The Critical Intersection of Big Data, AI, and Connectivity for Construction

By |2019-03-06T14:39:25+00:00March 6th, 2019|

Big data has been a big helper in the construction space. Information-rich insights from several touch points on a jobsite create a construction ecosystem that’s more effective and efficient than before.

To make it even better, Artificial Intelligence can be combined with Big Data to automate time-consuming processes, resulting in benefits to the following:

  • Cost reduction
  • Real-time data on the jobsite
  • Streamlining communication
  • Predictive tools for safety and productivity enhancements

Big data is an invaluable resource, rich with insights and information that quickly reveal where your company can improve processes to increase margins, from technological implications to people-placement and beyond.

Connected devices put all of this information at our fingertips. These things, however, rely on their ability to be connected. So what do you need to cover?

Connectivity Need #1

Technology won’t work without connection everywhere on-site.

For programs to function, store, and share data, they require a connection. Whether you’re tracking and coordinating your fleet or implementing mixed reality techniques, you need coverage. Everywhere.

But what if you can’t get coverage to the entire site? Then you’re left with a team that periodically has to travel to an area where there IS a connection to update or access information. That’s hardly efficient. You need full-coverage field connectivity.

Connectivity Need #2

Large-scale projects require more bandwidth.

Larger projects require more bandwidth to handle the information coming from more advanced technologies combined with more people being on-site, and more stakeholders who need to be updated frequently. And let’s not forget about the sheer file size increase that comes with more complex technologies and frequent communication.

Finding a provider who can scale with your project and maintain your timelines is crucial. Know how much bandwidth you’ll need at each phase of the project by using a bandwidth calculator.

Connectivity Need #3

Communication and coordination depend on a reliable connection.

Every construction project requires levels of coordination that could make even the most gifted choreographer sweat bullets. As the scale of the project increases, so does the need for clear, fast communication. Often, aspects of the construction lifecycle overlap between teams – clean hand-offs can be a real challenge. You can’t afford for information not to be delivered because your connectivity solution goes down without warning or notice, especially when you’re in the sprint phase of construction.

You the impact connectivity has on the success of your projects, but how does your company manage it? Do you know who is responsible for ensuring that your site is connected? If not, it’s time to take a look at your processes and consider a turn-key solution for field connectivity. Your connection shouldn’t be your worry; it should be your provider’s.

 

 

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