Greater safety in projects, thanks to EGP and Builti’s digital platform
Assessing structural and infrastructural risks as well as ensuring a safe manufacturing environment is key to the success of a company. Accidents in the production workplace can happen for many reasons and their results are often devastating. But thanks to innovative platforms providing companies with fast and reliable risk assessment, ensuring safety in the workplace is becoming an easier mandate.
According to the European Union statistics agency Eurostat, in 2020 fatal accidents at work in the EU decreased by 53 deaths compared to the previous year. Despite the increased use of risk management tools in recent years, the construction sector remains the most dangerous, with over one fifth of all fatal accidents happening on construction sites. The effect of climate change on civil infrastructure systems – including floods, droughts and rising sea levels – is also generating new risks that require innovative tools to manage them.
Platforms as a Service (PaaS) like FIBA®, provided by Builti, a fast-paced startup that provides companies with turnkey knowledge of their structural and infrastructural risks, are playing a significant role in increasing safety in the workplace. Now, through their partnership with Enel, they are scaling up and increasing their visibility.
Knowledge is power
The Italian-based startup Builti, founded in 2018, emerged as a result of the first-hand experiences of its co-founders Massimo Bava and Enzo Castellaneta. The idea of Builti came after the two businessmen noticed a fundamental problem in the risk assessment and asset management in the companies they were working in. “It was a natural approach to an important unsolved problem: How can we prioritize safety interventions on a wide, heterogeneous and structurally complex pool of existing assets without breaking the bank?” explains Castellaneta.
Builti is a PaaS provider that measures structural risk in an effective, specially tailored way so that asset managers can make immediate decisions for the best course of action to take. According to Castellaneta: “Builti responds to the needs of asset and safety managers in a concise, effective and fast way at a low cost.” He continues: “This allows managers to learn, prioritize and manage the structural risks of buildings and infrastructures in their functional, productive and daily use, by local stakeholders in a wider environmental context.”
Under the motto “Know to Act, Act to Know”, Builti develops ICT solutions that have been designed by academics to provide a faster and better level of civil engineering acknowledgment and applied safety to any analysis. “Builti, unlike almost all other competitors on the market, does not want to add specific vertical expertise in the world of structural engineering, but delivers horizontal innovative assessment modules for buildings and infrastructures to this sector through software involving independent professionals who are part of its network of constant research and innovation given by its authoritative Scientific Committee,” Castellaneta explains.
Sustainability through carbon footprint evaluation
Construction sites have some of the highest carbon footprints, as they often use and generate concrete. By providing knowledge of a building’s risks without having to tear it down to the ground and build it again, Builti is helping reduce carbon emissions and new soil consumption. All the maintenance tasks recommended by Builti will also have a carbon footprint evaluation, providing smarter methodologies and easier access to the ESGI (Environmental, Social and Governance Index) of the company.
Risk assessments using Builti’s FIBA® service solution can reduce the time and cost of periodic assessments up to 80% compared to conventional methods. So far, over 700 engineers have been trained to use Builti’s software across Italy and Egypt, and the startup is currently running trials in North America.