Basestone, the London-based construction SaaS and mobile start-up which I first profiled in January, and which upgraded its solution to Basestone 2.0 in September, recently celebrated another landmark. It was crowned Best Startup at Web Summit, Europe’s biggest technology conference, in Dublin, beating 1500 startups to a €10,000 prize, plus mentorship from sponsors Coca Cola and a trip to their Atlanta headquarters (read their blog-post).
After two initial rounds of pitching, Basestone faced world-leading technology experts and investors as well as executives from Coca Cola in the third and final round, on the main stage, in front of a 5,000-strong audience
In January, Basestone had three employees, but now has six UK staff, plus a trio of developers in Slovenia, and has clearly benefitted from its experience of working with the Costain/ Skanska joint venture employed on three ongoing Crossrail projects in London.
I met up again with civil engineer CEO Alex Siljanovski and his colleagues last week (now based at IDEALondon in Wilson Street), and he showed me how the product had matured into a stronger PDF drawing review toolset, divided between a web application and an iPad app (he told me support would be extended to Android and Windows apps once the iOS app was “nailed”). The web application is being constantly updated, while new versions of the iOS app are made available about every 3-4 weeks.
For site use, a useful feature is an automatic alert if the user opens a drawing for which a new version has since been issued. When drawings are uploaded, Basestone also scans and extracts metadata from the file which can then be used to help users search for drawings. If issues are identified on-site, associated documents (eg: photographs) can be permanently linked, and the navigation has been refined so that more data is displayed full-screen.
Update (18 December 2014) – Basestone has won an award in south-east Asia – for best Smart Cities application in a competition organised during a UKTI trade mission to Malaysia and Singapore.