Aarni Heiskanen

Aarni Heiskanen, a Finnish construction innovation agent, is hailed as a Top 100 influencer in construction. Aarni has been a pioneer in computer-aided design, he has co-founded a business software company, and worked as a certified management consultant. He runs AE Partners, a business development company. Aarni holds a master's degree in architecture.

A Design Competition for Van Alen Institute’s New Street-Level Space

A Design Competition for Van Alen Institute’s New Street-Level Space design competition

Call for Portfolios: May 15-June 13, 2013 Van Alen Institute is pleased to announce the launch of Ground/Work, an international architecture competition seeking innovative designs for a new street-level venue to house the Institute’s work space and public programs. Since 1982, the Institute has occupied the sixth floor of its building at 30 West 22nd […]

Do You Have the Right Business Strategy?

Do You Have the Right Business Strategy? contractor strategy

I often tease my audiences they should get of the construction industry. Of course, I’m not suggesting they stop building things, because that’s what they do, but that’s not the business they are in. Face it, construction work is perceived by many clients as a commodity, therefore they buy it based on price.

IT Strategy Decisions of an Engineering Firm

IT Strategy Decisions of an Engineering Firm AEC firm IT strategy

An IT strategy has a lot more ground to cover than in the 1980s when I started out in architectural design. Back then the questions revolved around CAD and basic office applications. Now information technology is an enabler for new ways of working, collaborating, and communicating. Information is the most valuable building block in today’s […]

Planning the IT Strategy of an Engineering Firm

Planning the IT Strategy of an Engineering Firm

Many AEC firms don’t think about information technology in strategic terms. They see IT as an everyday necessity or a cost—not something that needs strategic attention. However, the technologies that the companies use and the way they use them affect productivity, employee satisfaction, client and partner collaboration, and profitability. Planning IT strategically is not a […]

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