Blockchain World First: Construction Contract Settled Using Pilot CBDC

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NotCentralised and its partners in the RBA’s CBDC pilot program (in collaboration with the DFCRC), are pleased to have concluded a specific use case for use of blockchain technology withthe construction sector. Working with the teams at Digital Mutual, Trade Collective, OC Interiors, Hedera and ZeroCap, with assistance from Herbert Smith Freehills, NotCentralised demonstrated its TradeFlows system for easing liquidity risk in supply chains.

The Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) and the Digital Finance Cooperative Research Centre (DFCRC) collaborated on a research project to explore the potential use cases and economic benefits of a Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDC) in Australia, with selected industry participants demonstrating potential use cases for a CBDC using a limited-scale pilot CBDC.

NotCentralised utilised the pilot CBDC as a risk-free asset to support the issuance of a stablecoin in its TradeFlows system that allowed participants to create digital escrows, agree contracts and program the conditions of associated payments, all using tokens. This allowed for the stablecoin to have an additional level of trust.

Speaking about the pilot project, NotCentralised Cofounder and Lead Developer Arturo Rodriguez said “…through participating in the RBA pilot, NotCentralised simply wanted to show the potential for real-world application of blockchain technology, with positive impact. We believe this has been demonstrated, and we thank our partners for their involvement in the achievement.”

Don Bruin from Digital Mutual said “we have needed something like this in our industry for a while. For too long, construction companies have worked without the ability to be completely comfortable that the other side has the funds to pay them and with these trust/escrow capabilities, now we can.”

Kel Matheson, founder of OC Interiors who used this system to pay for construction work done on a project, said that “with tools like this, we can have better control over how payments for work are made and reduce the frictions we see currently in the construction space.”

Susannah Wilkinson Regional Head of Emerging Technology (APAC), Herbert Smith Freehills added “it is exciting to see implementation of digital asset solutions to real world pain points through the RBA CBDC pilot. In this use case, tokenisation and automation promote higher levels of trust within the supply chain. These same concepts have broad application across different industry sectors and their associated legal frameworks”.

Rob Allen, Executive Director of The Hashgraph Association said, “This inspiring CBDC-collateralised stable coin project demonstrated well how a public distributed ledger network, such as Hedera, can be utilised for delivering solutions to real-world problems. The speed of delivery and quality of the solution is testament to the professionalism of the NotCentralised team that were building on Hedera.”

Rounding things out, Nick Bishop at NotCentralised added further that “the costs of establishing trusts is prohibitive so we are pleased to see technology like this able to be rolled out and used for transaction sizes which would not have traditionally qualified for escrows (and trusts). Blockchain brings the power of this tech to industries that need it.”

Further information can be found for our use case here on the RBA website: https://www.rba.gov.au/media-releases/2023/mr-23-06.html

as well as DFCRC: https://dfcrc.com.au/2023/02/28/construction-supply-chain-payments/

As well as The Australian: https://www.theaustralian.com.au/nation/digital-currency-breakthrough-rba-trials-blockchain/news-story/58c8f3a7bcf5c408fe50fcebbf81b605

World First- Construction Contract Settled Using Pilot CBDC Blockchain Technology

Key Figures

  • $229 billion AUD — size of Australian construction industry as of 2023 (link)
  • 1,709 — construction companies entering administration in Australia between July 2022 and April 2023 (link). Taking it back further to mid-2021 and the number of companies is 2,023 (link).
  • 1,700 — Projects in jeopardy when Porter Davis collapsed as Australia’s 13th biggest builder (link).
  • 36% — Year on year increase in number of building companies collapsing in 2023 compared with 2022 (link)

For more information about the TradeFlows use case as part of the DFCRC pilot, please reach out to we@notcentralised.com.

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Mark
Monfort

Mark drives innovation with his deep understanding of AI, blockchain, and data technologies. His experience spans over 15 years of contributions to finance, technology, and operational strategy across Australia, Europe, and North America.

In 2021, he transitioned from Head of Data and Technology at a leading Australian accounting firm to startups. Prior to this, he worked in equity and macroeconomic research in the capital markets space.

Mark brings a passion for data and insights to NotCentralised. His understanding of AI and blockchain technology is central to the development of workplace productivity and financial system modernisation products, including SIKE and Layer-C. Mark’s dynamic and solutions-focused methods enable the navigation of complex technological landscapes and new market potentials.

Mark holds an Executive Master’s and a Bachelor of Commerce. He led the creation of the Australian DeFi Association and serves on the advisory board for the Data Science and AI Association of Australia. His commitment to such communities demonstrates his enthusiasm for emerging technologies and vision of positive change through technology adoption.

Nick
Bishop

Nick spearheads product strategy and institutional business development, leveraging a rich background spanning 23 years in capital markets and financial services across the UK, the US, and APAC.

In 2020, Nick transitioned into startups, bringing extensive experience in asset management and corporate advisory from roles including Director, Head of Australian Fixed Income at Abrdn and Managing Director, Head of Corporate Credit at Gresham Partners. His expertise extends to client management across the government and private sectors.

With a First Class degree in Law and Criminology and Chartered Financial Analyst experience since 2002, Nick is known for his energetic and creative approach, quickly appraising business models and identifying market opportunities.

Beyond his role at NotCentralised, Nick actively contributes to multiple startups and SMEs, holding various Board and advisory positions and applying his institutional expertise to early-stage ventures. Nick is fascinated by emerging technologies with significant societal impact and loves to immerse himself in nature.

Arturo
Rodriguez

Arturo leads product development and software engineering, applying over two decades of experience in technology, capital markets, and data science. With his years of programming expertise, Arturo smoothly transitioned into blockchain, AI, and machine learning.

Arturo has built and sold technology startups across Europe, following quant derivatives roles in global investment banks. His prior experience includes data projects for the NHS in the UK, Strategic Technology Advisor at Land Insight, and Senior Advisor to OpenInsight, where he built predictive models for vessel usage in commodity markets.

A mathematics and statistics graduate from Stockholm University, Arturo’s early grounding in logic problems and data manipulation techniques is evident in his practical applications. His work building equity derivative pricing models for Merrill Lynch and Royal Bank of Scotland showcased Arturo’s highly specialised skillset.

Arturo relocated from London to Australia in 2020. Beyond NotCentralised, his passion for technology and industry involvement extends to the Australian DeFi Association, which he co-founded, and regular contributions to the Data Science and AI Association.