Category: AEC

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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Nov 09 2005

Construction Computing Show, first day

Met lots of familiar faces during the first day of the Construction Computing Show at the Barbican in London – not least because BIW is sharing a stand with its fellow NCCTP members. Gave a lunchtime seminar presentation with Duncan Mactear of 4Projects which seemed to go well. Pushed the NCCTP conference a bit – …

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Nov 07 2005

Mangofile

Ever heard of Mangofile? I hadn’t – until I followed this IT Showcase link. Apparently, Mangofile is a virtual filing cabinet solution which, when combined with a PC and scanner, can remove all the piles of paper you might have scattered around your office. One of the case studies is from UK AEC business Carillion. …

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Nov 07 2005

Buildingtalk.com

I like the weekly news service from Buildingtalk.com. It’s full of the nitty-gritty of routine UK construction industry PR, with lots of press releases about products and a few about software – most of which are published free – an invaluable service to hard-pressed PR and marketing people. I recently used it to post a …

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Nov 01 2005

Business Link guide to extranets

When I worked (late 1990s) as a consultant for the Greenwich Enterprise Board, I sometimes referred to online guides for small to medium sized businesses (SMEs) on various marketing and web-related matters. This morning I found Business Link pages ‘What is an extranet?’, ‘Benefits of an extranet’ and ‘Planning for an extranet’. Pretty simplistic stuff, …

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Oct 31 2005

Any niche AEC search engines?

A Financial Times article describes how, while Google, Yahoo and others try to dominate mass-market search, smaller competitors are targeting niches that the big boys are ignoring. It gives two examples: Convera’s Excalibur is a white-label vertical search product aimed initially at media and publishing, health and life sciences and financial services; and Healthline, a …

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Oct 31 2005

What is ‘real-time’ collaboration?

Browsing AEC Cafe‘s AEC Weekly, I was intrigued by an announcement (also reported by Yahoo here) that Canadian software company CMiC was "taking real-time collaboration to the next level with the introduction of CMiC IO, a revolutionary technology that enables businesses to collaborate both internally and with outside partners …". Wow! I thought – my …

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Oct 30 2005

Honour for Graphisoft

The BIW Technologies office building in Woking also houses the UK office for Graphisoft, and last month we had a social event to ‘meet the neighbours’ (who also include a law firm, Mackrell Taylor Garrett). Given our shared interests in software and the construction industry, there were clearly lots of common interests between us and …

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