Dylan Lewis, Rob Brown, Greg Jones, Rick Marshall
Most innovative companies in the world have been known to push the envelope when designing office spaces that reflect their core values and mission. These companies even require all their offices, no matter where in the world, to strictly adhere to certain technology and fit-out standards. However, given the language barriers and cultural differences across the globe, how does a company ensure that the construction quality at all locations meets the company standards? It is extremely challenging to accurately communicate the design intent to project teams around the world—they are most likely to have varying interpretations of the drawings and written documents. London-based Collab Advisor helps solve this predicament with its intuitive platform, CentrePoint, designed to bridge the gap between client technology standards and the actual construction quality. CentrePoint facilitates seamless and effective collaboration between a client, architect, contractors, and technology specialists.
“Construction projects typically involve massive amounts of data and communication between internal and external stakeholders: written documents, drawings, emails, meetings, software products, and so forth. When organisations apply aggressive timelines to these projects, the interpretation and understanding of design requirements—or even the coordination among teams—often start to suffer,leading the client to not receiving what was intended or the client
having to pay extra,” explains Dylan Lewis, co-founder and Director at Collab Advisor. With CentrePoint, Collab Advisor has created an intuitive central repository that can not only consolidate standards and provide the one source of truth but also de-clutter a project's scope for all stakeholders. Thus, each stakeholder selectively receives relevant and necessary information for the completion of their work in a clear visual format.
Beyond serving as a central repository of trusted information, CentrePoint provides an interactive 3D view of any standard client environment, allowing for more productive designing and better construction quality. As a result, clients save significant amounts of costs and resources that would otherwise be spent on correcting faulty, non-standard work.
CentrePoint’s photo-realistic 3D visualisation module seamlessly integrates with all leading 3D formats, enabling users to analyse and interact withal their construction spaces across the world from anywhere and on any device. “Most well established platforms in the market require specialist hardware with large storage capacity and thorough hands-on training. Ease of use is what differentiates CentrePoint,” highlights Rob Brown, co-founder and Director, Collab Advisor. For instance, an on-site audio/visual vendor looking to understand what containment has been allowed in the wall structure can directly interact with the relevant construction space and phase to obtain the required data within a few clicks on their device.
Along with simplifying relevant data access for vendors, CentrePoint's "project and vendor review" module enables clients to comprehensively measure and track their vendors' performance. The module evaluates a project across all milestones, creating critical performance data for enhanced vendor in the future. Since this empowers clients to continually refine their supply chains and drive efficiency, Collab Advisor has appropriately termed the project and vendor reviews as "continuous improvement reviews."
While CentrePoint’s ability to boost performance and uplift construction quality by preventing the misinterpretation of design intent is a huge plus, how the platform eliminates the need for unnecessary travel and meetings has particularly proved of tremendous value ever since the onset of COVID-19. To further augment CentrePoint’s potential not just from the pandemic standpoint but from a broader product perspective, Collab Advisor is now looking to incorporate virtual reality and several other technologies into its platform. “As experienced professionals operating successful businesses in construction, project delivery, and design, we bear first-hand knowledge of the frustrations and pitfalls associated with timely delivery of projects conforming to client standards. This helps us consistently upgrade our platform and meet the dynamic market demands," states Lewis.