I’ve been a design and user experience (UX) professional for over twenty years.
During my first job at a consulting firm, I led the creation of a new software tool and promptly wanted to know, “Who’s using this?” Consultants engaged with the client; not the users. That’s how my professional engagement in human-centered design began: identifying and connecting with the person who will be using the product and learning what their problems are.
Recently, I spoke on a Sydney-based podcast about how organizations generally don’t value the importance of design. It’s hard to measure design and user experience because it’s not tangible. So how can designers and product professionals influence organizations to see the value in design?
According to a recent McKinsey study, construction technology companies have developed hundreds of tools to leverage across the project lifecycle, ranging from design management to scheduling to safety monitoring.
However, a large percentage of the E&C industry are wasting days – even weeks – painstakingly consolidating manual data across countless applications and tools including: finances, scheduling, ERP, drones, site-cams, geo-location, etc. Because construction technology is growing so rapidly, E&C companies who don’t invest in the right tools will simply be left behind.
Technology laggards shouldn’t be left in the dust. That’s why we’re tackling this digital collaboration gap and building an open construction technology ecosystem, called the Aconex Ecosystem. Once connected to our ecosystem, users can automate the otherwise manual consolidation of system data on Aconex, enabling them to spend more time managing their projects.
When we started Aconex 17 years ago, construction projects were overrun with paper, faxes, emails, workflow processes, and transmittals.
There was an incredible opportunity to streamline huge volumes of information on AEC projects using the Internet. We decided to move on that opportunity, and Aconex became the pioneer of digital project delivery, connecting teams to build the world.
Since then, we’ve come a long way – and it’s just the beginning. According to Oxford Economics’ Global 2030 forecast, construction will grow more than four percent annually over the next 15 years. As an industry, we have an incredible opportunity to change the world of construction technology — which is why Aconex was thrilled to once again host the second annual Construction Technology Summit (CTS). The event, held on October 25 in Melbourne, brought together 500 of the industry’s leaders to discuss the most pressing issues we face.
We’re honored! This week, Forbes named the top software companies to work for in 2018. Guess who made the top of the list? Aconex.
The results are based off an analysis of Glassdoor US-based rankings for the percentage of employees who would recommend this company to a friend and the percentage of employees who approved of their CEO. The results show that “98 percent of Aconex employees would recommend this company to a friend” and “100 percent of Aconex employees approve of their CEO”.
What makes Aconex the #1 software company to work for? We believe our company values reflect what makes working at Aconex so special:
Over the past decade, the size, expense, and number of organizations working on engineering and construction (E&C) projects has grown exponentially, spawning a new species dubbed “megaprojects”.
The risk inherent in megaprojects is massive. In many cases, mitigating “mega-risk” on these projects require alternative delivery methods – such as joint ventures (JVs) and public-private partnerships (P3s) – to prevent a single organization from shouldering the burden of risk alone.
So, how can you tackle a megaproject with the help of alternative delivery models?