2020 | Year That Was | a message from the CEO
Looking back at my message from this time last year, I made the bold statement that we were looking forward to the challenges of 2020 - I will choose my words more carefully in the future.
What I feel mostly as I reflect on the impact of Covid-19 on our business is fortunate. We were able to adapt, continue to work productively and protect the jobs of our people. While this has not been universally the case for the construction services industry and has varied significantly between countries and states, generally the impact has been less severe than many industries.
It was also rewarding to be able to help our customers navigate the limitations imposed by the pandemic, in a small way, by reducing the risk of infection via our technologies that support work processes that incorporate physical distancing.
While we are not out of the woods, and there may be economic headwinds coming, I am optimistic about the future. Spectra QEST is focused on the long game and has increased investment during this time. We have continued to improve our products, with multiple releases during the year, and are aiming for an exciting Q1 release covering a range of laboratory test methods on our new web tech stack.
Late in 2020 we also completed our first acquisition, ElmTree Systems, welcoming additional industry expertise to the group, expanding the customer base and providing additional scale to our operations - which will in turn allow for more and continued investment.
I would like to thank our customers for their ongoing use and further adoption of our products and welcome the new customers that joined the Spectra QEST family during the year.
And also a huge thank you to the Spectra QEST team, for their hard work and focus, under difficult circumstances.
Looking forward to 2021, may the challenges be nothing like 2020.
About Spectra QEST
Spectra QEST is a software development and services company specializing in solutions for the construction materials engineering, testing, inspection and production industries. Founded in January 1984, Spectra QEST offers the most comprehensive construction materials quality platform on the market today. With offices located in Adelaide, South Australia, and Sacramento, California, it services customers in North America, Europe, Australasia and the Middle East. These customers include leading international construction companies, construction materials and geotechnical engineering companies, construction materials manufacturers, and government bodies.
Spectra QEST’s technology has been honored with an American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) Gold Medal for Engineering Excellence (Texas) and an ACEC National Recognition Award for the QESTField product. Also, Spectra QEST was successful in winning Australia’s premier IT industry award, the 2013 iAwards, both at State and National levels, the Business SA 2013 Export Awards, and most recently, the 2015 Impact Awards.