Through OpenBuilt, the participating companies aim to offer new digital solutions to help innovate and drive more efficient, sustainable, and safer construction projects.
CEMEX, EDIN Network, AS Backe, Sol Services, and Element will form a cross-industry ecosystem that will work together with IBM, Red Hat and Cobuilder, to develop OpenBuilt. The platform will be developed on the Red Hat OpenShift hybrid cloud platform and run on the IBM Cloud.
OpenBuilt will allow companies across the global building industry to securely connect their current technology platforms and digital solutions to partners, suppliers, or subcontractors in their supply chain via a single integration hub. The platform will improve communication and securely exchange data across the supply chain. Companies will have access to technology providers' latest applications and services to expand their digital platforms without complex, bespoke software development.
"OpenBuilt is a strategic initiative that will help integrate the construction value chain by increasing productivity, innovation, and collaboration," said Fernando A. Gonzalez, CEO of CEMEX. "At CEMEX, we are constantly seeking to provide a superior experience to our customers through the innovative use of digital technologies."
As a pioneer in the construction industry's digital transformation, CEMEX has been looking for opportunities to maximize productivity and efficiency through the CEMEX Go Developer Center. It is a platform that allows customers to integrate directly to its systems and interact via APIs to provide a better customer experience by optimizing internal processes and reducing operating costs. By joining forces with OpenBuilt, CEMEX aims to strengthen its digital strategy, boost innovation, and accelerate the industry's ongoing digital transformation.
About EDIN Network
EDIN is a global network of merchants, manufacturers and service providers that helps its members find new customers, reduce customer acquisition costs and exploit future trends through their events, workshops and technology incubator. Since its inception in 2016, the EDIN network has rapidly grown to become one of the largest alliances to discuss trends and stimulate transformation in the construction industry, representing members with a combined turnover of €23bn.
About Sol Services
Formed in 2003, Sol Services has steadily grown from its origins as a regional mechanical, electrical and fit out specialist. Under the forward-thinking leadership of Directors, Nigel Burdett and Andrew Gordge, both originally qualified electricians, the company has expanded across London and the UK with overseas capability in Europe, providing a full range of construction, refurbishment and maintenance solutions. Through its extensive portfolio of projects across the public and private sector, it has built a reputation for delivering safe, reliable and high-quality projects.
About AS Backe
Backe is a family-owned construction and property development company with operations throughout Norway. Backe is committed to reducing emissions in the Norwegian construction and building industry and invests in technology to ensure sustainable operations throughout its value chain. With more than 70 years’ experience in the Norwegian market, Backe delivers projects to the public and private sector. The company employs about 800 people and reported revenues at NOK 4.5 billion for 2020.
About Element Materials Technology
Element Materials Technology is one of the world’s leading global providers of testing, inspection and certification services for a diverse range of materials, products and technologies in advanced industrial supply chains. Element delivers an extensive range of solutions to customers in the construction industry and recently launched Element Digital Engineering, a new business focused on engineering simulation, modelling, data science and artificial intelligence to solve complex industrial challenges.
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Cobuilder offers an IT platform that employs all relevant international standards for data management to help construction industry actors exploit the potential of product data. Fit-for-purpose and accurate product data improves quality of service, time to market and reduces time, cost and environmental footprint.
Cobuilder is a privately-owned international business with more than 120 employees distributed at HQ in Oslo and wholly owned subsidiaries in England, France and Bulgaria. The company is a major driver for the digitization in Construction and is a strategic contributor to ISO, buildingSMART, CEN and CENELEC.
CEMEX is a global building materials company that provides high-quality products and reliable services. CEMEX has a rich history of improving the well-being of those it serves through innovative building solutions, efficiency advancements, and efforts to promote a sustainable future.
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