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.
CG/LA Infrastructure, an organization that supports the public and private sectors in developing strategic infrastructure globally, has released its 2014 report on the top 100 infrastructure projects in Latin America. The report is available for download on the CG/LA website.
The Strategic Top 100 Latin American Infrastructure 2014 Report was sponsored by Aconex, Boston Consulting Group, CNF Development Bank of Latin America, IDB, and GVIP. Its publication anticipates CG/LA’s 12th Latin American Infrastructure Leadership Forum, scheduled for June 10-12 in Cartagena, Colombia.
Software Advice recently published Construction Software BuyerView Report – 2014, which presents the results of a survey of approximately 1,750 U.S. construction software buyers on their product evaluation criteria. Recently acquired by Gartner, Software Advice provides detailed software product reviews, comparisons and research.
The report focuses on smaller construction firms, with 87% of those surveyed generating annual revenues of US$5 million to $50 million and 82% having 50 employees or less. Seventy-nine percent represent general and specialty contractors. Thirty-five percent already use construction software, while 35% use generic tools such as email and spreadsheets or manual methods to track project information.