An Israeli construction worker decided to become an entrepreneur and built an algorithm that discovered that 20 workers had painted in the wrong places
A lot can go wrong during the lengthy construction process, leading to budget and schedule overruns. On top of that, there are the many people who try to take shortcuts and aren’t the most honest about it. But site managers cannot monitor every movement on site, from the concrete pump to the building moulder, which often leads to financial losses for companies. This is where a new Israeli system comes in that uses IoT components and a remote management control interface.
Understand where each site employee is in real time
Israeli startup Genda’s system promises to be “the first digitally managed construction site”, and it does so with a system that monitors the location of employees and equipment on the construction site; it is intended for real estate companies and site managers. To do this, Genda produces real-time snapshots of what is happening on site and cross-references the information with the plans, to generate information for site administrators. The system automatically generates information about the location of project resources and participants, such as employees and equipment, by combining IoT transmitters and a mobile phone application.
Information is fed back to other sources of information such as the project schedule, budget, project management systems and field reports – processed by algorithms developed by Genda, which can identify ongoing processes and highlight issues that require the attention of managers in the field. Yet, the company tells us, the system does not require any maintenance or preparation on the part of the workers on the site: “The information that we produce integrates all the sources of information available to identify the bottlenecks of the process, and allow a fluidity of work in the project so that field managers can focus on what is really needed rather than what might be needed,” explained Erez Dror last May during the launch of the startup.
In a conversation with us, Shai Levy, the CTO and one of the founders, explains that during each project, hundreds or even thousands of BLE (Bluetooth Low Energy) transmitters are deployed and the transmitted signals are received by an application. installed by workers who calculate the location of each mobile phone or equipment to produce a snapshot of the situation in the field for the manager.
“All the collected information goes through the ‘gateway’ which writes it to the database in real time and syncs it to the next station – which is a big data repository more suitable for analysis and machine learning.For this database, we also collect many sources of additional information (such as plans and schedules).All information is used by us to analyze and understand the construction sequence and pace, directions discrepancies in schedules and the development of heuristics for decision-making”, explains Lévy.
He goes on to say that most of the algorithms used today to process information started with manual analysis performed by the company’s analysis team, and once they had gained enough experience, the he development team took it upon themselves to automate these analyzes in the Genda system. .
Save money with the help of “The first digital manager”
Dror told us of a case in which a worker tried to sue one of the construction companies Genda worked with, claiming he had been injured on the job site. The company’s system recognized that the worker was not telling the truth, based on his site logs, which proved that he was not on the scene when it happened, which which led to the dismissal of the lawsuit. That’s a quarter of a million dollars in savings for the construction company that could have been wasted had the worker’s claim been accepted.
In another instance, Dror tells us that work pattern analysis capabilities revealed that contractor work can lead to schedule deviations and negatively affect the quality of work. “The system alerted site personnel, who contacted the same contractor and identified execution anomalies, which would have cost hundreds of thousands of dollars.”
The system also avoids working twice and wasting working hours. In one case, the system detected that 20 painters were working on the wrong area and alerted them in real time. Here too, tens of thousands of dollars have been saved considering that all these workers would have had to do double the work if they had continued like this. The system also knows how to interface with the elevator used by the workers, and save the operation of an operator, which enables more efficient operation and saves hundreds of man-hours. This obviously translates into a lot of money saved.
“We work with real people on physical construction sites and analyze the physical schematics of people constructing buildings. Our development teams are developing functionality that is already delivering value to thousands of workers and managers on construction sites across the United States. With increasing demands from our customers in the field, our team of analysts who analyze real-world user data return insights that affect real-world processes,” says Dror.
Recruitment and expansion in the United States
Genda was founded by Erez Dror, Eyal Kulik (COO) and Shai Levy (CTO), and already has paying customers in projects in the United States. The Israeli startup sells a monthly subscription that entitles businesses to use the system, which gives users full construction site networking with access to the product on their mobile or web devices.
The startup announced a $6 million fundraising round led by TenOneTen Ventures with participation from funds S3 Ventures and Jibe Ventures, various housing and construction groups, and investments from angel investors Yoav Amit and Yair Weinberger, who have sold businesses to Google and Wix. Although the company already works with many construction sites in the United States today, with the capital from the fundraising they plan to open their first office in Austin.