Since the late 1990s, web-based collaboration technologies (`project extranets') have become increasingly widely used within the UK construction industry and are now routinely deployed on the design and construction of thousands of projects.
The first book dedicated to the topic, this comprehensive guide will help current and future construction professionals understand, implement and use such systems more effectively. Cutting through the hype and jargon, it offers expert advice and guidance from an industry insider on choosing a software provider, key software features, hosting, legal issues, connectivity, achieving user buy-in and assessing the benefits.
Paul Wilkinson is head of corporate communications at BIW Technologies, Europe's leading provider of web-based collaboration technologies to the construction and property sectors. Before joining BIW in 2000, he spent 11 years in construction professional services, firstly at Halcrow and then at Tarmac, before running his own consultancy, researching and writing about industry best practice and information technology.
1. Defining Collaboration 2. The Convergence of Culture and Technology 3. The Construction Collaboration Providers 4. Hosting Construction Collaboration Technologies 5. Features and Functionality of Construction Collaboration Technology 6. Connecting to a Construction Collaboration Service 7. Legal Issues Relating to Construction Collaboration Technology 8. Human Aspects of Collaboration 9. Benefits of Using Construction Collaboration Technologies 10. Where Next for Construction Collaboration Technologies?