On behalf of Simons Group, Izy Hodgkinson was presented with the 2013 Be2Award for best use of Twitter yesterday at the company's new offices in Windmill Street, central London.
Lincoln-based Simons Group has been actively pursuing a policy of reducing its carbon footprint, achieving a 66% reduction since 2008. Izy highlighted the company's partnership with Marks & Spencer to deliver the award-winning Cheshire Oaks development as a key stage in the company's adoption of social media:
"It was the first project where we used Facebook and Twitter as an open forum for the public to find out about the project and comment on what was going on, ask questions about the build, job opportunities, or raise concerns. This was very successful and we aim to have the same approach for all our projects in the future."
The 2013 Be2Awards were presented at the Building Centre in London yesterday (25 September); the eleven winners were:
Best AEC community, network or application - winner: LinkedIn group “Project Planning under the NEC”
Many thanks to all those who nominated and voted for the shortlisted candidates, and congratulations to the winners for successfully gaining the recognition and endorsement of their online followers and supporters.
He says: "The world is awash with data, and whilst I wouldn’t say I fully understand all the ramifications of Big Data I do see the need to understand and manage this in a construction context. Social media applications offer many ways to share data so why not BIM data too? So do we need a structured data approach to social media, or is this by its very nature an oxymoron?"
Duncan is a chartered civil engineer with considerable experience in contracting with organisations such as Tilbury Douglas, Clugston Construction and Balfour Beatty. In recent years he has worked on delivery stage BIM to push collaborative modelling as a workable and useful tool for pre-construction and construction delivery teams. Duncan recently moved to Tekla (UK) to continue the work of BIM advocacy and process adoption.
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