Tag Archive: Plangrid

Sep 12 2017

Mobile-first Raken builds its niche

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US-based Raken is one of a recent generation of mobile-first construction software developers seeking to automate manual onsite reporting and monitoring tasks, and says it differentiates itself by its deep niche functionality. Just over three years ago (August 2014), I visited FieldLens‘s New York headquarters and talked to one of the marketing team about their …

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May 18 2017

Aconex: CEO Leigh Jasper interviewed (Pt 3)

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In the final section of this three-part Extranet Evolution interview with Aconex CEO Leigh Jasper (read part one; part two), the focus is digital transformation and long-term growth prospects. Digitising construction As a former McKinsey consultant, Jasper was pleased to talk about the McKinsey Global Institute’s ‘Digital Transformation’ reports showing how developed economies (like Australia, US, …

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Mar 14 2017

AproPlan eyeing AEC integration opportunity

Established in Belgium in 2012 but now spreading its European operations more widely (the UK, Germany and the Netherlands are among the early targets), AproPlan markets itself as “the construction software that lets you keep track of your progress and collaborate with your team.” I met AproPlan’s CEO Thomas Goubau when he visited London in …

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Oct 14 2016

Saas budget management with Budget4cast

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Launched in the US at the recent Construction Management Association of America (CMAA) conference in San Diego, California, is a new cloud-based project budget management application, Budget4cast. Denver, Colorado-based CEO Bryan Carruthers (a career project manager turned AEC software entrepreneur) believes it’s something of a unique product, which he says generated a lot of interest and …

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Sep 16 2016

Geniebelt raises €2m funding

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TechCrunch reports that Copenhagen, Denmark-based construction Software-as-a-Service vendor GenieBelt has secured €2 million in new investment to ramp up marketing for its platform. TechCrunch says the round was led by Danish Solar A/S, a publicly listed European sourcing and services company operating within the electrical, heating and plumbing, and ventilation technology sectors. GenieBelt chairman Klaus Nyengaard, formerly CEO of …

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Sep 05 2016

Newforma gets connected

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Silos (both company and IT) have long inhibited collaboration in construction. Newforma’s ‘Connector’ strategy seeks to break them down. I recently wrote (16 August: Newforma now playing cloud catch-up?) about Newforma’s Cloud Services initiative, which has seen the vendor expand its extranet-type capabilities, complementing its original core on-premise, behind-the-firewall application. I spoke last Thursday to Newforma CEO …

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Jun 20 2016

“Top 10 (US) Construction Apps”

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In the UK at least, we are coming up to the time of year when some construction software vendors start thinking about the Construction Computing Awards (the so-called “Hammers”). As I wrote in July 2015, when last year’s call for nominations opened, I have long been a somewhat sceptical observer of this event, seeking greater clarity on the criteria …

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May 19 2015

Plangrid gets $18m funding

San Francisco, California, US-based construction mobile solutions provider PlanGrid has raised $18 million in series A financing to help fuel its growth. As part of the investment deal, Sequoia Capital‘s Doug Leone has joined the PlanGrid board of directors. In its news release, co-founder and CEO of PlanGrid, Tracy Young says: “Despite significant gains driven by technology …

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May 05 2015

Jobsite Unite: connecting site workers

Social, real-time approaches to construction collaboration have been tried several times. Jobsite Unite believes its mobile-based worker communication platform can complement AEC file-sharing systems. For a long time, construction collaboration technology (like email*) tended to be focused on the asynchronous exchange of project-related content – documents, drawings, forms, comments, photos, redlines, etc – generated by …

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Feb 03 2015

SaaS social support

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Using social media for customer support is commonplace in many global corporations but old-school construction SaaS vendors lag behind new start-ups in its adoption. Use of social media for customer service has been on my mind a bit recently. Last week, I provided some Twitter training to CIOB branch administrators and one of the questions related to …

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