Information security: how to protect your project data from cyber attacks

Construction professional protecting information security. A UK construction publication recently interviewed Oracle’s Aconex to discuss how information security has become increasingly significant in our marketplace over the past five years.

A few examples include:

  • Governments and private owners are progressively moving their data to the cloud.
  • More comprehensive structured data sets of sensitive buildings and infrastructure assets are being created— thanks to building information modelling (BIM).
  • Mobile devices offer greater accessibility to opportunistic cyberterrorists.

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AECOM and TAV Construction Share Proven Steps to Digital Success

AEC professional embracing digital success working on an iPad.As part of their Global Industry Council initiative, Oracle’s Aconex spoke with several industry experts about how organizations can move towards digital success and save $1 trillion by embracing digital transformation.

GIC members AECOM, Bechtel, Chiyoda Corporation, Fluor, Lendlease, and TAV Construction worked together to identify key challenges, outline solutions, and share examples of success.

In a recent webinar series, engineering and construction (E&C) leaders revealed how digital transformation can positively transform construction professionals’ day-to-day work.

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Digital Transformation: Five Challenges Preventing Modernization in E&C

E&C professionals discussing digital transformation.

In the Fall of 2017, Aconex gathered nine high-profile UK construction professionals working at leading organizations— including Skanska and Atkins— to discuss how we can embrace digital transformation in engineering and construction (E&C).

The meeting was held at Building Magazine’s headquarters in London— the #1 leading construction publication in the United Kingdom.

Round table attendees included:

  • Skanska: Malcolm Stagg, Director of BIM & Digital Engineering
  • Atkins: Neil Thompson, Head of Digital Transformation
  • Peter Trebilcock, Consultant Architect
  • Wates: Lucy Abbott, BIM Director
  • Sir Robert McAlpine: Nick Leach, BIM Manager
  • BAM Nuttall Limited: Ivor Barbrook, Head of Planning and Digital Construction
  • Allies & Morrison: Jo Bacon, Partner
  • Allies & Morrison: Matt Olsen, BIM Lead
  • Oracle’s Aconex: Steve Cooper, General Manager, UK&I

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How to define innovation metrics leveraging technology

E&C professionals measuring innovation metrics.

Throughout our GIC report series, we’ve focused on how digital transformation can powerfully shift the engineering and construction (E&C) industry.

The Boston Consulting Group (BCG) notes that E&C can expect annual savings— up to US$700 billion to $1.2 trillion— by embracing digital transformation.

The E&C industry must heavily invest in technology for project delivery to achieve these numbers.

As we’ve heard from many clients, one of the biggest challenges is defining innovation metrics to assess project performance. So, how can E&C develop a solid ROI to capitalize on this massive potential savings at an organizational or project level?

Organizations can follow the traditional construction project measures, such as:

  • Financial return
  • Breakeven points
  • Planned value = planned % of tasks left to complete x project budget
  • Actual cost of work performed = the amount of money spent on a project to a certain date
  • Cost variance = planned budget against the actual budget

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Overcoming resistance to digital technology: ditch those spreadsheets!

I’ve worked as an Industry Consultant in the Engineering and Construction space for many years.

I’ve noticed a common theme: whenever I’m presenting a modern software solution— particularly a tool featuring a new, disruptive approach to a business problem— I’m often met by some degree of resistance from a few in the audience.

Skeptics often claim they can use a spreadsheet faster than learning and implementing a new software application. That may be true in some instances, but it doesn’t make it right.

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For example, during one presentation I attended, the audience unanimously agreed that their existing system and business processes were inefficient, expensive, hard to learn, and administrative-heavy. Two individuals who disagreed with this assessment were an IT administrator and internal developer—both intelligent and competent professionals.

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