Construction gets a tech boost

Productivity and quality in construction get a boost as cloud-based software company, Procore Technologies, expands its presence in the UK and Ireland.

Procore, established in California, celebrates its one-year anniversary at its London base as it secures its newest customer, pioneering building system provider, Project Etopia. Project Etopia is one of a number of leading contractors that have turned to Procore to streamline their building process in the past twelve months.

Joseph Daniels, founder of modular developer Project Etopia, said:

“Our build system is all about speed and technology so we needed a project management platform that could keep up and prove as adaptable as the system itself. None of the alternatives appeared to be able to live up to the variety of demands we wanted to place on it. 

“As our pipeline of projects expands, Procore will allow us to maintain good visibility over all elements of our schemes, across multiple sites and in real time, from tendering right through to on-site coordination of contractors. 

“Other solutions could do elements of this, but it wasn’t all in one place and we were impressed with how easily key metrics were displayed and how easily delays could be identified.”

Brandon Olivieri O’Connor, Procore’s director of UK and Ireland, said:

“We first started working with our UK and Ireland customers four years ago and as demand increased, it became obvious that we needed to be local to service our customers.

“As customer numbers exceed 100, our staff numbers in the UK have also risen from 8 to 24 since arriving here. This has allowed us to increase our support for our customer base by recruiting local construction industry experts to the team.”

Procore is a platform that consists of a number of products that users can choose from based on their needs. Products include Tender Management, BIM, Design Coordination, Project Management, Quality and Safety and Project Financials, spanning pre-construction to project handover. Procore’s open API architecture and App Marketplace features more than 150 best in class construction technology tools. This makes it simple to integrate other software into an extensible platform unique to each business.

The platform is easy to use and fully mobile, putting the power back into the hands of the worker and connecting the construction site to the office. The unlimited user licence model means it can be shared with the entire project team, from clients and professional teams, to sub-contractors. This comes at no additional cost allowing everyone working on the project to collaborate in real-time.

To demonstrate how this technology puts people at the forefront, Procore teamed up with The B1M to produce a short documentary ‘Step inside the Connected Construction Site’. The film had a live screening with a panel featuring Procore’s president, Steve Zahm, Procore customer Rob Frank from BW Workplace, and digital transformation expert, Vickie Stevenson, from Osborne Construction.

Procore has had a busy autumn so far with a presence at leading construction trade shows UK Construction Week and Digital Construction Week. At the events, attendees have seen live demos of the platform and put questions to the Procore team. At UK Construction Week, Procore’s head of marketing in the UK and Ireland, Ben Douglass, shared Procore’s approach and how it differentiates itself in the market. Procore’s senior product manager, Dave McCool, took part in a panel discussion about changing business models and improving productivity in the built environment on the main stage at Digital Construction Week. 

Procore has previously expanded into Canada, Australia and New Zealand in 2017.

Brandon said:

“One of the primary reasons we invest in country is to ensure we truly understand the local market and culture. We hire staff already experienced in construction where possible and bring in our experts from the global business to support the expansion. This in-depth product knowledge and Procore experience is a catalyst for our business and increases the value we provide to our customers.

“We’re excited to have a presence in the UK and Ireland alongside the growth we’re experiencing, and we’ll be investing further into the market off the back off a successful first year. We’re here to stay and look forward to continuing to partner with our UK and Irish customers, new and old.”

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