Friday 16 April 2021

Element Co-Develops Platform to Accelerate Digital Transformation Across the Built Environment

Element Materials Technology (Element) has announced that it has joined a global collaboration with other leading members of the construction sector to co-develop OpenBuilt, a new open hybrid cloud platform to connect the fragmented supply chain and help to drive more efficient, sustainable and safer projects.

The global pandemic has created challenges for the construction industry and efficiencies are key to the resilience of many businesses. As companies move away from manual processes and place a renewed focus on how digital transformation can lead to time and cost savings, OpenBuilt provides an invaluable tool. It enables design and build consortia as well as building owners and managers to find the right quality products and services at the right value, and from the right providers.

OpenBuilt is a digital market place designed for use by all businesses across the commercial, public and residential building sectors, from large contractors to small suppliers. By creating a single integration hub, users will securely connect their current technology platforms and digital solutions to partners, suppliers or sub-contractors in their supply chain, improving communication through secure data exchange.

Users will also have access to the latest applications and services from industry-leading technology providers, including Salesforce CRM, commerce and Tableau applications to help companies build automated workflows. Other solutions will allow users to search, filter and sort building product technical data and quickly find materials with the right specification; and to design, build and maintain buildings that meet industry regulations for function, safety and environmental performance.

Existing software and services will be accessible via the OpenBuilt platform, including Building Information Modeling (BIM) solutions with 3D Repo; digital project management solutions with Asite; data-driven building operations and maintenance services with Facilio; building products with SpecifiedBy; and managing level 2 BIM with Active Plan.

Jo Wetz, CEO at Element, said: 
“OpenBuilt gives companies with limited time and budget the opportunity to expand their digital platforms without the need for complex, bespoke software development.

“Our business in the built environment, which includes our Warringtonfire and BM TRADA brands, is central to industry safety and compliance through the provision of testing and certification services. We are continually building assurance in the marketplace and providing sustainable solutions for an increasingly complex world. OpenBuilt offers our customers the opportunity to connect us, and all suppliers, through one central hub and therefore streamline all processes to save time, energy and costs.”
OpenBuilt has been developed through a collaboration between IBM, Salesforce and CoBuilder, along with industry players Cemex, European Distributors & Industry Network, AS Backe, Sol Services and Element.

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