The Big Question: How do we Improve Productivity in Construction?

Last year BaseStone attended Digital Construction Week on the 18th and 19th October 2017 at the Excel Centre in London. Our founder and CEO, Alexander Siljanovski MEng(Hons) MSc CEng MIET FRSA, presented with two great sessions with topics: Tech Stage: Use of Technology to Drive Productivity Industry 4.0 Stage: Productivity, Smart Contracts and the Blockchain During Digital Construction Week, we asked our colleagues a big question “How do we Improve Productivity in Construction?” , because productivity in the construction industry has declined steadily and significantly since the 1960’s in both Europe and the USA. You can watch the answer here:

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BaseStone’s latest mobile release is now available

Latest BaseStone mobile release

Major new release version 3 now available

Winter is coming and as our developers rejoice seeing less sunlight, they recently surfaced from their BatCave to show us the latest version of the BaseStone mobile platform.

The latest release includes updates to our web, iPad and iPhone applications. Here are the highlights:

Improved Data Matrix and QR code functionality

On the iPad and iPhone applications, you can now scan QR and Data Matrix codes more easily and select the data to become the issue title. This is an huge enhancement to both snagging and asset-tagging processes on BaseStone. And new code lookup functionality will be coming soon!


Business Collaborator Integration

We’re delighted to announce our latest integration available on the BaseStone web application. If you’re using Business Collaborator, you can now import the files seamlessly onto BaseStone. Get in touch with us to discuss more.

Optional save to camera roll

We receive concerns from many of our users about storage on mobile devices so we make every endeavour to minimise the amount of space BaseStone takes up. Small and mighty is what we aim for. The latest release on the iphone lets you choose whether to save the photo to the camera roll or not to help control space on your device.


The key features already existing on the application include the ability to:

  • Conduct site inspections
  • Snag and report progress
  • Markup/annotate and redline drawings
  • Create as-builts
  • View and add photos, RFIs, files, comments
  • Quality inspections
  • Report defects
  • Site survey inspections

These features give the user benefits such as:

  • Everyone has access to the latest drawing, plan and information in the field
  • Improve productivity
  • Reduce paper and printing costs
  • Ensure issues are captured accurately
  • Create reports instantly, no need to copy up notes from the field
  • Visibility of issues on site
  • Reduce mistakes and abortive work

It has been a busy period for the team as only last month we were “Highly Commended” at the British Construction Industry Awards and also had a great time at Digital Construction Week which included a talk by our CEO Alex as well as exhibiting. Our CTO Simon also discussed BaseStone and Building Information Modelling at an event organised by 3D Repo to kick off Digital Construction Week.

If you would like to know more or have a specific question about BaseStone, click here and we would be happy to have a chat.

If you would like a free trial of the BaseStone application, click here.


BaseStone Highly Commended at British Construction Industry Awards

The annual British Construction Industry Awards were held last Wednesday 12th October in The Grosvenor Hotel, London. We were humbled and overwhelmed to be shortlisted for an award, which are regarded as the most prestigious awards across the industry – often referred to as the ‘Oscars of Construction’. This was the 29th year of the BCI Awards which celebrates outstanding project delivery across the industry.

The ‘Application of Technology’ award recognises exemplar projects that lead the field in embracing new technology across the supply chain. BaseStone were shortlisted for their work with the Costain-Skanska Joint Venture at Crossrail’s Paddington site. Using our mobile technology to create as-built redlines and snag simultaneously from the field, a cost-saving of 65% was demonstrated as well as bringing intelligence to the data collected from the construction site. A follow up study championed by Crossrail’s Innovate18 department and led by Crossrail’s Six-Sigma team quantified the productivity gain to be between 55% and 95% per user per month.

BaseStone team with Ben Feltham at BCIA Awards
Laura and Alex from BaseStone with Ben Feltham from Skanska at BCIA Awards

Last week we won Highly Commended recognition from the BCIA, the first tech-company ever to do this. A huge congratulations to all those who have supported us and who have been involved, particularly the Costain Skanska JV Paddington team. Special thanks go out to Ben Feltham, Scott Harden and the first engineers to use BaseStone on site – thank you for daring to be innovators!

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