Sunday, 11 February 2018

KS Value Proposition - an Explanation

A KS software subscription price is determined by two factors: number of users to be tested (in a year) and number of required library topics to be included in the assessment mix.

There are 4 KS license types:
KS Pro1 - 1 primary library topic, i.e. Revit Architecture
KS Pro2 - 2 primary topics, i.e. Revit Architecture, Revit MEP
KS Pro3 - 3 primary topics, i.e. Revit Architecture, Revit MEP, Revit Structure
KS Enterprise - 4 or more primary topics

We also have different user number bands, to help identify firm size, i.e. 1-25, 26-50, 51-100, 101-250, 251-500, 501-1,000, etc.

For firms who only need to perform a small number of assessments each year, the 'pay-as-you-go' cost is $50/£50/E50 per test.

Before deciding on the best type of KS license, an AEC business should give due consideration to both of these factors.

It is important to establish precisely how many primary test topics they plan to use. If it is 4 (or greater), then KS Enterprise is the best fit. If they want to focus on fewer titles, then perhaps a KS Pro1, Pro2 or Pro3 would be more appropriate. 

Also, we do not monetise 'secondary' library titles, if a customer has invested in one or more 'primary' titles.

Here are some examples:

Revit Architecture, Revit MEP, Revit Structure, AutoCAD, Civil 3D, InfraWorks, Plant 3D, Inventor, AECOsim, MicroStation, GEOPAK, InRoads, ProjectWise, ARCHICAD, MS Office, BIM L2, Primavera P6, MS Project, Newforma.

Bluebeam, Design Review, Photoshop, InDesign, Rhino, SketchUp, Navisworks, Glue, Solibri, Vault, Revit Process, BIM Fundamentals, BIM Software Management, BIM Coordination, BIM Authoring, USACE BIM.

To further clarify, a 'test topic' refers to all related assessment titles under an 'umbrella' heading. For example, to assess Revit Architecture  skills for a company would require a KS Pro1 license, but might include the following titles:

Revit Architecture for occasional users
Revit Architecture fundamentals
Revit Architecture – Xpress 
Revit Architecture advanced
Revit Architecture - Extra questions
Revit Content Creation
Revit for Interiors
Revit Project Process
BIM Authoring with Revit
BIM Software Management (Revit)
BIM Coordination (Revit)
Practical BIM fundamentals

If a customer exceeds their user count by a small margin, we tend not to worry about it, and will review their future needs at the license anniversary. If they find their requirements go up by a bigger number (part-way through the license), then we typically have a conversation and sometimes upgrade to the next user band before the anniversary swings around. In this circumstance, they pay the difference between price bands, pro-rated to the license anniversary date. Customers are not blocked from using the tools at any time.

Here are links to the KS product and price pages.


Sunday, 4 February 2018

Developing Group Learning Strategies

We talk a lot about collaboration in the AEC industry... particularly in the context of delivering BIM projects.

Group learning, also known as “collaborative learning”, refers to the instructional strategy of having learners work together in groups in order address a task or goal.

The clever folks at efront Learning wrote an articulate and informed blog about developing a better approach to group learning strategies.

By taking a new approach to group learning, AEC businesses can develop an effective strategy to increase employees’ team spirit, collaboration skills, and workplace productivity.

Group learning which includes a mix of mentoring, lunch and learns, classroom training and focused E-learning - backed up with effective skills gap analysis - allows businesses to implement a blended, collaborative learning program that allows employees to study and work together to achieve common goals for themselves and the wider organisation.