Civil engineer and CEO of Irish SaaS platform Site Passport, Rob Fox, spoke to Siliconrepublic.com about the increasing space for innovation in the construction industry.
We spoke to Rob Fox, CEO of Site Passport which is a SaaS-based digital marketing and compliance platform that aims to solve the issues around transparency and trust in the construction sector.
Fox is also the founder of the Irish Construction Blockchain Consortium. Prior to founding his business and the consortium, Fox spent 20 years working as a civil engineer in Ireland and Australia.
We recently spoke to him about how the construction industry is recovering from the recession, the impact that technology is making on building sites, and how blockchain can be used by builders.
While building is booming in some parts of the world, Ireland’s construction economy is still feeling the effects of the recession. According to Fox, this has made Irish building companies more receptive to technology.
With a skills shortage and increasingly difficult regulations to meet, it’s almost essential for construction companies to keep up with the latest technology to keep their sites running smoothly.
Fox said: “People want a solution that works now and they’re happy to pay for it. They want to do more work, with less resources.”
The Site Passport CEO noted that productivity is improving now that less workers are worrying about paperwork, or sitting in the back of a van on their laptops. In turn, the workers are more satisfied with the work they can do. Fox explained: “People don’t go into construction for the paperwork.”
He sees plenty of room for innovation when it comes to cutting out paperwork in construction. The unintended benefit that comes along with digitising the processes that typically require paperwork, is that it helps companies…