Cloud technology for
the construction industry

Atlas Cloud can help you run graphic-intensive apps on any device while out on-site.

We can also integrate all your systems – regardless of where they’re based – and make them accessible through a single interface.

How the construction sector can benefit from the cloud

How Atlas Cloud assists
the Construction Sector

In the world of construction, the modern way of working involves being mobile, working at multiple sites as well as in the office and needing to collaborate easier. This has meant that a lot of companies are moving away from traditional IT and looking towards cloud-based technology. Atlas Cloud have been helping construction companies work more efficiently with our range of cloud based solutions since 2010.

It’s not just Office 365 that a construction company needs to access on-the-go but also modelling, surveying, mapping and project management software. 

As these applications require a lot of graphics and processing power, historically this has meant companies have bought high-spec PCs which can only be accessed in the office. Our solution to this problem is to work directly with providers like ARES PRISM and host their applications in our secure cloud environment. This means traditional on-premise apps can now be accessed via any device, wherever you’re working and because our servers host the processing power and graphics cards (we use NVIDIA, the same graphics provider that Disney’s Pixar use) you experience fast performance on any device. This means you can switch to ‘thin client’ PCs or cheap portable devices which cost a lot less and use less electricity.

But why not go one step further and bring your Office 365 and business critical applications together into one of our hosted desktops, which provide users with a familiar Windows environment on a virtual machine. In the past, poor connectivity while working on the go between customer sites has held back productivity, but with greater 3G and 4G coverage you can use our hosted desktops to access everything you need anywhere. And, a bit like Netflix, you can resume your session exactly where you left off so no time is lost. If you have experienced connectivity issues in the past, we also offer a range of network connectivity services to help improve output and collaboration.

Secure and recoverable

As your projects will require sensitive and confidential data, you need to keep it secure. By choosing Atlas Cloud your data will be stored in one of our ISO 27001 certified data centres. As a company we are also ISO 27001 and BS10012 certified and fully GDPR compliant.

Cyber attacks are an unfortunate part of today’s world so we offer a range of cyber security, cyber resilience and email monitoring (using Mimecast) services to protect you from both external and internal threats. We also partner with Zerto to offer an industry leading disaster recovery solution which will get you back up and running in minutes in the event of an outage with lost data measured in seconds not minutes. Additionally, with our hosted desktops all your data is constantly synced so in the event of a crash your work is backed up. As time is money in the construction industry we aim to minimise the impact that a cyber-attack can have on your company.

Being based in the North East affords us less operating overheads compared to other companies so we are able to offer highly competitive prices. And our subscription based pricing means you have predictable IT costs and the savings can be passed onto your customers when quoting for jobs.

Application hosting

We have a lot of experience hosting applications for customers with even high powered, graphics heavy apps that use 3D virtualisation. We recently carried out work on the HS2 Project to allow the design teams to access hardware-intensive software from Ares and Nomitech anywhere within the 330-mile project area. If you are using any of the applications below and would like to virtualise these please get in touch with us today (if your software isn’t listed don’t worry, we haven’t come across an app we couldn’t host yet):

Modelling, Surveying, Mapping & Architect Apps – AutoDesk Revit, AutoDesk Vault, Autodesk AutoCad, N4ce, Plangrid, Buildertrend, ArcGIS, NBS Building, Causeway, BricsCAD, SmartDraw, ACTCAD, Graphisoft ARCHICAD, SketchUp and Tekla BIMsight,

Project Management & Estimating Apps – Smartsheet, Wrike, Procore, Citrix Podio, Epicor, NBS Landscape, Planswift, McCormick Estimating Software, Pegasus, AutoDesk BIM 360 and Esti-mate.

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