With a background in business management and information technology, and a successful career working in the hospitality and golf industries, Andy Stuart was looking forward to some well-deserved rest after selling his company Pricap Services Pty Ltd.
Mr Stuart continued with the business during the transitional period but finished up late last year.
"I was honestly looking forward to a week off to watch Netflix on the couch... and another week to watch it from the other couch," he said.
With a strong reputation for software development, Mr Stuart was contacted by a local business to look into technology solutions to simplify their online storage process from past plans.
After barely any time to sit rest, Mr Stuart was back in the office and founded a new company, BIMulous, with the idea to simplify the building process for large works.
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"The idea came from a group of architects and engineers in town," he said.
"What happens at the moment is a client comes along and says they want to build a building - they sit down with their architect, their engineer and they create a plan - they get their drawings, they do their plans, and they get to a period of time where it's all finished, and the project manager hands over a folder with a heap of paperwork and the keys.
"Obviously, it's more complicated than that - but then what happens is all of the different people within the project store their files in separate places, and after a few years if you want to change your building, often files are lost and you need to go separately to all of the different places, which costs time, money and productivity."
BIMulous uses Building Information Modeling (BIM) technology to create 3D modelling that gives architecture, engineering and construction professionals the tools to more efficiently plan, design, construct and manage building projects and infrastructure.
The 3D modelling allows for people involved in the project to see any potential clashes in the design process - one example being when a wall could impact the addition of pipes.
The BIMulous model would see all of the information from the start of the building process through to completion stored on the platform, with easy access to all involved - everything from the building's floorplan, to the finishes and purchase information of basic fittings like chairs and taps accessible through the click of the button.
Mr Stuart estimates that this service could save developers millions of dollars.
"When you bid for work, it may look like using BIMulous could cost more - but what a lot of people don't look into is the potential for costs to blow out," he said.
"Right now, if something is impacted you have to go back to the drawing board between all of the different parties, which blows out in cost and time for projects - BIMulous makes that process simpler and easier.
"This is similar to standards being used internationally, and could save people like the government millions."
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