data is the new oil

At a recent tech event in London one speaker said that “Data is the new oil. You just have to learn how to extract it.” I love the simplicity of this statement and I think that it is entirely true. If you look at what drives some of the market leaders (the likes of Google and Facebook) data is what is empowering their company. But as much as companies can try to get the upper hand through data, they have to remember one key piece. For just as the speaker at that event missed, there is a big difference between crude oil and jet fuel. Data is the new oil, but you have to learn how to extract it AND refine it. […]

What is building information modelling (BIM) and what are its advantages and disadvantages?

Although many think Building Information Modelling (BIM) is just another Computer Assisted Design (CAD) program, it actually goes well beyond that. In fact it goes well beyond software alone because it is shaping the design process itself. The best way I can sum it up is “BIM is an architectural process of Virtual Design and Construction that through the heavy use of technology integrates and connects information with the virtual model.”

In layman’s terms, it means that we build the project before we build the project. […]

Prezi: Is it the right tool for Architecture & Design?

I learned about Prezi a year or so back when WIRED magazine described it as “a PowerPoint killer.” When I looked into it myself I did think it had the potential to become a new standard presentation tool. But like any new technology it runs a risk of being misunderstood and therefore misused. Unfortunately it appears to have fallen into that category of tools that people will use because they think it looks cool and they want to look cutting edge, rather than because it is the right tool for the job.

If you haven’t heard of Prezi or seen one presented, the concept behind it is simple. […]