Mabati Rolling Mills unveils construction estimating software

The software generates sample designs once data is fed into a computer.
The software generates sample designs once data is fed into a computer. PHOTO/FILE
Mabati Rolling Mills, a subsidiary of the Safal Group, has launched a construction estimating software for property developers in an effort to grow market share.

The roofing materials maker says the software will help builders to estimate quantities of iron sheets, steel products, designs, roofing structure and costs – enabling them to work within schedule and to minimise wastage.

“The construction estimation software can be used by individuals who want to build but don’t have the money to hire an architect or a structural engineer,” said Mr Kaushik Shah, the regional executive of Safal Group.

The construction software is designed to generate sample designs once data is fed into a computer. The software then computes quantities — steel trussing, roofing sheets and accessories.

Currently property developers buy physical models of their desired house, which also increases construction costs.  Individual builders have welcomed the construction software saying it would help to lower the surging construction costs.

However, some industry players have expressed fears that the use of technology may cut the demand for professional services from quantity surveyors and architects.

According to Mr Shah, Mabati’s action has been informed by customers tastes and preferences amid pressures to lower construction costs.

Customers will access the services at the firm’s service centres in Nairobi and Mombasa, with similar centres currently under way in Eldoret and Kisumu.

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