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Build + Tech - Summer 2023

Build + Tech - Summer 2023

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Builders, large and small, know one thing: whatever saves you time, negates risk and improves workflow and communication is bound to be the makings of a better business. 

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So, what’s the best way to make this happen? Technology. The right software tools are must-haves for savvy building professionals, trades and contractors. That’s why we have uncovered an array of quality technology providers. 

Welcome to Build+Tech, brought to you by HIA.

See how Companion System improves your efficiency.

Companion Systems

Companion Systems has been designed to help builders grow and improve their efficiencies. By using Onsite Companion, every process in your business is mapped, documented and automated. This includes sales and planning, pre-construction, construction, maintenance and warranty. It seamlessly automates repetitive tasks. 

Onsite Companion helps you with safety and compliance, document management and communication. Driven by its world-class construction management platform, Onsite Companion integrates with Databuild and other CRM and ERP systems.

Its latest software, Liink, allows subcontractors and suppliers to work more collaboratively with you. It offers unlimited ongoing support to always be there for your business. It also provides professional IT services for your business which includes cloud-hosted servers, IT security, back-up and disaster recovery, IT networking and VPNs.

To learn more, go to Companion Systems


PlanRadar makes your building projects more efficient. It lets you sync your teams in a single platform at every stage of the build lifecycle. By creating tickets on blueprints, defects can be identified and resolved. 

It also works as your site diary, a place for checklists and safety audits, handovers and evidence of collection and claims management. PlanRadar Webapp is accessible through any desktop web browser and enables you to create and organise projects, define templates for tickets, manage users, create reports, and analyse every aspect of your project. 

While the PlanRadar app works on mobile devices to create and edit tickets, you can add comments and images, and create and sign reports. 

To learn more about ways to increase your build productivity, go to PlanRadar.

PlanRader can increase your build productivity
canibuild is designed by builders for builders.


Designed by builders for builders, canibuild is an innovative platform that offers a comprehensive suite of features. This includes contour accuracy of 97 per cent; compliance validation for factors such as flood and bushfire risks; and building regulations checks.

canibuild also includes tools such as cost estimation, proposal generation, real-time 3D visualisation, and access to essential reports and plans. As a builder, you can showcase your designs, estimate costs, order plans and reports, and ensure compliance without the need for physical site visits or manual estimations.

canibuild is a transformative solution that streamlines sales processes, boosts accuracy, and delivers substantial ROI for builders. 

To learn more or book a demo, go to canibuild or call 1300 102 495


Tired of chasing payments and managing endless client requests? Worried about getting paid on time and in the right amount? Juggling multiple jobs and struggling to keep all the balls in the air?

TradeEpay is the smart online payment platform and your all-in-one solution for payment management, job tracking, and seamless communication. With TradeEpay, homeowners can securely transfer funds to a trust account, ensuring your peace of mind. 

These funds are then transferred to your nominated account as each build stage is completed and signed off. The app keeps a record of client communication, variations and job history, offering full transparency.

Sign up for free at TradeEpay and enjoy smoother, more secure transactions.

TradeEpay is a smart online payment platform.
Utecture enables instant design and visualisation of plans.


utecture is a cloud-based software solution created to design, quantify, price your new builds and renovations with speed and accuracy. Output renders in 3D are supported by full sales documentation and building take-offs. 

The software enables instant design and visualisation of plans, combined with real-time pricing, giving you and your client confidence and certainty about the build journey. Changes to meet customer requirements and budgets are instantaneous, covering plans, layout adaptations, roof types and materials. Reporting and tracking provide you with further insights into your business. 

The result is stronger, easier customer relationships, providing you with more time to work on your pipeline and conversions. 

For more information, go to utecture.


Groundplan is your digital solution for efficient project estimation. Our take-off estimating software, designed as a cloud-based platform, utilises your floor plans to calculate construction costs, including electrical, plumbing, painting and landscaping. 

Uploading your plans is all it takes, and as you count and measure, our system automatically generates a precise list of items with accurate cost estimates. This data can be effortlessly exported to your preferred accounting or project management software. 

With an intuitive interface, extensive training, and robust support resources, Groundplan facilitates seamless collaboration with your team from anywhere. 

Discover the future of construction estimation with a free trial or learn more at Groundplan.

Groundplan is a digital solution for efficient project estimation.

Find out more information on our Build+Tech partners and what HIA can do to help further your business at Groundplan.

Feature promotion: This article was compiled with contributions from Companion Systems, PlanRadar, canibuild, TradeEpay , utecture and Groundplan.

First published on 22 November 2023.

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