Dareen's Journey

Dareen Salama

The intersection of technology and the construction industry has always fascinated me. Starting with my first job as a structural engineer, I wanted to find the best way to contribute while learning about the industry. I found that technology was the best way to do that. I had a passion for technology and there were many tasks waiting to be automated.  I then decided to focus on AI in construction during my master’s thesis in 2010. AI in the industry was still in the academic research phase, but the potential was fascinating. I started working in NYC and I learned that the industry was far from ready for AI. We were still figuring out how to adopt cloud based systems, building information modeling, virtual reality and other technologies. Technology adoption was and still is slow even though it is much needed.

We always talk about people, process and technology as the three pillars needed to drive digitization. Construction companies often focus on people and process being the challenging tasks, while assuming the tech is available. I spent years implementing and educating on existing tech, I learned that the industry deserves better. We need software and platforms that are easy to adopt, can be implemented in a short time and solve real problems. That’s when I decided to shift from a people and process focus, to a tech driven one. The industry is on the verge of a paradigm and I want to be a part of it.

Construction software is so complex that by the time you adopt a system, figure out how to use it, and your team gets used to it the platform is outdated. The current state of artificial intelligence and robotic process automation allow us to develop systems that solve chronic problems such as interoperability and lag in efficiency improvements. 

Gryps will play an influential role in raising industry productivity through technology even though it has been difficult to achieve that throughout the past 50 years.

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