Category: Collaboration

Dec 31 2017

New owners for iSite

A corporate merger between two UK construction businesses mainly engaged in the fit-out sector would not normally grab my attention. However, the pre-Christmas announcement that Styles & Wood is to be combined with interiors firm Southerns Group means a change of ownership for Styles & Wood’s information technology subsidiary, Nottingham-based iSite. Central Square Holdings Ltd (CSHL) …

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Dec 18 2017

Oracle to buy Aconex – reaction

Aconex share price to 18Dec2017

Admiration, apprehension, concern, excitement – SaaS construction collaboration vendors react to Oracle’s pitch to buy Aconex. Market reaction to Oracle’s Aconex acquisition announcement yesterday saw a predictable leap in Aconex’s share price on the Australian Securities Exchange. From Friday’s close of A$5.29, Aconex shares rocketed 44% to close at A$7.63 (just below Oracle’s offer price), …

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Dec 17 2017

Oracle set to buy Aconex

US-based IT giant Oracle has announced it has offered to buy Melbourne, Australia-based Software-as-a-Service construction collaboration technology vendor Aconex, for Au$7.80 (Au$5.96) per share in cash, a deal valuing Aconex at approximately US$1.2 billion (c. Au$1.6bn, £0.9bn or €1.0bn). Project cost control The pre-internet giant has spent billions to compete in the cloud computing era – and this deal …

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Nov 30 2017

Ape Mobile expands internationally

Kevin Reece (APE Mobile)

Australian startup APE Mobile is spreading its wings internationally, looking to grow a US-based sales team and maybe add a London office in the future. At Digital Construction Week in London in October, I met up with several businesses I had previously written about – one was APE Mobile, a Perth, Australia-based company I first …

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Nov 24 2017

Connected Cost – Aconex’s game-changer?

Guy Barlow, Aconex

Guy Barlow, global commercial director for Connected Cost at Aconex, was speaking at the Project Controls Expo in London last week (16 November 2017). I talked to him before his presentation (on the world’s emerging ‘Giga projects’). Just over six months ago, Melbourne, Australia-based SaaS construction collaboration vendor Aconex finally publicly launched its Connected Cost solution, …

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Nov 24 2017

Rhumbix and real-time site data

Rhumbix logo

Rhumbix automates construction workforce timekeeping and reporting at the field level via a mobile app, and provides real-time reporting, benchmarking and analysis to managers. Sometimes being separated by an ocean and continent doesn’t help communication. As a London-based writer, I received a news release about San Francisco, California’s Rhumbix, and reached out for an interview, …

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Nov 03 2017

Total Synergy targets AEC designers

Australia’s Total Synergy provides a SaaS-based practice management toolset aimed at architects, engineers and other small AEC design firms, and is going global. North Sydney, Australia-based Total Synergy has been developing its practice management tools for architects and engineers since 2000. I met founder and CEO Scott Osborne on a recent trip to London, along …

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Nov 02 2017

Steve Spark expands on Viewpoint results

Viewpoint video grab

On 19 October, I interviewed Viewpoint’s Steve Spark about the SaaS vendor’s 2016 results and about prospects for 2017. At Digital Construction Week in London last month, I conducted a short video interview with Steve Spark, commercial director of Viewpoint’s EMEA business. In it, I asked about the company’s recent financial performance – which saw EMEA …

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Oct 31 2017

BRE Databook: a step forward for BIM standards

Activeplan logo

Interoperability of data has been on my mind lately – Bricsys’s advocacy of IFC and the multi-vendor supported .DWG file format was highlighted last week, and yesterday we had the announcement of the merger of the UK BIM Alliance and buildingSMART UK&I. So I was interested to read that the UK’s BRE has launched a free-to-use …

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Oct 30 2017

UK BIM Alliance merges with BuildingSMART UKI chapter

UKBIMAlliance logo

The UK BIM Alliance and the buildingSMART UK & Ireland Chapter have agreed to merge, hopefully opening up BIM conversations to cover wider issues relating to people and process change as well as adherence to technical standards. Today (30 October 2017), Anne Kemp, chair of the UK BIM Alliance, used the opportunity of the buildingSMART …

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