Originally posted at Wikinomics.com
Originally posted on Wikinomics.com
Having worked in the construction industry for the past few years, I’ve interfaced with firms involved in the building process at all levels – from general contractors who manage construction on-site, to architects and designers, to small machine and metal fabrication shops. As a Net Gener, I have always found it frustrating to not be able to use the tools and applications that allow me to work as collaboratively as I do with clients or co-workers in other industries.
While there are always exceptions, wikis, blogs, social networks and other collaborative applications are almost non-existent within or between construction firms. This surprises me, especially given that construction appears to be a highly collaborative industry by nature. Just think of the large number of firms involved in any given building project, with constantly changing information that needs to be disseminated quickly and efficiently in order to avoid costly errors related to materials, labour, transport and safety. Judging by this, a construction site should be a breeding ground for collaborative applications and information sharing. Continue reading