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.
How do you manage workflows on your construction projects? Have you made the transition from paperless to digital workflows?
This is the second post of a two-part blog on industry questions regarding construction workflow management. The questions come from 135 registered attendees of an Engineering News-Record (ENR) webinar presented by Aconex on March 25. The webinar featured a panel of U.S. construction professionals representing ANF Group, the Cianbro Institute and McCarthy Building Companies, all of whom profiled their approach to workflow management on a noteworthy project. A replay of the webinar is available at Managing Digital Workflows on Construction Projects: Tools, Tricks & Tips from the Masters.
We’re taking the opportunity to share the Aconex perspective on questions posed in the webinar which we hear most often from our clients and their project teams. You’ll find our responses to the prior round of questions in “Construction Workflow Management: What’s on People’s Minds? (Part I).”