Tag Archive: engineering

Mar 21 2014

Share what makes you different

For the second year running, I spoke yesterday at a Workplace Trends “social media for business” conference, hopefully helping people who work in construction and property-related businesses understand a bit more about B2B use of new media. Last year, I talked about Twitter; this year, I talked about ‘Blogging for business’. The business of blogging …

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Feb 17 2014

Capitalise on CAPSIG

As the new chair of CAPSIG, I want to build bridges (sic) with other groups interested in industry communication. Last Thursday, I was elected the new chair of the CIPR’s Construction and Property Special Interest Group at a short annual general meeting at London’s Building Centre The CAPSIG AGM preceded a debate on what industry …

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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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Sep 18 2013

Designing Buildings in running for a Be2Award

It has been a busy few weeks for Designing Buildings, the free construction-specific “expert wiki” which celebrated its first anniversary at the end of June. Earlier this month, the website announced new functionality which made it easier for people to create their user profile pages and to keep track of all their contributions to Designing Buildings. …

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Aug 23 2013

Raising civil engineering awareness via Wikipedia

A Wikipedia ‘Editathon’ at the Insitution of Civil Engineers aimed to encourage use of Wikipedia to raise awareness of the art and science of civil engineering. Last month, I helped organise a Wikipedia Editathon at the Insitution of Civil Engineers in London. The event was the latest initiative of the ICE’s Information Systems Panel (of …

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Aug 22 2013

2013 BE2Awards – nominations open!

The 2013 Be2Awards and Be2Talks are on 25 September 2013. Tweet, blog, email – help spread the word. Nominate, vote – join in. Or sponsor! It’s that time of year again. In August last year, I wrote about the second running of the Be2awards: the world’s first awards for social media in the built environment (which …

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Jul 01 2013

DesigningBuildings marks one year with infographic

The UK construction-specific “expert wiki”, DesigningBuildings, launched in July 2012, has marked its first birthday with an infographic that tells readers how far the site has come in 12 months. I first looked at the site in November (post), and – as a Wikipedian and general wiki fan – have continued to watch its progress [and, …

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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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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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Apr 23 2013

Specifiedby.com pushing “social specification”

I’ve written about SpecifiedBy several times (eg: November 2012, January 2013), impressed by CEO Darren Lester’s energy and enthusiasm to use social media to facilitate the construction specification process. Having launched his site at Ecobuild and started two blogs last month (post), Darren is now aiming to use Twitter to help people get recommendations of …

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