Monitoring the web and social media for international construction collaboration providers, I was recently alerted to two different systems of which I was previously unaware, both of which appear to be offered in SaaS-based and locally-hosted versions.
I saw Wrench Solutions mentioned twice in a fortnight. First, the company was named in the Aconex IPO prospectus, and then someone tweeted to me about the company during the recent Construction Computing Awards dinner. Aconex included Wrench in its competitor review, identifying it as its only Asia-based competitor.
According to its history, the Bangalore, India-based company was founded in 1994, but was primarily a provider of locally-hosted engineering information management software until December 2013, when it launched a cloud-based service (followed by mobile-based services this year). However:
- Wrench remains largely a locally deployed system, not a pure SaaS platform – Wrench works on what it calls a Multiple Server Vault (MSV) model deployed across geographically separated enterprise.
- Wrench has four main products each targetting a different market: aerospace and defence, industrial machinery and equipment, new product development and EPC (engineering, procurement and construction). Wrench EPC is not purely focused on construction; it also serves customers in the marine/offshore, oil & gas, power, water and process sectors. Its construction customers include Habtoor Leighton, Murray & Roberts and Megawide
Tel Aviv, Israel-based ICS (Internet Commercial Services), founded at the turn of the century, developed Expo-Net as a building solution for construction and infrastructure project management. It says Expo-Net has been: “involved in infrastructure and construction projects on a large scale for many years worldwide. Our satisfied clients can be found in the USA, Russia, South Africa, and several countries in Asia.”
Expo-Net is offered in two variants: Expo-Net Clouding and Expo-Net Localized. These support budget planning, project planning, bids and purchasing and contractor information requirements. Sectors include residential, hotels, infrastructure, hospitals and transportation; all the case studies on the website appear to relate to projects in Israel.