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Jun 25 2013

Honest Buildings secures £3.55m funding

I’ve been tracking the development of US-based start-up Honest Buildings – an online marketplace and discovery engine for building professionals – since I saw Nick Katz describe the service at the 2012 BE2Talks event in London in September 2012, and have just learned that the business has achieved another milestone: securing a $5.5m (£3.55m) Series …

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May 24 2013

Construction, CRM and social media

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‘Enterprise social networks’ and ‘enterprise collaboration’ are terms being increasingly associated with customer relationship management (CRM), and may change face of construction sales, marketing and customer service. On Tuesday, I attended a London seminar organised by m-hance concerning its Microsoft Dynamics-based CRM (customer relationship management) solutions and related tools. As a construction PR and marketing …

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May 01 2013

Two elements of BIM marketing for product manufacturers

The BIM bandwagon is not slowing down. Instead, it appears to be accelerating as we head towards the UK Government’s initial target of “Level 2″ adoption by 2016, and with more specifiers likely to seek BIM information, product manufacturers need to be thinking about how they will respond. There are two elements to content creation …

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Apr 26 2013

RICS members: Twitter’s not about “what I had for breakfast”!

[Warning: rant] If RICS wants to help building surveyors use social media effectively, they should invite conference speakers who know what they are talking about. I attended the RICS Building Surveying conference in London yesterday* and sat through a couple of break-out sessions that took my fancy. The afternoon one was on BIM for building …

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Feb 27 2013

HonestBuildings.com ‘buildings network’ launches in UK

Honest Buildings, launched in the UK today, puts buildings at the heart of its connections, with their energy efficiency open to scrutiny, encouraging owners and suppliers to demonstrate their carbon reduction commitments. Honest Buildings, a US-based property network that connects decision makers to service providers for millions of commercial buildings, is expanding into the UK, and, through …

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Dec 21 2012

tCn is dead. Long live TBCN!

tCn, the Construction Network, the online community launched in March 2010 by Ryan Briggs (for whom I provided some consultancy support; post) has been taken over by London’s Building Centre to form the core of its own construction community-building campaigns. Now branded as The Building Centre Network, it has a new livery and colour scheme, …

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Nov 18 2012

AEC design specification market hotting up

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As a construction technology blogger with a strong interest in PR and marketing across architecture, engineering and construction, I see and hear about a lot of web-based ventures targeting the sector. With building information modelling looming increasingly large, many long-standing practices and processes are going to change quite radically, and design specification is one area …

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Nov 16 2012

CIOB-backed Designing Buildings Wiki

Some coincidences…. First, the Chartered Institute of Building magazine, Construction Manager, recently published an article by me looking at some of the latest examples of construction-specific social media tools (see It’s Social, but it’s still media). Next, on Wednesday evening, I travelled to Chelmsford to talk to the Essex branch of the CIOB about social …

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Aug 10 2012

Does Social Media Belong in CAD Applications?

(This is a slightly updated version of a blog post first published on my ExtranetEvolution tech blog.) Via the excellent TenLinks newsletter, I found this Cadalyst article by Robert Green on social media in the CAD workplace. Robert admits he is not a big fan of social media in the workplace: I do see some value in it …

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Aug 02 2012

Estates Gazette closes community

EG Talking Property online community

Over the past three or four years, I have mentioned Estates Gazette‘s online community, Talking Property, a few times, usually comparing its membership numbers with those of rival Property Week‘s Ning-based network (post) and other real-estate communities. When I last made that comparison in February, the latter had 5,603 members, while EG’s had yet to …

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