Tag: Construction

Jan 09 2008

Paperless (or, at least, less paper): catch ’em young

Since construction collaboration technologies first grabbed some peoples’ attention in the late 1990s, there has been a lot of debate about the extent to which such IT tools can save paper, particularly given some professionals’ preference for paper and their resistance to on-screen marking-up and commenting on drawings, etc (see my Moaning Architects post, 3 November 2005). I have argued …

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Jan 09 2008

IT paying ‘lip service’ to sustainability

An article on Computer Business Review says UK companies are failing to use IT to reduce or improve their environmental sustainability, even though they believe that technology is key to tackling the problem. The article, UK companies paying lip service to green issues, is based on a Datamonitor survey, commissioned by BT Global Services UK, in …

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Jan 09 2008

4Ps confusion

Within the UK construction collaboration technology market, vendor 4Projects is sometimes abbreviated to 4Ps (‘four peas’). The latest news release on the 4Projects’ website therefore initially confused me, as it concerns a partnership with another business known as … 4ps (a local government project delivery specialist, apparently). Tweet

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Jan 02 2008

Reviewing 2007

Last year, I made five ‘Extranet Evolution’ 2007 predictions. Were they correct? 1. Growing acceptance and use of web-based collaboration tools within the UK construction industry It was something of a no-brainer. The continued revenue growth trends of the leading UK-based vendors shows there is a strong appetite for the applications. I was also encouraged by the …

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Dec 17 2007

Web conferencing and sustainability

Two-and-a-half years ago, when I was putting the finishing touches to the final chapter of my book manuscript, I sketched out ideas of how web-based conferencing solutions might be used to replace some face-to-face meetings in construction projects. At the time, I focused on the convenience aspect of such ‘net meetings’ and their value alongside …

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Dec 12 2007

Aconex results hit by legal row

Some three months ago, I had a look at the 2006 financial results for Australia-based construction collaboration vendor Aconex, noting that its 2007 results would be available in November (as per Aconex marketing chief Frank Carron’s comment). After a slight delay (auditors requested an extension of time as some areas required additional testing), the latest …

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Dec 12 2007

Collaborative processes help US industry respond to growth pressures

  FMI and the Construction Management Association of America (CMAA) have released their Eighth Annual Survey of Owners. Based on over 200 responses from a variety of owner types and industries, the survey has both good news and bad news for construction IT. Building information modelling (BIM) technologies are increasingly used, but there is also …

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Nov 19 2007

Project extranets in Peterborough Evening Telegraph

Project extranets (a term often used synonymously with ‘construction collaboration technologies’) are not usually something you see discussed in your average local evening newspaper in the UK. However, I see that a Davis Langdon employee, Simon Burke, has just won a special award for his masters dissertation on the subject of extranets – an achievement reported …

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Nov 12 2007

4projects boosts profits

UK construction collaboration vendor 4Projects has lodged its annual report and accounts for the year ended 31 March 2007 with Companies House (the figures were also reported by UK trade newspaper Contract Journal). The results relate to the last full financial year before the management buyout of 4Projects Holdings Ltd (see MBO at 4Projects) in July. …

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Oct 29 2007

RICSetendering.com

Almost exactly two years after it published its own guidance note on electronic tendering (see my critique), the RICS has launched its own online tendering solution, imaginatively branded ricsetendering.com, with full-page advertisements in UK trade journal Building and banner ads on Building‘s website this month. The solution is run on the OGC framework platform provided by BravoSolution (part of …

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