Founded in 1946 by George Psomas, Psomas is an award-winning engineering firm specializing in the land development, water and transportation markets. Psomas provides services to the public and private sector in civil engineering, land surveying, land planning, entitlements, GIS, natural resources and program/construction management. Projects range from large-scale master-planned developments and major highway improvements to water and wastewater treatment plants and innovative water quality and flood control improvements. Today, Psomas is a full-service consulting firm of over 800 employees working out of 20 offices scattered across five Western states and Mexico.
As a high-growth firm, Psomas has always believed in work sharing and collaboration among its existing branch offices and newly opened locations. Work sharing enables Psomas employees to balance workloads and also gives them the competitive advantage of being able to match the right people with the right skills to the right projects -- regardless of location. In order to enhance work sharing and collaboration among its offices and reduce the strain of rolling out new offices, Psomas needed to accelerate the performance of applications over its wide area network (WAN).
With its 20 percent year-over-year growth, Psomas' CIO Chris Pinckney knew that the company needed a fast and efficient solution to reduce the strain on existing network infrastructure that would also enable immediate productivity across new offices. "We knew we had a problem, but we didn't know there was such a great solution out there until we ran across Riverbed at a conference."
After considering bandwidth upgrades and point products, Psomas chose Riverbed based on the impressive test results. Psomas regularly uses 300-500 MB Auto-CAD and Bentley Microstation CAD files, and must share those among offices as well as remote and mobile workers. Transferring large files (such as 325MB files, which are common for Psomas) was once impractical for the company, because the file transfer would take hours. With Riverbed, these large file transfers now take only 14 minutes on the first pass, and edited versions of these large files can now be downloaded by remote staff in a matter of seconds -- the same amount of time that it takes Psomas' employees to access the file on a local area network (LAN).