Category Archive: People issues

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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Nov 12 2016

Ordot dump closure showcases Bentley EADOC

California, USA-based EADOC was acquired by Bentley Systems in March 2016, and the process of assimilating this cloud-based construction management application into the Bentley suite of products began. I talked to EADOC founder Eric Law soon after the acquisition and again at Bentley’s 2015 Year in Infrastructure conference in London and also heard about the …

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Oct 31 2016

Conject UK grew 12% in 2015

Following the parent group’s March 2016 acquisition by Aconex, I overlooked the July 2016 publication of Conject UK‘s financial results for the year ending 31 December 2015. These show the Woking, Surrey-based business grew revenues by 12% from 2014‘s £5.696m to £6.385m (c US$9.48m or €8.71m at 2015 rates), and also increased profitability, returning a …

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Sep 14 2016

Construction mainly technology laggards

KPMG report cover

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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Jul 28 2016

Secure SaaS without passwords, via Secure Cloudlink

Secure Cloudlink diagram

UK-based startup Secure Cloudlink (headquartered in Leatherhead, Surrey) has a unique and US-patented product that eliminates the use of passwords and is designed to secure cloud / SaaS applications. With Secure Cloudlink, each user is uniquely identified and authenticated, but as no user credentials are stored or replicated behind the scenes the risks of security breaches due …

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Jul 15 2016

Collaboration, BIM and FM

Last week’s ThinkBIM conference focused on the transition of data from construction to facilities management. FM is getting more involved with BIM from the earliest stages of a project, and will collaborate more frequently during project delivery. The latest ThinkBIM half-day conference (on 6 July at Squire Patton Boggs’ new offices in Leeds, and sponsored …

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Jun 21 2016

TIM: The Inspection Manager

TIM screengrab

Almost since we first started to use mobile phones on construction sites, we have sought to use them to manage defects and conduct inspections (I was at BIW, later Conject, when it launched its Windows app in 2006). As a result, over the past 10 years, and particularly since the 2007 advent of the iPhone and …

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Jun 20 2016

think project! acquires Austrian sales partner

Almost exactly three months after Aconex acquired the Germany-based Conject business (post), the latter’s near-neighbour in Munich, think project!, has ac­quired 70% of its Aus­trian sales part­ner i-pm GmbH. Founded in 2004 and solely marketing think project!’s SaaS-based construction collaboration across Austria, i-pm will shortly rebrand to be­come think project! Öster­re­ich (Aus­tria). MD Michael Jug …

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May 26 2016

Viewpoint 2016 UK customer summit

Viewpoint Construction Software‘s 2016 UK customer summit reconvened at London’s Grange Tower Bridge Hotel again this week, and, with more delegates (c. 150) from more companies (55) than last year, now looks to be outgrowing the venue. For many of those attending the two-day event, it was a first opportunity to hear from Manolis Kotzabasakis …

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May 04 2016

Viewpoint restructured and growing

Manolis Kotzabasakis, Viewpoint CEO

Viewpoint CEO Manolis Kotzabasakis says construction needs to change, and believes his company is well-placed to lead industry adoption of SaaS-based ‘field to back office information on the go’. Following Aconex’s recent acquisition of SaaS construction collaboration rival Conject, there was – as usual – some debate about the implications of the deal for other vendors …

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