I am presenting at two events next week. On Wednesday morning, 21 May 2008, I will be in Knutsford, Cheshire talking about construction collaboration technologies to architects from the northwest group of the Royal Institute of British Architects – part of a Continuous Professional Development (CPD) event organised in conjunction with Constructing Excellence‘s IT Construction Forum (details). The following day, I will be in central Birmingham doing a similar event for the RIBA’s West Midlands group (details). At both events, my fellow speaker will be Rory Vance from CADSmart.
I am looking forward to both events, but have a little trepidation borne out of past seminar experience – architects (along with other designers) can be among the most vocal critics of web-based technologies. This is sometimes not surprising. For a start, many architects find themselves having to use several different collaboration platforms (and so rarely become trully proficient in using any one of them); smaller architectural practices often have less than adequate internet connections for online applications so users can get frustrated about the time taken to upload/download drawings, etc; and architects often complain about the adequacy of online drawing viewing and mark-up tools (see November 2005 post).