In a world driven by innovation efficiency, the remarkable journey of Cihan Ozdemir stands as an inspiring example of the outstanding results that can be achieved. As the CEO & Project Manager of DynaDome Retractable Enclosures, based in Indiana, USA, Cihan embodies the essence of competence and continuous learning. In this insightful interview, we have the privilege of exploring Cihan’s captivating success story, where the synergy between these two pivotal elements has not only transformed his business operations but has also revolutionized the way DynaDome operates. Join us as we dive deep into the Client’s Success Story, discovering why competence and continuous improvement are the secrets behind DynaDome’s endless possibilities.
1. Can you introduce yourself to our audience?
My name is Cihan. Last name – Özdemir. DynaDome is a family-based company in Indiana, USA. We design, manufacture, deliver, and install retractable aluminum structures that go over indoor-outdoor spaces, swimming pools, and rooftops on restaurants. One day we’ll do some stadiums. We have a vision. We’re a small company, but we appear as though we’re larger than we are with the types of deliverables that we’re able to produce in the time we’re able to do it and the efficiency in the manner we do it. I have a background in engineering. We’ve been doing this since 1985 and brought on Integrated BIM almost six years ago and have been wildly successful since COVID. Honestly, after COVID, had a little bump in the road for most people. But it’s been very successful ever since.
2. How long has DynaDome been working with Integrated BIM?
This past spring is going on six years. And a lot of the working relationship has been pretty collaborative. And the six years when it started, I’m pretty sure I knew that it was going to be a long-term relationship there.
3. What were the main problems in DynaDome organization before Integrated BIM that struggled you the most?
A lot of what we were trying to do was obviously improve our efficiencies within our manufacturing, and so we were doing a lot of things in-house. And if you’re not the master of your trade, you’re trying your best to get it done and out to the floor. But, manual and human errors are inevitable. We tried to find a way to minimize that as much as possible while getting someone who is an expert in that field to help us basically become scalable.
So as DynaDome continues to grow, we couldn’t continue it the same way we were doing things, and Integrated BIM has absolutely put us in another, I don’t know, say atmosphere, but certainly a different space to where we can comfortably scale with confidence out on the floor.
4. Have you tried any other solutions before?
Probably a few years prior, we tried using SolidWorks as a way of designing and developing our products, but because of the way SolidWorks works, we have several parts within our system that just didn’t fit our needs, and it was very cumbersome on the software and the organization of it just didn’t. It just didn’t fit.
So once we got into Integrated BIM and “interviewed” Hasan and understood the advantages of adapting BIM to manufacturing, the idea sounded great, as they always do in a marketing kind of a pitch, but certainly came through. And I mean, it’s really done probably more than I expected.
5. What were the results of the collaboration with Integrated BIM?
Honestly, time is the biggest thing, right? I can give a project directly to Integrated BIM and not have to worry about the results coming back to me, having any errors, or missing anything because there’s certainly a setup that goes along with it. But that collaboration, the interest in knowing every step and phase of the manufacturing process has essentially just created results that within a week we get a full bill of materials (BOMs), sheets that allow my production supervisors to hand off tasks to several different people out on the floor. And they know exactly what they need to do. Quantities, cut lengths, and angles without any guesswork.
And if you would have asked me to do something like that within our offices, we would have never gotten here. At least that’s my strong belief that Integrated BIM has certainly put us in a space where competence is key. You know, you give a sheet set to the production floor, and if they’re taking that in with confidence, the questions that come back to the office all of a sudden disappear, and your time in the office is now free to do other things right. The other tasks that you’ve always wanted to do on your whiteboard.
6. What specific tasks Integrated BIM has been handling for DynaDome?
Prior to that, any of our projects, go through three phases. So an initial concept phase as our customers begin speaking or working with us, Integrated BIM using Revit or the other tools within BIM produces a set of architectural plans and renderings that essentially become a sales tool to the customer. And when that customer decides to move forward, the work that was done in the renderings has already put us a couple of steps forward in producing the structural drawings that we use for engineering. The engineering plans, then go to our structural engineers for evaluation that allows them to get permits. And then again, we go and utilize that same filing system or that same work that was done in those first two phases to finally develop all those fab drawings, all the shop drawings. And that again, saves so much time.
Whereas our process before was SketchUp or, just different tools. If the customer moves forward, that work that was done stops there. You have to restart with the other tools, whether it is AutoCAD, 2D, or whatever. One builds on the other and builds on the other, and that also eliminates errors. Because you’re using the same tools or the same developed designs that the customer had approved initially. It’s great.
7. What made you choose Integrated BIM’s services over anything else?
When I look to do, you know, this type of interviewing where you’re looking for services, I look for the person first. Someone I can work with, someone that’s easy, that will listen and vice versa and understand. Listening is a key component to helping each other because at some point you realize everyone has the skill set essentially, but also to be able to listen, build upon it, want to learn more, and be dedicated. Not everyone should be available 24/7, and I certainly wouldn’t ask that. But Integrated BIM ended up being that way and I don’t believe it’s anything other than the partnership that we’ve managed to create over the years.
Cihan’s story is a testament to the power of partnership and innovation. His journey with Integrated BIM showcases the remarkable transformations that can be achieved when professionals unite their expertise. If you’re seeking a game-changing solution to enhance efficiency, reduce errors, and supercharge your processes, it’s time to consider our BIM consulting services.
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