Construction software is constantly changing and new solutions are being developed. While every software solution available is different, a good number have the same basic principles. When a unique software solution comes out, it truly changes the construction game—and now a new patent is set to help the industry evolve in the months ahead.

CenterPoint Properties, www.centerpoint.com, Oak Brook Ill., recently received a patent for its construction management software. The software, the (RDSTS) Room Data Sheet Tracking System encompasses contract requirements tracking, compliance tracking, and document indexing, ultimately setting a new benchmark for integrated custom technology. RDSTS is designed to catch any unauthorized future scope changes and prove contractual obligations are met on time and within budget.

RDSTS was recently used to complete the NNSA’s (National Nuclear Security Admin.’s) campus in Kansas City, Mo., and the system saved millions of dollars for the United States government. This project had 2.1 billion individual requirements across 1,239 rooms and the software’s unique point-in-time tracking feature helped CenterPoint identify changes to these requirements over time. RDSTS also ensured every requirement was reviewed by the design, construction, and commissioning agent for verification that lease obligations were met.

Innovations such as this one will continue to move the construction industry into the future. This may inspire more companies to create unique features and have them be patented. That would help companies to think outside-the-box and deliver solutions for the construction industry specifically.