Founders don’t always talk about being in the right place at the right time. Nor do they speak about the huge platforms shifts that made their businesses viable in a world where technology changes in a blink of an eye.
After years of combined experience accumulated in the building and tech industries, we found an opportunity to fill a gap in the construction data availability – drawings, building plans, who did what and where.
I would start working on a project (an existing building) and building plans were basically nonexistent. Everything had to be started from scratch.Alex, ABR Founder
As a fire protection engineer, I would start working on a project (an existing building) and building plans were basically nonexistent. Everything had to be started from scratch. We had to measure the building, draw ceilings, plumbing etc., before even beginning our own work. Hundreds of hours wasted while repeating the process ad nauseam.
I was frustrated beyond words. There was no nationwide database where I could possibly find construction data and building plans, or, at least, who worked on those buildings. Municipalities have always been the go-to places for paper blueprints when needed. But looking for this information is still a time consuming process.
So there I was, thinking that the building industry needs a nationwide portal for building plans. I gathered a team of software engineers, developers, and user experience professionals. We set up whiteboards, rolled up our sleeves, and started laying out the foundation of the ABR Portal. And the beta version of ABR was born.
Armed with something to show, we formed a focus group of industry organizations and started showcasing our solution. That initial feedback from the focus group was priceless. We heard a very important question, “I’ll add my drawings to the ABR repository, but besides data consolidation, what else is in it for me?”
That initial feedback sparked a new idea. Why don’t we index the addresses for which we have the plans with search engines? The company that uploads the data benefits from having its name attached to that address, which creates a permanent electronic stamp that says company X worked on building Y.
And we decided that we weren't just going to build a platform; we were going to create a whole new geo-targeted system of building plans and construction documents, dedicated to preserving construction data at national level - The National GIS of Building Plans and Construction Documents.
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