When a common goal unites software engineers and construction experts
We met with Ivan Goychev, Chief Technology Officer (CTO) at Cobuilder International, to learn more about how software engineers and construction experts work together to digitise European construction industry. Ivan has worked in Ireland for Amazon AWS and has led software R&D teams in companies that develop products for the financial, travel and cloud infrastructure businesses.
Why is digitisation of Construction important?
Construction is among the biggest industries. Its digital transformation can benefit society, business organisations, and the environment, as we need efficient use of resources, effective collaboration between the involved parties and higher quality in building and infrastructure projects.
Construction industry uses up to 40% of the world's raw materials which is why decision-makers seek ways for productivity improvements and efficient use of resources. Digitising construction product information can utilise the available materials in a smarter way, while minimising waste.
Ivan Goychev, Chief Technology Officer (CTO) at Cobuilder International
The shift towards better data management can help hundreds of construction actors involved in a project to communicate and collaborate faster and more effectively. New technologies can provide the higher quality, productivity, and safety breakthroughs the industry has sought for decades. But to create conditions for the sector to benefit from technologies like robotics, drones, and exoskeletons, first we need the "fuel" for it. This is the data transformed into valuable information.
To achieve this, we need to structure the data in a universal digital format interoperable between multiple software systems and devices. This is what our construction and software engineers aim at.
The current Covid-19 crisis proved that the construction industry lags in adopting available digital technologies. This is about to change.
What are the main benefits for the companies, the society, and the environment?
Construction industry is a major driver of many economies but it is also responsible for a significant share of energy-related carbon emissions. Structured data enables us to efficiently evaluate environmental requirements. Actors should be able to automatically validate compliance with project requirements and to compare and select products based on their environmental characteristics and geometrical, performance and maintenance data. This information should be clearly defined, captured and stored throughout the entire lifecycle of any built asset.
Adopting the proper data management processes across the entire industry is essential to improve decision making, increase efficiency and reduce waste. We need a holistic approach to how we manage construction data.
How does Cobuilder help Construction enterprises to digitise?
Cobuilder offers a cloud-based software platform for seamless collaboration and digital data exchange between stakeholders such as manufacturers, contractors, distributors, facility operators, engineers etc. We help construction companies in creating data models based on international standards (ISO, CEN). Thus, the raw "data" that is generated throughout the construction project's life cycle is transformed into meaningful "information."
At Cobuilder work extraordinary people with different backgrounds. Our brilliant Software Engineering Teams use cutting-edge technology to design, develop and innovate. Our architects and structural, plumbing and HVAC engineers consult different enterprises and research industry standards to create Data Templates that structure information about products, material and systems.
What are the advantages of your platform?
Our solutions support the latest construction industry standards. The data models used for capturing and exchanging information, called Data Templates, follow the guidelines developed by the standardisation bodies CEN and ISO for information management. We believe that standardisation and interoperability are the key pillars in all digitalisation attempts in construction.
Why did Cobuilder choose Bulgaria?
It has been 7 happy years since Cobuilder AS set up an office in Bulgaria. Our Norwegian colleagues were impressed with the highly educated and passionate professionals in Bulgaria and its booming IT industry, and already had positive previous experience with local IT companies. The business-friendly tax rates and the fact that Bulgaria is an European country were other key drivers for the decision.
Today, the Bulgarian office provides key functions related to Product Development, R&D, Marketing, Finance and more. We are 100+ employees, fantastic people who work together at the office or remotely. We enjoy team buildings and parties with our own company rock band. We also have a basketball team.
What is the most interesting part of being the CTO of Cobuilder for you?
We innovate by combining the best practices from the physical engineering and the digital engineering worlds. Our digital solutions make the real world safer, the building process more efficient, and buildings easier to maintain.
As a CTO I need to inspire innovation in our team while keeping things simple for our customers. Nowadays, with the explosive complexity of everything, just offering new software solutions is not enough. Together with our architects, engineers and researchers we always look forward to transforming the industry by simpler workflows, reducing manual repetitive tasks and making the data fly fluently between all actors in the process.
Cobuilder International LTD is the Bulgarian subsidiary of Cobuilder AS – an IT company based in Oslo, Norway. If you are interested to see Cobuilder open positions, visit us at https://cobuilder.com/en/careers/