Common Data Environment (CDE): What you need to know for starters

Understanding a Common Data Environment - CDEThis 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.

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Aconex Construction Software Reviewed by Leading AEC Publication

construction-management-software-reviewIn 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.

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Managing Construction Megaprojects

Battersea Power Station - Managing Megaproject RiskLast 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.

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CG/LA Infrastructure Report – Top 100 Infrastructure Projects in Latin America

CGLA CartagenaCG/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.

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