Periodic Reporting for period 1 - CORSAIR (Increasing the quality mindset of COnstruction workers involved in building Refurbishment processes through a Software Application capable of using among others visible or InfraRed pictures of defects)
Reporting period: 2015-06-01 to 2015-11-30
Decarbonizing Europe by 2050 requires in-depth renovations of existing buildings to reduce their energy needs. High quality refurbishment processes (design, construction and maintenance) must narrow down the to-day’s building measured energy performance gaps between what is foreseen by design and the real performance of refurbished buildings when used. BulldozAIR (http://www.bulldozair.com/) is an innovative, low entry cost, easy-to-use software suite developed by BLOCKBASE, now commercially accessible under a SaaS (Software as a Service) purchase mode within the Apple, Microsoft and Google operating systems. From their existing French customer base, the project aims at validating the routes that BLOCKBASE must follow to open European and US markets for the BulldozAIR software suite serving the whole refurbishment value chain.
Work performed from the beginning of the project to the end of the period covered by the report and main results achieved so far
A direct confrontation with US competitors positions BulldozAIR as a software tool for construction and any energy based engineering project. BulldozAIR handles any image data streams (visible or infra-red camera images at construction and maintenance levels, with an API for FLIR infrared cameras validated with FLIR experts) and shares simply, in real time, the knowledge securing high quality field works using such annotated images. Images enhance daily each field player self-validation of the quality for the performed activities, thus increasing refurbishment productivity and quality. Demonstration activities of BulldozAIR are planned on real refurbishment projects in Austria, Finland, Germany and Spain, in order to show the product robustness and pricing strategy in a SaaS mode, and size the marketing investments needed to lead the European scene by 2020 complete A business plan from 2016 to 2021 shows fast growth of turnover even though a low profile scenario is taken as the base line to cover the co-funding of a Phase II funding of BLOCKBASE.
Progress beyond the state of the art and expected potential impact (including the socio-economic impact and the wider societal implications of the project so far)
Two US software solutions are available to support the construction value chain: PLANGRID and FIELDWIRE. They have both raised equity to support their growth in the USA (respectively 40 and 6 M€ in 2015). None of these products allows players of the refurbishment value chain sharing simultaneously and collaboratively “Images” and “Notes” to monitor the project execution. Construction workers and engineering bureaus will increasingly need to exchange such data in real time to take process decisions, this in order to drastically increase the quality along the whole construction value chain.