Category: AEC

BIM – some background reading

Are all your construction contacts clamouring to switch to BIM (building information modelling)? No. Neither are mine. However, there is certainly growing interest in what BIM might have to offer, and over the last few days I have found myself reading more about it. For example: On AEC Cadalyst, I read a great article by US-based …

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Factors in buying software

In “Why Do You Buy CAD Software? Survey Result (preliminary)“, Roopinder Tara of the CAD Insider blog (and the useful TenLinksDaily newsletter) gives an early indication of the key factors used in assessing CAD software for purchase – based on an online survey (still ongoing at http://www.surveymonkey.com/s.asp?u=891102592287). After over 120 responses, the key factors (listed in …

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CJ Construction Industry Awards 2006

I have just skimmed through a supplement to this week’s UK trade magazine Contract Journal covering its annual awards event. Working in IT, I turned first to the IT Award page. This year’s winner was the BAA T5 project at London Heathrow Airport, rewarded for its 3D single model environment. Shortlisted in the same category …

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Construction Computing Awards 2006

Nominations closed for the Construction Computing Awards (see previous post) on 15 September and voting on the final shortlists has now commenced. UK collaboration vendors are well represented among the finalists: 4Projects and BuildOnline both feature in three categories, as do Sarcophagus (two related to its collaboration system, the other for Etenderer). BIW Technologies features in five …

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Dochosting Data Management

After discovering Dochosting via Contract Journal (see previous post), I have tried to find out more about the company. The Dochosting website is, to say the least, sketchy on details of the company, giving only telephone and fax numbers (not even an email address!); no postal address or contact names either. From the STD code of …

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Contract Journal feature on online collaboration

UK weekly Contract Journal has published a feature on online collaboration, written by Rebecca Froley. This mentions the findings of the NCCTP market research and links to the NCCTP website. Unfortunately, only half the NCCTP members are mentioned by name (no links or reference to two of the UK market’s major players BIW Technologies or Business …

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CIO skepticism

From SaaScon, a US conference on Software-as-a-Service (SaaS), Phil Wainewright has been blogging about CIO Skepticism. The CIOs participating in a conference session were apparently dismissive of some SaaS vendor claims, and judged SaaS propositions in the same way as on-premises propositions. They also dismissed some claims: It’s not any easier to implement and use. Nor should …

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Acrobat 8

The past week has seen Adobe make announcements regarding its new Acrobat functionality: Adobe Drives Next Generation of Electronic Documents with Acrobat 8 Software Adobe Expands Acrobat Family with New Acrobat Connect Product Line Critical reaction in the AEC blogosphere and online world has been quite positive (see, for example, AECnews.com and Cadalyst – see also CADdigest’s review …

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SaaS traction in the AEC industry

Back in June (see post), I discussed some provocative claims (in Randall Newton’s AECnews) from US vendor Newforma about ASP traction in the AEC sector. In a comment at the time, I expressed the hope that US providers would back up my own UK-based experiences. Today (in Autodesk Takes Exception to Newforma’s ‘No ASP Traction …

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Give PIECC a chance

Yesterday I attended a workshop at Loughborough University to discuss Planning and Implementation of Effective Collaboration in Construction, the PIECC (pronounced ‘peace’) project. The event was one of the final deliverables of a two-year, EPSRC-funded project run by Loughborough’s Mark Shelbourn and Dino Bouchlaghem (with industry involvement from Avanti, Arup, Buro Happold, Capita Symonds, Mott …

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