Brexit, skills shortages, cost of materials…all add up to increasing pressure on your profits over the next year.

In order to offset this, you need to use every tool at your disposal to reduce the risk of mistakes, control cost and remain competitive. But how do you make sure you are using the ‘right’ tool for the job, and do you know which ones will give you the best return on investment?

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One of the main challenges of project delivery is the management and control of documents, drawings and data, across the supply chain. Whilst there are many ‘free’ solutions for sharing information, such as email or use of generic file-sharing solutions such as Dropbox, these often result in loss of information, leading to construction delays or worse, rebuilds, severely impacting margins as well as your reputation.

There are also the hidden costs involved – the costs of on-premise file servers and additional network storage for all those large, data-rich models you may need to retain, the outsourced IT costs, or the time costs of searching across multiple systems and silos every day to answer simple project queries.

Whilst the use of common data environments (CDEs) are becoming increasingly common to control and share information for project delivery, they are often driven by client requirements across major projects or within T1 companies.

A CDE provides a collaborative environment that encourages teams to work together, following a formal and standardised approach to managing project information, reducing the risk of mistakes and so controlling costs.

So how do companies take advantage of CDEs proven benefits without major investment and how do you choose the right CDE for you?

When selecting a CDE, it’s essential to find a solution that will fit into the overall organisational strategy as well as into any ongoing BIM strategy. An understanding of the CDE’s intended purpose is crucial – ask yourself how it will be used in the long term:

  • across multiple departments, project teams or selected team individuals?
  • for the design stage, or through to construction and handover?
  • on a single project, a programme of projects or an enterprise solution?

One of the recommended routes, even for large companies, is to identify a pilot project. This could be a joint venture project, or used to improve processes internally.

Taking the first steps in this manner are achievable for any company. Invest in a solution that supports all project information management and collaboration needs – from a simple project folder capability for smaller works projects through to a workflow-driven, BIM Level 2-compliant CDE. Doing this ensures project teams become confident in the use of a single system, knowledge is recycled and clients build trust in your digital delivery abilities. Choose a solution that will flex with your needs, and enable you to expand usage as required.

To find out more download our guide, ‘Choosing the Right CDE for BIM Level 2 Compliance’ then contact us to see how BC Projects can help you improve your project delivery