As well as this week’s COMIT/Fiatech two-day conference (post), I am also attending next week’s Year in Infrastructure 2014 conference, 4-6 November in central London, at the invitation of Bentley Systems (readers may have noticed a small ad for the event in my sidebar for the past two months). I was a juror in the BE Inspired Awards last year, and am filling that role again this year, with the award winners being announced on Wednesday evening.
The event provides an opportunity to learn more about how Bentley and its partners’ technologies are helping project teams collaborate, with ProjectWise and building information modelling (BIM) normally prominent. Last year, I also wrote about Bentley’s embrace of Microsoft Azure to extend its software reach further into ‘the cloud’, and about its push to promote another BIM: Better Information Mobility. The conference also plunges me into numerous meetings, media briefings with other journalists and bloggers, and networking sessions, and usually features some industry thought-leaders – this year’s event includes talks from mega-project expert Ed Merrow and a presentation by HS2’s chief engineer and technical director Andrew McNaughton.
[If any Extranet Evolution readers are going to be at the conference next week and want to meet up, please look out for me, or tweet me.]