Part I: What’s company culture and why are we paying more attention to it?

E&C professionals discussing company culture onsite.

Part I: Company culture has become a marketable brand— and organizations within engineering and construction (E&C) are no exception. That said, the definition of workplace culture depends entirely on whom you ask.

What’s company culture, anyway?

The workplace shouldn’t be a place that employees dread. Annual workplace market studies rate the best companies to work for, and the ‘why’ is often largely determined by company culture.

The Harvard Business Journal’s ‘When to Fire a Top Performer Who Hurts Your Company Culture’ suggests company culture acts “as a moral compass by teaching employees to not only do the right thing, but to do it the right way.”

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What is Construction 4.0 and is the industry ready?

Aconex Mobile

I recently sat through a press interview with Leigh Jasper, co-founder and CEO of Oracle’s Aconex, for Construction Global magazine; you can read the article here.

The conversation drifted towards Construction 4.0 and it got me thinking about whether the engineering and construction (E&C) industry was ready for a new evolution or whether it needed to catch up with the technology advancements currently available.

There’s so much finger pointing from outside about how slow the industry is to adopt technology, but having recently moved back into the construction industry it surprised me because all I’ve seen are innovative businesses embracing digitisation.

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Information security: how to protect your project data from cyber attacks

Construction professional protecting information security. A UK construction publication recently interviewed Oracle’s Aconex to discuss how information security has become increasingly significant in our marketplace over the past five years.

A few examples include:

  • Governments and private owners are progressively moving their data to the cloud.
  • More comprehensive structured data sets of sensitive buildings and infrastructure assets are being created— thanks to building information modelling (BIM).
  • Mobile devices offer greater accessibility to opportunistic cyberterrorists.

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AECOM and TAV Construction Share Proven Steps to Digital Success

AEC professional embracing digital success working on an iPad.As part of their Global Industry Council initiative, Oracle’s Aconex spoke with several industry experts about how organizations can move towards digital success and save $1 trillion by embracing digital transformation.

GIC members AECOM, Bechtel, Chiyoda Corporation, Fluor, Lendlease, and TAV Construction worked together to identify key challenges, outline solutions, and share examples of success.

In a recent webinar series, engineering and construction (E&C) leaders revealed how digital transformation can positively transform construction professionals’ day-to-day work.

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Digital Transformation: Five Challenges Preventing Modernization in E&C

E&C professionals discussing digital transformation.

In the Fall of 2017, Aconex gathered nine high-profile UK construction professionals working at leading organizations— including Skanska and Atkins— to discuss how we can embrace digital transformation in engineering and construction (E&C).

The meeting was held at Building Magazine’s headquarters in London— the #1 leading construction publication in the United Kingdom.

Round table attendees included:

  • Skanska: Malcolm Stagg, Director of BIM & Digital Engineering
  • Atkins: Neil Thompson, Head of Digital Transformation
  • Peter Trebilcock, Consultant Architect
  • Wates: Lucy Abbott, BIM Director
  • Sir Robert McAlpine: Nick Leach, BIM Manager
  • BAM Nuttall Limited: Ivor Barbrook, Head of Planning and Digital Construction
  • Allies & Morrison: Jo Bacon, Partner
  • Allies & Morrison: Matt Olsen, BIM Lead
  • Oracle’s Aconex: Steve Cooper, General Manager, UK&I

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