eRDS pre-launch – building for the future

28th October 2013

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This week, 3Squared have held the pre-launch event of a new joint venture – eRDS Ltd. Electronic Room Data Sheet software allows for easy management of every required component of an allocated space within a new-build or renovation project. Every detail is covered including fittings, equipment, and technical & environmental components.

Room data sheets have been used in construction for decades, but typically different versions were created by each stakeholder, with little collaboration between each, resulting in wasted time and inaccurate results. eRDS takes the concept online and creates a central room data sheet for the project.

Workface Solutions

The original idea was developed some 15 years ago by Steve Foott, an expert in construction having worked on large scale projects around the world. In its original form, it used Microsoft Access databases to record what components would be required for a building or renovation project. Steve’s company, Workface Solutions, used these databases on some major projects, working with construction giants including Laing O’Rourke, with fantastic results.

However, with the introduction of new computer systems, mobile devices and faster communication networks, as well as increasing cost and time constraints on the construction industry, Steve decided to move away from the desktop database solution and began work on a bespoke multi-access solution – eRDS.

Multiple-user access means a variety of project stakeholders can view and edit the data, with the software available through the cloud to allow use on mobile-devices. A project owner will licence the software from eRDS and can give individual login details to key parties– including architects, quantity surveyors, or contractors – depending on the scale of the project.

Intuitive Design

As with all 3Squared-developed products, the eRDS software has a slick and intuitive interface, minimising training requirements and allowing smooth transitions from previously used construction software.

eRDS directors during a Q&A session with the guests

Along with his business partner Derek Ednie, himself with over 25 years of construction experience, the idea was taken to 3Squared, the technology consultancy who have previously worked with construction heavyweights Costain and Harsco. Two years of development and testing have produced an easy to use, fully customisable and scalable piece of software.

James Fox, Commercial Director at 3Squared, is delighted to be involved with eRDS. “We knew as soon as we first met Steve and Derek that the business had a future and were extremely excited to help make the idea a reality. The Construction industry has had a pretty rough time over the last five years, but we are launching eRDS at just the right time as confidence and investment returns.”

The pre-launch event, held in London’s Mayfair, aimed to introduce the product to some key players in construction, architecture and contracting. The event also included a keynote speech from Mark Bew, Chairman of the Governments Industry BIM Working Group, who has been keeping a close eye on the eRDS project.

Derek Ednie commented on the success of the event. “It was great to finally be able to showcase the software to the people who will be using it and we are looking forward to their feedback. A huge amount of effort has gone into this over the last two years from the teams at eRDS and 3Squared, so it’s fantastic to now see it launched into the public domain.”

Due to its success, a similar event is planned to be held in the Yorkshire region in the coming months, to introduce eRDS to the growing construction industry in the North of England. If you would like more information you can keep up to date through the 3Squared blog, Twitter or LinkedIn.

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