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Oct 05 2017

Opentree integrates with Viewpoint For Projects

BIM is a collaborative process increasingly supported by an ‘ecosystem’ of solutions that can seamlessly exchange information. Opentree provides some ‘glue’ between internal WIP and CDEs. At the Viewpoint EMEA user conference in May 2017, I met some of the people from Teesside, UK-based Opentree and talked about its Cabinet product, which facilitates the publication of information …

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Sep 27 2017

How is disruptive technology changing construction?

Earlier this year, I was asked three questions by Copenhagen, Denmark-based construction technology vendor GenieBelt for a blog post they were planning. Below are my responses, penned at a time when I was thinking about how construction businesses might add value and differentiate themselves with their customers. In what ways do you think disruptive technology …

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Aug 17 2017

Extranet Evolution outage

On 12 August, during a server migration by my website host, a database got corrupted and “Extranet Evolution” disappeared, as did my company site. I was initially unaware of this, due to my attention being focused elsewhere (see below). However, the fault was identified and rectified yesterday. Apologies for any inconvenience. During 2016, my father’s …

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May 19 2016

GamePlan’s aim: ‘lean’ collaboration

GamePlan on iPad

Nothing to do with computer gaming, GamePlan is a US start-up exploring both lean construction and BIM-based collaboration. In devising its product, US-based startup GamePlan (headquartered in Wilmington, Delaware) has consciously tried not to copy existing SaaS construction software providers’ approach to collaboration. While its core platform offers many of the same features, its philosophy has been strongly guided …

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Jul 21 2015

Extranet Evolution glitch: apologies

Apologies to anyone affected by a sudden flurry of apparent new Extranet Evolution blog posts yesterday – they were, in fact, as recipients quickly remarked, reposts of old blog posts. I was doing some extensive blog ‘spring-cleaning’, including dealing with a host of broken links (one of the the consequences of having maintained a blog …

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Jul 17 2015

New look Newforma

Newforma ind-team-enterprise image

Newforma’s transition from on-premise PIM software provider to being also a developer of SaaS and mobile applications looks set to continue. Newforma has been busy reviewing its business, its customers’ and end-users’ needs and the markets in which it operates (I’ve had a couple of conversations with its marketing team along the way), and the …

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Jul 03 2015

BIM: bigger infrastructure muscle

conjectCDE logo

I wrote recently about SaaS construction collaboration technology vendors upgrading their hosting infrastructure, noting how 4Projects, Asite, Aconex and Conject had either already upgraded, or were in the process of upgrading their hosting facilities to keep ahead of the increased usage of their platforms. Implicit in many of the upgrades is an assumption that building information …

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Jun 25 2015

Surveying Project Information Management

At AECbytes, Lachmi Khemlani is working on a research project studying the implementation of project information management (PIM) software in AEC firms, as part of which it is conducting a brief survey to better understand how users are using PIM in their firms. Your response to it would be invaluable in guiding the development of PIM software …

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Feb 03 2015

SaaS social support

4Projects status

Using social media for customer support is commonplace in many global corporations but old-school construction SaaS vendors lag behind new start-ups in its adoption. Use of social media for customer service has been on my mind a bit recently. Last week, I provided some Twitter training to CIOB branch administrators and one of the questions related to …

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Jan 22 2015

Aconex developing BIM plugins

According to the BIMcrunch blog, Australian construction collaboration company Aconex intends to create more building information modelling (BIM) software plug-ins. The full interview with CEO Leigh Jasper will feature on BIMcrunch soon. Having previously released an Autodesk Revit plugin in early 2013, and then launched its Connected BIM capability in October 2014 (made available free in December 2014), the …

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