Industry happenings on the Web

BuildPoint Corp., Ironside Expand E-Marketplace

BuildPoint Corp., forerunner in the construction industry, and Ironside Technologies Inc., leading provider of e-commerce solutions, announced they will partner to increase the number of buyers and suppliers able to transact business online. The alliance will provide the construction industry with one of the largest communities of contractors and suppliers conducting business online.

Causeway Acquires Specnet

Causeway Technologies will acquire London-based Specnet 2000 Limited. The acquisition means Causeway will be able to offer end-to-end construction project services through its software, including initial planning by architects and designers, full specification and procurement, and daily management by site managers. To Ally With Timberline, a construction industry e-business, announced a partnership with the Timberline Software Corp. to help boost the online marketplace for the trade. The companies' collaboration will help contractors and suppliers save time and cut transactional costs by streamlining the quote process.

Wolverine Jumps On E-Sales Wagon

Wolverine Brass, a leading manufacturer of brass plumbing products, is working with PrimeSource Technologies to use BaanR, an e-sales tool, to boost Internet sales. The new online strategy will reduce transaction costs, increase customer control of the ordering process and increase customer convenience through its round-the-clock service. Unveils New E-Bidding Service

Unico Inc. subsidiary is set to launch its site Sept. 1. It will expedite the bidding process by allowing contractors and suppliers to transfer information electronically. Subscribers also will receive up-to-the minute information and updates about project bids.

Constructware Used To Build San Diego Ballpark

Constructware, a project collaboration tool used to guide project control and team communication in the construction industry, has been selected to help build the San Diego Padres' new ballpark. The ballpark, a $230 million, 46,000-seat stadium, is scheduled for completion in May 2002. To Set E-Permit Standard

VelocityHallT,'s Web-based construction permit approval system, is nearing adoption by more than 50 government agencies, leading it to become the defacto standard in the industry, according to the company. The service automates government agencies' permitting process, allowing individuals and licensed contractors to apply for a permit, check its status and schedule required inspections online 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Unique Site Helps Trade Surplus Material

Internet company provides the construction industry with the first online marketplace dedicated solely to providing contractors and facility owners the opportunity to buy and sell extra material and equipment. Features include quantity surveys, condition reporting and appraisal services. Builds New England Aquarium, staffed by an international array of architect and engineer professionals, announced it will expand one of Boston's top tourist attractions, the New England Aquarium. The Matthew and Marcia Simons Theater is set to open in fall 2001. The East Wing is set to open in early 2002. Lists Industry Experts, one of the largest independent directories for technology professionals, launched its Ultimate Construction Directory in May. The site provides 3,500 links to companies offering specific products and services to the construction industry. collaborated with, an information broker for the construction trade.

Cephren, ec-Content Support E-Market

Cephren Inc. and ec-Content will join to support Cephren MarketNetT, an online marketplace with trading, bidding and catalog-accessing capabilities. Customers will be able to reference product and pricing information for nearly 2 million items, including electrical, plumbing and HVAC products.