November PR and marketing updates from the construction collaboration vendors

Asite joins Autodesk Develop Network

London-based SaaS construction collaboration technology vendor Asite has joined the Autodesk Developer Network (24 November news release), looking to develop tighter integration between its Asite collaborative BIM (cBIM) and Autodesk’s BIM tools. Apparently:

“through a fully integrated workflow, building and design professionals will be able to share and coordinate models across distributed teams and disparate systems and connect their commercial project data directly to the design.”

Sypro wins healthy Balfour Beatty deal

East Yorkshire NEC contract management software specialist Sypro [disclosure: a client of] has secured a major deal for its SaaS application to be used on all healthcare projects delivered by Balfour Beatty Procure21+ (news release on TheConstructionIndex). Sypro’s platform has been used on 65 Procure21 schemes to date; Balfour Beatty has a significant share of the UK healthcare market, so far securing eleven Procure21+ schemes with a total value of over £140m. Sypro’s Simon Hunt says:

“Working with Balfour Beatty on their new schemes is a fantastic move forward for our system. Sypro has already been identified for use on £400m worth of projects within P21+ and we are engaging with other Principal Supply Chain Partners on the framework.”

MPS and Docia push their combined offering

While on the subject of NEC Contract Management software, pioneer MPS Process is highlighting its partnership with Scandinavian document collaboration vendor Docia (post) ever more prominently. The latest sign is a co-branded six-page newsletter that highlights, the Docia relationship, recent contract wins (with four repetitions of MPS’s assertion it is “the established industry leader”) and MPS’s contribution to last week’s Construction Computing Awards IT Project of the Year (post). Incidentally, I was pleased that the Awards event allowed me chance to finally meet Docia CEO Mads Bording face to face.

Unit4 Collaboration gears up for 2012 customer event

Unit4 Collaboration is joining up with its parent UNIT4’s main UK customer conference on 8 February 2012, positioning its Business Collaborator offerings as part of a range of group business software solutions. Mark Bew of URS Scott Wilson and Thames Water’s Paul Meredith are among the speakers lined up for the event at Birmingham’s ICC, talking on BIM and quality assurance respectively.

Aconex winning European work

Australian construction collaboration technology vendor Aconex has made three November announcements regarding new European projects: its selection by Italian contractor Mangiavacchi PederciniPortugal’s Foz Tua hydroelectric project; and its selection for use on Europe’s largest onshore wind farm, in Romania.

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