Category: AEC

Nov 29 2005

Craddy Pitchers and VOSA – BE Collaborative Contract case study

At today’s BE members forum, I was privileged to see a case study, presented by Simon Pitchers of consulting structural engineer Craddy Pitchers and Joanna Davis of client VOSA, relating to their use of the BE Collaborative Contract to manage a series of projects to upgrade VOSA testing stations across the UK. It was an …

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Nov 28 2005

Hochtief to standardise on BuildOnline

In IT Showcase magazine last week, I saw a news item about BuildOnline and German contractor Hochtief. Maybe it’s just an oversight, but the news isn’t on the English www.buildonline.com website (though it can be found on the French and German versions); I located the text on the Lewis PR site. I note the release …

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Nov 26 2005

RICS e-tendering guidance note: a review

Just over two weeks ago (11 November), I spoke to the East Midlands branch of the RICS about e-tendering. This is currently something of a hot topic, following the publication of an RICS guidance note in late October and a small flurry of articles about the guidance in magazines such as QS News (I particularly …

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Nov 24 2005

Be Valuable: The Saxon report

Yesterday, I went to the London launch of the report “Be Valuable”, written by Richard Saxon, and published by Constructing Excellence. It was a fascinating event, not least because it highlighted the all-too-often blinkered or short-termist view of construction commonly applied by construction professionals. Instead, Richard urged us, why not look at how the built …

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Nov 24 2005

IT perils for SMEs (2)

Poor old SMEs! Almost every day they get accusing of lagging behind or being ignorant of some IT issue or other. Yesterday it was back-up and broadband; today, according to Silicon.com, it’s VOIP and convergence. Tweet

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Nov 23 2005

IT perils for SMEs

The UK construction industry is hugely fragmented, with the vast majority of active UK firms classified as small or medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). Even if we ignore the large number of self-employed sole traders, there are still tens of thousands of construction businesses employing just a few people, and according to two news items I’ve read …

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Nov 18 2005

Autodesk ROI research revisited

[Apologies: this is a long-than-usual post] A week after the Construction Computing Show in London, I finally got round to flicking through a copy of Construction Computing magazine that I picked up there. It incorporates an issue of CAD User magazine wherein I saw a now familiar face: Mark Ellis, business manager of Autodesk Collaboration …

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Nov 15 2005

NCCTP Conference, London – impressions

Having been involved in the organisation of today’s NCCTP conference in central London, I am slightly biassed, but I think it was the best event of its kind that I have been to. More than 90 people came to the Radisson Hotel in Portman Square to learn more about construction collaboration technologies (AKA extranets) in …

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Nov 14 2005

Looking forward to the NCCTP Conference tomorrow

The NCCTP‘s first conference, entitled ‘Making collaboration pay’ is being held tomorrow at the SAS Radisson Hotel in Portman Square, central London. We expect around 85 attendees at the event, and it should be a fascinating conference, combining plenary and workshop sessions. There will be speakers from national representative organisations, such as Constructing Excellence and …

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Nov 11 2005

Contract Journal IT survey

Contract Journal reports that ‘Four out of five construction firms plan increased IT spend’, according to a CJ study of 500 people conducted with Causeway Technologies. It gives a fairly positive view of construction’s attitude to IT, with some 79% saying their firms were increasing their IT spend. Process efficiency and compatibility with existing systems …

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