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PlanRadar expands platform with QR code functionality

PlanRadar expands platform with QR code functionality

PlanRadar’s integration with QR Codes set to improve on-site documentation and information PlanRadar, one of Europe’s leading digital construction, real estate and facilities management platforms, has enhanced its site data management by including QR code functionality. PlanRadar’s integration with QR Codes continues to elevate the platform as a preferred on-site

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Adapting to Climate Change Now Top Priority for Specifiers Worldwide

PlanRadar’s latest report reveals climate-resilient buildings are an essential requirement for global construction “Climate-proof” buildings are now international priority to withstand effects of climate change Specifiers now focused on resilient and adaptable structures to endure increasingly erratic weather UK’s climate emergency response focused on ‘renovation’, ‘retrofit’ and “walkable neighbourhoods”, but

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UK Construction Receives Tech Boost

PlanRadar, the web-based application for construction and real estate projects, has launched in the UK to continue its global expansion. For Britain, this launch has the potential to take the country out of its 20-year long productivity slump where over a third of construction projects overrun on time (40%) or

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BDC 318 : Jul 2024

PlanRadar

PlanRadar expands platform with QR code functionality

PlanRadar expands platform with QR code functionality

PlanRadar’s integration with QR Codes set to improve on-site documentation and information PlanRadar, one of Europe’s leading digital construction, real estate and facilities management platforms, has enhanced its site data management by including QR code functionality. PlanRadar’s integration with QR Codes continues to elevate the platform as a preferred on-site documentation product, allowing users to simplify workflows and save time. QR Codes can be placed around a site to track location-specific issues or assets. The improvements will deliver greater flexibility to PlanRadar’s customer base, merging their existing work processes with the platform’s award-winning functionality, to help save time, improve work rate and accuracy whilst avoiding performance-damaging data silos. Users scan the QR code with their camera or the PlanRadar Mobile App and the linked Ticket (task/asset information) opens automatically. This makes it fast and simple to reference specific details while at a construction site or when maintaining facilities. PlanRadar currently supports a similar integration and workflow using near field technology, with the ability to link NFC tags to Tickets. With the addition of QR codes, users can now select their preferred technology to work on-site with PlanRadar.   Chief Product Officer, Clemens Hammerl stated, “We strive to give our customers the best on-site experience, making it simple to get their day-to-day work done efficiently and correctly. Linking PlanRadar to QR codes is a natural fit – reducing the time it takes to retrieve information on a project site and ensuring everything is properly documented at the precise location. QR codes and NFC tags can both be used to make a wide variety of information accessible in real-time, and users can choose which format they capture and share information.” The new functionality makes it faster and easier to share information critical to a project’s success and can also drive greater levels of communication and collaboration between teams, creating a water-tight audit trail of decision-making in the process. Combined with PlanRadar’s flexible platform that allows users to decide the format they capture and report information, QR codes can be used for a variety of on-site workflows, including sharing key information on construction sites, tracking equipment, health and safety inspections, managing modular build deliveries, recurring maintenance and aligning fire stopping elements in ongoing checks. Co-CEO Ibrahim Imam added: “QR codes and the PlanRadar app are easy to use and do not require any prior knowledge or training. All you need is a mobile device. The result is a simple and cost-effective way to provide the most updated information – removing the need to replace signs on the entire construction site or in a building.” The new functionality neatly aligns with PlanRadar’s existing features. Using offline mode, users may scan QR codes and capture information even in places without internet access. At the same time, all information is stored in accordance with the highest standards of data protection and data security according to GDPR. PlanRadar continues to expand its feature set, following the start-ups successful $69 million ‘Series B’ investment round in January 2022. This year they launched integration solution ‘PlanRadar Connect’ and a Schedule feature to visualise projects phases and Tickets in Gantt-charts, among a multitude of other improvements to enhance customer’s experience. To find out more about PlanRadar’s new QR code feature and the wider platform, click here. Building, Design & Construction Magazine | The Choice of Industry Professionals

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Adapting to Climate Change Now Top Priority for Specifiers Worldwide

PlanRadar’s latest report reveals climate-resilient buildings are an essential requirement for global construction “Climate-proof” buildings are now international priority to withstand effects of climate change Specifiers now focused on resilient and adaptable structures to endure increasingly erratic weather UK’s climate emergency response focused on ‘renovation’, ‘retrofit’ and “walkable neighbourhoods”, but lags behind other countries in carbon-reduction terms Increasing use of renewable ‘biomaterials’, with 66% of countries covered regarding hemp as a ‘future building material’ Today, PlanRadar, a leading digital construction, real estate and facilities management platform, publishes a new report on emerging trends set to dominate the global specification community: The Architecture of the Future. The first in a series of specially-produced architecture and construction reports, this important analysis of evolving preferences draws data from 12 countries worldwide*[1]. It provides a contemporary snapshot of international sustainable efforts and approaches as Net Zero 2050 draws closer. The key takeaway is that climate change is now regarded as the sector’s greatest challenge. The report highlights that the majority of specifiers are now committed to creating “climate-proof” buildings, capable of withstanding increasing weather extremes, such as heat and flooding. Taking a deeper diver into the research, highlights from The Architecture of the Future report include: International Common Ground A primary focus on ‘sustainability’ was consistent across all territories, but the study also highlighted international correlations and nuances, particularly best practice. For example, 10 countries identified ‘walkability’, with aim of improving green infrastructure in urban areas, including: better cycle-friendly transport links, closer integration of public transport and car reduction. Further common ground was found in ’Net Zero progression’ and ‘reducing energy consumption’, ‘water conservation’, ‘people-first neighbourhoods’ and ‘reusable construction materials’. This was closely followed by 50% of territories highlighting the importance of ‘natural cooling’ through trees, plant life and water features, ‘green retrofitting’, and ‘mixed-use developments’. Importantly, these preferences indicate an increasingly more conscientious, environmentally-concerned approach to building in urban areas, with climate change mitigation becoming a central consideration with the contemporary design brief. On a granular level, whilst intention appears strong, it’s not necessarily converting into tangible activity. In fact, the UK appeared to lag behind the low carbon construction curve when compared with the other 11 countries analysed. Notably, despite increasing steps to legislate and improve upon Net Zero 2050 targets, the UK is not working at the pace required to meet its goals. This reflects findings in recent NBS research, the Sustainable Futures Report, which found, disappointingly, over half of construction professionals had failed to work on a single net-zero project in the last twelve months. It’s a situation which needs to change if the UK is to stay on track with official targets. Territorial Specifics The Architecture of the Future also highlighted the green design trends shaping the future of international urban construction. For example, Poland and Hungary are looking to increase the amount of high-performance insulation in urban developments to combat more extreme climatic fluctuations and increase energy efficiency. In the UAE, where searing temperatures already affect daily life, specifying more low-rise, smaller buildings to prevent heat islands within densely populated areas was seen as a crucial consideration. For UK, where cities are not traditionally built for modern transport face increasing traffic, congestion and pollution, specifiers want to reduce the country’s reliance on cars and vehicles. Furthermore, with an increasing focus on environmental conservation and rural regeneration, to improve levels of retrofitting and building on brownfield sites was also regarded as a priority. Supply chains are also under the microscope, particularly the US, where green policy is inconsistent between states leading to standardising logistical sustainability considered as a top priority. Materials of tomorrow Invention and innovation is reshaping our approach to construction, and The Architecture of the Future report highlights a paradigm shift towards greener building products to tackle the climate change conundrum. Particularly, the increasing use of ‘biomaterials’ is set to rewrite the international specification rulebook over the next decade. With the ability to absorb carbon dioxide during growth and then ‘store’ it, they possess highly-sustainable properties that will help lower construction-created CO2.  Proving this growth in biomaterials interest, 75% of countries such expect a rise in the use of hemp. Others are turning to straw and grasses, whilst some expect mycelium (fungi) will play a big role. Looking at territory specifics, in Italy, a growing preference for graphene-based ecological paints, which coverts atmospheric pollutants into harmless nitrates[2] and other new materials, such as regenerated nylon and carbon fibre concrete, are helping to drive down harmful emissions in urban areas. Hungary was the only territory to identify wood and CLT as ‘new’ materials, whilst the UAE expressed a particular interest in ‘smart materials’ including ‘shape memory polymers’, which are able to return to their original form once light or heat has been applied[3]. In turn, France identified transparent and translucent concrete whilst the UK specified bio-composite concrete and rammed earth. It all highlights how the global specification community is racing towards the lowest carbon construction materials possible, as Net Zero 2050 draws closer and tighter supranational low-carbon regulations are introduced. Commenting on the Architecture of the Future Report, Ibrahim Imam, Co-founder and Co-CEO of PlanRadar said: “It’s clear our changing weather patterns are having an impact on how we build. Whether it’s extreme heat, wildfire, floods or rising sea levels, it’s now vital that our buildings become more resilient. It’s through wider research from other nations that we can better understand the challenges of climate change and tackle it unilaterally. Co-founder and Co-CEO, Sander Van de Rijdt adds, “In the UK, where temperatures reached record highs in summer 2022, increasing building resilience against climate change is set to become a key focus for build environment professionals. Proof of this can be found in new regulation, such as Part L, which are set to make climate futureproofing a requirement, not just a nice-to-have. Ultimately, Combating climate change is not just about counteracting the issues of today but also those of tomorrow, working unilaterally is the only way we’re

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UK Construction Receives Tech Boost

PlanRadar, the web-based application for construction and real estate projects, has launched in the UK to continue its global expansion. For Britain, this launch has the potential to take the country out of its 20-year long productivity slump where over a third of construction projects overrun on time (40%) or budget (35%). With its SaaS solution, the ConTech firm provides the construction industry with digital construction documentation, defect and task management throughout the lifecycle of construction and real estate projects. Using a smartphone or tablet, even when offline, the platform allows construction workers to automate the entire documentation process with interactive blueprints and floorplans, saving an average of seven working hours per week in admin time and averting errors. More than 3,500 customers already use PlanRadar worldwide to manage construction projects and real estate processes. This new London office will support increased productivity, cost efficiency and time savings for UK Construction. “We will not let Brexit get in the way of our mission to digitise the construction and real estate industry in the UK,” explained Ibrahim Imam, managing director and co-founder of PlanRadar. “Risks around bottlenecks in the supply of construction materials and tradespeople can be mitigated with platforms like PlanRadar; digitised processes can raise their efficiency potential against the competition, improve quality control and deliver 900 per cent ROI.” In the last twelve months, PlanRadar has increased sales by 300 per cent and expanded its workforce to 57 employees. “In light of our rapid growth in the past year and the positive international business outlook for 2019, we have moved our head office to a much larger facility in central Vienna to support the increased demand,” added Imam. As part of this European growth, PlanRadar is boosting its Board with industry heavyweight Colin Smith, founder of the ConTech pioneer BIW Technologies. Smith says: “There’s a lot of interest in ConTech right now, but it doesn’t just mean modular housing and 3D printing. It means simple but effective innovation across the entire supply-chain. PlanRadar has developed an intuitive platform that has revolutionised how Europe manages the documentation and communication process of the asset lifecycle – now it’s time for the UK to benefit.” Regarding his involvement with PlanRadar, Smith says “It’s exciting to join the company during such a fierce expansion process with ambitious growth plans in place. I get asked to work with a lot of ConTech businesses, but PlanRadar has technology that can be rapidly adopted – it just works. I’m really looking forward to seeing the impact this platform is going to have on the UK’s construction sector and the difference it will make.” On Smith’s appointment, Imam, says: “With over three decades of experience at the leading-edge of construction technology and a respected industry figure, we are delighted to welcome Colin to the Board. It’s a testament to the exciting vision we have for the business. I look forward to working with him to help PlanRadar in the next phase of its growth”.

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