To continue its pursuit to be the leading resource management tool for construction companies, Mutu has launched a new integration with global project management software company Procore.

Procore is used by more than 10,000 companies and has 1.6 million users in more than 125 countries. The US-based software has recently taken New Zealand by storm, shifting construction project management into the digital age. More than 50% of large NZ construction companies are now customers or thinking of becoming customers of Procore within the next 12 months.

Mutu CEO and Founder Ben Redwood said the integration was always inevitable based on the number of Mutu customers who also use Procore. "Our goal is to automate as much of the project / resource management process as possible for all Mutu users. Connecting with Procore saves our customers significant time in both platforms." Ben followed up by saying, "This integration is just the start of a big year of connecting Mutu to all the other tools our customers use. Our surveys show us that construction company directors want more access to data, however they want also want to automate as much data entry as possible. Connecting with apps like Procore and integrating data flow and reporting is going to be essential to if we want to remain a leader in a with a rapidly digitising sector."

Connecting your Mutu account to Procore

You can connect your Mutu account to Procore in 5 easy steps:

  1. Navigate to your Organisation page by clicking on Settings > Organisation details
  2. At the bottom of the page click on "Connect to Procore"
  3. You be directed to a Procore connection page or be prompted to login into your Procore account
  4. Follow the prompts to give permission to establish the connection
  5. Once the connection is established, your Mutu Organisation page will display the connection as "Active" (see image below)

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CompanyCassidy Construction
Company size200+
IndustryVertical Construction
Websitecassidy.co.nz
FocusEquipment Management + Health & Safety

The history

Cassidy Construction is a vertical construction company that has been at the forefront of the New Zealand construction industry for many years. They take on an impressive array of commercial projects from substations to high rises.

The opportunity

With nearly 1000 tools across the business spread across more than 20 sites, Cassidy was looking for an effective solution to manage their small plant and equipment while helping align the office team with what their staff had on site. They required software that could easily show who has what, the status of each item and provide a maintenance record of their equipment for ISO compliance. Having used other tools in the past, Cassidy struggled with the reliance on field staff to input data. Some users were good at adopting new processes, however if someone did not use the tool, it caused issues in data integrity and created more work for the office team.

The results

Mutu and Cassidy have been closely working together for the last six months to ensure a fit for purpose solution that gives tools to both the office and site teams to manage their equipment. Cassidy Plant Manager, Zane found Mutu a big improvement in terms of productivity and time saving “It was far easier using the Mutu app to track and manage equipment requests rather than pens and paper or spreadsheets. Having everything in one place saves a lot of time”.

Cassidy now have a companywide view of the status of all their equipment, helping streamline day-to-day work and ensuring accuracy and efficiency in other important areas such as health and safety or audits.

On top of using Mutu to understand the status and location of gear, Cassidy successfully used Mutu for an equipment stocktake to comply with a recent ISO audit. “In the past, getting an overview of what we owned was difficult, but Mutu provides this instantly to us from anywhere” said Zane.

Office staff have enjoyed the ability to book and reassign equipment on behalf of site staff, as well as initiating company wide equipment audits at the click of a button. A feature on Mutu that requires staff with equipment on the Mutu app to confirm if they have it and the status of it. This eliminates the need for GPS / bluetooth tracking hardware and achieves the same result.

Both the site and office teams like the simplicity of the product and Mutu’s willingness to iterate based on customer feedback. Learning and Development Lead Jen Grainger has loved the collaborative approach Mutu has taken when working with her and the rest of the Cassidy team “Mutus has been delivering value for the site, health and safety and administration teams and continues to evolve with the requirements of our company” said Jen. “The simplicity of the app has gone a long way to helping us integrate it into our processes here at Cassidy”.

Office staff have enjoyed the ability to book and reassign equipment on behalf of site staff, as well as initiating company wide equipment audits at the click of a button. This unique feature on Mutu requires staff with equipment on the app to confirm what they have and the item status. This eliminates the need for GPS / bluetooth tracking hardware and achieves the same result.

Both the site and office teams like the simplicity of the product and Mutu’s willingness to iterate based on customer feedback. Learning and Development Lead Jen Grainger has loved the collaborative approach Mutu has taken when working with her and the rest of the Cassidy team “Mutu has been delivering value for the site, health and safety and administration teams and continues to evolve with the requirements of our company” said Jen. “The simplicity of the app has gone a long way to helping us integrate it into our processes here at Cassidy”.

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Courtesy of the New Zealand Herald

Sustainability is a key concern in the construction sector in New Zealand. The construction industry has a significant impact on the environment, and there is a growing recognition of the need to reduce the environmental impact of construction activities.

There are several initiatives and programs in place in New Zealand to promote sustainability in the construction sector. For example, the New Zealand Green Building Council (NZGBC) is a non-profit organisation that works to promote sustainable building practices and raise awareness of the benefits of green building. The NZGBC has developed the Homestar rating system, which rates the sustainability of new homes based on a range of factors including energy and water efficiency, indoor environmental quality, and materials used.

The New Zealand Government has also introduced a number of initiatives to promote sustainability in the construction sector. For example, the Sustainable Homes programme provides funding for homeowners to make energy and water efficiency improvements to their homes. The government has also introduced a range of regulations and standards related to the energy efficiency of new buildings, including the New Zealand Building Code, which sets minimum energy efficiency requirements for new buildings.

There are also a number of private companies in New Zealand like Mutu that specialise in sustainable construction practices. These companies often use environmentally friendly materials and construction techniques, and may offer services such as energy audits and sustainability assessments to help clients reduce the environmental impact of their construction projects.

Overall, sustainability is an important consideration in the construction sector in New Zealand, and there are a range of initiatives and programs in place to promote sustainable building practices and reduce the environmental impact of construction activities.

Bulldozer loader uploading concrete debris into dump truck at construction site

Construction waste

Construction waste is a significant issue in New Zealand, as it makes up a large portion of the waste generated in the country. According to the Ministry for the Environment, construction and demolition waste makes up around 25% of the total waste generated in New Zealand.

Construction waste includes a range of materials, including concrete, brick, steel, timber, plasterboard, insulation, and roofing materials. The disposal of these materials can have negative environmental impacts, as they can take up space in landfills and release greenhouse gases when they decompose.

There are several initiatives and programs in place in New Zealand to reduce the amount of construction waste that is generated and increase the recycling and reuse of construction materials. For example, the New Zealand Construction Industry Council (CIC) has developed the Construction and Demolition Waste Management Protocol, which sets out best practices for the management of construction and demolition waste. The CIC also operates a Construction and Demolition Waste Forum, which brings together industry stakeholders to discuss issues related to construction and demolition waste and share information about best practices.

In addition, a number of local councils in New Zealand have introduced initiatives to encourage the reduction and recycling of construction waste. These initiatives may include providing information and resources to contractors and homeowners about how to reduce waste and recycle materials, as well as operating recycling facilities for construction and demolition materials.

Overall, there is a recognition in New Zealand of the need to reduce the amount of construction waste that is generated and increase the recycling and reuse of construction materials. There are a range of initiatives and programs in place to address this issue, and many stakeholders in the construction industry are working to promote sustainable practices that minimise the environmental impact of construction activities.

Carbon emissions in the construction sector

The construction sector is a significant contributor to carbon emissions in New Zealand. According to the Ministry for the Environment, the construction sector is responsible for around 10% of the country's total greenhouse gas emissions.

There are several factors that contribute to the carbon emissions of the construction sector in New Zealand. These include the use of fossil fuels for heating, transportation, and equipment operation, as well as the embodied carbon of building materials. Embodied carbon refers to the greenhouse gases that are emitted during the production and transportation of building materials, such as concrete and steel.

Overall, there is a recognition in New Zealand of the need to reduce the carbon emissions of the construction sector and promote the use of low-carbon building materials and practices. There are a range of initiatives and programs in place to address this issue, and many stakeholders in the construction industry are working to promote sustainable practices that minimise the environmental impact of construction activities.

Mutu and the Construction Sector

Mutu is passionate about reducing the carbon footprint of the construction companies of New Zealand. Using Mutu, our customers have already helped redirect tonnes of carbon emissions from landfill and avoided purchasing and hiring costs by using their plant and equipment in a smarter, more sustainable way.

If you would like to learn about how we do this you can reach out to us to find out more.

Earlier this month, Mutu along with our customer Hick Bros Civil Construction Ltd were nominated for the Fletcher Living Health & Safety Hero Award.

Site Engineer Aaron Jin and Mutu were nominated based on the introduction of the Mutu platform as a sustainability initiative across Hick Bros Ormiston site "when you come across something you no longer need, in less than a minute you can photograph it and list it on Mutu. This listing is then shown to everyone at Hick Bros to see if anyone wants it. This eliminates unnecessary purchasing, reduces waste sent to landfill and ensures resources are utilised right up to the end of their life"

Matthew Patten, Development Manager at Fletcher Living, acknowledged the impact Mutu was having on their development sites "It is great that Hick Bros are the first land development contractor of ours to adopt this, and a special shout out to Aaron Jin who has championed the Mutu app at the Ormiston site."

In the first month working with Hick Bros, Mutu helped redirected 5.5 tonnes of carbon emissions from landfill through reuse on the platform.

Amazing to see Mutu and our customers being recognised for these types of sustainability awards. Here's to the first of many!

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