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BRE and BIW team up


Monday, May 19, 2003

The uptake of information communication technology in the construction industry, and specifically the use of collaborative working, is set to take a major step forward following an agreement between BIW Technologies (BIW) and BRE.

BRE, which provides consultancy, testing and research services relating to all aspects of the built environment, perceived the need to offer software support to its customers. It approached BIW, the recognised leader in web-based ICT services for the architectural, engineering and construction sector.

Under the agreement, BRE clients will have access to the full range of BIW software services. Director of BRE Strategic, Michael Martin said: “Much of our work, particularly that relating to our investigative consultancy projects, involves a great deal of complex information. Data captured and managed via collaboration software can be of immense value as input into customers’ future projects.

“BRE research (part of a DTI Partners in Innovation project) also supports our view that efficient communication is vital to good construction practice. Quality can suffer as a result of poor communication, such as the use of poorly detailed drawings, operatives being given incorrect instructions and technical advice not being available. Inefficient on-site communication contributes to the defects in UK construction that cost at least a billion pounds a year to repair or rebuild.

Martin continues: “We aim to practice what we preach and ensure that our customers have the opportunity to use the best collaboration technology available to support their activities. That’s why we selected BIW.”

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More information from:

  • Paul Wilkinson, BIW head of corporate communications – 020 7592 8550 or mobile 07788 445920
  • Michael Martin, director of BRE Strategic – 01923 664276

Notes to editors

  • BRE ( is the UK´s leading centre of expertise on buildings, construction, energy, environment, fire and risk. It provides research-based consultancy, testing and certification services to customers world-wide. BRE is owned by the Foundation for the Built Environment, a registered charity with a mission to champion excellence and innovation in the built environment.
  • Project collaboration services from BIW Technologies ( were first employed in 1999 on UK construction projects for Sainsbury. BIW believes it is the European leader in web-based collaboration systems for the construction and property industry, measured by both number of projects and number of users.
  • At 27 April 2003, the total number of registered users of BIW Information Channel had reached 24,267, from 2757 different companies. The total number of projects was 1238, with a total capital value conservatively estimated at around £11 billion. The total number of drawings hosted was 368,811; the total number of documents stood at 217,605.
  • BIW Information Channel is a sophisticated web-based supply chain integration technology, designed specifically for construction projects or programmes. Each client is provided with a unique, project-specific website created around a knowledge database. Using this, all data can be made available to every project team member – from the earliest concepts and specification, through detailed design, buildability studies, pre-fabrication, construction, maintenance, operation and improvement to the eventual demolition or dismantling of the facility.
  • BIW is exhibiting at Offsite ’03, at BRE’s Garston site, near Watford, 19-23 May 2003.
  • BIW and BIW Information Channel are registered trademarks or trademarks of BIW Technologies Ltd.

More information from:
Paul Wilkinson, BIW Technologies Ltd
T: 0845 1300 800
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