Coffman Engineers empowers its workforce with Surface Pro 3

Sean Dudley
Sean Dudley
By Sean Dudley on 05 August 2015
Coffman Engineers empowers its workforce with Surface Pro 3

Coffman Engineers, a multidiscipline consulting engineering firm with offices across the US, has deployed the Surface Pro 3 across its workforce.

The team at Coffman Engineers wanted a device that would enable staff, from leadership to marketers and the engineers themselves, to carry out work and manipulate files out in the field.

Thanks to its full operating system and ability to run essential programs such as Bluebeam and SolidWorks, Coffman Engineers selected Surface Pro 3.

“We have engineers running some pretty intensive programs and they didn’t believe me at first that Surface Pro 3 could run what they needed,” said Wes Peper, corporate IT manager at Coffman Engineers. “But now they love this thing. There is nothing like Surface Pro 3 on the market.”

With Surface Pro 3, engineers can view, access and change files while on the go. This  helps save both time and money.

“We tested a number of devices over several years to fit our various work environments, and found other devices were too slow, small and clunky,” said Peper. “They couldn’t handle the massive files our engineers work with or give us the ability to manipulate those files in real time. With Surface Pro 3, we can take notes, adjust displays and actually do 3D modeling and heavy calculations with programs like Bluebeam and SolidWorks whether we’re onsite with a customer or in the office. Once we experienced Surface Pro 3, it was an easy choice.”

Coffman Engineers needed to solve two distinct problems related to their laptops when it came to in-office work.

The company needed to easily connect multiple monitors. This has been resolved using the Surface Pro 3 Docking Station, which helps convert Surface Pro 3 into a full desktop replacement.

Coffman Engineers also needed to increase information sharing among its teams and office, as the company’s marketing team previously struggled to share paper notes from client meetings.

“The Surface Pro 3 and OneNote have changed how we communicate across our offices,” said Skip Bourgeois, vice president of Marketing at Coffman Engineers. “They make life easier and more efficient with Surface Pen’s double-click feature that opens a fresh OneNote and ability to save notes to the cloud instantly.”

“This is particularly exciting to me as it really shows the value of Surface Pro 3 and its ability to adapt to whatever environment you need, even when what you need is something that’s powerful enough to run computer-aided design software and portable enough to easily carry with you on the road,” added Microsoft Surface’s Matt Chapman. “This is core to what Coffman Engineers was looking for, and what they found in Surface Pro 3.”

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