Collaboration Thought Leaders – The Builder: Tomislav Žigo

Collaboration Thought Leaders – The Builder: Tomislav Žigo

Tomislav Žigo, CTO/Vice President, CLAYCO

Over the final seven years, Tomislav Žigo has seen what robust collaborations with drone trade leaders can do for a big, complicated development agency like CLAYCO. He’s labored carefully with drone corporations to attain one purpose: enhance how CLAYCO delivers buildings to purchasers. But he additionally is aware of that for these partnerships to achieve success, inner collaboration comes first.

Žigo describes CLAYCO as a consortium devoted to offering turnkey options to the development trade. That means having a number of totally different departments that tackle varied roles, together with working as a developer, securing financing, designing and delivering tasks, and even promoting for purchasers.

“That complexity brings out one of the best in all of us,” he stated. “If we are able to’t collaborate internally, it might be troublesome to collaborate in a targeted means with anybody within the tech house. Once we establish our necessities, what we’re making an attempt to attain from our standpoint, how data is being processed and the way it’s going for use in our operations, then we begin reaching out to the trade.”


The first side of a robust collaboration is figuring out each mutual and particular person targets, Žigo stated. Creating open channels of communication is essential. One means to make sure that occurs is to carry weekly or biweekly conferences.

The trade collaborator must know what’s working and what isn’t, and that comes from sincere suggestions, Žigo stated. The CLAYCO crew should be open about whether or not it’s happy with the standard of the info they’re receiving and the workflow so any wanted changes will be made.

“It’s like a partnership,” he stated. “We’re very supportive of their R&D efforts, whereas they’re supportive in the case of introducing sure options or workflows we’ve requested. It’s a two-way relationship constructed on expertise and mutual belief.”


Skycatch is among the resolution suppliers CLAYCO has labored with from the start, and that relationship was instrumental in gaining the primary FAA approval to fly drones on a development web site—with either side benefiting and studying from the expertise. Together, additionally they developed an analytical platform CLAYCO makes use of to check 3D drone scans to unique fashions or drawings—one thing the development firm pushed for from day one.

The collaboration succeeded as a result of either side prioritized assembly usually and speaking. CLAYCO labored carefully with the Skycatch manufacturing crew, offering that all-important suggestions. Skycatch made a “success supervisor” accessible 24/7, serving to CLAYCO navigate any points, ensuring sure workflows had been adopted and documenting the method.

As the drone trade evolves, CLAYCO can also be collaborating with corporations targeted on machine studying and AI, bringing the idea of edge computing to job websites. Moving ahead, these partnerships will permit the development firm to offer even higher providers and outcomes to its purchasers, and for Žigo that’s what it’s all about.

“Our want to collaborate with the drone trade was pushed by each the design want and operational must ship buildings in a wiser, higher means,” he stated. “Regardless of if it’s the drone trade or any person else within the tech area, the one means for the development trade to propel ahead is to collaborate and forge partnerships.”