Big Data Makes a Big Impact at the Jobsite

Collecting data is getting easier as technology advances. For construction, there are many ways to collect data at the jobsite. Personnel can use wearables, smartphones, tablets and other devices.

These mobile devices can be used to collect and view project data wherever and whenever contractor wants, in the office or out in the field. Project managers, planners, executives, and owners want to know what is happening in the field as quickly as possible, and mobile devices can accommodate those demands.

Using these tools to collect and manage data provides benefits such as visibility into all jobsite activities and real-time performance to keep a project on track.

Taking this concept one step further, the Internet of Things (IoT) can monitor and collect data from equipment and tools, machinery, and other assets. Data collection has come so far that the challenge is often in managing the volume of data that’s collected.

In an industry where a lot of the total cost goes to material waste and remedial work, big data can make a big impact on increasing output and efficiency and minimizing waste of materials and man-hours.

Big data in construction can also help with better and faster decision making, real-time problem solving and prevention, risk management, enhanced safety, and quality assurance. Jobsite data can improve not only the project, but the construction company as well.

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