Ideally, companies could capture and analyze data across every CAD or BIM application in real time and then use those insights to reduce downtime and improve productivity for projects. Until recently, the AEC sector lacked a data observability solution that was flexible enough for such data intensive systems.
This was the challenge that Adam Sheather, CEO of Bimbeats and Konrad Sobon, CTO, wanted to solve when they started the business. They were also aware that, compared with other sectors, AEC businesses have fewer in-house data analysts. “We wanted to provide team leaders with the visualization tools to help fix software issues and pinpoint inefficiencies without having to learn a new set of skills or hire additional people,” says Sheather.
Bimbeats considered several possible solution approaches. A SQL-based option wasn’t flexible enough to ingest the volumes of data involved in a typical AEC project, while other technologies couldn’t support the complex calculations required to measure project inefficiencies and software points of failure.
When Sheather and Sobon looked at Elastic, they were impressed by its powerful capacity for real-time data processing.