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2012 Construction Commitments: Olympics projects should exploit collaboration technologies

Construction collaboration technologies should be exploited during the delivery of projects for the 2012 London Olympics Games, says an influential task group of the UK’s Strategic Forum for Construction in its 2012 Construction Commitments (available here; see also the press release). I was recently appointed to the steering group of Constructing Excellence’s Building and Estates …

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Aberdeen Group PLM collaboration report

I am sure construction collaboration technology providers can be encouraged by, among others, the experiences of product lifecycle management technology users. Research undertaken by the Aberdeen Group, reported in this AECnewsroom.com article, suggests several best practices – organizational structures, processes, and technologies – that differentiate best in class companies and deliver competitive advantage. According to …

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Collaborate to avoid disputes, says BuildOnline

According to a 5 July news item on BuildingTalk, "18 per cent of projects result in serious disputes, which can delay projects and destroy client/contractor relations." This is apparently the conclusion of research from BuildOnline. "Poor document management is to blame for creating major lags, with employees wasting over two hours per week searching for …

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Taywood profiled in CJ

The latest Contract Journal monthly profile of a well-known construction group looks at Taylor Woodrow Construction. The question about project collaboration tools reveals, unsurprisingly, that it tends to use 4Projects: "The company was quick off the mark and one of the first to incorporate the use of project collaboration tools. In our experience, web-hosted extranets, …

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CAD drawings in your browser – no viewer

At AECnews.com, Randall Newton discusses a new experimental offering from Autodesk Labs (this is Autodesk’s own version of the ground-breaking Google Labs – the technology playground home of, among other things, web-based spreadsheets – see my post). Randall talks about Project Freewheel, which allows users to view DWF versions of CAD drawings in a web-browser …

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BuildOnline launches programme management ‘heatmap’ solution

BuildOnline has launched what it claims is "the first ‘heatmap-based’ programme management system". Project managers get a real-time ‘pressure gauge’ to monitor progress across their projects. The system was developed in partnership with BNP Paribas, and is described as an "enterprise-class programme management system … targeted at project managers of mission-critical projects, such as the …

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Business Collaborator highlights Harvard OCPM research

Business Collaborator‘s latest press release, entitled Harvard Report Shows UK Leads Way in Benefiting from Online Collaboration, gives a vendor-specific viewpoint on the research undertaken at Harvard University into online collaboration and project management (OCPM) technology (see my previous posts, eg: this one, and the most recent one). BC claims the research found "UK companies …

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BIM nice but DIM

Lachmi Khemlani’s latest AECbytes newsletter talks about a new abbreviation. A presentation on building information modelling (BIM) at a recent American Institute of Architects conference derogatorily referred to current BIM solutions (eg: Revit, ArchiCAD) as DIM solutions – Drawing Information Modelling. "Their rationale was that these products are being used primarily by architects for drawing …

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Constructing Excellence

Asite‘s Nathan Doughty attended the Constructing Excellence Building and Estates Forum meeting in Reading on Tuesday (I normally attend these events, but couldn’t go as my wife is in Italy, leaving me to take/collect kids from school, etc). He apparently found it an interesting day, but gave no news on the Avanti project, which was …

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Deltek in UK (2)

Last month I wondered why Deltek took an exhibition stand at the IT Construction Forum’s annual conference. Business Collaborator‘s Tim Blower told me yesterday that this move probably followed Deltek’s acquisition of Welcom, whose applications include a project collaboration solution, Welcom Home; he also mentioned that Welcom’s (now Deltek’s) Open Plan software was being used …

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