Cottee Parker Architects, based in Australia, was recently involved in one of Australia’s “most-ambitious construction projects,” being the $4-billion development of Queen’s Wharf Brisbane. The Bluebeam customer story “Cottee Parker Goes Paperless on Queen’s Wharf” describes the undertaking.
Queen’s Wharf Brisbane is set to be completed in 2024, at which time the project will include “12 football fields’ worth of public space, 2,000 apartments, 1,000 premium hotel rooms, 50 restaurants, as well as retail space, a 1,000-person ballroom and a casino.” Naveen Dath, a Cottee Parker director and 25-year veteran architect, described it as one of the largest projects in the whole of Australia. “It is a truly transformational project,” he said. “The ultimate idea and the vision for Queen’s Wharf is about making it into a globally significant destination, one that would put Brisbane on the world map.” Queen’s Wharf Brisbane was set to be the one of the most ambitious projects that Cottee Parker had faced. But initially, one thing was keeping Cottee Parker from proceeding as expected: their paper-based workflow.
Steph Cook, a Cottee Parker architect, described how time-consuming it had become to rely on a paper-based workflow: team members would normally “go through a process of printing out every single sheet that’s going to be issued to the client, putting initials of every project lead that needs to review it.” As many as 10 days at a time could be spent in the document markup process, which quickly became problematic.
After the company switched to Bluebeam Revu, however, it was able to digitize thousands of documents that had previously been only physical and passed between teams in a much less efficient way. Up to 5,000 documents per month are now passed digitally across the Cottee Parker 50-member team, and the company estimates that it has “cut its time spent reviewing and approving documents by 50%.” These projects, the article notes, have led to “a vastly more efficient process than its previous paper-based workflow, as well as better overall accountability and productivity thanks to the decreased risk of error.”
The Cottee Parker website describes the company as “a national practice with studios operating in Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney and Perth.” It has extensive experience in delivering unique and considered design solutions for the built environment. The long standing, well established practice has garnered strong relationships with local planning authorities and is well recognized for urban design outcomes. The website adds, “This has allowed us to achieve design solutions for our clients well beyond the usual planning constraints.”
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