Category: AEC

May 09 2006

ITCF 2006 conference

As members of the event’s headline sponsor, the NCCTP, BIW Technologies (along with 4Projects, Asite, Business Collaborator and Sarcophagus) will be exhibiting at the IT Construction Forum’s 2006 annual conference at the Oval in London on 24 May. Representatives of the same NCCTP members will also be participating in an afternoon stream session focused on …

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May 08 2006

WSP “driven by what our clients want”

The latest "Contract Journal" company profile (see Cyril Sweett on BIW in late March and Rok set on in-house capability in January) features consultancy business WSP. On the project collaboration tools question, Andy Scott, global IT director says: "… Internally, we have IBM TeamWorkplace and Microsoft Sharepoint. Externally, we’re driven by what our clients want …

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May 08 2006

Ajax and CAD

A few months ago, I posted about Ajax (Extranets to embrace Ajax?, 2 December 2005 – Ajax stands for ‘Asynchronous JavaScript and XML’, by the way), wondering if it might form part of the interfaces of construction collaboration solutions. Last week, courtesy of AECnews.com, I read an article, Ajax comes to CAD, which describes an …

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May 04 2006

CRM: Hosted vs packaged

A Silicon.com article weighs up the pros and cons of hosted applications by reference to the CRM market. I am encouraged by its talk of "greater acceptance of applications hosting as companies warm to outsourcing" – if this is happening in the CRM arena, particularly among small or medium-sized businesses, then companies may also warm …

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May 02 2006

BE Avanti

Last Friday I attended the spring meeting of members of Constructing Excellence‘s Building and Estates Forum (BE), chaired by the excellent Vaughan Burnand. During the day BE chief executive Don Ward announced that BE was looking to take over the running of the Avanti programme. Avanti’s funding by the DTI has just about run out, …

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May 02 2006

Constructware and Autodesk

At AECCadalyst.com, an article, "Digitizing the Paper Trail", helps explain some benefits of using an online collaboration solution – in this case, Constructware. The final section mentions the recent acquisition of Constructware by Autodesk (see previous post) and gives a Constructware customer’s perspective (Debra Kunce, program director at design agency Schmidt Associates): Reflecting on the …

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Apr 26 2006

Autodesk applies to trademark DWG

I’d never considered a file format suffix as something worthy of a trademark, but it seems Autodesk is claiming DWG as a trademark, according to Evan Yares. What next: PDF™, DOC™, XLS™?

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Apr 25 2006

Legal issues: e-tendering

Further to my 7 April post regarding legal advice on extranets, I came across another useful article I missed recently – coincidentally, by Anthony Lee’s Fladgate Fielder colleague Gillian Birkby, but this time in "Building" magazine and covering e-tendering and the RICS e-tendering guidance note (see my 26 November 2005 post): Wired up was published …

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Apr 24 2006

“Plotting Workflow in the AEC industry”

Thanks to my latest CADwire Insights Weekly, I was pointed to a recently published white paper from Cyon Research (free to download) on managing reprographics in construction projects, with a particular focus on a solution from Océ (Océ Repro Desk Professional). It raises some interesting issues for construction project teams, particularly those which have been …

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Apr 18 2006

Extranet use: “anything but widespread”

According to an informal reader survey by US online mag ConstrucTech, while the team concept is alive and well, and web-based collaboration technology has stepped to the fore, use of these solutions is anything but widespread throughout the marketplace: "only 14% are using Web-based collaboration technology on all projects". "The norm in the market is …

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