Egnyte launches platform to drive digital transformation
Egnyte for Construction and Engineering aims to increase project efficiencies while enabling a variety of cloud-first processes and experiences for clients, partners and employees.
C&E companies have historically ranked among some of the least digitized businesses, representing a more than $500B opportunity for productivity improvement in the US alone, said Ronen Vengosh, VP of Construction and Engineering at Egnyte.
"However, COVID-19 has unleashed a great acceleration in digital transformation across all sectors, and, with so much to gain and so much at stake, the speed of transformation among C&E firms over the past few months has been nothing short of breathtaking," he said.
Egnyte for Construction and Engineering enables C&E companies to:
- Minimize costly delays on the jobsite, using file caching to maintain connectivity to critical digital documents even in low (or no) bandwidth environments;
- Provide secure, remote access to large files (e.g., Revit, AutoCAD, VR/AR) for distributed employees, clients, subtrades, and partners;
- Enable a seamless experience on mobile clients (phones and tablets) for easy, front-line access to drawings, punch lists, quality, safety, and other critical documentation;
- Mitigate risk by securing and monitoring valuable and sensitive content in real-time, and ensuring relevant document retention and deletion obligations are met, across projects, regions, and cloud apps.
In addition, Egnyte for Construction and Engineering provides teams with one unified document library across an expansive group of the industry’s leading digital applications, including Procore, Bluebeam, and Smartvid.io, as well as horizontal productivity tools like Microsoft 365, Google Workspace and Slack.
David Pratt, Director of Corporate & Operational Technology at Robins & Morton, said Egnyte's integrations with their existing application stack is critical to projects' success.
"Robins & Morton has reduced the challenges we had in the field with accessing and creating large files, as well as storing and archiving project documentation by integrating our existing apps with Egnyte," said Pratt.
One of the critical software integrations leveraged by Robins & Morton is between Egnyte and Procore, a leading provider of construction management software. According to Pratt, Egnyte’s seamless integration with Procore means Robins & Morton has been able to tie its cloud storage and project management platforms together to make everyone’s life easier.
"The partnership between Procore and Egnyte allows our mutual customers to easily access project files regardless of location and file size, eliminate double entry, and leverage extended functionality in Egnyte,” said Kris Lengieza, Senior Director of Global Partnerships and Alliances at Procore.
"The real-time sync between Egnyte and Procore is also a significant step forward when it comes to connecting everyone in construction."
Egnyte's integration with Bluebeam allows customers to securely communicate and mark-up documents and drawings immediately anywhere.
Intelliwave SiteSense boosts APTIM material tracking
“We’ve been engaged with the APTIM team since early 2019 providing SiteSense, our mobile construction SaaS solution, for their maintenance and construction projects, allowing them to track materials and equipment, and manage inventory.
We have been working with the APTIM team to standardize material tracking processes and procedures, ultimately with the goal of reducing the amount of time spent looking for materials. Industry studies show that better management of materials can lead to a 16% increase in craft labour productivity.
Everyone knows construction is one of the oldest industries but it’s one of the least tech driven comparatively. About 95% of Engineering and Construction data captured goes unused, 13% of working hours are spent looking for data and around 30% of companies have applications that don’t integrate.
With APTIM, we’re looking at early risk detection, through predictive analysis and forecasting of material constraints, integrating with the ecosystem of software platforms and reporting on real-time data with a ‘field-first’ focus – through initiatives like the Digital Foreman. The APTIM team has seen great wins in the field, utilising bar-code technology, to check in thousands of material items quickly compared to manual methods.
There are three key areas when it comes to successful Materials Management in the software sector – culture, technology, and vendor engagement.
Given the state of world affairs, access to data needs to be off site via the cloud to support remote working conditions, providing a ‘single source of truth’ accessed by many parties; the tech sector is always growing, so companies need faster and more reliable access to this cloud data; digital supply chain initiatives engage vendors a lot earlier in the process to drive collaboration and to engage with their clients, which gives more assurance as there is more emphasis on automating data capture.
It’s been a challenging period with the pandemic, particularly for the supply chain. Look what happened in the Suez Canal – things can suddenly impact material costs and availability, and you really have to be more efficient to survive and succeed. Virtual system access can solve some issues and you need to look at data access in a wider net.
Solving problems comes down to better visibility, and proactively solving issues with vendors and enabling construction teams to execute their work. The biggest cause of delays is not being able to provide teams with what they need.
On average 2% of materials are lost or re-ordered, which only factors in the material cost, what is not captured is the duplicated effort of procurement, vendor and shipping costs, all of which have an environmental impact.
As things start to stabilise, APTIM continues to utilize SiteSense to boost efficiencies and solve productivity issues proactively. Integrating with 3D/4D modelling is just the precipice of what we can do. Access to data can help you firm up bids to win work, to make better cost estimates, and AI and ML are the next phase, providing an eco-system of tools.
A key focus for Intelliwave and APTIM is to increase the availability of data, whether it’s creating a data warehouse for visualisations or increasing integrations to provide additional value. We want to move to a more of an enterprise usage phase – up to now it’s been project based – so more people can access data in real time.