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12 March 2018

Ammann sets up partnership for digital construction future

First publishedon www.WorldHighways.com
Amman has teamed up with an Austrian firm to develop digital construction solutions. The Austrian construction process specialist hiQ solutions and the Ammann Group’s Digital Products team have established Q Point, which will provide an independent, open digital platform for the construction industry. The new firm, Q Point, is intended to increase construction efficiency and quality, while also cutting costs.

The plan is to establish an open, manufacturer-independent platform that has open standards. This will enable digital networking of the different players involved in a construction project, allowing more efficient BIM processes to be achieved. Integrating all the players involved in a construction project is vital for digital operations to work properly. Supporting products and services must be aligned throughout the entire value chain, from the raw materials producer and the mixing plant through to transportation and the road construction site, including the construction machines deployed.

Knowing that independence from specific manufacturers is crucial, the Ammann Group is spinning off its Digital Products department as a standalone entity named Q Point. The Ammann Group’s experience will be complemented by expertise in construction process optimisation and logistics. To achieve this goal, the newly-incorporated Q Point acquired hiQ solutions.

The Austrian firm was selected as it specialises in services for the optimisation and control of construction processes in asphalt and concrete road construction as well as earthworks. Its existing customer base comprises renowned European construction enterprises, which can benefit from the groundbreaking range of services on offer.

The implementation of a manufacturer-independent digital platform Q Point offers a consistent, uninterrupted flow of data and information from the customer (invitation to tender) that includes 5D planning, execution, accounting / billing, documentation, operation and decommissioning or dismantling.

The Q Point platform is a critical business factor because of its ability to penetrate customer processes. Alongside functionality, users accord crucial importance to requirements such as availability, safety, security and data protection.

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