Data: In the Lifecycle
This is the third, and final installment in a three-part series that looks at how data is the key to unlocking greater productivity, ultimately improving the bottomline. In the first two blogs, I looked at how this new age of information is transforming the office and the jobsite. In this blog, I will look at how that data can then be used throughout the lifecycle of a building or infrastructure—as this is where the rubber meets the road for long-term profitability.
This concept of extending data into the jobsite is not a new one. This has been discussed in-depth, as it related to BIM (building information modeling). In fact, some in the space have called it 6D, referring to the importance of extending the data generated in the model into the lifecycle of facilities management.
While the tech providers are beginning to offer solutions that target this concept and there have been some great case studies that demonstrate how to extend data into the lifecycle, there is still a lot of work to be done in this area.
For starters, there is the challenge of standardization. Sharing data among all the project participants—including the project owner—is challenging because there are many different pieces of technology that can house the data, and often the systems don’t speak the same language. This is one of the first hurdles that needs to be overcome in order to move data throughout the lifecycle of a facility.
This will be the topic of discussion in the Baseline to Build On series of events—a four-part series that will culminate at the Constructech Technology Day event. The first event is taking place on Thursday, February 23 in San Jose, Calif., and if you are a CIO, IT manager, or technology leader in the construction industry, we invite you to join us for this event to discover how to best harness all this data.
But perhaps one of the bigger points in all of this that is going to transform how the construction industry does business is the fact that smart cities and infrastructure is coming. In fact, Gartner, www.gartner.com, Stamford, Conn., predicts 50% of citizens in large cities will share personal data with smart city programs by 2019. Additionally, 20% of all local government organizations will generate revenue through open data by 2020.
The bottomline is that the rapid pace of change is leading to these smart city and smart infrastructure projects—and the construction industry will be responsible for building all the infrastructure. Now, the question remains: How can we extend the data that exists in the office and at the jobsite into the lifecycle for long-term profitability of cities? This will be the question that will need to be answered in the year ahead.
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