Category: People issues

Feb 08 2018

Laing CIO is new think project! non-exec

Munich, Germany-based SaaS construction collaboration vendor think project! will be getting advice from one of UK construction’s most prominent chief information officers. Gareth Burton, CIO at UK-based main contractor Laing O’Rourke, has been appointed as a non-executive member of the company’s board. Burton worked in various technology companies including Motorola and BT, and has held board level …

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Feb 05 2018

Trimble acquires e-Builder for $500m

Just over a month after Oracle bid US$1.2 billion for Aconex, Trimble has invested US$500m to buy one of Aconex’s US-based SaaS competitors, e-Builder. On Friday 2 February, Trimble announced (news release) it had acquired privately-held Florida, US-based SaaS construction project management vendor e-Builder for US$500 million (c. £357m or €403m). Trimble says “e-Builder extends Trimble’s …

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Jan 30 2018

Shortlisted for smartest blogger

BIM Awards Finalist 2018

BIMShowLive 2018 is coming up in a month’s time – in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK, on 28 February and 1 March 2018 – but first there is the little matter of the BIM Awards, being held on 27 February. To my surprise, I have been shortlisted in the ‘Smartest Blogger’ category, where: … an individual … posts …

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Jan 29 2018

Ruddle to head GenieBelt UK

Copenhagen, Denmark-based GenieBelt, the mobile-first developer of cloud-based construction software, has appointed Jason Ruddle as managing director of its new UK operation with effect from April 2018. GenieBelt has historically retained strong personal connections with the UK. When I first talked in detail about the company (October 2014), my initial contacts were with one-time Davis …

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Jan 18 2018

Invicara gets $10m from Kingspan

Kingspan logo

Ireland-based building materials giant Kingspan invests US$10m in BIM technology supplier Invicara. Some 18 months ago, in August 2016, I wrote about BIM Assure, a cloud-based building information model checking service developed by the US-based Invicara. At the time this startup had offices in Ann Arbor in Michigan, plus India and Singapore, but it now …

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Jan 10 2018

New CEO at GroupBC

Sanjeev Shah and Wes Simmons, GroupBC

Reading, UK-based SaaS collaboration vendor GroupBC has appointed construction software industry veteran Wes Simmons as its CEO. He succeeds Sanjeev Shah, who is taking on a new role in developing GroupBC’s strategic industry partnerships (see GroupBC news release). Simmons was until recently managing director of construction ERP vendor Eque2, where he grew the business from …

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Jan 05 2018

Dalux targets BIM collaboration

Torben Dalgaard - CEO of Dalux

Copenhagen-based Dalux has capitalised upon Denmark’s early BIM adoption and the smartphone explosion to provide user-friendly BIM working, including augmented reality, on mobile devices. In late 2017, I met up with Torben Dalgaard, in 2005 one of the two cofounders of Copenhagen, Denmark-based Dalux, a 40-strong developer of mobile BIM and related Software-as-a-Service construction collaboration …

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Jan 04 2018

Script&Go targeting UK

Script&Go logo 2018

Rennes, France-based mobile application developer Script&Go is expanding beyond France, opening offices in Montreal, Canada, and in the UK. Since August (soon after my June 2017 post) its developers have been working to adapt its software for the UK market. Claiming 414% revenue growth from 2014 to 2017, CEO Benoît Jeannin says: “There has a …

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Dec 31 2017

New owners for iSite

A corporate merger between two UK construction businesses mainly engaged in the fit-out sector would not normally grab my attention. However, the pre-Christmas announcement that Styles & Wood is to be combined with interiors firm Southerns Group means a change of ownership for Styles & Wood’s information technology subsidiary, Nottingham-based iSite. Central Square Holdings Ltd (CSHL) …

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Nov 24 2017

Connected Cost – Aconex’s game-changer?

Guy Barlow, Aconex

Guy Barlow, global commercial director for Connected Cost at Aconex, was speaking at the Project Controls Expo in London last week (16 November 2017). I talked to him before his presentation (on the world’s emerging ‘Giga projects’). Just over six months ago, Melbourne, Australia-based SaaS construction collaboration vendor Aconex finally publicly launched its Connected Cost solution, …

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