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Ape Mobile expands internationally

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Australian startup APE Mobile is spreading its wings internationally, looking to grow a US-based sales team and maybe add a London office in the future.

Connected Cost – Aconex’s game-changer?

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Guy Barlow, global commercial director for Connected Cost at Aconex, was speaking at the Project Controls Expo in London last week (16 November 2017). I talked to him before his presentation (on the world’s emerging ‘Giga projects’).

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.

Total Synergy targets AEC designers

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Australia’s Total Synergy provides a SaaS-based practice management toolset aimed at architects, engineers and other small AEC design firms, and is going global.

2017 Construction Forecast: A Post-Election Update

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

Aconex promotes from within

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Melbourne, Australia-based SaaS construction collaboration technology vendor Aconex has announced the promotion of two employees to its executive team. Tim Olshansky has been appointed chief technology officer. He was most recently head of engineering, Americas, at Aconex.

Steve Spark expands on Viewpoint results

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On 19 October, I interviewed Viewpoint’s Steve Spark about the SaaS vendor’s 2016 results and about prospects for 2017. At Digital Construction Week in London last month, I conducted a short video interview with Steve Spark, commercial director of Viewpoint’s EMEA business.

GroupBC revenues up 33%

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Re-energised following its November 2014 MBO, UK construction collaboration vendor GroupBC is growing revenues and increasing profitability.

Viewpoint EMEA revenues up 30% in 2016

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UK construction collaboration technology vendor Viewpoint grew revenues 30% in 2016 to £15.1m, reported a £2.5m profit, and is bullish about its 2017 prospects.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.”

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Holobuilder launches 360 Construction Documentation Solution

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HoloBuilder is a San Francisco, US-based construction technology company that designs, develops, and sells enterprise SaaS software. Its core product offers reality capturing solutions for progress documentation and construction project management , using 360° imagery, computer vision and AI.

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.

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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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. .

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.

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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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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BRE Databook: a step forward for BIM standards

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Interoperability of data has been on my mind lately – Bricsys’s advocacy of IFC and the multi-vendor supported.DWG file format was highlighted last week , and yesterday we had the announcement of the merger of the UK BIM Alliance and buildingSMART UK&I.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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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.

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.

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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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%

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 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

Aconex boosts US Connected Cost team

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Aconex has been boosting its Connected Cost sales and marketing efforts in the US, and is supporting digitisation efforts across the construction and engineering industries.

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.

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.

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.