Category: AEC

Dec 13 2005

Buzzsaw: second-most widely used ASP?

At AECnews.com, Randall Newton offers a Reporter’s Notebook: A Day at the Virtual Builders Roundtable, a US event organised by practitioners for practitioners. From his notes, two items stood out to me. First: "The general consensus regarding FTP (File Transfer Protocol) as a tool for collaboration seems to be, if you still have FTP hanging …

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Dec 13 2005

Goodbye Ramesys, hello RedSky IT

One of the most well-known names in UK construction IT, Ramesys, is going to disappear. To be more accurate, it will be renamed: the construction arm of the business (along with its retail and hospitality interests) will be rebranded as RedSky IT. This follows a management buy-out of the educational software arm, which will retain …

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Dec 07 2005

US collaboration market share data (2)

Since my 5 December post about US market share data, Wes Smith of AECondemand has asked: "Are there any stats here on actual number of users across the leading offerings?" Assuming Wes means US stats, I cannot recall finding many (Citadon claims a ballpark-sounding 60,000 users, e-builder says it’s got 20,000 users, while there were …

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Dec 05 2005

Hochtief to standardise on BuildOnline (2)

Since my previous post, I note that BuildOnline has now posted the news release on its English website, still with the brash claim by Mark Suster that BO pioneered the on-demand business model. Tweet

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Dec 05 2005

Crest Nicholson wins regeneration awards

With this week’s Building magazine comes the Regenerate supplement announcing the winners of the 2005 Regeneration Awards. I was pleased to see Crest Nicholson emerging victorious in three categories: Regeneration Housebuilder of the Year, Regeneration Developer of the Year, and Regeneration Partnership of the Year. Prominent in the citations was the Park Central project in …

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Dec 01 2005

Why do insurers overlook the advantages of extranets?

Reading Silicon.com today, I was struck by a leader article: Insurers must account for disaster recovery, which argues that insurers fail to reward those businesses which take a responsible attitude to data back-up and security. Apparently, when it comes to insuring businesses with multimillion-pound liabilities, insurers often pay little or no regard to where and …

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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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