Category: Future

May 22 2018

ThinkBIM, 13 June 2018, Leeds

Geoconnect

From common data environments to satellites, the next ThinkBIM conference in Leeds is a great opportunity to learn about BIM and other data initiatives. I have been a long-time supporter of the ThinkBIM initiative run by Leeds Beckett University and other partners.* Almost since the start of the UK BIM programme in 2011, Leeds has …

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May 14 2018

NBS BIM Report covers CDEs

NBS 2018-CDEs used

NBS’s latest UK BIM survey suggests Viewpoint’s CDE is the widely used, but is the picture distorted by reliance on architects’ responses and under-representation of civil engineering? Almost since the beginning of the UK’s BIM implementation programme in 2011, NBS‘s annual BIM Survey has shed some light on attitudes to and adoption of building information …

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Feb 12 2018

Invicara CEO: “We need a new generation of CDE vendors”

Anand Mecheri (Invicara)

Invicara CEO Anand Mecheri is looking to shake-up the SaaS CDE market by stressing it’s all about data, not files. Last month (January 2018), construction products giant Kingspan announced a US$10 million investment in Invicara, the developer of BIM Assure, a cloud-based building information model checking application. Soon after that announcement, I talked to Invicara’s …

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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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Oct 20 2017

Talking digital transformation with PwC

I recently collaborated with Eoin Ó Murchú and Colin Mann of PwC’s Capital Projects team to produce the first in a series of podcasts, entitled Reimagining Capital Projects. This series aims to explore how technology and innovation is changing capital projects and the wider infrastructure industry. In this episode we discussed the influence of construction technology disruption …

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May 18 2017

Aconex: CEO Leigh Jasper interviewed (Pt 3)

Aconex shareprice all time to 17 May 2017

In the final section of this three-part Extranet Evolution interview with Aconex CEO Leigh Jasper (read part one; part two), the focus is digital transformation and long-term growth prospects. Digitising construction As a former McKinsey consultant, Jasper was pleased to talk about the McKinsey Global Institute’s ‘Digital Transformation’ reports showing how developed economies (like Australia, US, …

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May 17 2017

Aconex: CEO Leigh Jasper interviewed (Pt 2)

Aconex Field

In the second part of this now three-part Extranet Evolution interview with Aconex CEO Leigh Jasper (read part one), we talk about building information modelling, FM, mobile and other product development ideas. Collaborative BIM Conject’s merger with BIW was a prolonged process, with key developments in areas such as mobile technology and BIM delayed at …

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Dec 16 2016

SaaS collaboration and cyber-security

PAS1192pt5 - cover

December 2016’s ThinkBIM in Leeds provided an occasionally frightening view of just how vulnerable the built environment might be to cyber attack. It also highlighted how SaaS collaboration platforms might also help teams apply more rigorous security processes. In May 2015, PAS1192-5 – “Specification for security-minded building information modelling, digital built environments and smart asset …

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Sep 27 2016

Finalcad raises €20m Series B funding

Jimmy Louchart

Showing once again that there is a lot of investor interest in mobile-oriented construction collaboration platforms, Paris-based Finalcad has announced that is has secured €20m (US$22.4m or £17.25m) Series B funding to help finance its international development ambitions. FinalCad was established in France in 2011 and started to grew domestically following adoption by several major clients, …

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Sep 14 2016

Construction mainly technology laggards

Innovation killer

A survey and report from management consultant KPMG International says less than one in 10 construction companies are at the sharp end of technology – most just follow, trying to keep up (survey also reported by Construction Enquirer and The Construction Index). KPMG talked to 218 senior construction executives, most of them working for major international …

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