Civil engineer facilitates collaboration and cuts cost with Google Cloud Platform

Civil engineering firm Léon Grosse has been a presence in France and its overseas territories since 1881. The firm has more than 2,300 employees and has been involved in the construction of some of France’s most important buildings.

In order to maintain this success within its rapidly evolving sector, Léon Grosse launched a digital transformation strategy in 2016, looking to optimise collaboration among the company’s employees.

With its previous infrastructure, employees across the firm’s more than 30 offices found it difficult to collaborate effectively. Employees could only access centralised servers through a networked workstation, meaning mobile work was restricted, while video conferencing was slow and largely avoided.

After trialling several potential solutions, the company opted for Google Workspace to meet its collaboration needs, with the platform gaining positive feedback from employees in different divisions.

Firstly, employees were transferred to Gmail, Calendar, Drive, Docs, Sheets and Slides, which helped them to begin communicating and collaborating differently. Léon Grosse gathered feedback from employees using satisfaction surveys on Forms.

Calendar enabled the company to keep employees up to date with planned maintenance work, while the firm’s communications team used Sites to update employees on project developments.

The company installed Google Meet hardware in meeting rooms at 30 different locations, enabling quick and easy video calling. This installation was completed within just three months. Léon Grosse Head of IT Infrastructure Franck Melquiot says: "With Google Meet hardware, a call can be made with a few clicks, either in the meeting room, from a workstation, or even on-site from mobile phones."

This vastly improved video-conferencing connected office-based workers to those on building sites, improving communication but also significantly cutting the company’s travel costs by facilitating remote meetings. Meanwhile, two Jamboards support the use of presentations in remote meeting.

Following the migration, Franck Melquiot says: "Thanks to Google Workspace, it’s much easier to source the required knowledge from any department and work on a problem simultaneously. It has improved the collaborative power of our company."

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