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Irish firm hauls the construction industry into the digital age

Oct 20, 2018

While the world embraces the value of data and the transition toward digitalization, some industries still have a long way to go. Construction is one example. Today, architects, engineers, contractors and site owners still rely heavily on traditional methods and conduct their work in an insular manner.

In some parts of Asia, inefficiency still looms over many projects. Dublin-based software company Zutec Holding AB identified the opportunity and created a cloud-based platform specifically designed to improve process and data management within the context of construction project management.

ZUTEC CEO Brendan O'Riordan

“Our technology is a game changer. We help manage processes and workflow in order to avoid paperwork errors and, subsequently, avoid delays in construction projects, translating into significant savings,” Zutec CEO Brendan O’Riordan said.

With a presence in London, Hong Kong, Doha, Abu Dhabi and Melbourne, Zutec is aggressively pursuing international expansion, particularly in the Asia-Pacific region.

“The region is vitally important to our business. We see great benefit for Zutec to assist with and be engaged in many major projects across Asian countries, including airports, hospitals, universities and stadiums,” O’Riordan said.

The company has contributed to many landmark projects across the globe, such as the Shard in London; Terminal 2 of Dublin Airport; the Midfield Terminal in Abu Dhabi; the Melbourne Entertainment and Convention Center, the Flinders Street Station restoration (also in Melbourne); the Hamad International Airport in Doha, Qatar; and the Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi, among others.

As the first Irish company to successfully go public in the Nasdaq First North in Sweden, Zutec has strengthened its global reputation as it looks to cement ties with Asia’s top builders, Japanese companies being among them.

“Japan, as a country, is further advanced when adopting technology in the construction sector. We would like to build on our relationships in Japan to demonstrate our ability to listen and to impart our knowledge and experience,” O’Riordan said.

Ireland 2018 was prepared for and originally printed in The Japan Times Newspaper.

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