By: Grady Augustine
For the third year in a row, Southland Industries participated in the Movember Foundation’s annual competition. A play on of ‘moustache’ and ‘November,’ Movember is a month-long campaigned for men and women across the globe to join together to raise awareness and funds for men’s health. With dozens of Southland men and women participating, two men took the time to explain what Movember is and why it means so much to participate.
By: Rick Nelson
To inspire lean thinking, Southland employees are encouraged to compete in a monthly video challenge that demonstrates how they have implemented lean concepts into their workflow and workplace. Each submission must focus on customer value, clearly communicate the reduction or elimination of waste, demonstrate continuous improvements, and capitalize on knowledge of our people and partners.
The design-assist model, if done in a way where scope and responsibility are not clearly communicated and outlined in the project’s initial stages, can blend far too many gray areas across traditional boundaries. Often times, this leads to an unsuccessful experience for one or several of the project team members. Expectations and value are best described by the owner and identified in the format of a contract that is clear and concise.
An excellent product at a low cost is every consumer’s dream; and for most owners ready to create a program for their upcoming construction project, the desire is often the same. Packaging a world-class design firm together with the most cost competitive construction contractors sounds like the perfect recipe for a successful project. So, why does this not always produce the outcome that owners, architects, engineers, and contractors often desire? Oftentimes, it has a lot to do with the contracting methods that are used and how they encourage or discourage collaboration. Moreover, the risks that each of the different team players will be asked to take on are not always correctly identified.
By: Reza Ghias
The beginning stages of a building’s design are critical. Understanding the airflow and the comfort level can make or break a facility. Southland understands this and applies computational fluid dynamics (CFD) to optimize the design, predict the failure, and cut the cost. In the video blog above, Director of the Advanced Simulations Center at Southland Industries Reza Ghias explains the benefits of utilizing CFD for engineers and owners alike.