Construction project management deals in an unimaginable amount of data. From architects to electricians, the number of specialisms producing digital construction data is highly fragmented.
It is an industry-wide problem with up to 96% of all information being left unused and 30% of data being lost by project closeout. Teams are struggling to manage data from their construction software causing errors, deadlines to be missed and even legal cases to be launched.
A common data environment (CDE) provides a solution to these issues. They are a digital space where all the information and assets of a project are easily stored, shared and disseminated.
In the construction industry, a CDE exists to house, manage and share information amongst the different suppliers. Data created in a BIM standard, non-graphical assets and documentation can all be stored there as it is essentially a storage locker in the cloud.
As the CDE is digital, it provides a space for all changes to be recorded, distributed and resolved in a secure manner. Improving efficiency is at the heart of the Common Data Environments idea, but in what ways do they achieve it? And what other benefits do they provide? Below, the answer to all of these questions will be explained.
GroupBC is one of the UK’s leading project information management services. It is currently helping to implement a common data environment for Heathrow airport, expected to be completed in December 2020, which aims to be the “first airport operator in the world who can leverage value from [their] digital assets.”
The benefits gained from implementing this CDE are set to be extensive. Not only will Heathrow be able to leverage value from their digital assets, but they’ll also allow staff to work in a safer environment and collaborate to make the airport as a whole work more efficiently.
Given all of their benefits, CDEs have become essential for proper data management of construction projects. Here’s what to consider when thinking about setting up your own:- Decide where to host it
As you can see, there are many considerations to think about when implementing a CDE for your construction project.
If you need any advice about implementing your own CDE, head to GroupBC who are experts in information management and can guide you in creating one for your own construction project.