be2camp goes live

BE2Camp, 10 October, London Web 2.0 meets the UK construction industry at a novel new event, BE2camp, to be held on Friday 10 October at the Building Centre in London. Having been part of the (international) planning team behind this event, I am delighted that we now have some details confirmed. If you fancy becoming […]

latest Grid Works issued

The latest issue of Grid Works has been issued and is available for download from here or from vendors on the Public Works area within Second Life. Once again CivilE Writer (editor) has pulled together an excellent journal that illustrates how second life and other virtual worlds can be used to improve the real world […]

on be excellent

Around 10 or so years ago I was part of a BE (now constructing excellence) development group which produced the Be Excellent document and tool. The premise was to increase the awareness of constructions relationship within facilities management and excellence through collaboration by mean of a self, or facilitated assessment tool. What is Be Excellent? […]

cities and intention and collaboration and community

It’s actually about people making things together. What’s going to come out of this is cities and intention and collaboration and community, because the capability this thing provides is mysterious in the degree to which is allows people to do things together. This quote from Philip Rosedale Linden was the turning point in Second Life’s […]

wanted – intergrated construction manager –

A friend across in the US gave me the heads up on a job advert for an Integrated Construction Manager at Mortenson Construction .  What made me look twice at the job specification was the inclusion of all the themes and issues that we discuss today, as being the way forward, themes of virtual design, […]

collaboration makes construction lean

Whilst sharpening up my knowledge on the latest lean in construction thinking I came across this excellent article by Karen Wilhelm which mashes up collaborative working, lean, BIM, 3D and 4D design, collaborative contracts, value chains and more. The brief for Karens paper reads: Lean in the construction industry offers some lessons for lean manufacturers. […]

sustainable construction commitments launched

The UK Government today launches its Sustainable Construction Strategy, with a whole raft of targets, measures and reporting mechanisms. It seems like it has been a long time coming, the consultation period being most of last year. Construction minister Shriti Vadera comments “Our aim is to become a world leader in sustainable construction” (Building). Time […]

wikitecture wins international open source competition

A web2 collaborative project I have been following through second life and wiki architecture has been the open source architecture design competition via Open Architecture Network. Delighted then to receive the following good news alert from Ryan at Wikitecture: Wikitecture Wins International Competition: 3D-Wiki Used to Compose an Open-Source Entry Chicago, IL, June 09, 2008 […]

rethinking construction – ten years after

From Constructing Excellence: Reviewing change in the UK construction industry and the next ten years, your chance to shape the future of the industry by learning from the past CE are reviewing the last ten years of improvement and its impact, kick-started by John Egan‘s landmark report – Rethinking Construction – and before that the […]

second life building

I have been talking about building within second life recently to a number of people and groups. Without actually experiencing second life it is difficult to grasp how individuals, all working from computers in different countries can work collaboratively to design and construct a building. The following time lapse video may go some way to […]