New construction technology saves £millions

App trialled on 5 Broadgate – largest office fit out in Europe

  • New technology trialled by ISG on 5 Broadgate removes £1 million of non-productive time.
  • Construct app sees admin savings of 1.5 hours per employee per day.
  • The first ever trial is overwhelming success and could “save construction industry hundreds of millions of pounds” of non-productive time in the future.
  • Video of the app in use https://youtu.be/2mCp1XS7C4g  

ISG, the international construction services company, is reporting findings of the ground-breaking technology being trialled on Europe’s largest office fit-out, 5 Broadgate in the City of London. 

The Construct app, trialled on the 700,000 sq ft project, produced a daily administration saving of one and a half hours per employee on average, equating to £1 million of non-productive time.

This is the first time the app has ever been piloted on an entire project, with the only other global trial currently in progress on Crossrail. ISG has been instrumental in the development of the technology alongside the Tech City developer, Construct Technologies.

Matt Blowers, managing director of ISG’s UK Fit Out business, comments: “The built environment sector has been languishing behind many other industries when it comes to improvements in productivity, which has risen just 1.4 percent in the past 20 years. This trend cannot continue into the future and we’re absolutely committed as a business to explore every new technology and working methodology that can help us raise our game and that of the industry as a whole.

“We took an ambitious approach when we trialled the Construct app on one of the UK’s largest ever fit out projects at 5 Broadgate – but the results clearly demonstrate the wider capacity for this technology to ratchet up productivity and save the industry hundreds of millions of pounds.”

Anthony Erwin, Founder of Construct Technologies, comments: “This technology has the ability to change the future of construction as we know it. We have taken the BIM revolution to another level and created a one-stop-shop app for an entire complex project. The ISG trial has been vital in the evolution of the app and the results have exceeded all of our expectations. We’re now in a position to roll out this technology to the wider industry in 2017.”

ISG has delivered 700,000 sq ft of high-specification commercial office accommodation for 5 Broadgate using the Construct app. The 12-storey building houses three trading floors, enabling 5 Broadgate to house trading operations, an auditorium, large executive area and a range of open plan and cellular office space within one building.

Construct is the first end-to-end fully customisable information and process management system for on-site construction work. The app, which works even when a user is offline, allows sites to be completely paperless, which will result in dramatically reduced costs, administration and inefficiencies. The app is the first all-encompassing system that brings together every aspect of a contractor’s information and workflow processes within a mobile platform, meaning the administrative burden is significantly reduced and greater resource can be focused on project delivery. 

Construct tailors itself to the way teams already work, thereby reducing the need to learn new processes and systems. The app makes all forms, processes, tasks, snags, drawings, files and programme details available instantly on a user’s mobile device or tablet and therefore ensures that they always have the latest information at all times.

Overview of Construct app-

Construct (www.construct.pm) is a fully customisable information and process management system for on-site construction work.

It makes sites completely paperless, massively reducing costs and inefficiencies.

By tailoring itself to the way teams already work, it reduces the need to learn new processes and systems.

With Construct, managers have all the information they need to hand and therefore save time on trips to the office. It saves at least 1.5 hours per employee per day or around 25% of their time.

Until now there have been some minor ways to make aspects of a site paperless like snagging apps or health & safety apps but nothing that covers all aspects of a company’s information and process flows in a project.

Construct does this by making all of a company’s forms, processes, tasks, snags, drawings, files and programme details available instantly on a user’s mobile device or tablet. This ensures that they always have the latest information available to update at all times. It even works when a user is offline.

There has never been a tailored end-to-end construction App until now. So companies have had to pay for multiple solutions or use paper. That all changes with Construct.

Anna Geffert: Anna.geffert@instinctif.com| 020 7427 1436 or Jamie Till: Jamie.till@instinctif.com | 020 7427 1438

ISG is the world’s most dynamic construction services company, delivering robust and future-proofed places that help people and businesses thrive. Our 2,400 worldwide specialists deliver unbeatable customer experiences fuelled by a fast-paced, idea-driven culture. 

For further information about ISG please visit our website www.isgplc.com

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