Tag: collaboration

May 17 2007

UK vendor trends

This blog has reported several times on the financial performance of the main UK vendors of construction collaboration technologies (aka ‘extranets’). In light of recent results, I thought I would provide a quick graphical update/overview of the performance of the main UK vendors (those for whom I have some financial information) over the past four years. …

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May 10 2007

Aconex researches FM needs

Australian-based construction collaboration technology vendor Aconex has undertaken some research into the information needs of facilities managers. The survey, conducted in partnership with the Facility Management Association of Australia (FMA), got responses from 555 individuals. You can read the full story here, but the headline findings are unsurprising for anyone working in the field of collaboration …

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Permanent link to this article: http://extranetevolution.com/2007/05/aconex_research/

May 04 2007

Asite Secure Invoicing

UK collaboration vendor Asite has released another application to support online trading (see news release). Asite Secure Invoicing (ASI) is an e-invoicing solution that reduces the time and cost of processing invoices by at least 60%, Asite says. This adds a further product to its portfolio, which is now spread over three areas: collaboration, sourcing …

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Permanent link to this article: http://extranetevolution.com/2007/05/asite_secure_in/

Apr 02 2007

4Projects sales reach £3.4m

According to a 24 March 2007 article, Jobs created as group wins new markets, in north-east England newspaper The Journal, UK construction collaboration vendor 4Projects has “currently” achieved sales of £3.4m, and “is expected to reach £5m by the beginning of next year”. 4Projects non-executive chairman Paul Callaghan said: “With 4Project [sic] we supply project management software services …

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Permanent link to this article: http://extranetevolution.com/2007/04/4projects_sales/

Mar 30 2007

Ecospace

UK trade publication, Building, says: “A big complaint about collaboration tools is that everybody is familiar with a different system, which means companies have to spend time and money training their staff when they start a new project.” It goes on to report that UK collaboration vendor Business Collaborator is working on Ecospace, a €12m (£8.1m) …

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Permanent link to this article: http://extranetevolution.com/2007/03/ecospace/

Mar 29 2007

Business Collaborator website overhauled

The website of UK construction collaboration technology vendor Business Collaborator has just been overhauled. Compared to the clean interface of the previous site, the new home page is much ‘busier’ with a four-column layout and lots of links to further information. (The trite photo-library image of people in hard-hats on a construction site – see …

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Permanent link to this article: http://extranetevolution.com/2007/03/business_collab_1/

Mar 29 2007

Brava! woes at 4Projects?

Industry sources tell me that UK construction collaboration vendor 4Projects has been having major problems with its third-party drawing viewer application (Brava! from Informative Graphics). I have been emailed several bulletins from 4Projects’ status ticker, spread over a three-day period up to and including this morning: Updated 29/03/2007 10:02:30 – We are still experiencing problems with …

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Mar 29 2007

BIM and ‘lean construction’

Further to Monday’s post on BIM, I see Nigel Davies at EatYourCAD has written about (Mis)understanding BIM. Helpfully, he starts by explaining what BIM is not – in short, BIM is not 3D, or Revit, or a single database or “single building model”, or Project Lifeycle Management, or even Building Information Modelling (instead, Nigel prefers to …

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Mar 26 2007

Wikis and AEC collaboration

Building Information Modeling (BIM) is the starting point of a contributed article to AECbytes.com. In Enterprise Wiki: An Emerging Technology to be Considered by the AEC Industry, Ondrej Kalny likens the information-sharing approach of BIM to the wider need for collaboration within a typical AEC project team, using a ‘hub and spokes’ diagram that will …

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Mar 23 2007

Aconex get Bilfinger Berger project

The latest Aconex news release talks about an Australian power station project. Nothing particularly remarkable about it, but I did notice the contractor is Bilfinger Berger – once a shareholder in rival construction collaboration vendor BuildOnline (today CTSpace) following the BO merger with myBau in 2002. Tweet

Permanent link to this article: http://extranetevolution.com/2007/03/aconex_get_bilf/

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