Category: Collaboration

BricsCad Vista v. Microsoft Vista

Best known for its CAD solutions, Belgium-based BricsCad also has BricsCad Vista, which it describes as: "the first professional Internet based communication, collaboration and project management platform allowing unlimited use for a yearly flat fee, encouraging organizations to open up Vista’s powerful feature set to all projects and all people involved – in the company …

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EC Harris stays with Citadon

Citadon has announced that EC Harris has signed a new contract to use Citadon Collaboration Workspace (CW) to drive collaboration on up to 50 new construction projects throughout Europe, the Middle East and Asia. It’s not a major development. The deal continues a relationship between the businesses dating back to 2000 when EC Harris was …

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Charging crisis (2)

In my initial Charging crisis post I wondered about the ‘elephant hunter’ sales person analogy. BIW CEO Colin Smith has filled in a gap in my knowledge. In IT businesses, apparently, sales personnel were advised to nurture three different types of account: ‘rabbits’ that could be converted into frequent, small sales; ‘deer’ that would yield …

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The IPCRES File

No, it’s not a misprint. IPCRES is the strange name given to a group of UK businesses, describing themselves as "the industry-leading Project Management & Property IT Solution Providers". One of the group is extranet provider Cadweb; the others are ICON (design standards software), EPC Integration (project management) and The FM Company (facilities management). I …

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Social aspects of collaboration

As a sociologist (OK, my doctorate was in criminology, but I had to do all the sociological stuff first) now working in the construction industry, I have long been interested in team dynamics – an interest stimulated still further by the challenge of incorporating technology into the mix. Thanks to the guys at Cutting Through …

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Differentiation by extranet

I have written so much over the past year or so that I sometimes forget what’s been published. While browsing the legal sector blog, Knowledgeline, I found a post about how extranets can help legal firms differentiate themselves from their competitors. This reminded that I wrote an article (September 2004) on a similar topic for …

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ProjectNet: old technology?

A bit late in the day, I know, but I just came across an article by Susan Smith in US online publication AECweekly dated 25 July 2005. Entitled "Where Integration and Customization are Key", the piece is built around an interview with Chris French, senior product manager at Citadon. If I were a customer or …

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Moaning architects? (2)

Further to yesterday’s post, I received a more detailed response from Erik Winterkorn at the CICA. He writes: "First, it seems that contractors and clients still request paper copies of documents for distribution purposes. Arrangements can be made for all project printing to be done through a bureau and perhaps paid for directly by the …

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Moaning architects?

I received the latest Construction Industry Computing Association newsletter today. Apart from its publicity for my book, I was struck by a comment from its Major Architects IT Group, which apparently discussed: "The false impression that extranets reduce the amount of architects’ printing and the growing awareness of the true costs associated with using different …

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Asite books more losses

Among the regular email bulletins I receive is one from UK industry weekly Construction News. Today’s includes the above Asite headline, alerting us to the publication of the extranet provider’s latest interim results, for the six months to 30 June 2005. Predictably, CN highlighted the losses, reported by Asite as follows: "The Group’s operating loss …

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