DiscoPad: Exploring a solution that helps uncover industry pain-points

The world is full of innovative ideas but sometimes it still feels that the biggest problems never get solved. At the moment, the construction sector is struggling with deficient productivity growth and digital maturity. One substantial challenge in the industry is that innovators don’t really know what are the pain-points that need urgent problem solving. At HEAL, we are exploring a solution that helps spot the pain-points most influential in the building industry.

HEAL is exploring a solution that helps spot the pain-points most influential in the building industry.

A platform solution, DiscoPad, aims to help teams search an open database of industry specific problems as revealed by experts. The idea is to develop a tool that would allow technologists with potentially transformative new innovations to find pain-points within the building industry. The platform is designed to target researchers and technologists, enabling them to easily connect their resources.

Improving transparency with easy access to problem areas

Central to the DiscoPad’s mission is to make it possible to catalogue pain-points that are identified in interviews with industry professionals, such as designers or building site managers. It networks the pain-points for meaningful contextualization. That is to say, users of the platform can perform keyword searches across the open graph database to learn about specific problem areas and the context in which they occur. They can also learn where solutions will have the greatest impact in the construction sector.

A key feature of the DiscoPad is to keep the information of the platform available through a public database, while the interview transcripts are stored behind an authentication layer.

A key feature of the tool is to keep the information of the platform available through a public database, while the interview transcripts are stored behind an authentication layer. DiscoPad would therefore allow transparent information sharing without revealing confidential data.

Easier goal definition saves time and refines project focus

The idea of the DiscoPad is to build a comprehensive platform designed specifically to help the work of the R&D sector: The tool has the potential to aid both developers to define their goals and researchers to find a solution provider. By understanding industry pain points, teams of technologists could quickly identify the best application for their bright ideas. Simultaneously, researchers would get someone to solve the problems they have identified. The DiscoPad tool has the potential to increase the chance that the suggestions based on data are actually being put into practice and resources are focused on meaningful problem solving.

By being able to provide access to insights typically locked away within organisations, we believe teams could save weeks of research work early in the concept creation phase.

DiscoPad's idea is to allow technologists with potentially transformative new innovations to find pain-points within the building industry

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