Tag: construction collaboration

Dec 21 2010

Asite – steady

Asite’s latest trading announcement talks growth but the recession is hitting SaaS vendors’ project-based collaboration revenues. Amid the flurry of discussion about BIW’s acquisition by Conject (post) and the NEC3 announcement regarding 4Projects and BIW (post), I almost overlooked a news release from rival UK SaaS construction collaboration vendor Asite concerning its trading performance for …

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Dec 20 2010

Should we be teaching document control or collaboration?

Aconex is delivering document control training, but the technology aspect of collaboration is only occasionally covered. As a PR and marketing professional in the construction IT sector, I keep my eyes open for new ways in which businesses are promoting themselves or their products or services. A good example landed in my email inbox recently, …

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Nov 23 2010

Risk reduction or scare-mongering?

New guidance from Wren Insurance on “cloud technology” seems pessimistic and even outdated. In this post, I take a detailed look at how construction collaboration technology vendors have, since 2000, responded to similar objections. Legal issues of collaboration In 2004, David Whitton of Wren Insurance, one of the UK construction industry’s leading providers of professional …

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Nov 19 2010

First StoreData, then iSite, now S&W Intelligence

The UK-based collaboration technology subsidiary of property services firm Styles & Wood is set to take on its third brand-name in under a year, reports Building. Previously known as StoreData, the business (a reseller of Union Square’s Workspace platform, with some good retail and banking customers) was rebadged as iSite in April 2010 (post). Now …

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Nov 11 2010

HP and Autodesk collaboration – ignores Autodesk’s collaboration products

After last month’s Hewlett Packard event in Copenhagen which saw the launch of its ePrint & Share ‘cloud’ service (post), I have been watching out for further announcements. The latest concerns a new video about an Autodesk plug-in for HP ePrint & Share (the plug-in was demonstrated at HP’s event). It’s a polished presentation, but …

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Oct 28 2010

Live from ICT4Construction conference, London

The ICT4Construction conference (post), being held today in London, has attracted representatives from several companies regularly covered in this blog. 4Projects is a sponsor (and Clare Watson is due to speak); Sword CTSpace is the opening speaker, followed by MPS, and Union Square will also be talking; and I am sitting behind Yuval Attias and …

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Oct 14 2010

CAD in the cloud – needs selling on the ground

Software-as-a-Service approaches to design in the AEC market can learn a lot from how SaaS has been deployed to provide construction collaborative platforms since the late 1990s, but the marketing challenges still tend to require more than just an online presence. CAD in the cloud Thanks, once again, to Roopinder Tara’s, CAD CAM CAE TenLinks …

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Oct 04 2010

Collaborate – via your printer

Hewlett-Packard has rarely featured in ExtranetEvolution.com – which is hardly surprising as HP is mainly known in architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) circles as a provider of print hardware solutions, not collaborative software applications. Indeed, I learned last week that there are now around 1.5 million HP DesignJet large format printers in use, and that …

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Sep 27 2010

Keep taking the tablets

I recently talked to Building magazine’s Stephen Kennett about use of mobile devices such as Apple’s iPad in the construction industry and providing some pointers on who else he might talk to. The resulting article, Keep Taking the Tablets (paywall site: subscription normally required) was published last week (I get a couple of mentions – …

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Sep 23 2010

BIW pushes its low-risk message

A (rare) tweet from BIW Technologies* alerted me to a new article on the UK construction collaboration vendor’s website, reproduced from Architect Builder Contractor & Developer (ABC&D). In Controlling Project Outcomes, BIW CEO Colin Smith warns potential collaboration customers about “low-cost suppliers who fail to include sufficient support for the solution that they provide”. He …

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