Category: networks

Dec 21 2012

tCn is dead. Long live TBCN!

tCn, the Construction Network, the online community launched in March 2010 by Ryan Briggs (for whom I provided some consultancy support; post) has been taken over by London’s Building Centre to form the core of its own construction community-building campaigns. Now branded as The Building Centre Network, it has a new livery and colour scheme, …

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Nov 18 2012

AEC design specification market hotting up

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As a construction technology blogger with a strong interest in PR and marketing across architecture, engineering and construction, I see and hear about a lot of web-based ventures targeting the sector. With building information modelling looming increasingly large, many long-standing practices and processes are going to change quite radically, and design specification is one area …

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Nov 16 2012

CIOB-backed Designing Buildings Wiki

Some coincidences…. First, the Chartered Institute of Building magazine, Construction Manager, recently published an article by me looking at some of the latest examples of construction-specific social media tools (see It’s Social, but it’s still media). Next, on Wednesday evening, I travelled to Chelmsford to talk to the Essex branch of the CIOB about social …

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Oct 16 2012

Aggregate and engage = Aggregage

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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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Aug 14 2012

Announcing the Be2Awards 2012

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In January 2011 I wrote about the inaugural Be2awards: the world’s first awards for social media in the built environment (of which I am organiser). These are being held again, and remain distinctly social. Nominations for the BeAwards 2012 (which opened yesterday) are being crowd-sourced, and will be voted upon by the same crowd. The intention …

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Aug 10 2012

Does Social Media Belong in CAD Applications?

(This is a slightly updated version of a blog post first published on my ExtranetEvolution tech blog.) Via the excellent TenLinks newsletter, I found this Cadalyst article by Robert Green on social media in the CAD workplace. Robert admits he is not a big fan of social media in the workplace: I do see some value in it …

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Aug 02 2012

Estates Gazette closes community

EG Talking Property online community

Over the past three or four years, I have mentioned Estates Gazette‘s online community, Talking Property, a few times, usually comparing its membership numbers with those of rival Property Week‘s Ning-based network (post) and other real-estate communities. When I last made that comparison in February, the latter had 5,603 members, while EG’s had yet to …

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Jul 17 2012

Mel Starrs – memories

Mel Starrs (@Melstarrs) tragically collapsed and died at the weekend. I heard the news via a telephone call from Martin Brown this morning, and it was soon confirmed by an email from mutual friend Claire Walker – we had all worked with Mel at an event just two weeks ago. Mel was an associate director in the environmental consultancy …

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May 21 2012

Crowd-source your next video?

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With video increasingly powerful as a search engine optimisation weapon to drive traffic to websites and to create shareable content, more and more companies are including it in their corporate communications. However, particularly in business-to-business fields such as architecture, engineering and construction, the results, frankly, can often be fairly conservative and predictable (even more so …

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Apr 30 2012

Meeting mumtrepreneurs

On Friday afternoon, I took time away from business-to-business PR and marketing, volunteering to do some one-to-one advice sessions at a “Mumtrepreneurs” coffee afternoon at a primary school in nearby Welling. Around a dozen businesses took part, getting an overview of marketing from University of Greenwich lecturer Charles Oham before selling some products or services, …

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