RIB Australia to Be Represented at iTWO World 2019

RIB Australia to Be Represented at iTWO World 2019

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NOTE: On September 10, a decision was made to postpone iTWO World until 2020.

The 7th edition of the premier global construction and real estate digitalisation event is fast approaching. iTWO World 2019 will be held at the Grand Hyatt Hong Kong from November 13-14, and representatives from our local team are looking forward to making the trip.

The 2019 event marks a century since the founding of the revolutionary Bauhaus movement, which moulded the future of architecture by combining artistic impulse with functional design. Bauhaus was a defining step in our current built environment, and in 2019 we find ourselves poised on the brink of a new revolution in construction. By combining the power of 5G, artificial intelligence, cloud computing and mobile technologies in a vertical environment, enterprises can transform their processes and enhance their profitability going forward.

iTWO World will bring together more than 500 experts and enterprise executives from over 30 countries across the globe. Attendees will be able to connect with eminent industry visionaries and learn about digital transformation success stories from across the industry. Hands-on demonstrations of the latest iTWO technologies will be available to attendees at the Grand Hyatt in Hong Kong.   

Those wanting to make the trip to the Grand Hyatt can follow this link to register for the event.

In other trade show news, our local team recently represented iTWOcx at the Western Sydney Aerotropolis Summit, which was held at the Mercure Sydney on August 19-20. It was the third edition of the event, which once again attracted hundreds of industry and government professionals eager to discuss the economic potential of the planned Nancy-Bird Walton Airport.

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It was a great opportunity to connect with professionals interested in the latest advantages in project management. We also held a lucky prize draw for those who visited the iTWOcx team, and Paul Heddle from Channell Commercial won a full day of iTWOcx Consulting with our executive team.

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If you’d like to learn more about the scope of RIB’s ultimate web-based collaboration and management solution, why not reach out to our team today? You can make an enquiry using our online contact page or give our team a call on 1300 653 420 for Australia or 0800 003 265 for New Zealand.

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Release Notes: Tenders, Search on Lists and More

Release Notes: Tenders, Search on Lists and More

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The iTWOcx Product Team are delighted to announce our first major release of 2019. This release includes significant improvements to our Tenders module, in addition to several key additions to our core platform.

This is an optional upgrade at present, but the changes will be automatically rolled out across all existing projects within the next two months. Your team can request access to these features now by contacting our Support team on 1300 653 420.

Below are some of the most notable features available in this release. For a complete list of Release Notes, please follow this link.


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The Tenders Module has been upgraded in many areas to support the growing needs of our clients. Key improvements include:

  • Integrated Pre-Package Approval Processes

  • The Ability to Define Returnable Schedules

  • Addition of Bid Evaluation Reports

  • The Ability to Shortlist and Request for a Best and Final Offer


Integrated Approval Processes for Package Creation


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iTWOcx users will be able to customise their procurement strategy to include an Approval Process prior to package creation, in a new feature built directly into the Tenders module. Users can now leverage highly collaborative form workflows and link directly with financials and the Tenders database to support Level of Authority (LOA) requirements.

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Define Returnable Schedules

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This release allows users to request that bidders complete a Defined Returnable Schedule (Price Submissions, Schedule of Rates and Scope of Works). These sections can be filled out during package creation, and iTWOcx project managers can now make completed schedules a prerequisite for bidders looking to submit.

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Bid Evaluation Reports

Our latest release gives users the power to compare bids against internally defined schedules, as well as process post-contract changes directly during the bid evaluation process.

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Shortlisting Bidders

iTWOcx now supports the shortlisting of bidders, and grants users the ability to ask for a Best and Final offer. Once you are happy with the offer made, simply issue the contract directly to your chosen bidder when awarding the package.

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Improved Options for Workflow Administration

Workflow administrators are now able to delegate tasks, as well as skip workflow steps as they see fit.

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Print Revisions

Our improved print tool makes it easy to download design issues and layers as a PDF file when required.

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Core Product Improvements

Search on Lists

With this release, iTWOcx users are able to search on the list control. You can add columns from the list to your search results, apply inline edits or even create saved searches for future use.

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Coordinate User Fields

This feature allows for the capture of GPS coordinates during form creation within the iTWOcx mobile app.

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The features above do not cover the full scope of improvements and refinements made available with this release.

For a complete list of Release Notes, please follow this link.

For more details about accessing this upgrade for your team, give our Support team a call on 1300 653 420.

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Rise of the Vertical Cloud: The Value of Purpose-Built Online Infrastructure for Construction

Rise of the Vertical Cloud: The Value of Purpose-Built Online Infrastructure for Construction

In an industry that has been largely resistant to transformative change, we are now starting to see the needle move in construction. The need for improved productivity is clear for all to see, and major enterprises are turning towards integrated cloud solutions due to cost and efficiency benefits.

One industry term that is often heard but rarely understood is the vertical cloud. For our latest blog post, we have detailed the function of vertical cloud solutions and explained why the innovation is driving a better-connected construction industry.

What Is the Vertical Cloud?

In simple terms, a vertical cloud environment is optimised or built around the specific needs of an industry. Cloud technology has matured to the point where robust, tailored solutions are now readily available for different sized enterprises.

Standard or horizontal cloud platforms are used to support common office applications, products and services, but there are certain industries where a standard cloud computing structure is not optimal. For example, industries such as finance and healthcare have particularly stringent requirements when it comes to handling confidential data and preventing unauthorised access.

Specific regulations and compliance measures are enforced, so cloud service providers in these industries need to manage this data in a specific way. Other industries such as utilities and even government have similar requirements.  Vertical cloud solutions allow service providers to host applications and analytics that are of specific relevance to the customer, with aspects such as regulatory environments and security catered for. Because providers have a clear picture of the customers’ unique requirements, they can collaborate with their customers to create an online environment that ticks every box.

Suitable for a Fast-Moving Industry

With digital technologies such as 5D BIM, big data and artificial intelligence (AI) being rapidly adopted in construction, the need for a flexible online infrastructure for major enterprises is plain to see.    

When it comes to implementation of new technologies, the vertical cloud is far more flexible than horizontal configurations. In the past, industry-specific capabilities were layered on top of generic cloud infrastructure – the downside of this was the need for extensive reprogramming when upgrades were required. Cloud computing is built around immediate access to real-time information, so such downtimes could prove disruptive. You are less likely to encounter unexpected problems with a vertical cloud subscription service for this reason.

Suitable cloud support is integral to a digitised construction industry. Our industry combines the work of architects, engineers, developers, owners and numerous other stakeholders, and real-time collaboration is vital for the health of this ecosystem.

A vertical construction cloud platform may integrate a variety of solutions; everything from model management and quantity takeoff to site scheduling, data analytics and procurement can be managed on a single platform. Project managers using a vertical cloud can access tools that assist with various stages of a project lifecycle. With this power at their disposal, the inefficiencies that plague a project can be effectively uncovered and rectified.

Experience MTWO, the World's Number 1 Vertical Cloud for Construction

RIB launched a game-changing vertical cloud solution for the global construction industry in April 2018.

MTWO represents a significant step forward for our industry, integrating more than 100 modules in a vertical cloud enterprise solution. MTWO combines RIB iTWO 5D BIM technology in a Microsoft Azure environment, allowing developers, contractors and owners to transform their processes.

Built to support real-time collaboration and drive efficiency, the end-to-end MTWO platform serves as an ideal platform for an evolving industry. To learn more about the vertical cloud solution, feel free to check out our recent blog post on the subject or reach out to our local team today


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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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