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The construction industry is not as sleepy as it sometimes thought to be. Project collaboration (sometimes also called "project portals" or "project extranets") are becoming recognized at the start of the 21st century as a powerful tool for the development and management of complex projects. They center on the effective and efficient use of web-based software and are designed for a wide range of operators.
What is it? How does it work? Why have these applications become important now? How does it fit with partnering and other current industry developments? Is web-based software desirable, secure and economic? What things should we look out for when choosing a system or a provider, and what are the technical requirements? What are the costs and benefits? How is it currently developing and how will it be used in the future? Answers are here.
Paul Wilkinson is one of the sector's leading analysts and is well placed to present an authoritative work with up-to-date practical information and advice.
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Table of Contents

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?

About the Author

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.

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'This book is an invaluable guide for everyone from trade contractor to client, and an essential read for users of these technologies and those considering their use.' - Quantity Surveyor

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