“We’ve been really impressed with how Kykloud has impacted on the way we can conduct survey inspections from our office base in Dubai and Abu Dhabi. Our commitment to the software has been matched by that of the Kykloud team back in the UK in delivering changes and updates to suit the local market here in the Middle East; we expect Kykloud will soon become the software of choice for surveyors in the Middle East.
Cavendish Maxwell used Kykloud to conduct a detailed condition assessment of a complex mixed property portfolio on behalf of its Dubai based client.
The inspections incorporated residential and commercial high-rise buildings in the Middle East and the team worked closely with Kykloud to ensure that the UK developed software could fully meet the needs of the Middle East market.
The Dubai market requires a different style of reporting to the UK so Cavendish Maxwell worked closely with Kykloud to adapt the reporting style to suit the Middle East allowing for a detailed condition assessment of their diverse property portfolio.
There are also a number of cultural differences in the type of features which need to be surveyed in buildings in the Middle East, which may not be in a typical UK survey report. Residential swimming pools, helipads and aircraft lights on high rise buildings are common place in Dubai which are not standard on UK reports, yet Kykloud has been adapted to suit the local market.
Cavendish Maxwell is an independent firm of chartered surveyors and property consultants delivering property services throughout the Middle East and Africa. Established in 2008,Cavendish Maxwell has grown into one of the largest and highest profile property consultancies in the Middle East, employing more than 60 people across eight departments.Keen to identify how mobile surveying software solutions could enhance its surveying offering in the Middle East, the company’s Dubai office turned to Kykloud for help.
Rhys Steel, chartered building surveyor at Cavendish Maxwell explains: “The advances in mobile surveying software have undoubtedly had a real impact on the wider surveying industry over the past couple of years.
“Keen to explore how we could utilise mobile technology to enhance our client offering, we carried out an audit of the available software on the market. We wanted software As our which would not only help us to survey and report more efficiently but help us with longer-term lifecycle planning; Kykloud allowed us to do just that.“We have our own in-house software development team, but to achieve a product with any where near the same specification as Kykloud, we would be looking at between one and two years’ development time and a capital major investment.
"With Kykloud we could reap the benefit of mobile surveying immediately and also have the added advantage of a full technical support department to guide us through the set-up and delivery process.”
Graeme Harper, chartered building surveyor at Cavendish Maxwell was the lead survey or rolling out Kykloud on a project to survey a diverse portfolio of 19 commercial and residential properties in the Middle East. The portfolio incorporated retail, offices,warehouses and a supermarket, in addition to residential buildings, and tested the effectiveness of Kykloud from the outset.
Graeme said: “The on-site capture function is extremely detailed and easy to use which,because of the complexities of the initial project we were working on, proved really useful.The reports were of an excellent quality and we were able to see the time saving benefits of Kykloud straight away.“Our surveyors using Kykloud spent much more time on site and far less time in the office dealing with administration. The result was faster, more accurate reporting that offered a tangible benefit to our client.“We had the benefit of Kykloud training from the UK team to make sure we are getting the full benefit of the software for our clients.”