Category: AEC

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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Oct 24 2005

Making collaboration work

Catching up on my web-browsing over the weekend, I came across an August 2005 Cadalyst article by Michael Dakan describing lessons learned on implementing collaboration systems on US projects. Some key points: Many of the problems are not technology issues at all, but rather basic people issues and human relations management problems. For … collaboration …

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Oct 24 2005

Busy at Bricsnet

No fewer than three major announcements from Bricsnet last Thursday: Bricsnet Announces New CEO and Management Bricsnet Launches Next Generation Real Estate Lifecycle Management Solution and Bricsnet Announces $10 Million in New Funding. I wonder why they made three apparently significant announcements on the same day? Were they perhaps trying to get a big a …

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