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Digital Design Success

How to Eliminate Digital Design Problems

August 10, 2012

A study has found that digital design needs to be supported with strong management processes. Otherwise, unintended and negative consequences could arise.

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A Creative Engineer Is Not an Oxymoron

August 5, 2012

Is being creative in a construction project the prerogative of the architect? Are engineers expected or even allowed to be creative?

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Innovation at SOM

July 31, 2012

KA Connect 2012 is a knowledge and information management conference for the AEC industry. The focus this year was on three intersecting trends driving the future of practice – research, marketing, and technology. There are many interesting presentation recordings available at  KA Connect’s website. I picked this one with Nicholas Holt, Technical Director at Skidmore, Owings…

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Serious Play With LEGO Bricks

July 27, 2012

I while ago I had a chat with Per Kristiansen of Trivium. Per provides facilitator training for LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY®. You may have used LEGOs in your childhood to build houses, castles, and towers. But would you ask a grown-up management team, or a team of employees, to present the future of their company with LEGOs?

How Virtual Design and Construction Create Business Value

July 24, 2012

If you are interested to learn how Virtual Design and Construction (VDC) create business value I recommend the Innovation in the AEC Industry Webinar.

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Interview with Paul Wilkinson

July 19, 2012

I had the pleasure of doing an interview with Paul Wilkinson, founder of pwcom.co.uk Ltd, a specialist PR, marketing and construction technology consultancy.

The Evolving Role of Innovation in Design

July 17, 2012

The spring 2012 seminar by the Finnish Association of Consulting Firms (SKOL) was entitled “Innovation and know-how as success factors of the future”. One of the five presenters was Marco Steinberg, Architect and Director of Strategic Design of the Finnish innovation fund SITRA. He talked about the evolving role of innovation in design.

Tactics for Coping With a Recession

July 11, 2012

In the early 1990s I was working at an architectural design company, one of the biggest in Finland. The recession that started in Finland in 1990 hit the construction industry hard. In 1994 the unemployment rate in the industry was a staggering 36.7 percent. Our company was forced to lay off staff, and we desperately…

Methods and Tools For Consultants

July 8, 2012

If your company does management consulting as a part of your offering, or if you are an internal consultant, check out my e-book The Management Consulting Blueprint.

More AEC Business Ideas, Please

July 7, 2012

Springwise (www.springwise.com), a London-based independent innovation firm, scans the globe for the most promising new business ideas with the help of over 15,000 global “Springspotters”. The ideas are compiled and assessed by an editorial team, and the best examples are published to provide entrepreneurial inspiration to readers around the world.

Success by Design -Jenn Kennedy Interview

July 2, 2012

I had the pleasure of interviewing Jenn Kennedy, the author of Success by Design – Revealing Profiles of California Architects. The video contains a slideshow of photos and quotes from the book.

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Aging Population as a Business Opportunity

July 2, 2012

In the world, two billion people will be 60 years’ old, or older, by 2050, more than triple the number in 2000, according to the World Health Organization. This will be a huge challenge in Western countries, but also a new business opportunity for AEC companies. Here are some ideas for how to start exploiting the…

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