Category: AEC

BE Avanti

Last Friday I attended the spring meeting of members of Constructing Excellence‘s Building and Estates Forum (BE), chaired by the excellent Vaughan Burnand. During the day BE chief executive Don Ward announced that BE was looking to take over the running of the Avanti programme. Avanti’s funding by the DTI has just about run out, …

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Constructware and Autodesk

At AECCadalyst.com, an article, "Digitizing the Paper Trail", helps explain some benefits of using an online collaboration solution – in this case, Constructware. The final section mentions the recent acquisition of Constructware by Autodesk (see previous post) and gives a Constructware customer’s perspective (Debra Kunce, program director at design agency Schmidt Associates): Reflecting on the …

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Autodesk applies to trademark DWG

I’d never considered a file format suffix as something worthy of a trademark, but it seems Autodesk is claiming DWG as a trademark, according to Evan Yares. What next: PDF™, DOC™, XLS™?

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Legal issues: e-tendering

Further to my 7 April post regarding legal advice on extranets, I came across another useful article I missed recently – coincidentally, by Anthony Lee’s Fladgate Fielder colleague Gillian Birkby, but this time in "Building" magazine and covering e-tendering and the RICS e-tendering guidance note (see my 26 November 2005 post): Wired up was published …

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“Plotting Workflow in the AEC industry”

Thanks to my latest CADwire Insights Weekly, I was pointed to a recently published white paper from Cyon Research (free to download) on managing reprographics in construction projects, with a particular focus on a solution from Océ (Océ Repro Desk Professional). It raises some interesting issues for construction project teams, particularly those which have been …

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Extranet use: “anything but widespread”

According to an informal reader survey by US online mag ConstrucTech, while the team concept is alive and well, and web-based collaboration technology has stepped to the fore, use of these solutions is anything but widespread throughout the marketplace: "only 14% are using Web-based collaboration technology on all projects". "The norm in the market is …

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Crystal Report tools

Meridian Systems, one of the leading US providers of construction project management software, has announced that users of its Prolog solution can now use Crystal Reports, the enterprise reporting tool from Business Objects. Meridian’s 7 April release says it has signed an OEM agreement with Business Objects to integrate Crystal Reports XI within the Prolog …

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Interwoven enters US AEC market

Thanks to AECCafe.com, I was alerted to an Interwoven press release announcing an alliance with Data Builder to market a new electronic project control system (Data Builder e-PCS) for the US construction industry (available as both a hosted or managed service). Interwoven is well-known for its enterprise content management solutions, and through its Data Builder …

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Cyril Sweett on BIW (2): Cadweb misleads

I see Cadweb is deliberately misleading visitors to its website again. By carefully editing out any mention of any other firms in its quoted extract from Contract Journal, it would have you believe that consultant Cyril Sweett’s favourite extranet is Cadweb, and that Cadweb is the solution most used at Sweett’s. The edited extract is …

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BIW wins Building award (2)

The Building magazine website now has the full list of winners, plus a photo gallery from last night’s Building Awards ceremony, where you can see BIW CEO Colin Smith with Pat Jennings (middle photo in top row, page 1).

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