Category: Sustainability

Ehab pioneering AEC blockchain

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It might be something of an over-hyped industry buzzword, but blockchain is exciting academic and investor interest, with London-based Ehab an early beneficiary. When I wrote recently about blockchain for construction contracts, I was also reading a little more widely about blockchain in preparation for a technology lecture I gave to students at Middlesex University. …

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What next for Trimble’s SaaS platforms?

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Will Trimble’s US$1.2bn acquisition of Viewpoint be managed as a ‘gradual convergence’ or a ‘rapid managed migration’? Two days after Trimble’s announcement of its US$1.2bn acquisition of Viewpoint, I attended a Viewpoint UK ‘roadshow’ event in London yesterday (25 April 2018). The presenters carefully avoided saying too much about the deal, but in talking to …

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Trimble acquires green SaaS vendor

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Trimble continues to grow its cloud capabilities targeting the whole design-build-operate cycle, acquiring London-based Sefaira. Trimble has announced its latest AEC software business acquisition: London and New York-based Sefaira, adding this cloud-based sustainability design application to a portfolio already boasting considerable cloud potential. Background Last month (20 January) I did a short presentation about common data …

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Geospatial expertise vital in managing BIM and Big Data

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“Integration of BIM and GIS is a good place to start connecting BIM and Smart Cities” Yesterdays CIOB International Inspiring Construction conference (hashtag: #CIOBInspire) in London heard a series of great presentations on a “Smart future”, from Arto Kiviniemi of Liverpool University, BAM Design MD Andrew Pryke, Sellafield’s John Robison and AECOM’s David Philp. Data – …

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Tinker with the tech or make big hairy audacious changes?

Never Waste A Good Crisis

With collaborative platforms, mobile, BIM, ‘Big data’, the ‘internet of things’, we are tinkering with enablers of change. “Digital Built Britain” envisages entirely new business models for the industry currently known as construction. 21 years (and more) of industry reports It’s almost 21 years since the Latham Report was published in 1994 (then the latest in …

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Rapiere to launch at Ecobuild

UK-based Rapiere’s cloud-hosted software “calculates embodied carbon, whole-life energy use, and creates live cost models and comparisons” Rapiere, “a unique system designed by the industry for the industry and [representing] the next generation carbon, energy and cost modelling platform for the built environment which runs in the cloud” is being launched at this week’s Ecobuild …

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More mobile, BIMaaS, ‘Big data’ and M&A?

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Paul Wilkinson dusts off the ExtranetEvolution crystal ball to see what 2015 might bring: more mobile collaboration, BIM-as-a-service and ‘Big Data’, maybe. In the noughties, I wrote several New Year blog posts with predictions about SaaS and collaboration in the coming year. In January 2008, for example, I predicted: Further polarisation of the UK construction collaboration …

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Why the UK BIM toolkit is a key building block

Richard Waterhouse

The BIM ‘Digital toolkit’ should help UK firms, including SaaS vendors, adopt and then export BIM skills, practices, procedures and standards and apply them in other markets. Just as sustainability saw an explosion in ‘greenwash’ – sometimes spurious claims about the ‘greenness’ of various products or services – so building information modelling has seen frequent …

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Specifiedby’s Beta advanced product search

Specifiedby continues to develop its construction product selection tools, testing an advanced product search tool to help specifiers find exactly the product and associated information they need. I met Darren Lester, CEO of Specifiedby, on Monday for a quick lunchtime beer in London. He gave me an update on how the platform had moved forward …

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Thinking BIM and FM

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ThinkBIM is helping formulate industry thinking on BIM for FM, but we need more integrated, cross-disciplinary approaches. It is now almost exactly two years since the UK government published its Construction Strategy committing to the adoption of BIM by 2016 (July 2011 launch), and gradually the thinking is becoming more joined up. Over the past …

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