Tag Archive: BIM

Apr 26 2013

RICS members: Twitter’s not about “what I had for breakfast”!

[Warning: rant] If RICS wants to help building surveyors use social media effectively, they should invite conference speakers who know what they are talking about. I attended the RICS Building Surveying conference in London yesterday* and sat through a couple of break-out sessions that took my fancy. The afternoon one was on BIM for building …

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Mar 19 2013

SpecifiedBy.com launches, and doubles up its blogs

After my November 2012 blog post about SpecifiedBy, I did a follow-up interview with Darren Lester for my ExtranetEvolution tech blog in February, and have since had a closer look at the site following its Beta launch at Ecobuild in London earlier this month. It is, of course, still very early days, but the Beta …

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Nov 18 2012

AEC design specification market hotting up

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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May 18 2012

What’s next? New digital communications for construction marketing

On Wednesday afternoon, I spoke at the latest half-day conference organised by Ross Sturley and his energetic team from the Chartered Institute of Marketing’s Construction Industry Group (CIMCIG). The event, at the Building Centre in London, was focused on digital communications for construction marketing, and I had the final presentation, looking into the future. Filling such a …

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Apr 23 2012

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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Oct 26 2011

RIBA Insight Days

On Tuesday last week and yesterday I spoke at the RIBA Insight consultancy days, held in Manchester and London respectively. These events are aimed at manufacturers and suppliers and are intended to help them deliver effective continuous professional development (CPD) information to practising architects. As well as providing information about CPD, the days also provided …

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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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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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Nov 27 2009

Open letter to the new Chief Construction Adviser

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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