Tag Archive: architecture

Apr 28 2017

Chapoo builds on Bricsys BIM expertise

This week’s Bricsys Insights press event showed off some of the capabilities of the Chapoo AEC collaboration platform and underlined the growing importance of BIM. This week, I attended a Bricsys Insights event held at the headquarters of the Ghent, Belgium-based engineering software developer. Much of the event focused on the company’s BricsCAD and BricsCAD BIM applications, plus …

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Apr 13 2017

VPO: Microsoft 365-based project management

Microsoft moved to the cloud somewhat grudgingly, but its Office 365 product suite has enabled firms to offer cloud-based Sharepoint for construction collaboration. A prolonged and unremittingly poor experience with Microsoft SharePoint in the early 2000s probably prejudiced me against any notion of using SharePoint as the basis for a construction collaboration platform. This proposal was something …

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Jan 02 2017

Corecon completes suite upgrade

California, US-based Corecon, a provider of SaaS-based construction estimating, project management and job cost software, has announced new features for its Corecon Mobile app and TeamLink Portal. The updates were developed to complement the increasingly SME-friendly version of Corecon’s browser-based software released in August 2016 (post), with Corecon increasingly marketing the suite as a basis for …

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Dec 31 2016

eSUB shows investors like SME-focused SaaS

Hot on the heels of a €2m investment in Denmark’s GenieBelt, a US$5m investment in California’s eSUB shows enthusiasm for applications targeting the SME segment which dominates construction delivery. In just about every construction market, most projects are reliant upon small and medium-sized businesses for project delivery; even if a bigger firm is the main or general …

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Dec 30 2016

Nemetschek acquires dRofus

Nemetschek, the Munich, Germany-based AEC software group which already includes Allplan, Vectorworks, Graphisoft, SCIA, Maxon, Bluebeam (a 2014 deal) and Solibri (acquired almost exactly a year ago), has acquired the Oslo, Norway-based SaaS building data management software vendor dRofus. The deal, announced on 20 December 2016, was valued at NOK220m (c. US$25.5m, £20.8m or €24.2m). From …

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Dec 21 2016

Clearbox BIMXtra starts with BIM

The BIM Common Data Environment, CDE, market in the UK remains very competitive. Its players include vendors previously active in what was sometimes termed document management, file collaboration or project extranets, but there are also newer players for whom BIM was the starting point. BIMXtra is a BIM platform that originated in-house at UK contractor …

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Dec 16 2016

SaaS collaboration and cyber-security

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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Dec 15 2016

South Africa lagging in AEC SaaS use?

I have written occasional pieces for South Africa’s Construction Software & IT: A Journal for Digital Construction Solutions (post), which is edited by Vaughan Harris (also associated with the Cape Town-based BIM Institute). He has forwarded a link to some survey results relating to technology and building information modelling (BIM) adoption in the region. The article – …

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Nov 13 2016

Rapport3: SaaS practice management

Surrey, UK-based Cubic Interactive markets its Rapport3 SaaS platform to professional AEC practices – could it connect to collaboration platforms too? Nine years ago, I briefly encountered Cubic Interactive at the 2007 Construction Computing Show (post), but they were mainly focused on on-premise intranet-type solutions, and competing with Union Square (now part of the Deltek …

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Oct 28 2016

Aconex forecasts 39% growth

Melbourne, Australia-based SaaS construction collaboration vendor, Aconex, provided a trading update covering the quarter ending 30 September 2016 on Monday (25 October announcement). Gross cash receipts totalling Au$41.8 million (US$31.65m, £26.1m or €29.01m), showing an increase of 44% from the first quarter last year (clearly boosted by now including Conject revenues). Net operating cash flow …

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