Quantity Surveyor Paul Bass has come up with a digital way to help the construction industry stick to budgets and complete on time. Now, with the help of DigitalCity, he is trying to build on his ground-breaking solution which has been shortlisted for digital innovation in the Tees Tech Awards.
Where did you get the idea for your current business?
My experience and insight of the construction industry enabled development of our innovative digital solution; CORE. A significant amount of time, money and effort is wasted within the UK construction industry due to a lack of central data storage and the inability to easily access real-time project data.
CORE is a system which captures all data produced on and offsite, securely recording a single point of truth, that is instantly accessible anytime, anywhere. CORE delivers fast, accurate and intuitive data via business intelligence reporting to inform decision making. The idea came about from consistently encountering issues which are as a result of poor contract administration and unsystematic disorganised commercial control. Monthly performance reporting is time consuming and confusing, there is usually an overreliance on individuals to provide data and there is often duplication of work.
How did you hear about DigitalCity?
I needed some support and didn’t really know how to get a tech company off the ground. I spoke to Darlington Borough Council who signposted me to DigitalCity. I signed up to the Accelerator Programme and I’ve been in touch with them ever since.
How has the support made a difference?
My background is construction, I knew nothing at all about the tech industry or how to develop and release a digital product. DigitalCity supported me getting the idea off paper and into development. They also introduced me to some great digital companies from the Tees Valley.
DigitalCity have been very supportive and they are so well-connected in the area, which has made a massive difference.
What are your aspirations, hopes and plans for the business?
I’m now working on CORE full-time to step it up and get some real momentum. It has huge potential, locally, nationally and internationally and as the business grows I plan to recruit in the area.
The Woodsmith Group, as well as numerous others are currently testing the system and initial feedback in a live environment has been very positive. Paul is now seeking other construction companies in the Tees Valley to test the system, he can be contacted for further details via firstname.lastname@example.org.
We continue to work to release new functionality. One exciting technology we continue to focus on is our 3D scanning and modelling capability. We have just purchased a 3D camera which enables us to turn a space into an accurate and immersive digital twin which can be used to design, build, operate, promote, and understand any space.
Would you recommend working with DigitalCity?
I would most definitely recommend working with DigitalCity. They are a great team who are knowledgeable and always willing to offer support. I still speak regularly with them and would recommend anyone considering starting or wanting to grow a tech company get in touch.
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