According to a study by McKinsey Global Institute, 98% of the world's major construction projects are delivered over 20 months late. These extended deadlines are mostly caused by collaboration difficulties on construction sites. Poor communication between employees, lack of information or precision and inability to adapt to new technology significantly affect team productivity. They also directly impact the quality of the buildings and expenditure. According to the same McKinsey Global Institute study, cost overruns due to construction delays are in the order of 80%. Luckily, to compensate for these difficulties, there is an effective solution: the collaborative platform. Kairnial explains the advantages that this innovative tool can offer to the construction sector.
What actually is a collaborative platform?
Collaborative platforms are increasingly used in business, and the construction sector is not to be outdone. These tools offer many advantages in terms of site management and monitoring.
As a reminder, a collaborative platform is a virtual workspace accessible by all the stakeholders of a project. The BIM (Building Information Modelling) platform allows, among other things, to:
- share documents in the same workspace;
- centralise resources and tools to simplify communication and interactions between teams;
- facilitate communication between employees: managers, general contractor, subcontractor, owner, project manager , etc.;
- managing and monitoring schedules;
- real time updating of data, etc.
In terms of infrastructure, construction and engineering projects, BIM makes it possible to fully exploit data gathered in a collaborative central location and create added value. Teams can therefore exchange practical information on the design of a building as soon as they feel the need to do so in order to work in a more structured way. The risk of error is limited, and projects are fully executed.
The advantages of the collaborative platform in the construction field
Construction work usually involves several stakeholders. Conventionally, the participants are from different trades, they do not communicate much, because they do not share the same constraints. Lack of communication or precision is precisely what can cause delays and sometimes budget overruns.
The good news is that by using a collaborative platform, you allow stakeholders to work effectively together. This innovative solution makes it possible to communicate better, simplify project monitoring tasks and increase productivity.
Working in a shared environment
One of the first advantages of the collaborative BIM platform is undoubtedly the possibility of having a common working environment. The tool makes it possible to share all the data relating to a construction project (3D digital models, tables, diagrams, images, etc.).
These are hosted on the Cloud and can be viewed at any time. In addition, the platform can be powered by all employees who have access to it. This allows you to enjoy constantly updated information. Each member can then monitor the flow of the project and identify the changes in progress.
The key here is that all teams can integrate this shared environment, regardless of their budget or digital maturity. The platform must also be accessible from different devices (mobile, tablet, Internet browser, etc.) and even from the construction site.
Have all the necessary information before starting
In the construction sector, the lack of a central data system can cause delays and inconsistencies in information sharing. Not all stakeholders have a common understanding of the state of the project at any given time. The lack of uniform information leads to poor communication and confusion within the teams.
Through a collaborative platform, these concerns can be erased. However, teams need to develop good habits. It is necessary for them to think about opening the platform and consulting the information relating to the project before starting their work on the site.
Develop business processes in a digital environment
Finally, the collaborative platform enables trade processes to evolve in a digital environment. It allows all stakeholders, even if they come from different trades, to exchange and get acquainted with the progress of the project.
This inevitably reduces conflicts between stakeholders, and therefore unnecessary waste of time. In case of doubt, simply consult the information provided and updated to know exactly what direction to take. Therefore, the general atmosphere on the site is improved because all trades are considered at their fair value.
Monitoring of the project is much more accurate thanks to comprehensive and quality information. Note that the tool also allows traceability of exchanges. When uncertainty arises, just to refer to the person who noted the information in order to get a clearer view.
Digital: the ideal solution for organising your jobs in the best possible way
Working with specific digital tools for construction makes it possible to anticipate problems and defects. Preparation methods are clearer and project monitoring is greatly facilitated. As a result, you gain in productivity on sites and deliver high quality work.
Contractors should no longer shy away from the digitisation of project management. On the contrary, it is the ideal way to be better organised, control margins through quality controls, collaborate more simply with subcontractors and have perfect traceability of your actions.
Opting for the use of software adapted to your requirements makes your site planning smoother. At the same time, you simplify exchanges between all the project stakeholders. This maximises your chances of achieving delivery in the best possible conditions.
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