Category: Mobile

May 04 2011

Aconex Mobile iPhone app now available

A couple of weeks after its Australian launch, the new iPhone app (see 21 March post) from SaaS construction collaboration technology vendor Aconex is officially released in other global markets today, with Aconex Mobile now being extensively promoted to existing (and potential) Aconex users. As previously mentioned (post), the new website is already highlighting its availability, banner …

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May 01 2011

Ennova and Envision

Earlier this month, Hugh Hofmeister, director of construction technology and services at Brisbane, Australia-based technology start-up Ennova contacted me to talk about Envision, its Software-as-a-Service construction management tool. He told me that a launch customer, Australian engineering and infrastructure contractor Downer EDi, had been using the product for the past year, and Ennova was now launching …

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Apr 13 2011

AutoCAD WS for Android

AutoCAD WS for Android

In August 2010 (news release), Autodesk released AutoCAD for Mac and AutoCAD WS, a mobile application aimed at users of Apple-based iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch devices (since downloaded over one million times). Autodesk’s reach out to mobile users is set to grow still further with the release later this month (20 April) of AutoCAD …

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Apr 08 2011

NEC in the spotlight on Monday

At the generous invitation of Sypro, I will be attending Monday’s annual NEC User Group conference, held at the Institution of Civil Engineers in London. It promises to be an interesting event, with a keynote from the UK government’s chief construction advisor Paul Morrell, plus presentations and case studies on use of the NEC contract …

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Mar 29 2011

ICT4Construction: a post mortem

Rant alert! As regular readers may know, I was (I think, constructively) critical of the first ICT4Construction event last October, and as a result of my feedback organiser Recep Saffet asked if I would chair the next edition, on knowledge and document management. After some deliberation, I agreed, and also helped publicise the event through …

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Mar 23 2011

SnagR: mobile but not SaaS

Ignore the marketing hype about SnagR being “the first its kind innovative Web and PDA-based site inspection and defect management system” (both BIW and BuildOnline – now part of Sword CTSpace – had PDA-based defects management systems in 2006), but SnagR is a user-friendly digitised system designed to speed up the process of capturing, reporting …

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Mar 21 2011

Aconex to launch iPhone app in April

Australia-based SaaS construction collaboration technology vendor Aconex will be launching its first iPhone application next month (April 2011). A short note on its support page about release 10.2, says: Coming Soon – Aconex Mobile Now Aconex goes everywhere you go. We’re pleased to announce the launch of Aconex Mobile (for iPhone®) in April. Very soon …

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Mar 15 2011

Online collaboration for marketing and sales

Enhancing customer service is one area where many AEC firms could do better, and web-based tools can help support marketing and sales activities. Show Document and VeriShow I wrote about the SaaS generic design review application Show Document about 18 months ago. I didn’t devote much time to it from a construction perspective as it …

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Mar 03 2011

A role for resellers?

Some construction businesses already function effectively as value-added resellers of SaaS-based collaboration tools, filling a gap left open by traditional software VARs. I have discussed routes to market for SaaS construction collaboration vendors a few times – for example, last September, I contrasted Woobius‘s aspirations to sell direct via the web with vendors who have …

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Mar 02 2011

The Role of Cloud Computing in Commercial Property

Last Thursday I went to the London HQ of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors for the breakfast-time launch of a new RICS report on cloud computing (download; see also RICS news release) written by Andrew Waller and Bob Thompson of Remit Consulting. Having been working in and writing about Software-as-a-Service for more than a …

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