Technology at the service of the construction industry

How can the construction sector in France improve by integrating technologies and leveraging data?

As we know, technology is now essential to meet the challenges posed by the rapid evolution of the construction market. However, the digital transition of this sector has taken a long time, reserving technological innovations to the resolution of specific problems such as unforeseen events, document management or the guarantee of security and generating very heterogeneous practices. Since the onset of the pandemic, however, the construction industry has been disrupted and its players have been forced to rethink their use of technology to enable their businesses to thrive.

Integrated technological solutions, such as the Procore platform, have positioned themselves as major allies to ensure business continuity for these companies, harmonize processes and simplify communication. By connecting different business applications and storing relevant information in one place, Procore enables applications and technology tools to work together intelligently. This allows companies to gain visibility into data in order to optimize work capacities and processes, thus greatly facilitating the daily life of professionals.

The use of data has transformed the construction industry but also society in general. Construction generates a large volume of usable data, much of which remains insufficiently structured. Additionally, the volume of data is expected to grow exponentially with the growth of IoT, sensor networks, and building information modeling. The integration of this data via a single platform as well as its structuring via intuitive mobile tools offers several advantages, in particular the possibility of making decisions in real time in order to guarantee the progress of the project without compromising security. But how can the French construction industry benefit from the integrated technology and data analytics it offers?

Gain visibility on projects

The construction industry generates large amounts of data that can be leveraged. Owners, operators, and project and contractor management teams often meet to communicate and move forward together. In the past, gathering and preparing the necessary elements for these meetings was a long and tedious task and the data often became stale as soon as it was shared.

Through the use of an integrated platform, this process can be automated to collect and analyze data in real time. Thus, the time spent writing reports is reduced, allowing stakeholders to focus on higher value-added activities while minimizing human error and improving visibility on the current project.

Prepare for the audit

France benefits from a strong culture of safety and compliance with standards such as ISO 9001 and ISO 45001, which are key to differentiating contractors. Nevertheless, audits remain one of the most stressful aspects of any outsourcing project.

Given the number of independent elements to measure, the automation of key administrative processes, real-time monitoring and the ability to act through a single platform make all the difference. For example, a platform solution can allow a contractor to verify licenses, complete HSSE checklists, inspection checklists, and document everything in one place; allowing it to easily prove compliance with standards to regulators and ISO auditors.

In the case of a contractor who is concerned about risk and record keeping, they can also use this integrated technology to generate inspections and forms with photos and cataloging of inspections, transforming a very tedious process and manual with a few clicks on a screen. By pairing this with an inspection and testing plan for the project, contractors can ensure that improvement plans are being followed and that goals for continuous improvement have been clearly established.

Keep one step ahead

Predictive construction is one of the areas that arouses the most interest in France. Although predictive analytics may seem unfeasible, use cases are easy to understand and are the norm when migrating to an integrated technology. In addition, predictive analytics reduces the risk of an incident on a jobsite by accurately assessing the risks associated with a specific task performed under certain conditions.

Before setting up a predictive analysis, the exploitation of data thanks to a single platform is decisive. Indeed, a construction company can ensure that it collects and analyzes all data from incident and accident reports in a structured way. Even better, an integrated platform enables predictive analysis at the source, without the need for costly external consultants or tedious manual processing.

It’s time to look to the future and embrace a new era of smarter construction. The widespread adoption of embedded technology and the use of data will transform the French construction sector into a more efficient and profitable industry. Tracking work progress in real time, optimizing project quality and safety, and simplifying communication with subcontractors are just some of the benefits the industry will benefit from. It’s time for French construction companies to think about how best to invest in a single platform technology to protect their people and optimize their entire business.

Awarded to: Brandon Oliveri-O’Connor, VP EMEA, Procore Technologies

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