Tag Archive: ICT

May 09 2011

TSB launches £7m competition to boost UK construction ICT

The UK’s Technology Strategy Board (TSB) is to invest up to £12 million through three new research and development competitions that will stimulate innovation and support growth across the UK, with the lion’s share (£7m) of the potential pot being devoted to a competition for high-value manufacturing and construction (see news release). As a business-led government …

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Dec 15 2010

See Howzee

Howzee offers a hyper-local service to manage the tenant/property management communication challenge at an individual block level. Alongside my main focus on ICT tools to help teams deliver construction projects, I have also taken an interest in how ICT tools can be used to help manage completed buildings or other assets. This includes online facilities …

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Dec 01 2010

BuildItLive.com targets iPad collaborators

Over the past year or so, I’ve talked several times about iPhone applications and collaboration in the architecture, engineering and construction, AEC, space. I have seen prototype stand-alone products developed purely for the iPhone (eg: Smartbuilder – post), but most tools have been developed by existing construction collaboration technology providers and extend their platforms to …

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Oct 19 2010

Senubo to launch early 2011

Not strictly a collaboration solution, more an expertise-oriented social network, start-up Senubo is set to launch in early 2011. Yesterday I attended a half-day workshop organised by the Construction Productivity Network focused on how to get the UK construction industry to deliver “more for less” – a topical ambition given that tomorrow the government is …

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Nov 30 2009

An open letter to the new Chief Construction Adviser

[This is a re-post of an article from my pwcom blog, published 27 November 2009. Update (04 December): I added a post-script to the original post – read the response received back from Paul Morrell.] First mooted in July 2008, the appointment of the UK government’s first Chief Construction Advisor was finally announced this week. …

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Nov 02 2009

Collaboration at heart of future ICT, says SCRI

(This is a slightly amended version of a post from my pwcom2.0 blog.) This morning I discovered a SCRI Research Report, Future Generation of IT (PDF), published in June and reporting on discussions held at a ‘vision planning workshop’ hosted at Salford University back in January (2009). The aim of the event was to “identify …

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Mar 11 2009

The power of collaboration in product development

A lot of my time is focused on how teams collaborate during design and construction of new buildings and other assets, and it is easy to forget that collaboration should extend throughout the supply chain, including the manufacturers of many of the components that are used in our projects. On his PLM and Profitability blog …

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Feb 13 2009

Is the recession hurting AEC IT?

Has the global financial crisis and the knock-on effect it’s had on the construction industry begun to hurt ICT providers? It looks like it. Looking this morning at AECCafe.com, for example, I saw results announcements from Tekla and Deltek. Tekla’s 2008 results show the business achieved 2008 sales at broadly the same level as 2007, …

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Feb 02 2009

Tackling ‘the interweb thingy’

Over the weekend, I enjoyed reading a BBC Business article by Tim Weber from last week’s economic summit in Davos. In How companies tackle the interweb thingy, he points out that while every company worth its salt has a website, many “are still struggling to move beyond having a colourful website towards really using the …

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Jan 29 2009

Few architects Tweet, even fewer QSs

Yesterday, in my short overview of the Web 2.0 practices of the main UK architecture, engineering and construction trade weeklies, I said that Architects’ Journal only appeared to have one Twitter user. Today, it seems almost the whole architecture profession has been somewhat slow to try out Twitter too. Over the past couple of weeks, …

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