coBuilder Portfolio Update 2018
All coBuilder software is designed to enable the constant flow of accurate information across different stages and between different construction actors. This is the basis of developing the new solutions within the coBuilder integrated portfolio to be introduced in 2018.
Technology and Productivity
The lack of innovative solutions for solving some of the greatest digitisation obstacles the construction has been facing over the last decade has been a major blocker for the expected productivity increase in the industry.
In fact, the 2017 Deloitte Global Human Capital Trends report gives us an interesting insight of what is happening with the ever-widening gap between technology development and business productivity. Despite the introduction of mixed reality, machine learning and sensor data in the construction industry, we are no different from the rest of the world that is struggling to realise the business potential of technology. What can be done?
Technology needs to adapt to the user
During our pilot projects, we learned a lot about the way our clients collaborated and about the inefficiencies they were facing. Working alongside subcontractors, including offsite manufacturing firms acting as final tier contractors, helped us confirm that the process of delivering as-built construction product data was over-complicated and fragmented.
Be it in the form of proprietary software outputs or self-developed spreadsheets, the transfer of information between the installers of products and the general contractor was extremely slow. Every subcontractor used their own system and their own logic. Imagine the time spent conglomerating all this data. No wonder the most common thing in the ‘data management’ of today are data silos.
On the other hand, lacking the clients’ or general contractors’ requirements available in a digital format made the work of the subcontractor’s data stewards very challenging. How do I know how much or how little information should I deliver? How do I know that my Excel spreadsheet is up to my employer’s standards? How do I make sure I won’t have to go back and redo it?
That is why, in order to truly improve the efficiency of the data delivery process in the Delivery phase, coBuilder looked at such practical user questions and many more. Naturally, this became the basis of developing two SaaS platforms for use at the delivery phase that allow 1) contractors to set their data requirements using the product data template methodology and 2) businesses that act as subcontractors with no further subcontracts to deliver the product data required by their employer.
Are we reinventing the wheel?
coBuilder’s new products for the delivery stage provide yet another practical application of the Product Data Template methodology. This time it is to the benefit of contractors and subs. coBuilder’s key innovation in this regard is the use of the PDT methodology in devising requirement templates. They use the same technical language that manufacturers use to describe their products in order to help contractors set their data requirements at different levels of information need and thus create the basis for an automated process for requirements-based delivery.
This is an essential step towards advancing technology for all industry actors as it brings an internationally acclaimed best practice to the test. Data Templates are no longer only the manufacturer’s business.
Once subcontractors can receive just what the general contractor requires them to deliver in an online solution devised especially for their needs, they can input project specific data into the template of requirements and be sure that they have delivered exactly what their partners have requested. This makes the data delivery process as easy as 1-2-3.
The coBuilder portfolio – Extending the benefit to all actors
The efforts behind developing coBuilder’s new software products include rigorous business analysis that aims to solve the real problems of construction industry actors. Further reaffirmed by coBuilder’s close relationships with our clients and industry organisations that provide invaluable feedback, the new coBuilder solutions will be positioned as part of an integrated portfolio.
This means that all coBuilder software is designed to enable the constant flow of accurate information across different stages and between different construction actors. Users will take advantage of software solutions that cater specifically to their immediate needs, while the benefits of their work will flow across the interlinked coBuilder software. This is how coBuilder aims to provide 360° collaborative data solutions that will help actors advance the entire construction ISC (information supply chain) technologically.
The software targeted at subcontractors (working title coBuilder Deliver) is to be fully released on the market in summer 2018. Currently, the tool is still being trailed by offsite manufacturers and subcontractors. Contact us if you want to find out more about coBuilder Deliver and the coBuilder portfolio.