Aconex is a big product, with a lot of features. And we’re adding to it all the time. We’re also continually growing our customer list, which means more and more users rely on our support resources all the time.
For those reasons, it makes sense that we provide strong online support through our help website, Aconex Support Central.
In June 2015, the site was named among the Top Ten Web Support Sites for 2015. We were delighted to be among the prestigious winners recognized by the international Association of Support Professionals (ASP), along with Cisco, Dell, Intel Security, and Oracle Cloud. Read more about the award winners and the evaluation process in the ASP announcement.
This is an introduction to the world of Common Data Environment (CDE) requirements as defined in the PAS1192 and BS1192 documentation. These documents outline what organisations working in the construction and engineering industries need to do in order to reach a BIM Level 2 compliance on their projects. The aim is that all central government departments in the U.K. will adopt, as a minimum, collaborative Level 2 BIM by 2016. Why? The answer in its simplest form is that projects can be delivered in a far more efficient manner compared to projects following more traditional methods.
By building the asset in a virtual world under the ethos of BIM (Building Information Management), teams can reduce the cost of rework and poorly thought out or executed designs. A simple example of this would be the client, after reviewing the virtual asset, realises that he/she needs something different to what was originally proposed. A CDE provides a platform for these changes to be recorded, distributed and resolved at a lower cost, resulting in a more efficient delivery team and a happier client.
In this post, I’d like to highlight the latest Aconex software review written by Lachmi Khemlani, founder and editor of AECbytes: Architecture, Engineering, Construction.
Lachmi Khemlani is widely recognized as an expert in the AEC industry. Lachmi studied for her advanced postgraduate research degree at Cambridge, after which she earned a Ph.D. in Architecture, with a focus on intelligent building modeling, from U.C. Berkeley. Lachmi currently divides her time between consulting for companies in the AEC industry and writing for AECbytes. For more on Lachmi, see her interview with AEC Business.
Lachmi’s comprehensive review of Aconex is titled Aconex: Cloud Platform for AEC Collaboration. Highlights of the review can be found below.
Last year, Aconex announced its appointment as the construction management software provider for the redevelopment of Battersea Power Station, an iconic landmark in central London. By any measure, this is a construction megaproject – seven phases over a 10-to-15-year period and a total value of £8 billion GBP (US$13.6 billion).
Engineering News-Record (ENR) recently published a brief video of the Battersea Power Station project and the new community that will result from it.
In case you haven’t seen it, there’s a thought-provoking video on YouTube about the information architecture of the internet age. The video was produced by Dr. Michael Wesch, an associate professor of Cultural Anthropology at Kansas State University who specializes in digital ethnography – the study of online communities and the interaction of people with technology.
Dr. Wesch’s video got us thinking about construction projects and the different ways to structure project information for real-time access across organizational boundaries. The traditional view that we encounter focuses on hierarchical folder and file systems. These may or may not meet the requirements of internal projects within a single organization. But when you look at complex projects involving multiple organizations – owners, contractors, project managers, designers, engineers, consultants, subcontractors, vendors, investors, and government agencies – you wonder how hierarchical structures could possibly meet the needs of all stakeholders.