Category: Future

Nathan Doughty’s new Asite era

Asite cBIM_Model Compare

Asite CEO Nathan Doughty talks to Extranet Evolution about COVID-19, industry mergers and future prospects for the UK-based SaaS technology business. 2020 started on a tragic note at Asite. On 2 January, the independent London-based Software-as-a-Service construction collaboration technology vendor announced that Tony Ryan, Asite CEO, had died suddenly, aged 48. Chief operating officer, Nathan …

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GoReport/RICS survey highlights data privacy concerns

PropTech barriers (source: GoReport)

A GoReport/RICS proptech survey found industry respondents widely recognise digitisation opportunities, but adoption speeds vary, with privacy and ethical use of data seen as the biggest challenge to wider adoption. A proptech survey carried out by Belfast-based mobile survey technology vendor GoReport has found that industry respondents widely recognise digitisation opportunities, but adoption speeds vary. …

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Novade to expand smart field management

Novade Insights

Singapore-based Novade, a developer of smart field management applications for the architecture, engineering and construction industry, recently completed a Series B capital investment round. Novade, a Singapore-based developer of smart field management applications for the architecture, engineering and construction industry, recently (15 April 2020) announced the completion of a Series B capital investment round (value …

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Coronavirus, construction and software

AEC investment in IT

The coronavirus pandemic could potentially shut down construction, with a catastrophic impact upon firms and workers, many of them self-employed. How can software firms help? As just about every nation is affected by the global coronavirus pandemic, entire industry sectors are facing unprecedented shutdowns. Construction is no exception. In some instances, the shutdown has been …

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Open CDEs and BIMLauncher

Procore-Aconex integration

Amid a continuing UK BIM discussion regarding use of ‘common data environments’, CDEs, Ireland’s BIMLauncher is already connecting some vendors’ platforms at a document-centric level. Truly connected BIM is a long way off, believes BIMLauncher CEO John Egan. In January 2020 (Towards connected data environments, CDEs), I wondered about the need for data exchange standards …

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DECONT: Digital Enablers for Construction Transformation

IIoT Architecture

DECONT – Digital Enablers for Construction Transformation – is a Loughborough University research project looking at ‘Industry 4.0’ technologies. Dr Robby Soetanto from Loughborough University’s school of architecture, building and civil engineering was at FutureBuild last week (I first met him when I was industry examiner for an EngD candidate at the university a few …

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CIC roadmap for change omits vital BIM route

CIC Roadmap Technology Resources

The CIC’s  new “Roadmap for Change” talks up the prospects of digital construction but gives very sketchy directions to its rosy tomorrow. Too much proptech, not enough BIM, and too little signposting to useful resources. I went to FutureBuild 2020 at London’s ExCEL twice last week, visiting various exhibitors, taking in some presentations on the …

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AI in construction: chatbots for marketing and training

Daden image

Applying artificial intelligence and machine learning in construction might involve using chatbots for lead generation on building trade websites, as well as for training. I have been talking about artificial intelligence and construction sporadically for some time, and a news release about a new UK service for lead generation in the building trade reminded me …

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Is contech a subset of proptech (or vice-versa)?

Industry digitisation in Europe

Some writers seem to regard contech as a small subset of proptech, but data created during asset delivery will be a foundation for many future proptech transactions. I recently subscribed to a proptech newsletter from James Dearsley’s online community Unissu, wanting to understand a little more about how the real estate world is developing, using …

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