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DateTuesday, June 28, 2011

Irish Mobile SaaS to Help Builders

Construction Industry Set to Join the Enterprise Mobility Revolution with the Launch of SmartBuilder1



SmartBuilder Software Ltd, based in NovaUCD, Dublin, has launched SmartBuilder1, a mobile software-as-a-Service for Android smartphones and tablets, for the Irish and UK construction markets.



According to a 2009 Constructing Excellence Report (more) there is only a 50% chance of any building coming in on time or on cost, and a 2008 Chartered Institute of Building Report (more) nearly 67% of high-rise buildings are delivered late. In an industry where profit margins are under sustained pressure, SmartBuilder1 has been designed to help construction companies deal with some of their greatest on-site challenges; keeping projects on track and delivering them on time, ensuring high-quality, helping project teams become more efficient, achieving timely communication of issues on-site and tracking everything that happens in-field.



SmartBuilder claims the cloud-based software is the first complete system of its type for the construction market, which is focused on saving contractors time and money and on helping them to bring in buildings with zero defects. It allows managers on-site to update progress in-real time, to record reasons for delays, and action people from in-field about issues. The system can be used to identify and tackle problems on-site at the earliest opportunity and to action others to solve them faster than before, which is especially valuable for managers who can communicate detailed information immediately with sub-contractors, clients and their teams.



Users can also perform quality inspections much more efficiently. Instead of taking out drawings, markers, clipboards, notebooks and digital cameras, users can tick issues off the touch screen, image the problem, mark-up the drawings electronically on screen and communicate this to those who need to fix the defects. The software also provides a valuable audit trail of everything that happens on-site which is then stored securely in "the cloud".




Richard Mulcahy who co-founded SmartBuilder with Peter Daly in 2010, explains the construction industry was one of the first sectors to adopt mobile phones, and is now set to join the enterprise mobility revolution with the adoption of smartphones and tablets with sophisticated mobile software systems: "Given that world construction output is $7.5 trillion annually and that there are 5 billon mobile phones on the planet, the potential overlap between these sectors is huge. Smartphones and tablets will be everywhere on construction sites within a few years but they need the right software to be really useful. That is where our offering comes in."



While SmartBuilder Software will base its development activity in Ireland, its sales focus will be in the UK, the US and other international markets. Mulcahy added, "We see a lot of evidence that the Irish, UK and international construction sector is ready to embrace this technology which can make an important contribution to productivity."



SmartBuilder1 has a desktop client as well as a mobile client and a database in a remote data centre accessed via the web where the data is stored and the application hosted. The mobile works off line while in-field and then syncs wirelessly when connected again to the web. 



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