When it comes to the construction industry, data management is stuck in the past, with most data still transmitted by PDFs and good old-fashioned paper. This means you miss raw digital data. Therefore, the most important step in digitizing the construction industry is to connect these broken processes, specifically the breakdown of information flow.

As a client, you need to stop loss of valuable information. Instead, what is needed is a way to connect the broken processes by requiring your contractors, specialists and suppliers to use a cloud-based digital reporting system.

Get transparency, increase collaboration and avoid losing money

Consider all the operators that are collaborating to bring a construction project together, from financing, feasibility studies, design, tender, construction and finally operation. Depending on the procurement strategy, it is not uncommon to have multiple specialists and suppliers on a project.

As a client, how do you oversee each supplier and guarantee everyone is on schedule, meeting your specifications, while managing a significant flow of information throughout the project’s life cycle? And, how do you mediate a collaboration across all processes and operators to minimise your costs?

Connect the dots. Fix the broken processes

The Yale-architect Philip Bernstein explains in a TEDx-talk how information is lost for every transfer of data between the processes and companies that interact to get a building or bridge made and operational. Contracts Consultant Philip Wright, Optimise International, explains how these broken processes are a frustrating reality in today’s construction industry:

In each one of these processes everyone is using their own little bit of software without any thought for the process afterwards. There is very little collaboration, even now. Each system works as an isolated silo, holding its own data sets.

JBKnowledge in their 2017 ConTech Report found that 30 % of all respondents reported “none” of the applications they use will integrate. Only 5.5 %, or one out of 20, reported that “all” applications will integrate. So, what do they do? Transfer data manually (48.7 %) or by spreadsheet (42.6 %). Or they don’t transfer data (13.8 %) at all.

Infographics showing digital flow of information and data in a construction project via a cloud-based Common Data Environment (CDE)

Digital flow of information and data via a cloud-based Common Data Environment (CDE). The client and all project participants have access to realtime data in the CDE allowing for full transparence and control of the project.

Infographics showing current dataflow: Information and data flows between the many operators on a construction project via PDF’s, spreadsheets, emails and paper.

Information and data flows between the many operators on a current construction project. If the client wants an overview, he will often need to transfer data manually or by spreadsheet

 

Request transparency

It resides with the client, according to Philip Wright, to request transparency through a cloud-based digital reporting system throughout the lifetime of the project:

Without policing the system, the client allows for the potential of a lack of transparency, thereby increasing the chance for the contractor to do as he wants. This is what leads clients to lose money. Again, and again.

We’re not talking about peanuts. McKinsey estimates that on-site productivity in the construction industry can be increased by as much as 50 percent by implementing a cloud-based control tower that rapidly assembles accurate data in near real time that is both backward-looking and predictive,

says Wright.

Kapio includes cloud-based CDE

Kapio has developed an integrated, BIM-compliant, Common Data Environment (CDE) for the storage of all your project drawings and other files. Files can be shared in the cloud with your project team throughout the entire life-cycle of your construction.


  • The digitally aware owner’s reporting system.
  • Flexible and easy to integrate with existing software
  • Created out of the E&C industry’s need
  • SaaS service
  • Starting at €1.99 per user per day.

For more information call +45 7875 0100 or contact Kapio.Cloud for a demo at sales@kapio.cloud

 

Further reading

 

Further information

Contracts Consultant Philip Wright, Optimise International, tel. ++48 694 520 339, pgw@optimise-international.comContracts Consultant Philip Wright, Optimise International, tel. +48 694 520 339, pgw@optimise-international.com

 

 

 

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