During 2011, I enjoyed occasional contacts with Mads Bording, CEO of Denmark-based SaaS construction collaboration technology vendor Docia (aka ‘Byggeweb’ in the Nordic region), and we finally got to meet, very briefly, at November’s Construction Computing Awards dinner in London (post).
The company has been following up with its promised mobile functionality (see May 2011 Docia interview), and is using YouTube to help explain its latest module, Docia Deficiency List, which is aimed at construction site personnel responsible for “snagging”, or identifying and rectifying defects (a quality assurance process also known as ‘punchlists’ in north America). As with previous Docia mobile tools, it has been delivered first on the Android smartphone or tablet platform.
“Docia Deficiency List is a powerful tool for snagging, defects registration, deficiencies, checking, control, supervision and more. Docia Deficiency List is cloud-based with both web and mobile interfaces. The web interface enables you to customize and configure your lists, make reports, and take multiple actions such as follow-up, etc. The mobile interface is the fastest and most efficient way to make registrations on-site using a simple GUI and the smartphone’s camera.”
This latest Docia module adds to the competition in this space. UK-based rivals BIW and BuildOnline (now CTSpace) started the mobile defects management bandwagon rolling a few years ago, and there are now several competing solutions, both integrated and stand-alone (for example, I blogged about SmartBuilder1 and SnagR last year). The Docia video mentions that users can note the cost implications of defects, and this may add value where projects are using the platform to manage contract budgets – Docia is partnering with MPS in the UK to deliver collaboration to support the latter’s NEC contract management system.
Update (11 January 2012) – I see MPS is sending out promotional offer emails: “FREE Samsung Galaxy Tab when you order Docia Deficiency List.” Coincidentally (possibly), this is the same device that rival NEC3 contract administration vendor Sypro offered in a prize draw at the NEC3 User Conference last April.