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Jul
04
2017

OROCON plans to digitize the conservative construction industry

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The OROCON management system for construction companies substantially lightens the burden of supervising several projects at a time,  while also reducing costs associated with the construction process and guarantee period. By improving the effectiveness of project management, this also increases the safety of construction projects.

OROCON is a cooperation platform which simplifies the daily work of all those involved in the construction process – starting from the client, to the general contractor and construction supervisor, and all the way to the sub-contractors. "We ensure the opportunity to combine all of the information about a construction object into one system, which connects construction sites and offices with a standardized language for the exchange of information. In such a way, we reduce the supervision workload of managers, and make the whole process transparent and understandable for all," OROCON board member Aleksandrs Švaikos (pictured) points out. At the moment, the system is already being used by Latvian construction companies.

 Švaikovs explains that the idea came about after following along processes associated with supervising several projects simultaneously. This means the optimization of several operations, with the aim of creating a clear understanding about the processes taking place in each project. And how to control all of this on-line? "One must be very careful regarding construction objects. There are many and different types of risks which must be taken into account in order to successfully organize the work process. There is of course the human factor – how not to forget something? And all of this must be done within a certain budget and a certain period of time," Aleksandrs explains.

 The startup’s target audience is the Eastern European market and countries with populations of over 10 million residents. "Unfortunately, we do not see Latvia as a target market anymore. However, if there is such demand, we will certainly also ensure Latvian companies with modern technologies and solutions," Švaikovs promises. Market research shows that the company has no competitors in Latvia, however, there are companies with a similar concept in Poland and the Czech Republic. "The main market players operate in the United States. This gives up much growth potential," Aleksandrs added.

The company’s head admits that the construction industry today remains very conservative – it is the final sector which is being digitalized, leading to some skeptical point of views. "This must change, but more time is needed for this. For example, clients in Great Britain, Poland and Ukraine understand that the advantages and benefits of using our system is not just about saving money – using the system itself directly facilitates the development of leadership and teamwork." He also pointed out that the different opinions could be due to the crisis within the construction sector the past two years, as the introduction of each new service or technology costs money.

 In the future, the company plans to develop the export of its services to Poland, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, the Czech Republic and Great Britain. The team’s second main plan is to create the OROCON 3.0 version of its program. "We are now actively putting together the new version. We are an agile company, and use an interactive approach in our product development in order to make our clients’ businesses faster and better," Švaikovs said.