Tag Archive: Generation Y

Aug 02 2013

I #LoveConstruction. You should too.

Love Construction

The Love Construction campaign has been gathering momentum since the 2 July launch of the UK Government’s latest construction strategy. Its origins lie in an editorial written by Construction News editor Rebecca Evans who argued that it was time for industry people to have their say in how the industry is perceived. The vision for 2025 painted …

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Feb 03 2012

Social & Mobile Business conference could have been more, er, social

On Tuesday, I attended an Information Age conference on Social and Mobile Business, held at the swanky Jumeirah Carlton Tower hotel in Cadogan Place, Knightsbridge, London. [Update (17 February 2012): Peter Swaby’s review of the event, and links to presentations.] Business-like… It featured some excellent speakers – I particularly enjoyed Jonathan Brayshaw‘s talk on creating …

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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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Apr 01 2010

The future state of (construction) collaboration: bottom-up?

I spoke at the Collaboration Cafe symposium held at London’s Building Centre on Tuesday (30 March) – see my latest ExtranetEvolution post for more about the debate. The brief for my presentation from StickyWorld and Slider Studio founder Michael Kohn was straightforward: to expand on the blog post, The end of the construction collaboration era?, …

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Oct 29 2009

Going to the toilet puts UK economy down the toilet

Watercooler conversations undermine UK plc Crosswords and Sudoko waste UK businesses £2bn a year These are just made-up headline, of course, but I expect if you commissioned a survey into the time individuals spend not working, but chatting with their mates, reading personal emails, etc, etc, you would soon come up with some tasty headlines …

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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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Aug 21 2009

Time to replace command-and-control

Through B L Ochman’s  blog, I learned about a new report on social media adoption by website usability pioneer Jakob Nielsen which says major corporations often take three to five years to incorporate collaboration tools into their intranets – but once they do, and once they change their command and control corporate culture, positive change …

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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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