Our work at LEDS involves the simultaneous use of many programs and documents to achieve the tasks at hand. Examples of this in tandem usage can range from a simple design task such as markups shown via BlueBeam software incorporated into an AutoCAD or Revit model to design for estimate work where the design narrative, bid documents, design mark-ups, and governing codes often have to be examined simultaneously to evaluate the optimal compliant design path. Tasks that have many sources of input such as design for estimate require constant shuffling between spreadsheets, PDFs, browsers, and modeling software, and time is quickly lost doubling back to find the lines of pertinent information needed.
It is during these operations that a large format display has the greatest potential to increase and streamline work productivity. The Dell 43" 4K monitor is our first implementation of large format displays. This monitor allows the user to maximize screen real estate by offering the ability to split the display into multiple quadrants via Dell Display Manager software. The software also allows users to save a custom window arrangement for quick selection.
This custom split option grants LEDS employees the freedom to create a display arrangement that suits their personal workflow best. This benefit dramatically reduces the time shuffling between windows and improves the productivity of our employees. But beyond even the size and cell splitting capabilities, the Dell 43" monitor is also capable of simultaneously displaying up to 4 inputs. This ability facilitates collaboration between project team members, allowing them to share a monitor but still maintain a respectable amount of screen space to work in. It also allows team members to view meetings (such as Go-to-Meetings or BIM coordination meetings) and meeting-relevant information or models side-by-side.
As Limbach Engineering & Design Services (LEDS) uses this new monitor, we will note all of the new benefits and potential downsides of this product. LEDS is excited to see these new capabilities put to use as we continue to find and try new and innovative solutions for our employees and clients alike.
Figure 1: Dell Display Manager software comes with pre-set configurations to split the display.
Figure 2 & 3: Custom window layouts from two LEDS employees have helped them to optimize their workflow.