Category: AEC

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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IT perils for SMEs (2)

Poor old SMEs! Almost every day they get accusing of lagging behind or being ignorant of some IT issue or other. Yesterday it was back-up and broadband; today, according to Silicon.com, it’s VOIP and convergence.

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IT perils for SMEs

The UK construction industry is hugely fragmented, with the vast majority of active UK firms classified as small or medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). Even if we ignore the large number of self-employed sole traders, there are still tens of thousands of construction businesses employing just a few people, and according to two news items I’ve read …

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Autodesk ROI research revisited

[Apologies: this is a long-than-usual post] A week after the Construction Computing Show in London, I finally got round to flicking through a copy of Construction Computing magazine that I picked up there. It incorporates an issue of CAD User magazine wherein I saw a now familiar face: Mark Ellis, business manager of Autodesk Collaboration …

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NCCTP Conference, London – impressions

Having been involved in the organisation of today’s NCCTP conference in central London, I am slightly biassed, but I think it was the best event of its kind that I have been to. More than 90 people came to the Radisson Hotel in Portman Square to learn more about construction collaboration technologies (AKA extranets) in …

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Looking forward to the NCCTP Conference tomorrow

The NCCTP’s first conference, entitled ‘Making collaboration pay’ is being held tomorrow at the SAS Radisson Hotel in Portman Square, central London. We expect around 85 attendees at the event, and it should be a fascinating conference, combining plenary and workshop sessions. There will be speakers from national representative organisations, such as Constructing Excellence and …

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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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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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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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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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