As you know when you work in the industry, construction is not just about the hands-on work. There is extensive planning, organizing and coming up with the best processes. These operational aspects help construction projects run smoothly and help teams to continually improve. When these areas are improved, projects are more likely to be completed on time, to specification and on budget.
Collecting construction project data is one of the tasks that has plenty of room for improvement industry-wide. To a very large extent, teams have always been collecting this data, including project record sets, redlines for as-builts, RFIs and much more. Historically, however, a large portion of this data has been collected with a paper trail or using clunky technology and software. In turn, utilizing this information to improve operations has remained a missed opportunity for the majority of companies.
Now, how teams collect data and what they do with it are changing dramatically–in a good way. Today, construction companies have access to digital tools that help them collect data in a more efficient way, gather and organize a greater extent of data and use the data to inform critical decisions and processes.
A Comprehensive Data Collection Guide
Data collection is more important than ever in society, as we have high-tech applications that allow us to collect massive amounts of data and discern patterns and projections from it. While all industries are using data more than ever and in better ways, the construction industry is no exception.
Whether you’re already collecting plenty of data or trying to improve with the collection or application of your data, you can benefit from a new ebook from Construction Dive and PlanGrid that provides the ins and outs of collecting construction project data: “Breaking Down Data: The Construction Industry’s Guide to Data on the Job Site and in Your Business.”
If you’re looking for a comprehensive guide to data collection on a jobsite, download our ebook today.
The Value of Construction Project Data
When it comes to data in construction, ultimately, this equation is key: Quality of Construction Data = Quality of Project.
Quality projects run off quality data. Data informs smart decisions, makes a project more efficient and provides projections going forward. When key information is missing, that’s when mistakes–and ultimately costly and time-consuming rework–are increasingly likely to occur.
Data can streamline your projects and improve your processes. To make sure you get all the information you need, it’s essential to have a strategy and the right tools that will help you collect and use data that contributes to the quality of a project–and even improves safety.
“The benefit of capturing data lies in the ability to make proactive changes that affect the bottom line of the job in progress. The last thing you want is to look back and say, ‘If I’d only known that a month ago,’” says Scott Jennings, P.E., principal of SJ Construction Consulting, LLC, who has worked across the U.S. with hundreds of contractors for more than 25 years.
Top 3 Benefits of Increased Data to the Construction Industry
1. Increases Productivity
Lacking data or having poor data has resulted in mistakes and projects getting off track. But when a construction team has access to the correct data when they need it through digital technology, it can boost productivity and save on labor hours.
2. Fosters Transparent Collaboration
Real-time data has brought different parts of a project together so there is more teamwork instead of disconnected pieces. Through data, different contractors and the owners can work together better and see every piece of the project and how the different pieces are interrelated.
3. Streamlines Analysis
Technology specialized to the needs of the industry allows construction companies to gain more access to high-quality data in real-time. This allows them to look at all of the separate parts of a project at once, analyze and make any adjustments that need to be made to improve outcomes.
Get Serious About Collecting More Construction Project Data
Data collection is more important than ever in society and in the construction industry. It can help teams bring the different parts of a project together, make a job more efficient and give real-time information that helps with project planning and progress. In the Construction Dive and PlanGrid ebook, we dive deep into 7 ways a data strategy mitigates major challenges in construction. To learn more, download the ebook today.