Category: AEC

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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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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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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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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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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Do exhibitions work? (4): no PropIT for 2006

As a postscript to Wednesday’s post, I got a mailshot today from CMP regarding The Building Performance show, this year to be run alongside M&E- The Building Services Event at London’s Olympia on 10-11 October. Despite the involvement of Firecrest’s Mike Sherrard, there is no mention at all of the PropIT show – it seems …

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Harvard conference, March 2006 (again)

With some six weeks to go before the Harvard University OCPM conference on 8 March (see previous post), Burcin Becerik tells me that around 20 people have already registered for the event, and she expects the numbers to grow as March approaches. I will now be attending the event (booked flights and accommodation online today), …

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Rok set on in-house capability

The print version of UK trade magazine Contract Journal has a monthly feature called ‘Company’ life in which CJ offers insights into working life within well-known construction groups. This uses a standard set of questions and includes one on whether the company makes use of project collaboration tools. The company under the spotlight in the …

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Kajima Uses Buzzsaw to Help Win PFI Projects

Been there, done that…. This Autodesk Buzzsaw news release comes some four years after Kajima found BIW was the key to PFI success (subsequently signing a corporate deal).

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NCCTP AEC collaboration market research

As previously mentioned, the UK construction extranet vendors’ association, the NCCTP, is commissioning an independent market research agency, Benchmark Research, to undertake a survey of end-users of its members’ technologies. After attending the kick-off meeting today, I know the research is likely to take place during late Spring 2006, with the results revealed at an …

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