If you’ve ever walked around a construction site, advancements in technology probably aren’t the first thing that comes to mind. In fact, despite an urgent need, the construction industry seems to be quite behind the tech game, failing to embrace new technologies, AI and machine vision systems. However, an Israeli startup is looking to change that, while ensuring the build process is flawless.
All you need is a smart algorithm and a 360 camera
Most of the time, the construction of a building never goes exactly as planned, which leads to delays in various projects reaching the finishes due to minor and major construction defects. “Instead of manually detecting defects and preforming construction quality assurance, as is currently the case, our solution saves construction workers from tedious repetitive testing and repairs,” says the co-founder and CaStory CEO, Tom Yitav. “Our vision is to create a structured process that eliminates errors, saves time and project costs – transforming the construction site into a controlled digital environment.”
The contractor can enter the architectural plans directly into CaStory, while the foreman patrols the construction site as usual, wearing a 360-degree camera fitted to his hard hat that continuously scans the interior of the building, creating an overall picture of the construction site. Then the visual data is transferred through the company’s software and compared to the original construction plans. Once the data has been analyzed, the system creates a summary detailing the various defects identified and the delays in the planning. For example, finding discrepancies between the location of electrical outlets compared to the original plans.
The United States and Israel are already enjoying the product
“Coming from a family of contractors and building inspectors, I noticed the common problems and inefficiencies that plague complicated construction sites. Once we recognized the need, we started working on a product,” says Yitav. “The product is a necessity given the lack of qualified personnel in the industry in the face of the ever-increasing demand for new and more complex construction projects.” CaStoryis in the final stages of initial development and is currently active in a number of projects in Israel and the United States “We are working with a contractor in Philadelphia on a 14-unit residential project, and we are about to begin collaborations in Texas,” says Yitav.
The company plans to sell its product to contractors in the construction industry and contractors, while diligently building strategic partnerships and networks in the real estate world. According to YItav, the collaborative features of the yard, which includes many subcontractors who work on the various yards, ensures that the company’s service will spread quickly and easily by word of mouth.
So far, CaStory collected hundreds of thousands of NIS from Highroad Innovation Center, although it is working vigorously to complete a full round of seed funding. The company was founded by CEO Tom Yitav and co-founder Ilia Marek, and is based in Kibbutz Ma’ale HaHamisha, which is not far from a few construction sites that use the company’s product.