Forward-thinking from C&E’s thought leader Burcin Kaplanoglu
Burcin Kaplanoglu, C&E’s industry technologist and thought leader, shares three insights that can help contractors understand the value of data in 2019.
DATA IS STILL KING
Contractors should focus on adopting modern data collection strategies and technologies to better realize true, real-time collaboration across all project stakeholders and help transform project data into project intelligence as an engine to drive continuous improvement. Construction companies are already capturing massive amounts of data through enterprise resource planning (ERP), project controls and other applications, but without the tools and processes to extract insights from this information, data is being collected and shared too late and presents little opportunity for learning. Adoption of Internet of Things (IoT) technologies, connected devices, and mobile applications will play a critical role in evolving the value of data by enabling real-time data collection and proactive data management through the cloud. This will be particularly relevant to improve safety as well as to track assets on site. Advancements with drones, sensors, and autonomous construction equipment will also change how data is captured and used to further improve automation, productivity, and other project delivery success metrics.
In addition, the concept of the “cloud-based data lake” is rapidly emerging as a valuable approach to collecting, storing, and sharing data across an organization or organizations. Data lakes are a single store of all enterprise data in its natural format. They provide a home for both structured and unstructured data and enable organizations to organize large volumes of highly diverse data from a variety of sources. Data lakes also ingest and provide access to data very quickly, which will be increasingly important as organizations strive to perform broader real-time data exploration and discovery.
AUTOMATION TO OPTIMIZE
Adopting technology that promotes automated processes across all project supply chain elements should be a top priority for construction professionals. While manual processes are still being used, successful construction firms are embracing modern project management technologies that enable project teams and stakeholders to use common tools for streamlined, enhanced project collaboration and process optimization. The construction industry needs end-to-end process automation that works for everyone, from architects and manufacturers to contractors and owners. When deployed across the project lifecycle, these technologies can drive true digital and business transformation, which have the potential to make significant improvements from profit margins to project delivery a reality.
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About the author:
Burcin Kaplanoglu is an executive director and innovation officer with Oracle Construction and Engineering. Based in Chicago, Kaplanoglu is a recognized industry technologist, thought leader, and keynote speaker. He is leading Industry Strategy and Innovation at Oracle’s Global Construction and Engineering business unit and is co-founder of Oracle’s Construction and Engineering Innovation Lab. He frequently speaks and publishes articles related to Internet of Things (IoT), disruption of CE, investments, and construction technology in industry publications.
Modern Contractor Solutions, February 2019
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