Tag: BIM

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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Oct 27 2009

Creative crowdsourcing – a technique for AEC clients?

Creative crowdsourcing was discussed at yesterday’s Media140, where it was defined as: a process that expands the creative resources of an agency by utilising the creative capacity of thousands of other individuals to respond to a problem or challenge. The speakers, Nic Ray of Quirk and Noam Buchalter, manager of the Peperami campaign at Unilever, …

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Oct 12 2009

‘Over half of US workplaces block social networks’

Via a Webware.com article published last week, I learned that more than half of United States workplaces block social networks such as Facebook and Twitter. A survey of about 1,400 US chief information officers by consulting firm Robert Half Technology shows 54% block social networks “completely,” while 19% allow social networking “for business purposes”. While …

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Sep 22 2009

Asite community: the first 100 days

[This is an expanded version of a post from my AEC technology blog ExtranetEvolution.com] Earlier this summer, I wrote about London-based construction collaboration technology vendor Asite‘s revamped website and its new social media features (see also ‘Extranet’ vendors getting social?). Three months later, I had a quick look to see how the Asite community has …

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Aug 10 2009

Trends lend support to need for AEC Web 2.0 adoption

An excellent article in American journal Architectural Record, Future of the A/E/C Industry: 10 Trends, reports the remarks of US architect Raymond Kogan to a recent convention in San Francisco. Kogan outlines ten trends that he thinks will affect the architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) industry, and while only the first one is headed ‘demographics’ …

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Jul 22 2009

Towards the ‘virtual charrette’

Last year, I wrote an ExtranetEvolution post about charrettes (collaborative planning workshops) and wondered if traditional charrettes, usually undertaken as face-to-face events, might be combined using technology to create virtual events. This idea has gathered pace over the past 12 months. Andrew Carmichael B2 Camp Pres View more presentations from pwcom.co.uk Ltd It was the …

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May 21 2009

Be2camp expanding

As a co-founder of Be2camp, the online network for people interested in applying Web 2.0 approaches to the architecture, engineering, construction and property sector, I am – of course – completely biased about the achievements of the community. Take last Friday, for example…. … On a zero budget, we managed to organise a Be2camp North …

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Mar 09 2009

Climate change and social media competitions

Last week at Ecobuild, at the end of his BIM and social media presentation (see EE post), Birmingham-based architect Rob Annable wondered if it might be possible to use energy usage monitoring tools such as Pachube in combination with social media as a way of creating energy efficiency competitions between building occupiers. According to Earth2Tech …

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Mar 09 2009

Why Generation Y matters

Over the weekend I read a cutting, Generation Next, from the March 2009 issue of Director magazine, discussing how the cohort of people born in or after 1980 are prompting changes in organisational approaches. Writer David Woodward quotes an April 2008 study by Talentsmoothie of 2,500 Gen Y people which found that they: “had little …

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Feb 19 2009

Will the future of events be virtual?

Phil Clark has just blogged about the potential impact of virtual worlds such as Second Life on the management of conferences and other events. He believes that we will see “an amalgam of live and online events” begin to develop, where a live event coincides with a virtual one and the two feed off each …

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