Posts Tagged collaboration

Annotating PDFs – for free!

People trust Adobe’s portable document format when they need to send documents to other people and need to retain the “look” of said document. Adding things to PDFs used to be an expensive prospect given you could do it only using paid applications, Adobe’s Acrobat being the

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Technically Speaking: Software-based collaboration is integral in today's design and engineering communities

Buildings are single systems made up of well-integrated components. Yet buildings get designed using multiple systems that don’t always integrate well, a situation that keeps design and building processes prone to inefficiency and error.

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Supply chain management

Before you deliver products to your customers, you need to find the raw components that go into those products, then prepare them for delivery (and, unfortunately, be ready to take them back if there’s anything wrong with them.) That, in a nutshell, is supply chain management (SCM).

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Evolution of Computer-Aided Design

originally published in Award Magazine In a building market that’s booming with no end in sight, where projects get more complex and industry professionals get by on ever-slimmer margins, architects and builders adapt by moving to automation.

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Architecture, Engineering, Construction and Building Information Modeling

Originally published in Award Magazine Ever-savvier clients demand better-performing buildings. Interest in green technology continues to rise. Are you having trouble keeping up? Coordination (or lack thereof) within your own firm or with other disciplines working on a project may be to blame. Consider: communications inside your

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Seven steps to handling group work online

Ah, group work. You need to keep dates straight, understand who does what, work on only the latest files, and you do all this with phone calls and email – big piles of email. Or not.

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Draft, edit documents in real time

originally published in Lawyers Weekly Magazine Drafting and editing legal documents in real time looks different when the co-authors aren’t in the same room. Just ask Brock Smith. “We log in through a secure portal using NetMeeting,” says the Vancouver-based partner in the technology and IP group

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Building Information Modeling

Model of Nassau Airport

Nassau’s new airport, consisting of almost 60,000 square meters of mostly new construction with some renovation, presented a building challenge about as complex as they come. To tackle that complexity, project leaders brought all disciplines together into the design process much earlier than many of them had

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Effectively handling e-mail overload

originally published in The Lawyers Weekly “Neither our standard education, nor traditional time-management models, nor the plethora of organizing tools available, such as… Microsoft Outlook… has given us a viable means of meeting the new demands placed on us.” David Allen was talking about the modern-day knowledge

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Working smarter with wikis

originally published in Lawyers Weekly “Potential hotbeds of anarchy.” That’s how Stewart Mader initially described certain public wikis. As an author, consultant and founder of Grow Your Wiki, Mader helps businesses implement this still-fresh Web 2.0 technology, but he admits that negative publicity surrounding select public wikis

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