Site provides foundation for construction industry

A website that helps architects, contractors and building developers to do business has been launched in the region.

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By  Diana Milne Published  February 5, 2006

A website that helps architects, contractors and building developers to do business has been launched in the region. The portal is part of the AECinfo network that currently covers ten countries in Europe, North America and Asia. Through the site anyone working in the construction industry can access company and product information. It includes a request for information section in which interes- ted parties can request details such as product specifications from a particular company. The Swiss-based Docu Group, which runs the AECinfo site, hopes to build a regional database of information of all those involved in the Middle East’s booming construction industry. “We know that it will take some time to build a regional database with product details, brochures and specifications. But we are confident that this is the future and that it will be appreciated by all in the industry,” said Stephan Lindqvist, Docu Group’s CEO. “It simplifies the access to updated information and makes it more cost efficient for suppliers to update and distribute brochures and technical information,” he went on to add. Initially it will be free for companies to register with AEC online but there will be a fee to register an enhanced listing, which includes product details, products and specifications. AEC will include information on any company with an enhanced listing in their newsletter and banner advertisements. The firm also plans to accept suppliers from outside the region to be listed on the Middle East portal so that companies based in the region can access information on products from foreign suppliers. The AEC online portal is published in co-operation with Tecnoserve FZ-LLZ in Dubai. “We are very pleased to be able to work together with a partner that has in-depth knowledge of the building and construction industry in the region,” added Lindqvist. “In the next few months we will also expand our network into additional countries in Europe,” he added. Docu Group AG is an international supplier of construction project and product information. It provides its services to architects, planners, engineers and contractors worldwide. Late last year another site for those involved in the construction industry — the Builders Portal BuildersV2B. com — was launched. It has however been temporarily taken offline as its creators make changes to the site.

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