A Closer Look at MTWO: How Our Vertical Cloud Solution Works Across Multiple Project Levels

A Closer Look at MTWO: How Our Vertical Cloud Solution Works Across Multiple Project Levels

Major project management is a complex proposition for all parties involved, especially if they don’t have the right tools at their disposal. Fortunately, enterprise solutions that drive improved collaboration and efficiency across different project levels are now available.

In 2018, RIB and Microsoft joined forces to deliver MTWO, the world’s #1 vertical cloud solution for construction and real estate industries. With more than 100 integrated modules available in a cloud-based system, MTWO redefines what is possible in project management.

For our latest blog post, we have explained how contractors, developers and owners can all take advantage of MTWO for improved project outcomes.

Efficient Communication Among Contractors

Real-time project control is a valuable advent for project contracting. Contractors subscribed to MTWO have access to the advanced Mobile Control Tower, which aggregates and graphically displays project KPIs based on real-time data. Knowing exactly where you stand with regard to set goals is a valuable tool for assigning work and generally staying on track.

When it comes to managing day-to-day tasks and responsibilities, MTWO's enterprise management capability ensures that all parties have access to the right information to fulfil their role. The Scheduling module is one of many other functionalities that contractors can take advantage of; it allows contractors to structure a plan-of-action for themselves or their team, with a range of graphics available to accurately measure progress.

Improved Collaboration and Data Analytics for Developers

For developers, having all project stakeholders working together on a single platform is helpful for collaboration. Developers are required to liaise quickly and effectively with a number of stakeholders, from contractors through to suppliers. MTWO’s vertical cloud solution enables real-time collaboration between all involved parties over an entire project lifecycle. The days of missed emails and communication oversights causing avoidable delays are behind us with advanced collaborative platforms. Developers utilising MTWO can expect to reduce change orders and rework, eliminate unnecessary delays in communication and enhance productivity.

As for managing ROI, developers have many powerful modules at their disposal within MTWO. Subscribers have access to a wealth of 5D BIM construction and capital simulations throughout a project lifecycle, several of which can even be utilised in the planning phase. For those who are unaware, 5D BIM refers to the connection of a 3D BIM design with time and cost considerations. This additional data allows developers to optimise their project by comparing multiple 5D project scenarios.

Cost Control and Management Benefits for Owners

Project owners are increasingly turning toward cloud solutions and subscription-based platforms to cut hardware and IT costs. There is comfort in knowing exactly how much of a budget can be allocated to project management technology, and MTWO integrates all necessary modules in a single program. MTWO represents a scalable solution for owners looking to avoid wasted expenditure, with options available to suit a range of project sizes.

Another primary cost consideration that owners need to be proactive on is supply chain management. MTWO supports owners from a project cost perspective by enabling built-to-order production based on demand. Our powerful platform means specific procurement plans can be arranged earlier than was previously possible; accurate quantities and delivery plans can be locked in based upon virtual construction. Logistically, this can make the construction phase of a build progress much more smoothly.

MTWO empowers project owners to strive for just-in-time production and delivery, so as to avoid unnecessary costs due to inventory and storage. This means owners can be more confident that their planned budget will not be exceeded due to avoidable oversights and last-minute changes.   

To learn more about how an MTWO subscription can streamline your entire project management process, feel free to reach out to our Sydney team on (02) 9420 8266 or contact us online.

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Major Agreements and Investments Signal a Successful Year for RIB ANZ

Major Agreements and Investments Signal a Successful Year for RIB ANZ

2018 proved to be another positive year for RIB in Australia and New Zealand, as highlighted by a number of sales and contract agreements that showcased our growth as a company.    

In late May, RIB announced a major iTWOcx software agreement with the Victorian School Building Authority, who began using our project management system soon afterward. This wasn’t the only Phase II iTWOcx agreement for 2018, with two additional deals reached in September with companies looking to expand their project management potential.   

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RIB’s end-to-end 5D BIM solution MTWO was announced to the world in April, and interest quickly gathered for the integrated vertical cloud platform which offers more than 100 modules for total project control. MTWO combines our leading 5D BIM technology with a Microsoft Azure platform, and represents an enterprise solution for major developers, contractors and owners looking to work efficiently under a subscription model.  

In late September, a partnership and investment agreement was reached with A2K Technologies, a noted Australian software reseller who will assist with attracting new users to the MTWO model. A2K has headquarters in Brisbane and offices in Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Perth and Auckland, allowing them to service the largest software client base in the Australian and New Zealand building and construction industries.

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10,000 MTWO users are expected to be delivered by early 2020, with mid-term projections stating that 100,000 new MTWO users will be secured as part of the agreement.

The deal was not the only MTWO news of note in September, with a news release on September 4 confirming that an Australian utility company will bring the first 100 worldwide subscribers to our vertical cloud solution. The agreement showcased the importance and potential of the ANZ region for growth of the brand.

With 2019 just around the corner, there are exciting prospects on the horizon for RIB ANZ; strong construction, mining and resource sectors mean there is ample opportunity to move forward.   

Construction companies worldwide are increasingly moving towards digitisation and integrated solutions, such as those offered by RIB. With the efficiency benefits of advanced construction software getting harder to ignore, we anticipate more companies will join RIB in running together in 2019. For any enquiries, don't hesitate to reach out to our Australian and New Zealand offices through our online contact page.

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RIB Software ANZ Represented at iTWO World 2018

RIB Software ANZ Represented at iTWO World 2018

The 6th Annual Gathering of Global iTWO Visionaries was held from November 7-8, as RIB representatives from across the globe gathered in Guangzhou for iTWO World 2018.

iTWO World is now recognised as a premier global construction and digitalisation event, having grown year-on-year since the first edition in 2013. More than 40 keynote speakers presented in Guangzhou, with 800+ experts and enterprise executives from more than 30 countries in attendance. The 2018 event, which was centred around ‘Inheriting the Bauhaus Spirit’, attracted the highest number of participants ever recorded at iTWO World.

RIB Group Chairman and CEO Tom Wolf’s opening speech was titled ‘McTWO Meets Bauhaus’, in which he called for relevant companies to come together to create a viable digital ecosystem. He spoke about the valuable combination of cloud computing and artificial intelligence, which will facilitate the world’s largest construction data center that sets the standard for real estate and construction industries going forward.

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Speakers were hosted in the main conference room at the Four Seasons Hotel in Guangzhou, with four parallel educational sessions held elsewhere in the venue, covering enterprise digitalisation, real estate, prefabricated construction and the future of technology. 

The world’s first artificial intelligence engineer, McTWO, was announced at the event. It was only last year that the company revealed its intention to move into the artificial intelligence sector. The AI feature for MTWO serves as a smart assistant for users, making it much easier to collect, store and interpret data in real-time. McTWO has been developed with machine learning, allowing data to be analysed to build prediction models that offer suggestions based on real-time information.

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RIB Asia Pacific CEO Murray Freeman was among the ANZ representatives at iTWO World. The RIB brand is growing in Australia and New Zealand, with a recent partnership and investment agreement reached with A2K Technologies, an Australian software reseller who will assist with bringing new users to RIB's MTWO vertical cloud solution. Approximately 10,000 MTWO users are expected to be delivered by early 2020 as part of the agreement, with even stronger results expected in the mid-term. This news follows a number of major RIB enterprise agreements that were announced in the second half of 2018, with several utility and engineering companies signing up to our MTWO and iTWOcx platforms going forward.

Based upon attendance figures in recent years, we expect the next edition of iTWO World in 2019 to re-write the history books once again!

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Industry 4.0 in Construction: 4 Technologies Driving the Paradigm Shift

Industry 4.0 in Construction: 4 Technologies Driving the Paradigm Shift

Last month we spoke to you about the key theories behind the Industry 4.0 automation trend, and this month we will take a closer look at the technologies making it happen in construction. The advanced platforms offered by RIB utilise the following technologies, all of which we anticipate will play important roles in the future of our industry.

GPU Accelerated Computing

The advent of powerful Graphics Processing Units was an important step in the growth of iTWO and will continue to be influential in the development of Industry 4.0.

GPUs date back to 1999 when computing company Nvidia released GeForce 256, a specialised electronic circuit that could accelerate image creation in a frame buffer for output. Since then, virtualised GPUs have brought graphics to cloud computing, eventually leading to support for advanced computing programs that are fully cloud-based. We spoke about Moore’s Law of Exponential Growth in last month’s post, which demonstrates the rate at which processing power grows with every passing year. This growth of GPU power will continue to support RIB going forward, allowing us to run our software seamlessly in the cloud and on multiple devices via apps and browsers.

Artificial Intelligence

Misconceptions are abound when it comes to AI. Many believe that the technology is only capable of performing repetitive jobs, while others are concerned about the long-term implications of developing AI. In reality, both of these concerns are unfounded.

Artificial Intelligence generally performs better when fed more information, which is one of the reasons why companies today should be viewing data as an invaluable asset. At RIB, we place particular importance on data models and their ability to capture, transact, analyse and farm data within iTWO 4.0 and MTWO. The more diversified this knowledge is, the better. In construction, this means everything from financial data and simulations to actual progress and field data is stored.

Cloud Computing and the Internet of Things

Cloud solutions have been rapidly implemented in construction in recent years, due to the clear efficiency and collaboration benefits. The cloud is a reliable, scalable and cost-effective model for managing, storing and processing data. The Internet of Things can be defined as a network of physical devices that are embedded with electronics, software, sensors, actuators and connectivity. Internet-enabled devices allow us to connect and exchange data like never before, creating a range of opportunities for the construction industry. Contractors and project managers can access repositories of data with ease, allowing them to double-check measurements and costs when on-site. This information can be helpful throughout the construction lifecycle, from visualisation during the planning phase or as a point of reference when inspecting work completed by contractors.

It’s not just on-site that cloud technology is valuable. Engineers, contractors, surveyors, architects and any other important stakeholder can stay connected in real-time thanks to the cloud. New programs that improve information transfer are always hitting the market; managers can control document delivery to ensure that everyone involved in a project only gets the information they need.

Robotics

Sensor technology has become considerably more affordable in the past decade – combined with AI advances, robotics is now on the rise in construction. We are now even seeing robots with problem solving capabilities deployed as field surveyors.

Due to this price drop, robotics will become a scalable option for the construction industry. We can expect to see autonomous drones for logistics and Androids/3D printers in manufacturing sectors. RIB is heavily involved in the robotics space, having developed software that supports the operation of pre-fabrication factories for concrete and other elements. This software controls the robots and the factory floor, allowing for smart analysis to identify bottlenecks and simulate constant optimisations.  

Experience Industry 4.0 with RIB

All of the above elements play an important role in MTWO, our subscription-based joint-offering with Microsoft. MTWO deploys our core iTWO product with advanced Microsoft Azure infrastructure. iTWO 4.0 is offered for private cloud customers and is often utilised by major companies who have their own data centres and complex ERP structures.

To learn more about either platform, don’t hesitate to contact our team online. Australian customers can reach us on 1300 653 420, while New Zealand customers can call 0800 003 265.

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Introducing MTWO: A Powerful New Enterprise Solution for Digital Transformation

Introducing MTWO: A Powerful New Enterprise Solution for Digital Transformation

RIB Software SE announced a major agreement with an Australian utility company earlier this month, revealing that 100 key subscribers will begin using RIB’s cloud-based MTWO platform.

This agreement is a significant development for RIB Software in Australia, marking the first major implementation of the MTWO solution worldwide since the product was launched in April 2018.

Group CEO of RIB Software Thomas Wolf said of the agreement: “We are very pleased to be able to deliver the first live users on MTWO ahead of schedule already early in H2 2018. On one side this illustrates the big interest from the market in subscription-based licenses for iTWO technology, and on the other side the attractiveness of the MTWO concept including with market best 5D BIM applications, Platform as a Service and Infrastructure as a Service in one bundled package easy to deploy, implement and use."

For this blog post, we will explore the headline features of the MTWO solution to explain how organisations can benefit from a comprehensive and integrated hub for project development.  

A Vertical Cloud Platform: Tailored Construction Solutions

For those who don’t know, vertical cloud refers to an online infrastructure that has been purpose-built to suit the processes of a specific industry. MTWO is built upon a bespoke vertical cloud system tailored for construction and real estate industries, supplied by Microsoft Azure.

Microsoft’s Artificial Intelligence (AI) solutions, Azure Internet of Things suite and other technological advances are built into the MTWO platform. The result is a robust and future-proof cloud solution that allows RIB to successfully deploy a range of services built upon big data, 5D BIM and much more.    

More Than 100 Integrated Modules for Your Project Lifecycle

The MTWO concept is built around integrating and digitalising every process required for project delivery in the modern industry. Large organisations in 2018 are still relying on a suite of software options, which can slow down productivity with vital data stored in several different places.

Some of the major enterprise-wide modules of MTWO include BIM, 2D/3D takeoff, scheduling, procurement, bidding, tendering, prefabrication, site management, controlling, document management and a whole lot more. Over 100 modules are integrated as part of the MTWO subscription service to support effective planning and maximise return on investment.

A Scalable and Customisable Subscription Service

Cloud-based subscription services are growing in popularity, with many major businesses moving away from in-house hardware infrastructure. Cloud infrastructure is reliable, scalable to suit changing business plans and often has a lesser upfront and maintenance cost.

MTWO Cloud can also be customised to suit the working processes of your business. The platform utilises an easy-to-navigate layout, with specific modules able to be prioritised as you see fit.

RIB’s joint offering with Microsoft truly represents a revolution for the construction industry. Contractors, developers, owners, managers and other project personnel can all reap the benefits of MTWO to streamline processes, maintain transparency and improve efficiency. It is clear that the solution can be effectively deployed across a wide number of users, as demonstrated by this major subscription agreement in Australia.

To learn more about MTWO Cloud, feel free to get in touch with RIB’s Australian team online, or by calling 1300 653 420.

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The Key Theories Behind Industry 4.0 in Construction

The Key Theories Behind Industry 4.0 in Construction

The automation trend referred to as Industry 4.0 has been around for some time now, but not everyone is clear about what it all means. For our latest blog post we have defined the Industry 4.0 concept as it applies to the future of construction, and listed a few key theories that go some way to explaining the transformational potential of digitisation.

What is Industry 4.0?

It’s easy to divide the history of industry into three periods – first came mechanisation, with power generated by water and steam. The second period of industry was characterised by electricity, as well as mass production and assembly lines. The advent of computers was the third period of industry, and we are now entering an age of cyber-physical systems – commonly referred to as Industry 4.0.

Industry 4.0 describes the recent move towards automation, analysis and data exchange. RIB is a forerunner for implementing Industry 4.0 in construction, through interoperability, technical assistance and high-level data analysis. The company is developing integrated platforms that improve sustainable building practices, eliminate unnecessary waste and allow for greater collaboration through the supply chain. In this regard, digitisation is contributing to a better built environment worldwide.  

The 6 Ds of Technological Disruption

There is often reticence to embrace digitisation in certain industries, but the tide appears to be turning. Agriculture has become digitalised through IoT, machine control and labs in an effort to improve outputs and crop quality, while the Carlsberg brewing company is even using AI in an attempt to predict the taste of different barleys in the final products from the brewing process.

Peter Diamandis, founder and chairman of the X Prize Foundation has a concept he calls ‘The 6 Ds of Technological Disruption’. This concept is largely based on Ray Kurzweil’s observation ‘The Law of Accelerating Returns’ which explains the exponential growth of IT.

This list outlines the rapid and significant impacts that technology can have upon established industries, and goes some way to explaining why humans have a hard time accepting technological potential.

1 – Digitised

Anything that becomes digitised experiences the same exponential growth that we see in computing. Digital information is easy to access, share, and distribute. It can spread at the speed of the Internet. Once something can be represented in zeros and ones – from music to biotechnology – it becomes an information-based technology and grows exponentially.

2 – Deceptive

When something starts being digitised, its initial period of growth is deceptive because exponential trends don’t seem to grow very fast at first. Doubling only .01 only gets you to .02, then .04 and so on. Exponential growth really takes off after it breaks the whole number barrier. 2 quickly becomes 32, and so on.

3 – Disruptive

The existing market for a product or service is disrupted by the new market the exponential technology creates, because digital technologies outperform their older counterparts in effectiveness and cost. Once you can stream music on your phone, why buy CDs? If you can snap, store and share photographs, why buy camera and film?

4 – Demonetised

Money is increasingly removed from the equation as the technology becomes cheaper, often to the point of being free. Software is less expensive to produce than hardware and copies can be produced consistently at a low cost. You can now download any number of apps on your phone to access terabytes of information and enjoy a multitude of services for a negligible outlay.

5 – Democratised

Once something is digitised, more people can have access to it. Powerful technologies are no longer only for governments, large organisations, or the wealthy.

6 – Dematerialised

Separate physical products are removed from the equation. Technologies that were once bulky or expensive – radio, camera, GPS, phones, maps – are now all in a smartphone that fits your pocket.

Moore’s Law of Exponential Growth

In simple terms, Moore’s Law is an observation first made in 1965 by engineer Gordon Moore, who noted that the number of components per integrated circuit doubled every year, leading him to predict that this rate of growth would continue for at least a decade. Moore revised his prediction to a doubling every two years as of 1975, a forecast which proved accurate in subsequent decades and was used to guide long-term planning and research in the industry.

RIB has found that Moore’s exponential growth theory has rung true over the past ten years. We initially experienced hardware and processing power scalability issues that limited our potential to run further services, but we accurately predicted that Moore’s Law would catch up and continued with our research and development plans. We took similar leaps with our MTWO and iTWO 4.0 platforms, offering full cloud support before GPU was publicly available.

In next month’s blog, we’ll look at the specific technologies utilised by RIB to bring Industry 4.0 to the construction industry, including GPU Accelerated Computing, Artificial Intelligence, Cloud Computing, the Internet of Things and Robotics.

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What’s New in iTWOcx? Our Transmittal and Workflow Interface Redesign

What’s New in iTWOcx? Our Transmittal and Workflow Interface Redesign

The RIB Product team are excited to announce a number of new User Interface redesigns and updates to Transmittals and Workflows, which we are sure will streamline your experience with iTWOcx.

Transmittal UI Updates

The Transmittal screen has been redesigned so that the toolbar matches what is available elsewhere in iTWOcx. All of the tools necessary to carry out Transmittals are now easily accessible.

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We’ve also added in a few controls to collapse each section so you can view only the information that is relevant to you.

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You can also Apply a Workflow to Documents on a Transmittal directly from the toolbar – Convenient? We think so!

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Workflow UI Updates

The Workflow screen has been split into two modes. We call these the View mode and the Review mode.

In the View mode, the Workflow can be viewed using the panel on the right side, just like any other form on iTWOcx. This is a change from directly opening the Workflow review mode, as was the case previously.

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Information and attachments added during the upload and distribution process are now presented using the View mode. To review documents, simply click on the Review Documents button on the toolbar. This takes you to the familiar Workflow Review mode screen.

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Here we have added in the Workflow title, in addition to who has been added for Action or Info on the Workflow. A section has also been added to display any Review Notes and supplementary attachments that may have been input when the Workflow was applied.


Apply a Workflow When Uploading Drawings

To apply a Workflow in the past, users needed to upload their documents before selecting them and sending them on to Review. With our newest release we have streamlined this process.

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You can now Upload Documents and Apply a Workflow at the same time on the Distribution screen. Should you upload documents to a folder with an Automatic Workflow associated to it, you are given the ability to edit the details of that Workflow prior to issuing it.

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Editing Workflow Details

When selecting and applying a workflow you can now quickly edit the workflow title, add users and review notes and attachments on the one screen. A preview of the selected workflow has also been added to the same screen so that you are in complete control.

We have also edited document distribution within the platform. iTWOcx now allows you to add users for Action as well as for Info.

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Configure Statuses for Transmittals and Distributions

When the Publication Space was first released, statuses for Transmittals and Distributions were limited to the default selections that came with the system.

With this release you can now add your own statuses and configure whether they are an Open or Closed status. You can set either of these options to be the default that appears for document distribution. If the status is set to open, users are also provided with the option to set a due date.

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Report on Documents on a Workflow

Workflow reporting has also been expanded in our latest update, allowing users to see documents featured on a particular workflow. This report can also be exported to Excel for further customisation.

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Let Us Know What You Think

 

We think these changes will help to improve your efficiency when using iTWOcx. Feel free to try out all the new features and let us know what you think. These updates are now available on all projects using the Publication Space for Document Management.

 

 

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