Category: Digital transformation

Lessons from the NBS summit – BIM: the client is key

Integrate you bastards!

The NBS Construction Leaders Summit suggested that new impetus is needed to drive digital adoption forward, with clients identified as key agents to push industry change. Recently (14 October 2020), I supported the second day of the NBS Construction Leadership Summit (post).* This online event was organised by the Newcastle, UK-based provider of specification information …

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Visio Impulse: computer vision for construction

Visio Impulse logo

London-based Visio Impulse is applying computer vision techniques to help clients and project teams rapidly get insights from site imagery. Incorporated by Farhad Bazyari in London in June 2017 and launched in February 2018, Visio Impulse applies computer vision techniques to monitor construction and engineering projects. A graduate of Sheffield University, Bazyari completed a PhD …

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Bentley Systems acquires PCSG

Mark Bew

Bentley Systems’ Year In Infrastructure 2020 has started with news of an acquisition: PCSG, the UK-based consultancy chaired by former UK BIM Task Group head Mark Bew, has been bought by Bentley Systems. The Cohesive Companies, a digital integrator investment of the Acceleration Fund of Bentley Systems has acquired UK-based Professional Construction Strategies Group (PCSG) …

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Prin-D: a CDE for CDM

Prin-D graphic

Prin-D targets firms acting as Principal Designer under the UK’s Construction Design and Management (CDM) health and safety regulations. Via a blog post by Imanuel Steele on the IET website (Tackling record-keeping challenges in the construction industry with technology), I learned about Prin-D, a Manchester, UK-based startup established in 2017 that has developed a ‘CDM2015 …

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Plan early with Plannerly

Plannerly Verify Module

The California-based Plannerly SaaS platform provides a ‘virtual BIM expert’ to help teams create and deliver leaner, smarter BIM processes and outcomes. While based in California, BIM management SaaS software provider Plannerly has some strong UK connections, having been started by some of the ex-Graphisoft people who founded Vico Software in Woking, Surrey in the …

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AECTechTV reaches milestone

AECTechTV 102 subscribers

AECTech TV, the video contech news magazine launched by “Extranet Evolution” and “AEC Business” on 4 September 2020, now has over 100 YouTube subscribers. They are modest milestones and it’s very early days, but AECTech TV, the video contech news magazine announced in late August (Covering the contech space: AECTech.TV) and launched on 4 September …

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Making data standards more discoverable

RED Foundation report data standards visualisation

Finding the right information in the right format at the right time heightens the need for data standards, says a recent report from the UK’s RED Foundation. With the explosion in creation of data and the resulting challenges this poses for finding the right information in the right format at the right time, two recent …

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UK publishes National Data Strategy

National Data Strategy

The UK Government’s National Data Strategy underlines the needs to improve data interoperability and to develop agreed standards if we want more effective use of data across the built environment The UK Government has launched a National Data Strategy and has set out actions it will take to support the use of data in the …

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AEC Tech TV goes live

Aarni Heiskanen

The first episode of AEC Tech TV went live on 3 September 2020. The construction technology video magazine show is co-presented by Extranet Evolution editor Paul Wilkinson and Aarni Heiskanen of Finland-based AEC Business (see Covering the contech space: AECTech.TV). AEC Tech TV episode 1 Topics covered in the first show included contributions from Europe, …

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Norway’s Fonn attracts $3m, targets UK and US

Fonn devices

Fonn, a Norwegian sofware startup raises $3m to help fund its continued expansion in US, UK and European housebuilding markets. Norwegian construction SaaS software startup Fonn has announced a US$3m (c. €2.5m or £2.25m) funding round led by Oslo-based venture capital firm Idekapital. Aidiom, Investinor, Skagerak Maturo and Oxer Kapital were co-investors in the business, …

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