Category Archive: Collaboration

Sep 27 2016

Finalcad raises €20m Series B funding

Jimmy Louchart

Showing once again that there is a lot of investor interest in mobile-oriented construction collaboration platforms, Paris-based Finalcad has announced that is has secured €20m (US$22.4m or £17.25m) Series B funding to help finance its international development ambitions. FinalCad was established in France in 2011 and started to grew domestically following adoption by several major clients, …

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Sep 27 2016

think project! targets Spain in JV with ProjectCenter

Munich, Germany-based SaaS construction collaboration technology vendor think project! has established a joint venture with Madrid-based ProjectCenter to target customers in Spain, Portugal and Latin America. According to a think project! news release, it will hold a majority stake in think project! Iberia. ProjectCenter back story As previously described (March 2013 post), ProjectCenter started life in …

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Sep 26 2016

BuildBinder CIMS

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Watching the US Software-as-a-Service construction collaboration space, I recently discovered another startup – San Francisco, California-based BuildBinder – targeting the construction project management sector. (Despite the similarity of names, I don’t think it has any connection to another Californian business, close-out documentation specialist Combinder, which I covered in April 2016; I have also written a few …

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Sep 19 2016

Atmotube: air pollution monitor

Atmotube puts air pollution monitoring in your hands, and enables users to share readings in real-time and via social media. Earlier this year, I participated in a COMIT community day workshop which asked us to think about ways in which air quality might be monitored for construction workers in tunnels. As a cyclist and someone employed at …

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Sep 16 2016

Geniebelt raises €2m funding

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TechCrunch reports that Copenhagen, Denmark-based construction Software-as-a-Service vendor GenieBelt has secured €2 million in new investment to ramp up marketing for its platform. TechCrunch says the round was led by Danish Solar A/S, a publicly listed European sourcing and services company operating within the electrical, heating and plumbing, and ventilation technology sectors. GenieBelt chairman Klaus Nyengaard, formerly CEO of …

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Sep 12 2016

Conject deal boosts Aconex revenue growth

Last month (23 August), Australia-based Software-as-a-Service construction collaboration software vendor Aconex announced its financial results for the year to 30 June 2016, revealing underlying organic revenue growth of 31%, with the acquisition of Conject (completed on 31 March 2016) boosting total revenue growth to 50%. Total Aconex revenue was Au$123.4 million (c. US$93.3m, £70.1m, €82.8m), compared with …

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Sep 05 2016

Newforma gets connected

Jim Forester (Newforma)

Silos (both company and IT) have long inhibited collaboration in construction. Newforma’s ‘Connector’ strategy seeks to break them down. I recently wrote (16 August: Newforma now playing cloud catch-up?) about Newforma’s Cloud Services initiative, which has seen the vendor expand its extranet-type capabilities, complementing its original core on-premise, behind-the-firewall application. I spoke last Thursday to Newforma CEO …

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Aug 18 2016

COMIT: “Digitally building Britain”

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I have been involved with the UK-based construction technology membership organisation COMIT (Construction Opportunities for Mobile IT) for some years, and as mobile hardware and software become ever more important in the planning, design, construction, commissioning, handover and future operation and maintenance of built assets, so it has seen growing interest from its two main …

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Aug 17 2016

BIM Assure: cloud-based model checking

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In the upFront.Zine, Ralph Grabowski has a great article about a cloud-based BIM checking service, BIM Assure. The feature was written with Marty Chobot, VP of marketing at the system’s developer, a startup called Invicara with offices in Michigan in the US, India and Singapore. The application was also reviewed recently by Lachmi Khemlani in AECbytes. I won’t steal the …

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Aug 16 2016

Newforma now playing cloud catch-up?

It’s over 10 years since my first posts about US-based construction provider Newforma, and during the intervening decade the company has executed a gradual, but now almost complete, about-turn. In June 2006, Newforma was dismissive of cloud-based applications: senior executives described project extranets as “digital landfills” and insisted that we now call Software-as-a-Service had no traction in …

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