Category: construction collaboration

Constructing Excellence higher education summit

Constructing Excellence

I have been involved with the UK’s Constructing Excellence movement for well over a decade (before Constructing Excellence was formed in 2003, I was involved in the work of several of its forerunners including the Construction Best Practice Programme, the IT Construction Best Practice Progamme, the Design Build Foundation, the Reading Construction Forum and Movement …

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From property viewing to post-occupancy reviewing

Banner Homes ipad

Why stop at creating apps to sell luxury homes, when all built assets could have an online owner’s manual and feedback loop? Working in technology for the construction and property sectors, I have long been interested in the use of mobile tools and applications (I’m off to the latest COMIT community day in Oxford on …

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Construction, CRM and social media

m-hance social business

‘Enterprise social networks’ and ‘enterprise collaboration’ are terms being increasingly associated with customer relationship management (CRM), and may change face of construction sales, marketing and customer service. On Tuesday, I attended a London seminar organised by m-hance concerning its Microsoft Dynamics-based CRM (customer relationship management) solutions and related tools. As a construction PR and marketing …

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Aggregate and engage = Aggregage

Professional Constructor Central

Last week I received an email from Nick Makansi of California, US-based Aggregage. The name combines “aggregate” and “engage”, which is what the company’s product does – it “creates online communities by aggregating the most engaging content from the best sources around a specific business segment.” Their latest community – Professional Constructor Central – was launched very recently and …

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From dead pigeons and a statue of King Kong to civil engineering

With attendees including three Expert Panel Chairs, staff from the ICE Library and an ICE past President (logging in online from Scotland), the Institution of Civil Engineers’ Wikipedia workshop (post), which took place on Friday, certainly captured some influential eyes and ears. And presenter Andy Mabbett opened attendees’ eyes to far more than just the online “encyclopaedia …

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Events need great topics, good organisers – and some due diligence

Two topics in construction IT are currently almost guaranteed to attract good event audiences: building information modelling (BIM) and mobile IT. Winning with BIM The UK government’s strategy to promote BIM as a means to better collaboration, lower project costs and carbon reduction, and setting a target for achievement by 2016, has concentrated construction professionals’ …

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Clippings adds company profiles and ‘collaboration’

Clippings.com, the Pinterest-style architectural and interior design scrapbook service I wrote about in February, has launched a company profiles service (and has a new logo). This new marketing channel will allow firms to use their design portfolio to connect them with potential clients and find new work. I received an email outlining four ways Clippings …

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Woobius makes marketing mobile

Since the emergence of the worldwide web as a communications medium in the mid-1990s, individuals and organisations have been able to use websites to showcase their products, projects or services portfolios. Almost inevitably, many early websites were little more than electronic brochures, with limited interactivity and few graphics – and those images tended to be …

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“Talking” at Sustainability Now

Tomorrow lunchtime (12.30pm BST), I will be facilitating a conversation at the UBM online event Sustainability Now on “Can technology and social media help us interact better with the areas we live and work in?” I have been a participant in all previous Sustainability Now events (the first one was run in July 2008 – …

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Entrepreneurs and social media

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Last week I spoke at an evening meeting of the Cass Entrepreneurs Network (an alumni group of Cass Business school at London’s City University) on entrepreneurs, PR and social media. The event, hosted at the CIPR’s headquarters in Russell Square, attracted a mixture of Cass and CIPR people, and, judging from their answers to my initial …

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