Tag Archive: Constructing Excellence

Mar 09 2010

UK’s Daden showcases use of Second Life

On 25 February, Martin Brown and I talked to the Black Country Constructing Excellence Club about use of social media in the architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) industry. We both mentioned the virtual world of Second Life and, being in the West Midlands, it seemed natural to highlight the expertise of Birmingham-based Daden (whose efforts …

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Mar 08 2010

IBP takes a much-needed look to the future

Since the early 1990s I have been a member of International Building Press, an association for journalists and public relations professionals working in the design, construction and property sector. When I first joined, its social events and business meetings were ‘must-attend’ events where in-house PR people like me could network with our counterparts in other …

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Mar 02 2010

tCn – The Construction Network launches

Late last year I was contacted by Ryan Briggs, one of the co-founders of a new social network aimed at the construction industry. The Construction Network, or tCn, aims to become the sector’s most exclusive business networking platform and has some big name partners, most notably the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB). Other construction associations …

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Feb 22 2010

Construction PR and marketing: leveraging web 2.0 tools

Late last year I was approached by one of the editors of Freepint‘s FUMSI magazine (Find, Use, Manage and Share Information) to write an article for its ‘Use’ section about how construction people are beginning to utilise Web 2.0 applications and approaches (Joanna Ptolomey told me she had trained and worked in the construction industry …

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Feb 10 2010

Less width, more depth

Yesterday evening I talked to London Constructing Excellence Club, the capital’s branch of Constructing Excellence, on the subject of social media. (There are more than 40 of these clubs around the UK, all focused on improving the way the architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) industry delivers its projects, and – as a result – generally …

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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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Sep 25 2009

New Property Network on Ning

A Twitter alert from a couple of friends this afternoon alerted me to the launch of The Property Network, a new online network site by UBM title Property Week. Built on the Ning platform (which I have used for several networks that I run, including Be2camp and the Constructing Excellence Collaborative Working Champions and G4C …

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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 08 2009

That construction youth angle again

I had coffee this morning with Christine Townley, chief executive of the Construction Youth Trust (a meeting arranged through Twitter, by the way – another demonstration of the power of social media), and her colleague Kerry Dickson. We talked about various initiatives to encourage young people to, first, consider, and then make the leap into …

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Mar 11 2009

Social networks boost productivity

For many Generation X managers, work and socialising are two distinctly separate notions, and they therefore often seek to limit employees’ socialising so that they can “get on and do real work”. But what if that real work could actually be improved by socialising? What if social networking actually helped you work better? In late …

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