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Bidcom takes over from BIW as Asite software supplier

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PROJECT COLLABORATION specialist Bidcom has replaced BIW Technologies as provider of collaboration software for Asite, the internet based construction industry procurement tool.

At its launch six months ago, Asite was heralded as the key to construction achieving its Rethinking Construction targets, through online procurement, collaboration and knowledge exchange (NCE 24 May).

Rethinking Construction author Sir John Egan is its chairman.

However, last week BIW Technologies pulled out of the venture, citing a disappointing performance by Asite which it claimed had delivered just five new projects.

Asite strongly refutes this claim, citing in turn an order book of £3M and a customer base of over 200 which includes leading client BAA. 'We have over £1bn of projects, including some of the biggest in the UK, said Asite managing director Alastair Mellon. Phase Two of the £128M Treasury building refurbishment will use Asite.

Under the terms of the deal, Asite customers paid a premium to use BIW's collaboration software Information Channel, which is now being employed on over 440 UK projects worth £3.7bn. But this deal failed to deliver, according to BIW chief executive Colin Smith.

Smith said that project collaboration remains BIW's core activity and that bundling it in with procurement and knowledge exchange pushed up the cost of this core service for customers and limited their choice.

Asite customers will now use Bidcom's collaboration tool ProjectNet, which is used on 175 UK projects with a combined value of £5.1bn.

INFOPLUS www. asite. com www. uk. bidcom. com www. biwtech. com

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