Tag Archive: collaboration

Mar 10 2010

Be2camp social media surgeries

Last Thursday, architect and occasional Be2camp contributor, Michael Kohn from Slider Studio opened a month-long Collaboration Cafe project at London’s Building Centre, just off Tottenham Court Road. The initiative, which will run until 30 March, is the final stage in a research project funded by the UK Technology Strategy Board and has seen the development …

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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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Nov 03 2009

10 ways social media can help your construction client

Many of the construction industry’s customers are major brands in their own right (Sainsbury’s, Barclays, O2, Network Rail, BAA, etc). Thus, any part of the supply chain delivering projects should be acutely aware that their goods and services could have a direct impact on the ultimate client’s reputation – and vexing that customer is not …

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Nov 02 2009

Future-gazing construction ICT

This morning I discovered a SCRI Research Report, Future Generation of IT (PDF), published in June and reporting on discussions held at a ‘vision planning workshop’ hosted at Salford University back in January (2009). The aim of the event was to “identify possible futures that the construction industry might face and to start developing a …

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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 15 2009

Web 2.0, construction and climate change

So it’s Blog Action Day and the topic is climate change. I signed up for the 10:10 campaign a while ago and following the campaign’s presentation at last week’s Be2camp@WorkingBuildings unconference, Be2camp is now also a 10:10 organisation. This set Martin Brown wondering what we, as Web 2.0 enthusiasts in the architecture, engineering, construction and …

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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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Aug 05 2009

Launching two new Constructing Excellence networks

One of the UK construction industry organisations I value most is Constructing Excellence, as it seeks to maintain the ideals highlighted in Sir Michael Latham’s seminal 1994 report Constructing the Team and by Sir John Egan in 1998’s Rethinking Construction and 2002’s Accelerating Change. In the mid-1990s, I worked for Tarmac Professional Services (now part …

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Jul 31 2009

Teambuild 2009 – needs social media

I went to the London launch of Teambuild 2009 last night, and met lots of young professionals (architects, project managers, QSs, structural engineers, lawyers, etc) busy networking to form teams to participate in this year’s competition (find out more from the Teambuild website). It was an excellent event (good venue: 11th floor of law firm …

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