Category: Extranet/CDE

Opidis: Idox rebrands McLaren

Paris SNCF station

A year ago, Idox group rebranded its McLaren business to Opidis. The firm’s FusionLive solution is being used to support BIM working on a French railway project. Following a series of personnel changes and reorganisations in 2014, the Idox Group subsidiary McLaren Software largely disappeared from my radar – I was only briefly reminded of …

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think project! acquires BIM vendor Ceapoint

DESITE from Ceapoint

Germany’s think project! deepens its BIM portfolio by buying fellow German company Ceapoint. Munich, Germany-based SaaS construction collaboration vendor think project! has acquired the German building information modelling (BIM) specialist ceapoint aec technologies GmbH (no transaction value given; news release). Think project! says ceapoint’s product line DESITE will be positioned as an integrated and open …

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Bentley and Trimble launch new Hololens 2 products

Bentley Synchro XR and Hololens 2

Microsoft’s new Hololens 2 mixed reality headset was launched at the Mobile World Congress alongside solutions from Bentley and Trimble. The launch of Microsoft’s latest Hololens 2 mixed reality product, showcased at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona yesterday (25 February 2019), has prompted the immediate announcements of two related products by Bentley Systems and …

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Heathrow CDE built on GroupBC and Autodesk technologies

Dave Hughes

A seven-year framework agreement to deliver London Heathrow Airport Limited’s chosen Common Data Environment (CDE) solution combines technologies from Autodesk and GroupBC. UK-based Excitech construction technology and services provider recently announced that it had been awarded a seven-year framework agreement to lead a consortium to deliver Heathrow Airport Limited’s chosen Common Data Environment (CDE) solution. Interestingly, it …

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think project! set to expand

Thomas Bachmaier

Munich, Germany-based think project! group grew revenues 20% in 2018 and regards itself as Europe’s market leader in the SaaS construction collaboration market. Thomas Bachmaier, founder and CEO of Munich, Germany-based SaaS construction technology provider think project!, believes the business is set to grow even more strongly. Speaking during the first day of the group’s …

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Construction Technology Report 2019: the designers’ view

NBS Construction Technology Report 2019

A recently published ‘Construction Technology Report’ from Newcastle-based NBS presents a view of digital adoption, but is flawed by its narrow focus on building design businesses. In May 2018, the 2018 (8th) annual BIM survey from NBS presented some data on adoption of common data environment (CDE) platforms by UK-based construction businesses. The data suggested a …

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Rethinking construction contracts – blockchain, video?

IBM Blockchain slide

Could new digital technologies such as blockchain or even video contracts take some of the administrative complexity and friction out of construction project delivery? Construction has long been a highly contractual and often adversarial and litigious industry. Its resistance to change (along with its learned friends in the legal profession) has perpetuated the reliance upon …

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International BIM education

Biminar screencap

Efforts to extend use of building information modelling are in progress around the world. Vaughan Harris targets a BIM e-book at Africa, while France’s HEXABIM pushes webinars. Various governments are endorsing the use of BIM with their respective industries then seeking to develop the necessary skills, processes, standards and technologies. January 2019 has also seen …

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GenieBelt and Aproplan merge to form LetsBuild

Thomas Goubau and Klaus Nyengaard

Consolidation in the European SaaS/mobile construction software market as complementary solutions from GenieBelt and Aproplan combine, forming LetsBuild. Belgium-based construction software developer Aproplan and Denmark’s GenieBelt are to merge, creating a new business, LetsBuild, providing a “build phase end-to-end digital platform”. According to the joint news release, the (no cash) merger responds “to a rising …

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BIMtech provider Opentree acquired by Graitec

Andrew Frank

UK-based document and BIM process management software developer Opentree has been acquired by Graitec. Teesside, UK-based Opentree, a provider of enterprise document management solutions, has been acquired – for an undisclosed amount – by France-based Graitec, an Autodesk reseller and developer of BIM, fabrication and design software (it has a UK office in Southampton). Opentree’s …

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