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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Construction Software Buyers Seek Increased Efficiency in Project Management

Software-Advice-LogoSoftware 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.

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Construction Software: Trends to Watch in 2014

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Happy New Year to all of our readers!

We hope you like the new look and feel of the Aconex Blog. The new name signifies its function as a practical source of news and information on best practices in construction project management.

Our Industry Predictions for Construction Software

Now’s the time when we all think about the year ahead and what’s in store for the construction industry. Our own thoughts turn to construction technology – specifically, construction software for project information and process management. Continue reading

Why You Need Construction Project Management Software

construction management in ancient Egypt

Image: GEICO

If construction software had existed in ancient Egypt, the building of the pyramids would have gone much more smoothly. However, they may not have been pyramids!

A U.S. insurance company called GEICO has been running a series of comedic television commercials. The theme of the campaign is that 15 minutes can save you 15% or more on your car insurance premiums.

One of the current commercials starts with two contemporary construction workers talking on their lunch break. It ends with a pharaoh in ancient Egypt discovering that the newly built pyramids in the distance don’t match the cubic design on the blueprint in his hands. Continue reading