Today we catch up with CODE_n Alumnus and Industry 4.0 (smart factories/connected manufacturing) startup Evercam. The founders Marco and Vinnie embarked on their business idea in 2010 by filming construction projects in Berlin. Much has happened since then. They’ve relocated to the capital of Ireland and now work in partnership with Lensmen, a leading player in the Irish photography and videography market. The startup is gaining success providing a monitoring software platform for the worldwide construction industry.
Sablono uses big data to help construction companies solve project management problems and deliver buildings on time. The German startup developed a software solution called BIMtime, a collaborative scheduling tool that assists organizations with the set up of complex construction projects.
Felix Enge is CEO and co-founder of Sablono
The startup was founded in 2013 as a spin-off from the Technical University of Berlin. It is now a member of the SAP Startup Focus program and is seed-funded by Hasso Plattner Ventures. Sablono is also one of the 50 CODE_n finalists and in today’s interview we talk to the CEO and co-founder, Felix Enge.
When thinking of big data, the construction industry wouldn’t normally instantly come to mind. How can this technology benefit the construction sector?
The construction sector is one of the most analog, or non-digital industries in the world and keeping track of complex building projects is a very challenging task for the people involved. Often, the full complexity of a project is not completely considered in the planning phase and the initial schedules and cost estimates don’t reflect all relevant details. New technology can have a huge impact in this respect by connecting a variety of key data sources from the beginning and by enabling the people to systematically analyze past and recent projects. If this information can be made accessible in real time, project managers can better plan, decide or reschedule – based on the very latest developments and past experience. This will help to significantly increase the certainty of construction projects and will make estimates and schedules more reliable and accurate.
How does BIMtime work?
Sablono BIMtime is the first software tool to create reliable project schedules based on a virtual 3D building model. The components of the model are associated with Sablono-certified building processes, which contain all relevant information on the manufacturing process of every single component. The result is a significantly more reliable schedule with a thousand-fold increase in the level of detail. Throughout all construction phases, the schedule remains connected to the 3D building model and is automatically updated if a change or delay occurs.