During the pandemic, construction intensified the introduction of technology, transforming the building business model, enhancing teamwork and efficiency, and increasing wages and profit margins.
FREMONT, CA: Larger construction companies worldwide are constantly utilizing technologies like 5D BIM, data mining, drones, mobile solutions, and collaboration tools like common data environments. Although they increase efficiency in real-time, they may be more critical in paving the way for the introduction of more disruptive technology in the future.
Construction companies can use big data to collect, analyze, and apply vast amounts of data to solve business problems and provide critical, informed insight for future activities. It aids businesses in completing projects on schedule, correctly bidding, and building more effectively. However, big data presents a significant challenge in capturing, exchanging and using data produced across the intricate construction ecosystem.
Today's construction companies are beginning to use collaborative technologies like real-time, cloud-based analytics to access vast structured and unstructured data sources to ensure that all stakeholders are on board and have access to real-time data. These innovations can completely transform the industry by providing innovative advantages.
Here are four ways to efficiently manage big data:
The collection and analysis of big data from construction projects will help identify possible threats and issues. Also, by gathering structured and unstructured data, project-centric data can be overlayed with corporate data to aid in trend identification. If a negative trend is not addressed, the whole company may be put at risk.
Prioritize Digital Technology
Construction and engineering firms may use big data to capture and analyze cost-related data, site-based transactions, images, correspondence, and planning adjustments, among other things. The construction industry is overflowing in data, with each project generating thousands of information. It is almost impossible to identify critical data items without digital technologies, allowing quick responses to potential issues and applying positive results to future ventures.
Healthy and Safe Workforce
Sensor-enabled wearable devices have a significant effect on enhancing working conditions for site workers and offering invaluable insights into the productivity and performance of plant and equipment. These sensors can not only track environmental factors that impact occupational safety, but biometric sensors embedded in the wearable can also monitor the employees' health.
In combination with emerging technologies like artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML), big data systems provide vital knowledge and insight before a project is even started. Potential risks such as construction site scheduling issues, disputes between various disciplines and trades, and even weather impacts can all be resolved before it's too late. The ability to shift based on data insights may significantly affect cost and time overrun reduction.