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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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Bentley buys GroupBC

GroupBC screens

The latest consolidation in the global SaaS construction collaboration marketplace has seen Reading, UK-based GroupBC acquired by the US giant AEC software vendor Bentley Systems for an undisclosed amount. Jointly announcing the deal today (11 March 2020 news release), Bentley Systems says the two companies’ software solutions have been deployed for complementary purposes to improve project …

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APE Mobile acquired by Damstra

Kevin Reece (APE Mobile, at DCW)

Perth, Australia-based mobile construction technology vendor APE Mobile has been acquired by another Australian firm, Damstra, for an unspecified amount. The company, originally Applied Project Experience, was founded by Matt Edwards in 2009, and initially set out to exploit the newly-launched Apple iPad tablet to support construction business processes, with APE Mobile‘s Paperless Site Software-as-a-Service …

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RIB invests in VIM AEC

VIM graphic

Germany’s RIB has invested in north America’s VIM AEC, an augmented reality startup founded by ex Revit executive Arol Wolford. After a busy 2019 during which Stuttgart-based RIB Software made several significant investments and acquisitions growing both its geographical footprint and its product portfolio, it has started 2020 in similar style (though few details of …

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ThinkProject adds German reseller for DESITE BIM

DESITE from Ceapoint

thinkproject, the Munich, Germany-based provider of Software-as-a-Service technologies to the construction and engineering sectors, has announced a partnership with Mensch und Maschine Software (M+M – also known in English-speaking markets as Man and Machine). Under the deal, M+M – a 1000-strong supplier of computer-aided design and manufacturing, product data management, and building information modelling applications …

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Buildiro Direct launched in London

Buildiro Direct London reach

Buildiro launches a same-day delivery service for London-based tradespeople sourcing tools and materials from local builders’ merchants. Buildiro, positioning itself as “the world’s first mobile app for materials procurement” and launched in London in September 2019, is introducing a new service on Monday 20 January 2020, just under a year since the startup launched its …

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Tony Ryan, Asite CEO, dies suddenly

Tony Ryan at Adoddle17 launch

Tony Ryan, the flamboyant Irishman who has been CEO of SaaS technology vendor Asite since 2006, died suddenly in London yesterday (2 January 2020). Sad news from the London-based SaaS construction collaboration technology provider, Asite: “It is with great sadness that we announce that Tony Ryan, Chief Executive Officer of Asite, died yesterday in London, …

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thinkproject acquires German CDE specialist Conclude

Conclude cost control

Construction and engineering SaaS provider thinkproject has acquired fellow German CDE specialist Conclude, adding 5D BIM capability to the group’s portfolio. Munich-based Software-as-a-Service construction collaboration technology provider thinkproject has acquired 100% of fellow German common data environment (CDE) specialist Conclude GmbH (read announcement). No deal value has been disclosed. Based in Wuppertal near Dusseldorf, Conclude …

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Atvero: Office 365 SharePoint-based PIM

Atvero Sharepoint plus

Many AEC firms use Microsoft SharePoint application internally. Now a cloud-based tool, it is the foundation of a new UK-developed solution, Atvero. A new Microsoft SharePoint-based project information management (PIM) solution, Atvero, was launched at the Royal Institute of British Architects in London today (10 September 2019). Developed in just over a year by a …

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Bentley highlights need to digitise construction

Another report, “Unlock the Benefits of Going Digital in Construction” from Bentley Systems, underlines the under-digitised nature of construction – a well-worn theme at industry conferences in recent years. Consultancies such as the McKinsey Global Institute have highlighted how construction digitalisation lags other industry sectors in the US, Europe and Australasia, while, in the UK, …

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