BaseStone has been recognised as one of the Top 100 Companies of the year by the New Civil Engineer

We have some exciting news, and are proud to announce that BaseStone has been named as one of the Top 100 Companies of the year! Being named as one of the Top 100 Companies as part of the NCE100 Power List is a fantastic achievement and great recognition for some of the really exciting work that we have being doing over the last year to further improve Construction Productivity and the way that construction projects around the world are being delivered.

The NCE100 Power List recognises the most forward-thinking, innovative firms operating in civil engineering today. These are the firms that are doing the right things, in the right way, to deliver the outcomes that benefit society. For BaseStone, it is a great honour to be part of such a distinguished list, given that we are also one of the youngest companies on there!

On hearing the announcement, BaseStone’s CEO, Alexander Siljanovski, has said:

“We are excited to be named as one of the top 100 companies of 2019 by New Civil Engineer. Having BaseStone listed on the NCE100 Power List is further proof that our product and direction is increasingly valued by the industry. It has also served as great and well deserved recognition of the incredible efforts the entire BaseStone team have put in to get us to this stage – I couldn’t be more proud of them!”

If you would like to find out more about some of the work we are doing, and how we could possibly be used to help improve the way you deliver your projects, get in touch at hello@basestone.io, or give us a call on 020 3290 6967.

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One Small Step for Snagging, One Giant Leap for Defect Management

Whether you call it snagging, punchlisting or defect management, it’s a necessary process on construction projects. Defects are defined as  ‘aspects of the works that are not in accordance with the contract’ so the process of identifying, managing and closing out these defects is important to ensuring that the client is satisfied with the end result. We’ve added a seemingly small feature to the BaseStone platform which paves the way towards truly powerful defect management system We have found that there’s a huge range of the ways in which people do snagging. It can range from simply going to the site and taking photos of problems and scribbling down notes on paper to using an excel tracker, to having a fully fledged electronic defect management system.

Whilst a manual paper-based method can be highly prone to error and difficult to keep track of, an electronic system offers huge benefits including saving everyone time, improved snag management and having all the information in one place. On BaseStone, you can create snags from the field, capture photos and then assign this issue to the person responsible for fixing it. You can have back and forth communication through commenting until the issue is closed out and then sign it off with the electronic signature feature. Snags can also be exported in reports and given to those who do not have access to the system. 

However through talking to users, we realised that an individual snag often needs to be assigned to both an individual and to a specific contractor. This extra information gives a better overview of the works that are outstanding for each contractor. It helps project managers to track progress more easily and identify where there might be blockages earlier in the process. 

Dashboards – coming soon on BaseStone!

To make this possible we have added a contractor field to the issue. This seemingly small step unlocks huge potential when using BaseStone as a defect management system. It paves the way towards better visibility, project management and dashboard insights and we’re excited to be bringing you this functionality in the future. You can now set up and manage the list of contractors and they will be displayed in the dropdown menu on the contractor field – learn more here. In the new Issue Tracker view, you can can see all of the issues across all of the project folders and filter to see just the ones assigned to each contractor.
 
By using a digital defect management solution, such as the BaseStone application, you can track, manage, and close out defects faster, reducing the risk of delays or an escalation in their severity. This increase in productivity will enable you to handover faster, get paid sooner, and be able to refocus your efforts and resources elsewhere and on other projects. Give it a try and let us know how you supercharge your snagging with BaseStone. Watch this space for even more powerful defect management capabilities coming soon.      

Please note: the contractor field functionality is currently only available in the web application, coming to the iOS application in January  

Blockchain in Construction

Is Blockchain going to save construction or is it an ineffective innovation toy?

This presentation was held on 18th October 2018. at Digital Construction Week 2018 at Industry 4.0 stage by our Chief Technology Officer, Dr. Simon McCabe. 

Does Blockchain add value in Construction? With crypto currency fever well behind us, is the underlying Blockchain technology headed for a similar fate? While the UK construction industry faces another painful year should we be investing in Blockchain? Crystal ball style predictions are great talking points but should not drive business strategy. Strategy and execution in innovation is more important than predicting winners, just ask Apple.

In this video of the talk given at Digital Construction Week, Simon provides some critical analysis to help innovators and managers evaluate the amazing claims about Blockchain and more importantly whether or not it is relevant to you and your business.

You can watch the full presentation here:

 

You can read the full PDF presentation here:

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BaseStone is the winner of the Best Application of Technology at the Digital Construction Awards 2018

At the Digital Construction Awards 2018 ceremony at the Crystal in London, we gained new and very respectable industry recognition by winning “Best Application of Technology” at the Digital Construction Award. This category provides recognition for companies and projects that effectively utilise specific technology to improve processes and deliver measurable improvements. BaseStone’s nomination for this category comes down to the massive productivity gain of 60% that was achieved by BaseStone and long-standing customer, the Costain Skanska Joint Venture (CSJV), for their work on the London Underground Bakerloo Line Link (BLL) project at Paddington Station.

On that occasion, BaseStone’s CEO, Alexander Siljanovski, FRSA sad:

“We are delighted to win such a prestigious award at the inaugural Digital Construction Awards at DCW. The quality of the competition and the positive atmosphere at this digitally focussed event was extremely impressive. We would not have been able to achieved this success without the support of an outstanding team at Bakerloo Line Link – Costain, Skanska, London Underground, T-Clarke and Design Rationale.”