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Bentley acquires eBid Systems

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Adding bid management to the Bentley ProjectWise suite allows designers to reuse design information for a tender package. Then, after a contract had been awarded, project delivery can resume in ProjectWise.

Aconex continues 31% growth trend

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Aconex continues to grow revenues, effectively doubling in two years. Two-thirds of its business now comes from outside Australasia.

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Live from GroupBC user conference 2017

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Today, I am at the user conference of GroupBC , previously Business Collaborator, at the Coin Street Conference Centre in London’s South Bank – and will be updating during the day.

Asite launches BIM clash detection

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2017 Construction Forecast: A Post-Election Update

What's on tap for construction's economic fortunes in 2017?

More mobile AEC tools

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The mobile construction app market continues to grow, with tools to complement desktop construction software, and low-cost form management apps for SMEs. Asta Site Progress.

ShapeDo: change management in the cloud

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Israeli startup ShapeDo has a powerful 2D drawing change identification capability to which it has added strong workflow management, making it an attractive contract change application.

CEMAR sticks to its NEC expertise

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CEMAR is focused purely on contract management and its expertise in NEC contracts has helped it achieve leadership in this specialist cloud-based software market.

NBS launches BIM viewer

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At this week’s Autodesk University in London, NBS – Newcastle, UK-based developer of the free BIM digital Toolkit ( post ) – has launched the public Beta version of the NBS Online Viewer (powered by Autodesk Forge , a WebGL-based viewer).

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You Can't Improve Construction Safety from Inside a Filing Cabinet

How mobile technology can mitigate risk, save money, and provide a competitive advantage.

Aconex: CEO Leigh Jasper interviewed (Pt 1)

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Aconex CEO Leigh Jasper was in the UK recently, and talked to Extranet Evolution. This first instalment of a two-part interview discusses outcomes of the Conject acquisition and the development of the Connected Cost application.

Growing Viewpoint continues BIM push

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Viewpoint Construction Software continues to grow its EMEA revenues, with BIM a strongpoint for customer adoption, says Steve Spark. .

AproPlan eyeing AEC integration opportunity

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Established in Belgium in 2012 but now spreading its European operations more widely (the UK, Germany and the Netherlands are among the early targets), AproPlan markets itself as “ the construction software that lets you keep track of your progress and collaborate with your team.”

Chapoo builds on Bricsys BIM expertise

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This week’s Bricsys Insights press event showed off some of the capabilities of the Chapoo AEC collaboration platform and underlined the growing importance of BIM. This week, I attended a Bricsys Insights event held at the headquarters of the Ghent, Belgium-based engineering software developer.

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Construction Health Indicator (We're keeping score.)

The Construction Health Indicator is a daily pulse of the construction industry.

Aconex launches Connected Cost

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It’s taken nearly two years, but Aconex finally announced the launch of Connected Cost earlier this month, potentially heralding a move into construction payment management.

Asite (briefly) excited about Australia

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Since the mid-2000s, the Australian SaaS construction collaboration market has been led by Aconex, but rivals are queuing up to chip away at its domestic dominance.

Collaborative announcements

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Catching up on some construction collaboration technology news… from Konstru, 3DRepo, TenderSpace, Earthcam / Procore, STACK / Dodge Data, and Holobuilder. Konstru – web-based 3D BIM interoperability and version control.

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VPO: Microsoft 365-based project management

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Microsoft moved to the cloud somewhat grudgingly, but its Office 365 product suite has enabled firms to offer cloud-based Sharepoint for construction collaboration.

Opentree integrates with Viewpoint For Projects

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BIM is a collaborative process increasingly supported by an ‘ecosystem’ of solutions that can seamlessly exchange information. Opentree provides some ‘glue’ between internal WIP and CDEs.

How is disruptive technology changing construction?

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Earlier this year, I was asked three questions by Copenhagen, Denmark-based construction technology vendor GenieBelt for a blog post they were planning. Below are my responses, penned at a time when I was thinking about how construction businesses might add value and differentiate themselves with their customers. In what ways do you think disruptive technology is changing construction? Construction lags every other industry sector in terms of digital transformation, and so is ripe for change.

Extranet Evolution outage

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On 12 August, during a server migration by my website host, a database got corrupted and “Extranet Evolution” disappeared, as did my company site. I was initially unaware of this, due to my attention being focused elsewhere ( see below ). However, the fault was identified and rectified yesterday. Apologies for any inconvenience. During 2016, my father’s health started declining.

Aconex shares plunge then plateau

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Brexit uncertainty has affected Aconex’s projected growth, with the company’s share price tumbling as a result. It’s been an interesting couple of months for the Melbourne, Australia-based SaaS construction collaboration vendor Aconex.

June 2017 collaboration news

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International developments in mobile and web collaboration technologies for the architecture, engineering and construction sector… from PetroBIM, BIMSync, BaseStone and Bridgit… PetroBIM helps on heritage.

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Procore opens Australia office

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A major player in the US construction technology market, Procore is going to take on Aconex in its Australian back yard.

It came from out of Space: Warboard

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Space Group’s Warboard offers BIM model issue management, potentially helping teams not using a more fully featured common data environment, CDE.

Collaboration tech people moves

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In a sector like Software-as-a-Service where it is often the quality of the management that matters just as much as the technology they provide, it is useful to keep track of moves between, into and out of the main industry players. At Aconex , for example, the business has a new CFO, Paul Koppelman , who took over the reins from Stephen Recht in February 2017 – the same month when a new chief technology officer, Craig Fulton , was appointed ( post ) to work with co-founder Rob Phillpot.

BC QuickStart launched

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Reading, UK-based GroupBC , provider of the enterprise-class Business Collaborator and BC Assure platforms, is looking to command an increased share of the building information modelling common data environment market by launching an SME-friendly version of its CDE platform.

Asite profit jumps 31%

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SaaS collaboration vendor Asite grew its 2016 revenues 14% to just over £6m. London, UK-based SaaS construction collaboration technology vendor Asite has this week filed its annual report and accounts for the year ending 30 June 2016 with Companies House. The report shows revenues up 14.3%

24OnOff makes time management mobile

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Start-up 24onoff has announced the UK launch of a new project management app for web and smartphones (Apple iOS and Android), helping digitise everyday paper-based tasks such as creating timesheets and invoices, as well as tracking man hours and managing documents (read this BIM+ article ).

Collaboration, BIM and FM

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Last week’s ThinkBIM conference focused on the transition of data from construction to facilities management. FM is getting more involved with BIM from the earliest stages of a project, and will collaborate more frequently during project delivery.

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think project! attracts new investment

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In January 2017, TA As­so­ci­ates , a lead­ing global growth pri­vate eq­uity firm, an­nounced it has com­pleted an in­vest­ment in Munich, Germany-based think project! ,

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Aconex forecasts 39% growth

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Melbourne, Australia-based SaaS construction collaboration vendor, Aconex, provided a trading update covering the quarter ending 30 September 2016 on Monday ( 25 October announcement ). Gross cash receipts totalling Au$41.8 million (US$31.65m, £26.1m

Newforma: collaboration more important than ever

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Collaboration is now more critical than ever as British firms look to other global markets to understand how best to adapt post-Bexit, says Newforma. I talked to Newforma co-founder Jim Forester when he was in London recently.

Viewpoint UK revenues up 48% in 2015

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2015 was a bumper year for Viewpoint ‘s EMEA-based collaboration business, with revenues up 48% and a return to operational profitability.

Mobile-first Raken builds its niche

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US-based Raken is one of a recent generation of mobile-first construction software developers seeking to automate manual onsite reporting and monitoring tasks, and says it differentiates itself by its deep niche functionality.

GamePlan’s aim: ‘lean’ collaboration

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Nothing to do with computer gaming, GamePlan is a US start-up exploring both lean construction and BIM-based collaboration.

Kykloud wins major English schools survey project

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Mobile Software-as-a-Service asset management application vendor Kykloud has secured one of the largest asset data collection projects in the UK.

Rapport3: SaaS practice management

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Surrey, UK-based Cubic Interactive markets its Rapport3 SaaS platform to professional AEC practices – could it connect to collaboration platforms too?