Category: AEC

Mar 10 2006

Harvard conference, March 2006 (4)

It’s been a fascinating day here in Boston. The Harvard Graduate School of Design hosted a conference which brought together well over 100 people from all over north America (plus a handful from the UK) to discuss its research and the implications for the US construction industry. Burcin Becerik summarised some of the key findings …

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Mar 09 2006

Harvard conference, March 2006 (3)

I have just returned from the opening reception and dinner of the Harvard conference on construction collaboration technologies. I encountered some familiar faces (from the UK: Tim Blower from Business Collaborator and his client Marek Suchocki from Atkins/Bank of Scotland; from the US: Burcin Becerik and Spiro Pollalis of Harvard Graduate School of Design), and …

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Mar 04 2006

Email used to issue 65% of CAD information

According to a survey of UK CAD managers undertaken by Evolve Consultancy‘s Nigel Davies (reported at EatYourCAD.com; PDF available here): "Email continues to be the most popular form of issuing digital information at 65.5%. The decrease is due to the resurgence in popularity of project extranets which are now the primary issue format of 13.8% …

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Mar 03 2006

BIW up for Building award

While talking about Building magazine (see previous post), I was delighted to discover that the company I work for, BIW Technologies, has been shortlisted once again in the Entrepreneur of the Year category of the 2006 Building Awards (read the BIW news release). The results will be announced on 4 April at a black-tie dinner …

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Mar 03 2006

Building blogs

Building magazine, the glossy weekly bible for the UK construction industry, has a feature this week on blogging (I would link to the feature but it doesn’t currently appear on Building‘s website and you’d probably have to register to see it any way). In addition to Building’s own bloggers, it includes links to what it …

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Feb 24 2006

Long overdue CICA changes

For a couple of years, I have been growing concerned about the apparent decline of the UK’s Construction Industry Computing Association (CICA). BIW Technologies is a member of CICA, and as head of corporate communications, I have been responsible for managing our relationship with the association. It now appears that the CICA is undergoing yet …

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Feb 20 2006

The perils of vendor questionnaires

The NCCTP recently considered a questionnaire produced by the DTI-funded Avanti project (the questionnaire itself was apparently based on similar ones issued by a couple of major UK contractors as invitations to tender, ITTs) to get basic information about UK extranet vendors, their hosting, and system functionality. One outcome would be the publication of this …

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Feb 15 2006

Autodesk, Asite and Aconex PR push

It seems hardly a month goes by without Autodesk adding another press release to its Buzzsaw UK/Ireland news page. The latest talks about a PFI schools project in Exeter with Mowlem, and comes hot on the tail of an almost-monthly series of news stories about PRP, Broadway Malyan, Waterman Group, Kajima and an Irish motorway …

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Feb 13 2006

Collaboration consolidation (contd)

Perhaps a factor in Autodesk’s decision to acquire Constructware (see previous post) was Carl Bass, set to take over from Carol Bartz at CEO of Autodesk in May. Bass was previously COO at Buzzsaw so will have some detailed first-hand knowledge of the US collaboration market, and will have been aware of the relative strengths …

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Feb 08 2006

Collaboration consolidation in US: Autodesk to acquire Constructware

At this morning’s NCCTP marketing meeting, Nathan Doughty (Asite/Free Collaboration) and I talked about today’s news regarding Autodesk’s $46m acquisition of US on-demand extranet provider Constructware (see news release; something also picked up by AEC bloggers Ralph Grabowski and Randall Newton). Since the merger-mania of the post-dot.com bust era, this is perhaps the first major …

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