Category: construction collaboration

Jan 27 2011

PR can also mean “protecting reputation”

More than once when I was heading PR at construction software developer BIW Technologies, I had to assert the company’s position in the face of misleading claims by competitors, but the process was sometimes very slow. We were reacting to printed claims in trade magazines, and had to react by writing letters to the publications’ editors …

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Nov 26 2010

Social media firmly on the construction marketing radar

Just seven days before yesterday’s CIMCIG conference on Strategy & Tactics of Digital Communication, I got a tweet from Ross Sturley asking if I could step in to replace Su Butcher who had had to withdraw on doctor’s orders (which was a shame as Su always puts in a lot of time to create and deliver some great …

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Oct 04 2010

PR and bloggers: a positive experience

Last month, due to an unfortunate clash of dates (one of those evenings when I could easily have attended four top quality events, but had to choose just one), I missed the London Bloggers Meet-up, The PR Edition, which discussed the interface between public relations and bloggers, but follow-up blog posts (eg: EdelmanDigital, Gary Andrews, LondonBloggers.net) …

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Jun 28 2010

Role for social media in promoting sustainability

Last Tuesday, I attended last Tuesday’s launch of CIMCIG’s report “The Commercial Value of Sustainability” (download, PDF) at the Building Centre in London. The first in a series of specially commissioned industry reports for construction marketers, this CIMCIG report looks at the opportunities sustainability represents for construction, and the opportunities low impact buildings represent, and …

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May 20 2010

Sword’s collaborative community

On Monday, to help me write a post for my ExtranetEvolution.com blog, I went to Brentford in west London to interview people from collaboration software developer Sword CTSpace. During the meeting, they described how they had started to use an online platform to manage communications with some of their users – a platform that was actually …

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Apr 01 2010

The future state of (construction) collaboration: bottom-up?

I spoke at the Collaboration Cafe symposium held at London’s Building Centre on Tuesday (30 March) – see my latest ExtranetEvolution post for more about the debate. The brief for my presentation from StickyWorld and Slider Studio founder Michael Kohn was straightforward: to expand on the blog post, The end of the construction collaboration era?, …

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Mar 24 2010

The new construction collaboration era

I am due to speak next Tuesday, 30 March at the Collaboration Cafe symposium at the Building Centre in London. The event is one of the final contributions to an ongoing research project being undertaken by Slider Studio and funded by the Technology Strategy Board. As I’ve previously mentioned, this has involved the development of …

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Mar 09 2010

UK’s Daden showcases use of Second Life

On 25 February, Martin Brown and I talked to the Black Country Constructing Excellence Club about use of social media in the architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) industry. We both mentioned the virtual world of Second Life and, being in the West Midlands, it seemed natural to highlight the expertise of Birmingham-based Daden (whose efforts …

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Nov 27 2009

Open letter to the new Chief Construction Adviser

Morrell in building

First mooted in July 2008, the appointment of the UK government’s first Chief Construction Advisor was finally announced this week. Former Davis Langdon quantity surveyor Paul Morrell has taken up the three-days-a-week job at a critical time for the construction industry, and his new role has been extensively covered in the main construction weeklies. I …

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Nov 12 2009

Not invented here

Large parts of the UK architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) sector have proved resistant to ideas of partnering, knowledge-sharing and integrated collaborative working (despite the efforts of Latham and Egan, while only time will tell if Wolstenholme‘s Never Waste a Good Crisis fares any better). The IT departments of many AEC organisations similarly adopt a …

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