Here at Constructech we recognize that a big challenge facing the construction industry today is the lack of interoperability between vendor systems. Too often construction companies are still manually importing and exporting data and relying on Excel spreadsheets.
In years past, there have been a number of companies—and initiatives—that have developed in an effort to address the problem, and it seems more continue to come to fruition every day.
One of the most recent examples comes from IngeniousIO, which recently announced its Architect and Engineering modules are available. The product was developed in part because the company’s founder and CEO Nick Carter recognized that the industry was outdated and companies were fragmented.
Thus, he created a full lifecycle application that allows for an integrated flow of data across every aspect of a construction business and the AECO (architecture, engineering, construction, and owner) industry as a whole.
The ultimate objective is to automate workflows and notifications for RFIs (requests for information), submittals, add service requests, change orders, and resource planning. Chiefly, the company is helping firms use the same underlying data.
Even more, this could extend beyond just a single company. In the future, the company will also offer modules for every project stakeholder—including the owner, architect, engineer, GC (general contractor), and sub.
The solution is also tapping into new and emerging technologies, to give users even more insights into projects. The cloud-based platform is also driven by AI (artificial intelligence), and once the data is entered, it will provide the insights needed.
Carter explains, “AI is not powerful until you have a holistic dataset. First step is to create a holistic dataset then move to AI.”
While this is one example, many of the technology providers offering solutions for the market today recognize that the lack of interoperability between systems is a big challenge in the space. Some are beginning to collaborate on APIs (application programming interfaces) or initiatives, while others are developing full lifecycle applications. Only time will tell how the industry responds and the technology continues to advance.
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