The Benefits of Big Data for the Construction Industry
The construction industry is a big business and has big storage needs, which is exactly where big data comes into play.
If your construction business is juggling more client and company data than it knows what to do with, then it might be time to adopt some big data business practices.
When your construction company is ready to build an effective digital structure, here are just a few benefits of big data that'll help you in the process:
Your construction company probably juggles dozens of different jobs at a time, which means multiple work reports, progress reports, and technical information concerning every aspect of the job at hand. All that unstructured data could burden your company's database, but with big data applications, volume isn't a problem.
Big data is able to process untold amounts of data at lightning fast speeds, which means your construction company can focus on the jobsite and not IT issues.
Depending on the tools you choose, big data can do everything from system maintenance to database management, which improves your company's digital infrastructure and streamlines the data collection process.
Big data analytics to the rescue
Big data with the help of analytics can bring your data needs to all new heights.
Whether you're trying to handle the flow of data from different construction sites or you have multiple sub-contractors relaying daily reports to your office at the same time, big data analytics can take massive amounts of disorganised data and find within it knowledgeable insights that will help improve your company's infrastructure.
With big data analytics at your company's side, you can realise the true value of your data and how it can deliver more insight to your company.
In terms of the visualisation for big data, when your construction company analysing all the data it processes, it extracts value from hard-earned data that would otherwise be considered dead space.
The tools that go along with big data allow your construction company to map every piece of data you've collected from each and every job site and client meeting.
This allows your digital infrastructure to analyse and track any threats or possible security breaches within the system. Foresight and knowledge like this means your data isn't only optimised, but also more secure.
When it comes to specific security threats, big data along with real-time analytics enables your company's system to detect any unprotected information that is considered sensitive, like account numbers and client financial records, and store that information safely and securely.
Additionally, any threat that does breach the sensitive data in your system is flagged immediately.
Cost-effective data storage
Your construction company's bottom dollar is your top priority and with big data, all your storage needs are simplified, optimised, and organised in a cost effective manner.
Big data cuts down on the different pieces of software and hardware it takes to run your system efficiently, which also cuts down on system maintenance costs and the IT staff that goes along with those costs.
When your construction company is ready to break ground on optimised storage, big data is the best foundation to build upon.
Adam Groff is a freelance writer and creator of content. He writes on a variety of topics including home improvement and technology.
China’s Broad Group builds 10-storey apartment in 28 hours
The China-based manufacturing enterprise Broad Group has managed to construct a 10-storey steel apartment building in just over a day. Constructed in the city of Changsha in China, the company used bolt-together modular units known as its “Living Building System”.
A video time-lapse showing the build process. Video: Broad Group.
Broad Group, a manufacturing company based in Changsha, constructs a range of air-conditioning, heating, and prefabricated structural units. It accomplished the challenge in 28 hours and 45 minutes, enlisting help from three cranes and an on-site workforce.
Broad Group’s “Living Building” system
Designed to be easy to transport and install, Broad Group’s “Living Building” system uses components that are able to fit into a standard shipping container, and then be bolted together when they reach the site. Ductwork and wiring are fitted directly by the factory, the company said.
As part of the system, Broad Group’s B-Core steel slabs are used as structural elements which, the company claims are 10-times lighter and 100-times stronger than conventional slabs. The company also says they have the ability to resist earthquakes and typhoons, and that it costs less than a carbon steel building and has low energy consumption.
Broad Group also says that buildings of up to 200 storeys, supertall towers, could be built using the same modules due to the B-Core steel slabs’ strength and lightness.
Other Broad Group projects
Broad Group has completed other significant projects in the past. In 2012, for instance, it attempted to build the tallest tower in the world in Changsha at 838m, which would have made it 10m taller than the Burj Khalifa in Dubai. The company claimed it could have made the building, named Sky City, in just eight months. However, due to not receiving approval, it was never built.
In 2015, the company accomplished another “speed-build” challenge, constructing a 57-story tower using the “Living Building system”. It was completed in just 19 days.