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Sending word

Effective communication over a wide area is an essential part of many projects. The Oceanic Project Team at Heathrow's terminal three created an IT committee to discuss such procedures and Ken Davis of cost consultant Cyril Sweett & Partners introduced WAM!NET/ 4-Sight to the team.

Lead consultant HOK had transferred files by iSDN in the past, but had never managed to get the information transfer running as quickly or smoothly as it would have liked. The team decided to use WAM!NET/ 4-Sight's iSDN Manager to run the transfer. 'It is iSDN Manager which brings the power to the process,' says HOK's senior CAD and IT administrator Gary Douch. 'We have created a spider's web of information flow, with a central file server where all information is published.'

Prior to using iSDN Manager, the team relied on the post or couriers to exchange drawings. Other possible methods were discussed including an intranet site. Implementation of iSDN Manager on to this network costs less to deploy and run than other methods of file transfer such as leased lines or modems, says the team. In practice, this means that client BAA, HOK, Cyril Sweett & Partners, construction manager Bovis and the other members can send very large files in seconds with them arriving in minutes.

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