Tag Archive: AECcafe.com

Nov 24 2009

Former Bricsnet CEO indicted on embezzlement charges

Just over two years ago, I wrote about the latest $13 million fund-raising round by US-based AEC and property solutions vendor Bricsnet. Following a news item on AECcafe.com, I see that Ethan Farid Jinian, the CEO of Bricsnet at the time of that investment, has just been indicted on charges of embezzling $1 million. The …

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Oct 29 2009

Constructware update

In May this year there was some online speculation about Autodesk‘s continued enthusiasm for its Constructware Software-as-a-service platform (see posts here and here) prompting hasty denials from Rick Rundall pointing out that they would hardly be ending development of the product if they’d just released a new version. Maybe that speculation will be further dampened …

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Oct 29 2009

Meridian user forum

Thanks to a news release published on AECcafe.com, I have learned that Meridian Systems, US-based provider of project management solutions including Prolog and Proliance, has created an online forum for users of its products. The platform – the screenshot suggests it is essentially a discussion board – is intended to help Meridian customers collaborate and …

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Aug 17 2009

Newforma targets the UK

On the same day last week that I swapped emails with Knowledge Architecture’s Chris Parsons (see post), I read in AECcafe.com that New Hampshire, USA-based AEC software vendor Newforma was forming a user community in the UK (see Newforma Users Form Community in United Kingdom). Newforma hired former Excitech executive Tim Bates as a new …

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Mar 11 2009

Return to the email argument

More than three years ago, I first wrote (The email argument) about the challenge of managing project-related email. Or, rather, I pointed out that some ‘extranet’ systems, such as [my employer] BIW’s, discourage use of email so that project communications are managed within a self-contained and easily auditable secure repository (see also The email argument …

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Feb 13 2009

Who needs Auto-PDF?

AECcafe.com has details of a new application that automatically converts online construction data such as RFIs and submittals to downloadable PDF files, “increasing convenience and enhancing security for architects, contractors, owners and developers” (or so claims US-based software vendor Construction Communicator). The news release says the PDF file format “is particularly valuable when traveling, when …

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Feb 13 2009

Is the recession hurting AEC IT?

Has the global financial crisis and the knock-on effect it’s had on the construction industry begun to hurt ICT providers? It looks like it. Looking this morning at AECCafe.com, for example, I saw results announcements from Tekla and Deltek. Tekla’s 2008 results show the business achieved 2008 sales at broadly the same level as 2007, …

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Oct 28 2008

BIM, the project information cloud and an AEC ‘Cluetrain’

Sometimes one’s reading and writing can throw up some fortunate coincidences. Take this morning, for example. Via TenLinksDaily, I followed a link to an AECcafe.com article by Susan Smith: The Road to AEC Project Execution Success. Later, my feed-reader pointed me to a blog posting (and associated PowerPoint presentation) by Stress-Free’s David Harrison: Making digital …

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Feb 22 2008

Making the CADnection

I’ve blogged a number of times recently about Microsoft SharePoint and its potential for use in the AEC industry (see posts here and here, for example). The challenge has been to transform a generic collaboration platform into something more specific for the construction sector, particularly in how that platform handles CAD files, and the latest …

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