startup of the month: SnagR
12 February, 2015
Those in the know should get to know SnagR, the accelerator's growth startup and their popular inspection and defect inspection system for engineers.
SnagR is an innovative Web and Mobile site inspection and issue management system, used in Construction, Civil, Property Management, Health & Safety, Environmental & Commissioning projects worldwide. It replaces frustrating and error-prone paperwork by allowing site engineers to capture a photo of any issue or inspection made, plot it on drawings with a single click, and communicate it to concerned parties. The result is a fast and efficient way of dealing with issues and inspections.
We interview SnagR's co-founder and Technical Director Mark Henderson, to find out more:
Who is your typical customer?
SnagR has grown rapidly, we are used in over 20 countries already, and our software is available in 8 different languages. Our typical customers are large Main Contractors, Property Developers, Architects & Site Engineers. In Hong Kong we were used on the Tamar building in Admiralty & the Peninsula Hotel refurbishment amongst others.
Tell us about your involvements in projects outside of HK?
SnagR has been used for all sort of purposes, some which really surprise us. We have been used on the London Olympics Phase 2 site, Heathrow Airport, the Shangri-La Hotel in The Shard (London), Train stations, tramway systems, other iconic buildings. We are also used outside of construction, for example the SMRT in Singapore use SnagR to survey their carriage stock, we are also used by Yacht builders and for general surveying wherever data needs to be collected out in the field. Interestingly, we were recently approached by a charity in Haiti to consuct surveys using mobile devices after the 2010 earthquake there.
Why was SnagR chosen in your mind for the Haiti project?
Our technology makes it simple to collect data in the field, publish, manage and analyse that data. The Haiti team recognised that SnagR could really help and approached us.
After the 2010 earthquake, many houses and schools needed to be re-built. Each was fitted with a septic tank, which sadly were not functioning properly. With the resources they had available, only a cross-section of around 10% of these would be surveyed. By using SnagR, a local team were provided with low cost Android tablets to survey everything, capturing photos and all the data required, giving a true picture of the situation. This was then synchronised back to head-office through a 3G connection every few days.
It’s humbling that our technology has such wide ranging applications that aren’t just commercial. If any readers of this blog know of any humanitarian organisations that could make use of SnagR, we encourage them to contact us. The experience was very positive for us and we would like to do more.
What’s next for SnagR?
We have huge ambitions for our technology. This year we are looking to expand rapidly especially in Asia. We have recently moved in to blueprint which has a great energy and buzz about the place. We’ve met some fantastic mentors who are helping us grow from Startup to SME. Also, we are hiring in Hong Kong so get in touch if you want to be involved in our exciting journey!