In September of 2017, Premier sent a team of 4 to South Africa to participate in an Executive Development Programme, myself amongst them. A big theme for the programme was the fourth industrial revolution. We stand on the brink of a technological revolution that will fundamentally alter the way we live, work, and relate to one another. In its scale, scope, and complexity, the transformation will be unlike anything humankind has experienced before.
Already, artificial intelligence is all around us, from self-driving cars and drones to virtual assistants and software that translate or invest. Impressive progress has been made in AI in recent years, driven by exponential increases in computing power and by the availability of vast amounts of data, from software used to discover new drugs to algorithms used to predict our cultural interests.
This together with a number of questions that we had been asking ourselves, such as “How do we create value for customers and provide a better service?” and “How are we innovating across our organisation to stay ahead of shifting customer behaviours?” gave rise to the idea for our project that we needed to complete as part of the programme.
We decided to create an online configurator for our Transline Plus product that would allow anyone to go onto our site and easily create their desired site accommodation layout. This could be done either by starting with a predefined layout and making it their own or starting from scratch with our standard modules incorporating office, welfare, meeting room, reception space and even a viewing deck. There are predefined rules for the positioning of the units built in and tips for cost saving, giving a quick and efficient way to create the initial design concept for discussion and pricing.
Transline Plus can be used up to five storeys (you can also add a 6th storey viewing deck), has a 2.7m ceiling height for a light and airy feel and utilises 12m modules to minimise columns, giving a cost effective but high quality product for housing any workforce.
The project got the green light from our Head Office in February 2018, and the online configurator went live on our website on the 5th September 2018. Feedback on the design tool since then has been incredibly positive, with customers and sales people saying that it has proven to be a very quick route to designing customer specific site accommodation set ups, and is a very versatile and time saving tool. It is simple to use, and can be viewed in both 2D CAD format or a 3D Wireframe format.
This was a particularly enjoyable and rewarding project, and if you would like to take a look at the configurator for yourself, you can visit it yourself at https://designtool.premiermodular.co.uk. Just select “Start my design” to build your own layout from scratch, or select one of our pre-set layouts. Please feel free to comment and/or drop us a line to give us your feedback.