Tag Archive: BIM

Apr 22 2016

To change the “image of construction,” first change construction

We need to tackle some of the fundamental issues in the UK construction industry before we can effectively change “the image of construction”. “The image of construction” has featured heavily this week for me. On Tuesday, I attended a CIMCIG-led roundtable discussion in London with Mark Farmer, the consultant helping the Government’s Construction Leadership Council …

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Dec 22 2014

“The poor image of UK construction”

The UK construction industry’s reputation is the result of what it does, what it says and what others say about it. It can’t control the latter – it can only control its own behaviour and communications. The CIPR has been running a 12 days of Christmas CPD campaign highlighting some of the information, guidance and …

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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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Oct 08 2013

A Wikipedian for 10 years (and 5 days)

A small typographical error meant I missed marking the 10th anniversary of me becoming a Wikipedian last week. I had inadvertently written the date as 13 October, but it was actually on 3 October 2003 that I registered as Wikipedia user Paul W (thanks to fellow Londoner and Wikipedian Scott Martin for inviting me to …

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Aug 02 2013

I #LoveConstruction. You should too.

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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Jun 14 2013

Constructing Excellence higher education summit

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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Jun 03 2013

From property viewing to post-occupancy reviewing

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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Jun 03 2013

SpecifiedBy goes to public Beta

Since November 2012, I’ve been tracking the early development of construction product specification start-up SpecifiedBy, which CEO Darren Lester launched in private Beta mode at Ecobuild in March (in the meantime, he also launched a Twitter-based specification service, @SocialSpec). This week SpecifiedBy is being launched in public Beta mode. Edinburgh, UK-based SpecifiedBy aims to take …

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May 03 2013

Content marketing, SEO and an expert wiki (again)

In a recent guest post (Two elements of BIM for manufacturers), I talked about the creation of BIM objects and about how content marketing could help construction product manufacturers and suppliers reach specifiers. Content marketing – according to its trade association, the CMA – is defined as: … the discipline of creating quality branded editorial content across all media channels and …

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May 01 2013

Two elements of BIM marketing for product manufacturers

The BIM bandwagon is not slowing down. Instead, it appears to be accelerating as we head towards the UK Government’s initial target of “Level 2″ adoption by 2016, and with more specifiers likely to seek BIM information, product manufacturers need to be thinking about how they will respond. There are two elements to content creation …

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