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Chris Dorian of BuildSort on Crypto Clothesline

This week we’re talking to Chris Dorian from BuildSort about how his project is going to impact the building and construction industry and overall the trillions of dollars that are currently being wasted and the impact on the environment because of construction.

At Crypto Clothesline, we find a lot of people, and a lot of women in particular, who either know nothing about bitcoin or blockchain or think it’s the same thing.

They just think it’s too boring. 

And I get that

because I think I had that attitude a while back as well, but now we are really passionate to make sure that women don’t miss that and we really want women to start listening up to technical stuff and to financial stuff to not turn off so that they actually can do this for themselves and their kids

In our colourful conversation we cover many aspects of building and construction and how BuildSort can help solve problems that are rife in this industry:

  • What is BuildSort?
  • Women in BuildSort
  • Genova bridge collapse – why it happened and how it could have been prevented
  • Building materials’ waste and sustainability issues
  • Illegal dumping of building waste materials (eg. Hong Kong rail infrastructure)
  • Non-toxic materials used in construction so that the humans who use the buildings are not compromised – building biology – like the lead found in taps in a recently constructed children’s hospital
  • Creating efficiency and saving (a lot of) money in the building industry
  • Rebuilding projects in different countries following natural disasters (eg. British Virgin Isles)
  • Accountability of use of contributed funds by having all expenses transparent on the blockchain
  • How BuildSort’s software could benefit other industries as well like medicine.

What is BuildSort?

BuildSort is data platform for the building and construction industry.  Engineers use this technology called BIM building information modelling. It’s 3D modelling. BuildSort is all about building a more open and efficient supply chain in construction.

Women in BuildSort

Danielle Szetho is representing BuildSort at the Australian blockchain Mission to Shanghai and Taipei 2018, this year. 

Ali Noble’s role is to connect architectural, engineering, construction businesses to the BuildSort team and to get the team exposure: the “super connector”.

Melissa Harris is BuildSort’s book keeper and a friend of mine!

Genova Bridge Collapse

In the short 10-minute Facebook Live interview with Chris, we discussed how the mafia are apparently responsible for the compromised materials used the bridge’s construction back in post-war Italy.  This issue could have been remedied if the construction of the bridge, including all the materials used and the conferring between designers, architects, engineers, and all the other experts had all been stored on one platform, they could doublecheck each other’s work, ensuring no dodgy shortcuts were made, and the collapse may never have happened.

Chris mentioned also another 12 bridges in in Italy that had collapsed in recent times and that there were over 100 bridges throughout France that were also a potential danger. 

Building Materials’ Waste and Sustainability Issues

BuildSort is not just about sustainability aspects like how much waste there is in, in construction. People really need to take a serious look at the building and construction industry and how it actually is impacting on the planet and by putting these things in the building and construction industry on the blockchain will make people, companies, businesses in building accountable. Currently a third of all global waste going to landfill is from construction.

Firstly, there’s a process called just-in-time manufacturing. It was invented by Toyota way back when and basically what that means is they can produce only the components when they actually need them. They did a study on this and worked out that costs were reduced by 50 percent and the storage costs by 70 percent: there are savings by bringing just-in-time manufacturing to the construction industry.  This means people in the industry won’t have an oversupply or under supply, they’ll have the exact amount of materials needed, on time, because of effective communication.

Secondly, we can create fabrication drawings. Let’s say that you, you’re using timber for your roof. Then that information would go to the timber supply. Timber supply would be able to produce the exact points that need to go to site, the exact lengths. 

Illegal Dumping of Building Waste Materials

Illegal dumping in this country is a big problem.  We’ve got regulations and that deters people, but there’s still illegal dumping happening everywhere with construction waste and it poisons plants and animals.

Also, in Hong Kong they’re having some real problems with the railway infrastructure at the moment. Instead of taking building waste offsite, what they’ve been doing is just mixing their waste with the concrete and then pouring walls, which spells a safety compromise (look at Genova bridge collapse example.)

“That’s going to be some problems in the future: it’s a potential risk to human life.”

Creating Building Efficiency & Huge Savings

Lean construction isn’t just about waste materials, it’s also about inefficiency in different processes which is wasting both time and money – costing us billions of dollars.  The tax payer is footing the bill because of this inefficiency in the construction industry, which is what BuildSort is going to remedy

We’re actually less productive in construction than we were in the 1950s.  Back then, there used to be a head contractor and everyone worked underneath. But because of legal disputes and unionisation, everyone’s now fragmented and this is what has caused most of the productivity issues.

There’ve also been some studies by Mckenzie Global. There’s a $10,000,000,000,000 ($10 trillion) construction industry globally now. They’ve found there’s is $1.6000,000,000,000 ($1.6 trillion) cost from waste in productivity.

The inefficiency in the building and construction industry is costing us $1.6 trillion!

Here’s a diagram showing you just how much money that is. We’ve taken the American dollar in and if you take a $100 bill and you put it onto shipping pellets and stack them two-high, it would actually cover two soccer fields!

So that’s the kind of waste that is in the construction industry every year…

Non-Toxic Materials Used in Construction

Deanne Hislop-Quinn, Director of Building Biology WA, commented on BuildSort as a project useful not only identifying materials used in a construction project due to all communication being stored on the blockchain, but also and perhaps most importantly, identifying toxic materials used in a building, and letting people know what they can be safely replaced with so that our homes and our work environments are basically not toxic cesspits  where we’re absorbing chemicals through the air we breathe. 

“Having all that information in one place like the blockchain, would provide transparency given that all parties have access to it, providing awareness for people and thereby creating awareness and education.  A lot of people don’t realise how dangerous their living and working environments are. Where there’s education, there’s also prevention.”

A fantastic example of that is recent times is the discovery of the fittings and taps in the children’s Hospital in Perth, which has been a huge issue.  The first day that they were open, they were handing out our water bottles because the water from the taps didn’t pass the lead testing.

Now if we’d had some form of blockchain record to know where these fittings were coming from, (and the materials which had been recycled to make them), and if we could see where they were using those fittings in other constructions, then we would be able to start warning others that they are likely to be exposing people or occupants or workers to high levels of lead in their drinking water, which we know there is no safe level for lit. That is a huge issue and that’s a great example of where it be very, very useful to have that kind of record.”

Rebuilding Following Natural Disasters & Seeing Where Our Contributions Are Being Spent

Chris talks about being approached by some projects in the Caribbean looking at the rebuilding of British Virgin Isles after the hurricanes. When they happened, all these contributions came in from different places and they want to make sure that no one’s spending the money in inappropriate ways: basically having an open ledger for the rebuilding of these communities.  Transparency for all parties to see how the money’s being spent. 

He’s been speaking with people from Mexico City as well, to discuss rebuilding after earthquakes.  There have been some real problems with corruption and the building approvals process is not the greatest. They’re concerned about where the materials are coming from that have been supplied because there are cheaper alternatives that have been swapped out.

BuildSort’s Software Could Benefit Other Industries

BuildSort at the moment is construction industry-based, but in the future their technology is actually going to be very useful for so many industries dependent on the supply chain, even the medical industry.  If everyone was accountable, and if the communication was 100 percent and everything ran smoothly, then everyone would know what they were doing.

Communication and the accountability: 100 percent.

Abheeti’s renovated home from the 14th century in Genova (Genoa) when she lived late last century.

This is the city where the bridge collapsed earlier this year, discussed in the interview…

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