I wrote a couple of weeks ago (Want to win “Best AEC collaboration application” at the Be2Awards?) about the built environment social media awards, the 2011 Be2Awards, that I am helping organise. Online nominations for the awards closed at the end of last week, and online voting across the 16 categories started on Monday 24 January, attracting over 4,000 visits to the site in the first three days!
As far as this blog is concerned, the main interest is in the best AEC collaboration application shortlist, which comprises eight firms (five UK, two Australian, and one from Finland), all of which have featured in ExtranetEvolution at one time or another:
- Asite: www.asite.com – The nominations say “global solution”, “flexible”, etc and talk about its drag and drop development tool, its mobile application and Navigator (a synchronisation tool). Moreover, Asite “is also committed to engaging with its user-base via its Community website, twitter feeds and Facebook page”.
- Woobius: www.woobius.com – The nominations say “it allows us to transfer information efficiently [while] creating highly reliable and accurate records of who our information has been sent to” and “The team are active users of social tools to explain and assist users and to promote Woobius – see their YouTube Channel, for example”.
- StickyWorld: www.stickyworld.com – The nominations say “it helps people clarify their communications about digital content, using virtual sticky notes placed in context next to or over the content” and “fantastic team, thinkers outside the box, always helpful, and really hope their ventures into education and young people reap rewards”.
- 4Projects: www.4projects.com – The nominations say: “it enables users to take control; manage, standardise, automate and optimise processes, communication and documentation”, and “4Projects have … been active on LinkedIn for a while now and in the summer of 2010 added Twitter and blogging to their arsenal.”
- Aconex: www.aconex.com – The nominations say: “Aconex enables project members to access, distribute, track and archive their data in real time, using one secure, central platform”, and Aconex has adopted web 2.0 best practice, including an Ideas Central feature, Twitter, blogs, YouTube and user forums.
- Incite Keystone: www.incite.com – The nomination says: “Incite Keystone provides solutions designed to reduce project risk and associated costs, whilst increasing efficiency and effectiveness within project teams”, and “Incite Keystone embodies many of the attributes of Web 2.0 … and has also tapped into the power of social media as a tool for engaging with our user base.”
- Howzee: www.howzee.info – The nomination says: Howzee.Info has been used in construction projects as an effective collaboration and communication tool, for re-plumbing, facade renovations and maintenance.
- BIW Technologies: www.biwtech.com – The nomination says ISG found BIW helps “our projects complete on time and on budget, operating with minimised risk along the way. User feedback talks about faster delivery of tender packages, good training and time savings.
Additionally, 4Projects, Howzee, Incite, StickyWorld and Woobius all feature in shortlists for other categories, and Asite is sponsoring the best online community, network or application category. The online voting process will close at midnight GMT on 7 February 2011, with the announcements of winners to be made at the Building Centre in London on the afternoon of Wednesday 9 February, as part of a conference on construction, business and technology called ConstrucTALKs (Register to attend here).
[Incidentally, I have been nominated for an award in the best use of Twitter category – so if you follow me and have found my Tweets useful, please vote. ]