Category Archive: Books

Apr 26 2016

Journal whets Southern African IT appetites

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A new southern African construction IT journal and Africa’s first construction IT summit show there is a growing appetite for new construction tools and techniques in the region. I have written occasionally about construction software vendors’ activities in southern Africa, but a factor in expansion into that region, particularly for Software-as-a-Service vendors, has been internet …

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Dec 12 2014

Behaviours4Collaboration

Adopting BIM is not just about technology and data, it’s also about culture and behaviours. A new group, Behaviours4Collaboration is focusing on this aspect. The longest chapter in my book on construction collaboration technologies was devoted to human aspects of collaboration, underlining a common industry maxim that successful collaboration is only 20% technology and 80% people and …

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Nov 06 2014

e-Business in construction survey

In various ways I have been involved with eBusiness in construction since the late 1990s (I’ve even written chapters of books about construction eBusiness), and the adoption of eBusiness technologies has grown considerably over the past 15 years. But many parts of the industry are still reliant on paper-based processes when it comes to many …

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Apr 16 2013

Collaborative design management – still evolving

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The development of the World-wide web during the 1990s started a technology change across architecture, engineering and construction and facilities management that continues to this day. For an often geographically-dispersed, multi-company project delivery team, the ability to send messages and associated attachments electronically was attractive, but email was not the magic bullet that design teams …

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Jan 12 2009

Five 2009 resolutions

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Reading PR Week magazine last week, I enjoyed a page of the “top five New Year’s resolutions made by the UK’s comms professionals”. Briefly, these were: Survive the credit crunch Embrace the digital age Win an industry award Find a work/life balance Invest more in CSR All pretty laudible, but I think the same five …

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Oct 28 2008

BIM, the project information cloud and an AEC ‘Cluetrain’

Sometimes one’s reading and writing can throw up some fortunate coincidences. Take this morning, for example. Via TenLinksDaily, I followed a link to an AECcafe.com article by Susan Smith: The Road to AEC Project Execution Success. Later, my feed-reader pointed me to a blog posting (and associated PowerPoint presentation) by Stress-Free’s David Harrison: Making digital …

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Sep 19 2008

Relevance – not sheep!

Ever since I first got interested in what we now understand loosely as Web 2.0, I have been looking for ways to make it relevant to my day-to-day job. For example, I started blogging three years ago to create an online presence to expand on the content of my book (flyer); at BIW, I have …

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Aug 13 2008

New lick of paint

It’s nearly three years since I started this blog, so a new design was long overdue. I’ve stuck to the same pallette of colours, but tried to make the design a bit cleaner and easier to read (two columns instead of three, and then fewer items in the side column). I’ve also tidied up some …

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Jul 21 2008

e-Business in Construction

e-Business in Construction

Edited by my friends Professor Chimay Anumba and Dr Kirti Ruikar, e-Business in Construction is a brand new hardback book, just published by Blackwells (available in the US next month and in Australia from September), that seeks to provide definitive guidance for students, researchers and practitioners on the key issues in electronic commerce from a …

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Dec 17 2007

Web conferencing and sustainability

Two-and-a-half years ago, when I was putting the finishing touches to the final chapter of my book manuscript, I sketched out ideas of how web-based conferencing solutions might be used to replace some face-to-face meetings in construction projects. At the time, I focused on the convenience aspect of such ‘net meetings’ and their value alongside …

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