Legislations Changes Driving Proptech Uptake


Demand continues to grow for results driven, quality subcontractors as Australian industry regulations tighten across the board.

Subcontractors such as Bosform, AE Smith and Add Floors are using smart, user-friendly digital tools to improve market standards and increase their strong reputations.

One market leading solution is CONQA. Subcontractors deploy CONQA on site to garner quality results and impress builders and clients with real-time updates on progress and assurance checks.

Well-respected builders such as Multiplex and Kapitol Group have seen quality results and are wanting more from their wider supply chain.

“In Victoria, we’re seeing significantly fewer quality issues when subcontractors use CONQA", Multiplex QA manager Matt Monger said.

New legislation for building in New South Wales sees developers, designers and builders being held accountable for signing off unsafe or unsatisfactory work. These new laws enforce compliance and regulatory checks by the NSW Building Commissioner and will see a new standard of building eventually roll out throughout Australia.

Robust quality assurance (QA) is an integral part of the new legislation as it can fill the gap between the submitted as-built drawings and the declarations that accompany them. QA, when completed with a tool like CONQA, provides step by step evidence to show the build matches the as-builts.

▲ The advantages provided by Conqa encompass a range of aspects including compliance.
▲ The advantages provided by CONQA encompass a range of aspects including compliance.

Other industry leaders have praised CONQA for its powerful simplicity and ability to provide transparency to clients and stakeholders through real-time QA checks.

Fulton Hogan regional quality manager Ajith Kulappurath said for the Melbourne Airport Taxiway Zulu Project they were able to “demonstrate progress and ensure all stakeholders were kept well informed throughout each stage of the construction process” which established transparency and trust with their client through the detailed tracking information CONQA provided.

Subcontractors in many trades have encountered overwhelmingly positive responses from clients as well as positive improvements in staff culture after using CONQA.

Flooring service Add Floors has many large-scale government clients who require regular detailed ITPs and checklists. To optimise their impact, they invested in developing efficient, streamlined processes so their team could be more productive while on site.

At times, the Add Floors team estimates CONQA helps them save up to two hours per day. This has given them more time to bid for work with excellent case studies, while their team goes home satisfied with a job well done.

AE Smith’s operations manager Jeff Wright said they saw a significant increase in productivity and a decrease in defects resulting in the company saving hundreds of thousands of dollars on jobs after they started using the tool.

“We now get 100 per cent accuracy on nearly every payment claim by providing detailed documentation through CONQA, which reduces risks for the builder. We’ve gone from losing 10% of project value to rework, to projects that are defect free, and it’s been game-changing, for us and the builders,” he said.

Large formwork contractor Bosform has maximised time on site with CONQA. What was once an office admin task can now be done in the field with a phone or tablet.

“It allows our site foreman to spend less time at the office and more time at the workface, supervising our biggest asset, which is our labour,” construction manager Jim Bryant said.

This has also given Bosform the ability to offer the full picture on variations and improves the overall accuracy of their work.

They can offer more security and consistency which has meant fewer disputes.

Ground-up, user-friendly digital solutions are improving the quality of business and building across the Australian construction industry.

They give subcontractors and builders a higher standard of professionalism, higher success rates and lower dispute rates as well as instilling teams with confidence and pride in their work, overall this results in delivering better buildings to the market.

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