Dependable Branch Office Connectivity in Real Time
Metromont Corporation is a US-owned designer and builder of precast buildings for schools, offices, stadiums, data centers, and more. With corporate offices in Greenville, South Carolina and five additional manufacturing locations throughout the southeast, Metromont is a recognized leader in delivering high performance, precast building solutions.
For over 85 years, the company’s expertise has spanned from schools and office buildings to data centers and dormitories; from parking structures and industrial plants to justice facilities and stadiums.
As a leading provider of these precast, pre-stressed concrete building systems, Metromont products offer a host of inherent sustainability benefits both during the construction process and long after a structure has been completed. Through thermal efficiency, recycled content, local materials, and minimal waste, Metromont enhances each building’s sustainability and assists in contributing to LEED® points, excellent Energy Star ratings, Green Globes assessments and ASHRAE standards.
Challenge: Updating and Optimizing Metromont’s Document Revision Control
Metromont touts its history and expertise in delivering the best of the best in concrete building systems. The Metromont team works personally with every client, architect, engineer,and contractor to create the building they envision. As such, Metromont regularly utilizes compute intensive programs including CAD, Revit and large PDF drawings between and throughout its branch offices in the Southeast. Metromont’s Senior Network Administrator, Joshua Moore, offers that the files are often looked at by different branch offices and as revisions are made, the updates need to be made in real time to keep production on pace for its clients’ projects.
Metromont had been utilizing Talon for several years in its Virginia, Florida and North Carolina offices, when the company decided it was time for an upgrade to provide faster access to large-scale files with which the company was consistently working. The company had been opening files over an MPLS network and the process was slow.
“We took a look at other similar solutions, said Moore, but the pricing and the comparable performance was not competitive to Talon. That combined with previous experience with the company and its offerings lead us to know that an upgrade to Talon FAST™ had a high likelihood of being the solution we needed.”
Metromont partnered with Talon to provide a branch office solution that addressed its consolidation and centralization of file data. Installing FAST™ proved to be an “effective upgrade” according to Moore. “We initially gave it a test run and FAST™ immediately streamlined our processes. We could pull down simultaneous copies of documents various branch offices were working on and as soon as we synced, we were all on the same page. The benefits of easily updating and collaborating like that between the team were enormous; the benefits of the FAST™ installation to Metromont were obvious right away.”
FAST™ also to reduced the complexity of Metromont’s overall branch office IT management. Metromont has plans to open a new branch office and FAST™ is expected to play a role in helping keep the new office online and in sync with Metromont’s other offices.
Solution: Talon Keeps Metromont’s Branch Offices on the Same Page
“For Metromont, it’s simple - FAST™ does what Metromont needs it to do. It syncs our files quickly and correctly, even with our Revit files where file sharing had been problematic, and it has made work run much more efficiently because of the seamless collaboration.”
Talon FAST™ was also praised for being one of the most cost effective solutions Metromont investigated. “We looked at other solutions and some of the pricing out there is simply bad. The Talon FAST™ line is a great investment- it comes at a good price and the technology doesn’t make any promises that it doesn’t keep after installation.” Results: Talon provides Metromont with Dependable Branch Office Connectivity in Real Time Metromont has realized significant benefits since its Talon FAST™ installation:
- FAST™ consolidated and centralized Metromont’s file data
- FAST ™ reduced the complexity of Metromont’s overall branch office IT management, eliminating back up
- FAST™ is a great value with better than competitive acquisition costs
- FAST™ keeps Metromont’s branch offices on the same page, utilizing central file locking
“Talon FAST™ software streamlined our processes and proved to be an effective upgrade for Metromont. We could see the benefits of the installation right away, and we’re pleased with the results.”