PRESS RELEASE - 14 May 2018
London-based startup develops intuitive ‘lean construction’ platform to streamline site-based coordination.
(London, 8 May 2018) – Shoreditch, London-based technology startup Aphex has launched Aphex Planner, a cloud-based user-friendly ‘lean construction’ platform to streamline coordination of site-based activities by multi-company teams.
While project management scheduling tools like Primavera P6 and MS Project are widely used for creating overall master programmes and showing the different phases of activities, Aphex Planner focuses within those phases.
Company Managing Director Carlos Adams explains:
“Detailed production planning is typically undertaken by construction professionals who directly manage daily and weekly work execution. We developed Aphex Planner to help these ‘last planners’ work collaboratively to develop weekly schedules of tasks required to hit milestones, while identifying dependencies and constraints that might affect those schedules.”
Authorised users login to work on shared programmes via a standard web browser. A site level dashboard provides data on activities, their start and finish dates, and their locations, and then, if any other activities are scheduled in the same date ranges and in the same locations (the same buildings, zones, floors, etc), these are identified as clashes to be resolved.
Aphex was established in 2015 by Co-Founders Carlos Adams and Carlos Carvalho, both graduates of the built environment faculty at the University of the West of England. Disappointed at the lack of sophistication in the software used in delivering major projects, they teamed up with civil engineer Damian Bucke who wanted to develop a better short-term planning tool. They found investors prepared to back further development of a prototype application, and formed technology partnerships, with IBM (providing weather data in to Aphex Planner) and with Oracle (clarifying that Aphex Planner is a different proposition to Primavera).
“Aphex Planner is designed to be as collaborative, open and transparent as necessary,” Product Director Bucke says. Users agree sequences of work to resolve the clashes, and these sequences can be printed out to guide daily tasks. Inbuilt notifications help keep users abreast of any real time changes relating to their company’s activities; users can also annotate activities with photographs and comments.
Good software design is vital, says Carlos Carvalho, Aphex’s Commercial Director:
“Too often, detailed planning is undertaken using wall charts, sticky notes and Excel spreadsheets. Aphex Planner is designed to be an intuitive-to- use business product that focuses on users’ information needs and empowers them to make better decisions on their clients’ projects.”
Aphex Planner is already being trialled in the UK on Crossrail and on a High Speed 2 project. The company offers free month-long trials, after which users can switch to paid plans starting at £35 per user per month.
For further information:
● Paul Wilkinson (PR consultant to Aphex)
Tel: 07788 445920
● Aphex was established in 2015 and is based in London’s ‘tech city’ district of Shoreditch. It was co-founded by Carlos Adams, Carlos Carvalho and Damian Bucke. Adams and Carvalho graduated from the University of the West of England and worked on major infrastructure construction projects for UK Power Networks and Costain respectively. Civil engineer Damian Bucke has over 20 years’ experience of construction delivery and planning, gained on major projects in the UK and Australia.
● Aphex Planner is designed to complement master scheduling tools such as Oracle’s Primavera and MS Project. As a web-based platform it frees users from reliance on traditional locally-hosted software and fragmented data, and is securely hosted in UK data centres. It supports detailed short-term construction planning and task management. Created with simplicity and ease of use at its core, Planner’s analytics and dashboards help individual users, teams, projects and companies to better understand the dynamics of their work to help promote efficiency.
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