Headquartered in Toyohashi City, Aichi Prefecture, Tokai Kogyo Co., Ltd. is a general construction company that has played a major role in creating the local social infrastructure.
Site manager Mr. Shinichi Nagata says, "Workers exchange ideas, discuss what's best, and work together to get the job done." As members of a forward-looking company, the workers at Tokai Kogyo were eager to get to grips with the introduction of a practical IT system they could use for construction.
In large-scale projects, such as airport construction, information technology has already been applied in the use of ICT (information and communication technology) to improve productivity and realize high quality. These results encouraged the MLIT to promote general diffusion, aiming by 2012 to make utilization of IT a standard practice in the construction industry. In November 2008, the MLIT Chubu Regional Development Bureau set up Japan’s first Construction ICT Implementation Research Committee. Tokai Kogyo’s construction of the Kojima Road on the National Route 23 Toyohashi Higashi Bypass, the FY 2008 pilot case study, attracted the eyes of the industry.
When, in August 2009, the Regional Development Bureau organized an inspection tour of the construction site, it was thronged with more than 170 people, mainly from local construction companies.
"Even in small and mid-sized construction projects, information technology is being used more and more; that’s why everyone gave me their full attention when I explained how we used the system.", said Mr. Yasuhiro Komoda, foreman in the construction department.