Qflow enables environmental compliance for construction projects without all the manual data handling. We combine over ten years of on-site construction and engineering experience to support contractors and developers in building a sustainable future.
Construction tech is such an exciting space to be in. Like many of these old, dirty industries there are so many problems to solve and technology can help us in doing that. At Qflow we are tackling ‘the impact of construction’; by this we mean all the pollution, waste, consumption and disruption that is caused during the construction process. This is a mammoth task, and with hundreds of years of slowly morphing work-flows to contend with, we have started with one, high impact area; waste and materials. This work flow is still largely tracked and managed by paper… yes, paper is the primary method for identifying the delivery, transfer and use of all the stuff coming on and off construction sites. This makes it incredibly slow, error prone, and at risk of losing the data all together.
What does this actually look like on site?
Let’s look at timber as an example: Your construction project has a contractual requirement for 100% FSC timber use (sustainable sourcing). The delivery of non-FSC timber to site is recorded on a paper ticket, that gets given to the site gateman. They may take some hand-written notes then at the end of the day/week/month give it to an admin clerk to input into a spreadsheet. Only then does the material specification get seen by the engineer responsible for sustainable timber sourcing. By this point, 2–5 weeks have passed and the material has been installed on the site. What do you do? Leave it in there and fail to meet your contractual obligation, hoping that the auditors don’t pick up on it? Or do you rip it out, generating yet more waste, re-order the material at your expense, and just hope that you get it right this time?
This is madness, but it is a very real problem on every contraction site we have worked with.
Real-time data gives us the opportunity to respond to risks as they emerge.
With real-time data, you know instantly when a non-compliant delivery has been made, and you can act to replace it before any more work is done. Qflow captures this information at the point of delivery, and highlights it to the engineering team, ensuring no waste, no extra spend, no risk to your contract.
Construction teams should be focused, not on just capturing data to meet reporting/auditing requirements, but on using that data in real-time to eliminate risk and improve project performance, and Qflow is helping them to do that.
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