Paul Wilkinson is a UK freelance writer and journalist, PR and marketing professional, specialising in construction technologies.
He started in construction industry PR, marketing and publishing in 1987. He was at the Halcrow consulting engineering group for seven years before heading communications at Tarmac Professional Services (now part of Carillion) from 1994 to 1998. Before joining BIW in 2000, he was a freelance writer/journalist and ran a successful independent consultancy, with clients including BIW Technologies, HBG Construction, the Construction Best Practice Programme, and the Building Centre Trust . Wilkinson joined BIW Technologies in 2000 before leaving to re-establish his consultancy, pwcom.co.uk Ltd, in early 2009.
Before employment in the construction industry, he worked for a legal charity while completing a doctorate in criminology at the London School of Economics (awarded 1993).
Writing about construction IT, Wilkinson produced a guide on website development for Construct IT in 2000, and has contributed technology chapters to several books on construction business development, collaborative working, and e-business in construction. His own book Construction Collaboration Technologies: The Extranet Evolution – the UK’s first guide on the subject – was published in September 2005 by Taylor and Francis (available from Amazon). This blog started as a follow-up to that book, continuing the conversation online, and expanding the scope of collaboration discussed.
“I make no pretence that this blog is totally neutral. When I worked for one of the UK’s leading vendors (a disclosure I made regularly), I tried to retain a neutral perspective, aiming to report on relevant industry developments, offering new perspectives by virtue of being an industry insider. I have since undertaken projects and done consultancy work for other vendors and industry customers (I continue to disclose such connections when writing about these organisations).”
This blog has some advertising (Google AdSense), but does not accept advertising from vendors, nor does it publish paid-for or sponsored content (see also Contact page). Wilkinson is open to approaches from vendors to write about their products, services, business, etc, and will (very) occasionally publish guest blog posts. However, as editor/blogger, he is selective about content, aiming to remain focused on online AEC collaboration and related developments. He says: “With the exception of guest posts, all opinions are mine and any mistakes are down to me.”
This blog began life in September 2005 on TypePad, but was migrated to a self-hosted instance of WordPress in April 2011. As a result of that migration, some links and images did not survive the transition, resulting in some broken links, etc (but as some websites and blogs have changed or disappeared some links will never work).
In late 2020, Paul began a video blog collaboration with Aarni Haiskanen, publishing frequent videos on construction technologies.