Project leaders have never felt so pressured to improve efficiency: margins keep shrinking, projects grow more complex, access to craftspeople is squeezed, and wage pressure mounts.
Many general contractors have turned to construction management technology to power processes and people, minimize project delays, and measure project performance with confidence. To deliver a project on time and under budget, project teams have to efficiently manage “the digital world” – all the information, communication, and actions that support the physical asset build.
Last year, Aconex announced its appointment as the construction management software provider for the redevelopment of Battersea Power Station, an iconic landmark in central London. By any measure, this is a construction megaproject – seven phases over a 10-to-15-year period and a total value of £8 billion GBP (US$13.6 billion).
Engineering News-Record (ENR) recently published a brief video of the Battersea Power Station project and the new community that will result from it.
In case you haven’t seen it, there’s a thought-provoking video on YouTube about the information architecture of the internet age. The video was produced by Dr. Michael Wesch, an associate professor of Cultural Anthropology at Kansas State University who specializes in digital ethnography – the study of online communities and the interaction of people with technology.
Dr. Wesch’s video got us thinking about construction projects and the different ways to structure project information for real-time access across organizational boundaries. The traditional view that we encounter focuses on hierarchical folder and file systems. These may or may not meet the requirements of internal projects within a single organization. But when you look at complex projects involving multiple organizations – owners, contractors, project managers, designers, engineers, consultants, subcontractors, vendors, investors, and government agencies – you wonder how hierarchical structures could possibly meet the needs of all stakeholders.
CG/LA Infrastructure, an organization that supports the public and private sectors in developing strategic infrastructure globally, has released its 2014 report on the top 100 infrastructure projects in Latin America. The report is available for download on the CG/LA website.
The Strategic Top 100 Latin American Infrastructure 2014 Report was sponsored by Aconex, Boston Consulting Group, CNF Development Bank of Latin America, IDB, and GVIP. Its publication anticipates CG/LA’s 12th Latin American Infrastructure Leadership Forum, scheduled for June 10-12 in Cartagena, Colombia.
On March 25, Aconex presented an Engineering News-Record (ENR) webinar – Managing Digital Workflows on Construction Projects: Tools, Tricks & Tips from the Masters. A replay of the webinar will be available at this link for one year.
The webinar featured a panel of U.S. construction industry practitioners representing ANF Group, the Cianbro Institute and McCarthy Building Companies. The panel session was introduced by Frank Carron, vice president of global marketing at Aconex, and moderated by Tom Sawyer, senior editor, information technology, at ENR.
The presentations of the panel members generated a number of questions from the webinar’s 135 registered attendees. A subset of these questions was addressed by the panelists during the call. We’re taking the opportunity to deliver the Aconex perspective on questions posed in the webinar which we hear most often from our clients and their project teams.
This is the first post of a two-part blog. Next week, we’ll respond to a second selection of webinar questions.