Barbal addresses a very real and painful problem for our users; even with all the advances in online collaboration and document management systems, working with others on documents is still really painful — particularly when lots of people are involved in drafting or commenting.

Our technical hypothesis is that we…


Woman at a laptop with her head in her hands

Whether you’re using modern online collaboration software or sending marked-up files via email, working with others on documents can often leave us feeling out of control.

In this short blog I’ll explore five ways collaborating on documents can heighten the stress and frustration we can feel when we aren’t in…


Collaboration is becoming ever more important in business especially as we overcome the challenges of the past twelve months. But have you ever stopped to consider what it actually means to collaborate?

Since founding Barbal I find myself mulling this more and more. Why is collaboration so important? How does…


Barbal was founded in November 2018. How have two years gone by already? And is it really 20 months since I last published an update on the business and our strategy?

In case you are catching up or need a reminder: My co-founder, Dave, and I met whilst helping a…


Aside from general pandemic despair, recently Twitter has been awash with an ongoing stream of arguments; “is this a digital twin?”, “is that one?”, “a point cloud isn’t a digital twin”, “does a digital twin require a live data stream between the physical asset?”, “no Vendor X your software does…


In March, Barbal moved out of Bristol’s Engine Shed and became a remote company days ahead of the work from home announcement. It was the right thing to do.

As a software startup, we were already set up to work from home and would do so as a matter of…


In February this year we set off on a mission to develop a standard for construction knowledge on behalf of the Construction Knowledge Task Group (CKTG).

The CKTG comprises the largest publishers and professional bodies in the UK built environment sector and they all share the same challenge: not enough…


It is almost a decade since the UK was told that Building Information Modelling (BIM) would become mandatory for all public projects. The approach that was developed through the UK definition of BIM Level 2 has become the global basis for BIM according to ISO 19650.

After a flurry of…


The construction industry is huge, fragmented and slow to innovate. At the same time, we are seeing increasing pressures on the industry to adopt new and important ideas like digital transformation, modern methods of construction (MMC) and sustainable building practices.

Between 2012 and 2017 I conducted a doctoral study on…


The Shuttleworth Foundation was started in 2001 by Mark Shuttleworth, the founder behind the Ubuntu operating system. They look for social innovators who are changing the world for the better and could benefit from a social investment model with a difference.

The Foundation runs a fellowship to “fund people who…

Tom Bartley

Co-founder and CEO at Barbal.co — helping experts to reach consensus faster.

Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store