Category: Vendors

Heathrow CDE built on GroupBC and Autodesk technologies

Dave Hughes

A seven-year framework agreement to deliver London Heathrow Airport Limited’s chosen Common Data Environment (CDE) solution combines technologies from Autodesk and GroupBC. UK-based Excitech construction technology and services provider recently announced that it had been awarded a seven-year framework agreement to lead a consortium to deliver Heathrow Airport Limited’s chosen Common Data Environment (CDE) solution. Interestingly, it …

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AI, Machine Learning, construction and bots

AI sector deal

Construction is waking up to the opportunities posed by artificial intelligence and machine learning to mine rich data and deliver powerful business insights and predictions. Artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning and data analytics have been mentioned sporadically in Extranet Evolution since 2013, when I looked at software tools used by India’s Transbit Technologies to automate …

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Aphex advances short-term planning app

Aphex dashboard-planner

Almost a year since soft-launching its SaaS and mobile Planner application, London-based Aphex has continued to develop the platform, winning new customers on major infrastructure projects. Nine months after launching its collaborative short-term planning application Planner (see May 2018 post), London, UK-based Aphex has taken its Software-as-a-Service and mobile platform to a new level. With …

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think project! set to expand

Thomas Bachmaier

Munich, Germany-based think project! group grew revenues 20% in 2018 and regards itself as Europe’s market leader in the SaaS construction collaboration market. Thomas Bachmaier, founder and CEO of Munich, Germany-based SaaS construction technology provider think project!, believes the business is set to grow even more strongly. Speaking during the first day of the group’s …

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Construction Technology Report 2019: the designers’ view

NBS Construction Technology Report 2019

A recently published ‘Construction Technology Report’ from Newcastle-based NBS presents a view of digital adoption, but is flawed by its narrow focus on building design businesses. In May 2018, the 2018 (8th) annual BIM survey from NBS presented some data on adoption of common data environment (CDE) platforms by UK-based construction businesses. The data suggested a …

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Rethinking construction contracts – blockchain, video?

IBM Blockchain slide

Could new digital technologies such as blockchain or even video contracts take some of the administrative complexity and friction out of construction project delivery? Construction has long been a highly contractual and often adversarial and litigious industry. Its resistance to change (along with its learned friends in the legal profession) has perpetuated the reliance upon …

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TenderSpace rebrands: enter Copronet

David Stapleton

TenderSpace rebrands as Copronet, the latest UK attempt to build a construction industry business platform. It’s taken a couple of years, but the Dorset, UK-based construction business platform TenderSpace has finally changed its name, rebranding as Copronet. Soft-launched in early 2016, TenderSpace provided tools to connecting construction businesses at different stages of projects. Tools included …

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GenieBelt and Aproplan merge to form LetsBuild

Thomas Goubau and Klaus Nyengaard

Consolidation in the European SaaS/mobile construction software market as complementary solutions from GenieBelt and Aproplan combine, forming LetsBuild. Belgium-based construction software developer Aproplan and Denmark’s GenieBelt are to merge, creating a new business, LetsBuild, providing a “build phase end-to-end digital platform”. According to the joint news release, the (no cash) merger responds “to a rising …

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Autodesk buys BuildingConnected

BuildingConnect World

Autodesk’s December 2018 acquisition of the BuildingConnected bid management platform for US $275m embeds Autodesk in the US pre-construction sector. On 20 December 2018, just over a month after announcing it was acquiring US-based SaaS construction management developer Plangrid, Autodesk announced it was also acquiring another US company: BuildingConnected, for US$275m. This San Francisco-based company specialises …

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BIMStore revamps

UK BIM Alliance product data report

UK-based BIM object library bimstore launched its new version 4.0 at an event at the Rocketspace venue in Islington, London yesterday (17 January 2019 – news release). Originally launched in 2011 by Newcastle-based architectural practice Space Group, bimstore claims to be the UK’s largest manufacturer-specific BIM library, and sits alongside the group’s consultancy business, BIM …

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