Category: technology

Jul 23 2014

Be2Awards on hold for 2014

The Be2Awards will not be held in 2014. As Be2camp co-founders, Martin Brown and I had a long discussion about the programme, and about our respective workloads (the Awards and accompanying Be2Talks take a significant amount of time, effort and some money to organise). From a purely practical point of view, we decided that we just didn’t …

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Mar 03 2014

A survey rant

“We need to do some PR but we need something new to talk about – I know, let’s do a survey!” … “I have a dissertation to do – I know, I’ll do a survey!” In 1993 I was awarded a PhD following a long period of (self-funded) research, fieldwork, analysis and thesis-writing. The fieldwork …

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Feb 06 2014

Sad that Slidecast will slide into oblivion

slideshare

I recently received an email from social slide-sharing service SlideShare with sad news: Slidecast to be discontinued. It says: We launched Slidecast in 2007 to allow users to pair audio with their slides. While we have seen some great Slidecasts created, usage hasn’t been as widespread as we had hoped, and we have decided to …

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Jan 28 2014

Free Building Regs anyone?

SpecifiedBy new logo

Some 13 years ago, when I was at construction collaboration technology provider BIW Technologies (today Conject), the company formed a partnership with TSO (The Stationery Office, the privatised enterprise that was formerly Her Majesty’s Stationery Office, HMSO) to provide online access to building regulations information. At the time, as a tax-payer, I remember thinking that …

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Aug 22 2013

2013 BE2Awards – nominations open!

The 2013 Be2Awards and Be2Talks are on 25 September 2013. Tweet, blog, email – help spread the word. Nominate, vote – join in. Or sponsor! It’s that time of year again. In August last year, I wrote about the second running of the Be2awards: the world’s first awards for social media in the built environment (which …

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Aug 02 2013

I #LoveConstruction. You should too.

Love Construction

The Love Construction campaign has been gathering momentum since the 2 July launch of the UK Government’s latest construction strategy. Its origins lie in an editorial written by Construction News editor Rebecca Evans who argued that it was time for industry people to have their say in how the industry is perceived. The vision for 2025 painted …

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Aug 01 2013

#Webarchitects and #Cyclingsummit: a TweetBinder comparison

Tweetbinder-contributors

Two London events demonstrated different approaches to Twitter engagement and a useful testbed for Twitter analytics tool TweetBinder. In the past week, I have attended a couple of London events which generated quite a few tweets. Last Friday, I participated in a seminar hosted by Honest Buildings looking at architects’ use of the internet, and …

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Jun 25 2013

Honest Buildings secures £3.55m funding

I’ve been tracking the development of US-based start-up Honest Buildings – an online marketplace and discovery engine for building professionals – since I saw Nick Katz describe the service at the 2012 BE2Talks event in London in September 2012, and have just learned that the business has achieved another milestone: securing a $5.5m (£3.55m) Series …

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Jun 03 2013

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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May 24 2013

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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