, Vice President Worldwide Manufacturing and Channel Sales for Autodesk, responded to the news with the following comment, “Congratulations on the partnership of two of our best partners globally.  I think this merger can only mean good things for Autodesk and our customers.”    About A2K Technologies Professional technology and solutions experts AEC Systems, KarelCAD and ADA CADPartners have merged to form A2K Technologies.  The new entity will be the business partner of choice in delivering complete technology solutions to the global infrastructure, building, mining and manufacturing industries.  As one of the largest Autodesk channel partners globally, we offer unparalleled technical expertise, service and infrastructure.  With offices throughout Australia, New Zealand and China, A2K Technologies provides leadership and drives technology innovation, constantly challenging traditional processes to reduce risk and increase profitability for its customers. AEC Systems Earns Autodesk Structural Engineering, Simulation, Consulting, MEP Systems Engineering and Process Plant Specialisations 2012-11-19T01:20:46Z aec-systems-earns-autodesk-structural-engineering-simulation-consulting-mep-systems-engineering-and-process-plant-specialisations Sydney, NSW. November 19, 2012 .- AEC Systems today announced that it has earned the Structural Engineering, Simulation, Consulting, MEP Systems Engineering and Process Plant Specialisation designations for value added resellers (VARs) from Autodesk, Inc., a world leader in 3D design, engineering and entertainment software. As an Autodesk Specialised Partner, AEC Systems has shown that they have made significant investment in their people, have a solid business plan specific to their specialisation area, have customer references, and that they can provide a high level of experience and support to customers in the industry.   The new Autodesk Partner Specialisations enable VARs to highlight and brand their expertise in delivering services in key industry areas. By completing the required curriculum and training, as well as meeting required levels of service and standards set by Autodesk, AEC Systems demonstrates through their strong customer service and support in sales what it means to be a trusted adviser to Autodesk customers throughout the world. “The addition of these specialisations serves to further demonstrate our commitment to support the industry.  At AEC Systems, our focus remains on the complete lifecycle of the design and implementation process,” advised Managing Director, Fari Fanaeyan. Technology, and more recently the Building Infomation Modelling (BIM) concept has revolutionised the Architectural, Engineering & Construction (AEC) industries – we’re now experiencing the biggest change in the industry since the adoption of CAD in the early 80's.   AEC System’s approach to technology is that modelling designs correctly from the start is the key to success not just for large BIM jobs, but for ensuring the company standard is being achieved for all projects. We’re moving to a digital age but Drawings are still the primary deliverable – AEC has an emphasis on establishing the highest possible standard for Drawing Production and "BIM Compliance". “We see both of these as a result of our structured approach to achieving general best practices around product, training, consulting and implementation. We have put this under the banner of Intelligent Modelling and are forming a complete range of modular service offerings around this.”  Mr. Fanaeyan shared. About AEC Systems Pty Ltd AEC Systems Pty Ltd are one of Australasia’s largest design and information technology specialists, committed to providing the highest quality, most reliable, software and hardware services. We look beyond the software to partner with clients in applying technology to improve business efficiencies. AEC Systems has over 17 years experience in the planning, design and implementation of integrated systems and networks. With offices in Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, Auckland and Beijing, clients are assured of an accessible and qualified standard of service. Our commitment to provide the highest level of technical expertise and attentive service will set us apart. AEC Systems will deliver the powerful solutions required to become more productive and maximise business investment in technology. For more information please contact AEC Systems Pty Ltd Marketing Manager, Deborah Manning - +61 419683835, marketing@aecsystems.com.au, www.aecsystems.com.auAutodesk is a registered trademark of Autodesk, Inc., in the USA and/or other countries.