Tag: Construction

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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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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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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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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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 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

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Mar 22 2007

2006: OK for StoreData

In the year ending 31 December 2006, Styles & Woods’ StoreData division did not achieve the “penetration of new customers” that it planned but it apparently still achieved its annual targets, according its preliminary results released to the Stock Exchange today. Engaged in bespoke development of the Union Square Workspace product (see last year’s posts Styles & …

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Mar 15 2007

Business Collaborator grows in 2006

According to the latest annual report (see Stock Exchange notice) from Coda plc, its subsidiary UK collaboration vendor Business Collaborator continued to grow in the year ending 31 December 2006: “We are delighted that the strong performance in 2005 has continued again in 2006. The membership of the SEDEX program (Supplier Ethical Data Exchange) has continued …

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Feb 26 2007

CAD collaboration

Earlier this month, I mentioned New Zealand-based David Harrisons’ Stress-Free blog. In a more recent, long post entitled CAD Collaboration, he discusses the challenge of collaborating around CAD models. He gives a good outline of how teams have used technology to share CAD information to date, including the use of what he calls “external document management”. …

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