Triax is committed to growing the construction tech ecosystem, partnering with dedicated industry leaders, solutions, experts and change agents to enable real-time, data-driven project, workforce and safety management. Today we’re speaking to Satyam Verma from Pype about the importance of streamlining processes, fostering a culture of innovation, and what we can expect to see from Pype in the future.
Can you tell me a little bit more about Pype? What industry problem are you solving?
Pype provides innovative construction software solutions that enable project teams to start projects faster and closeout stronger. Start projects quickly by generating submittal logs with Pype AutoSpecs, which takes a manual, time-consuming process and allows you to create submittal logs in minutes using our patented technology. With Pype Closeout, we have automated the entire closeout process, so you get paid faster.
The construction industry spends a lot of time on tedious tasks that are vital to project success. Because of tight timelines, the quality of work completed on these admin functions has suffered. Pype provides ultra accurate automation of these admin processes so teams can meet tight deadlines without sacrificing accuracy.
How has the industry evolved since you’ve been involved in it?
There has been a spotlight on technology that has continued to get brighter over the past year and a half. The power of automation and data analytics is impossible to ignore so it’s been interesting watching companies adapt to having larger, more powerful, tech stacks.
What’s the biggest change you’ve seen in the industry to date? What’s your take on the current construction technology ecosystem?
Because projects are usually unique, there is a natural fragmentation in the construction industry that can make it hard to implement good processes that apply across all projects being worked by a given GC. The ones that are able to standardize efficiently while still remaining agile are the ones that are going to come out ahead, because they’ll be able to leverage best in class technology without being held back by “the way we’ve always done it.”
You partner with Autodesk BIM 360. Can you tell me a little more about that integration? What are partnerships so important for the industry?
Our integration with Autodesk BIM360 allows users to easily and quickly import all submittals as well as project documents directly into their respective modules within BIM360. We understand the importance of having all your data in the right place and focus on providing our clients with the tools and workflows they need to be more efficient and focus on what is most important. Not only do our integration partners give our clients the flexibility to get things done, they also help drive constant innovation across multiple platforms and processes.
What is the most challenging part of working to digitize the construction industry? What’s been the most rewarding moment to date?
Getting our audience to recognize that even though the process they have now “works” doesn’t mean there isn’t a better way to do it. They’re very married to the concept of “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it,” and our challenge has been to show them that the process is actually broken and opens them up to a ton of unnecessary risk.
How does Pype foster an internal company culture of innovation?
We’re encouraged to keep our ear to the ground in the industry and develop to solve problems instead of creating a product and trying to find the problems that it could solve.
We keep a very close eye on the industry’s trend toward tech. We are especially focused on data analytics and artificial intelligence, both on the jobsite and in the office.
What can we expect from Pype in the future?
At Pype, we pride ourselves on listening to feedback. We’re constantly updating our existing software to incorporate new features based on project teams’ requests, like AutoSpecs’ more robust filtering feature. We also improve current features so that they’re more accurate, relevant, and accessible for the teams actually using the software. However, sometimes we run into suggestions and ideas that are well beyond the original scope of our existing products. In keeping to our roots as problem solvers, we develop entirely new solutions to these pain points- that’s how AutoSpecs was made. I wouldn’t expect this to change anytime soon.