Data is considered the new gold in the digital age. Their evaluation can make processes smarter and more efficient, allow important predictions to be made, and above all relieve working people of monotonous, repetitive and error-prone tasks, but there is one problem: to really use them, data must be collected, transferred and prepared correctly.
Especially on a construction site, this effort is often even greater than the actual benefit of the evaluation, since numerous different trades and project participants collect their own data, which must be processed and analysed in a consolidated way in the overall context. Lisbet Qvist knows the dilemma:
“In our projects we still spend far too much time manually transferring and maintaining endless Excel lists. This is not only time-consuming and annoying but also a latent source of error, as incorrect entries can creep in with every manual transfer.”
Cloud based solution
Together with start-up Manawell Technologies, Lisbet Qvist and her team looked for a way to automate the manual transfer of data. The team initially focused on information generated via the Thinkproject platform, a cloud-based solution that enables digital cross-company collaboration and information management in construction projects. However, to create the monthly financial reporting statements, the project managers still have to manually transfer this data to other systems or manually search for missing information.
In mid-February 2020, BuildDojo, a first cloud- based interface, was available to the project team as a test version on the two construction sites in the Carlsberg City District located in Copenhagen. The trade-specific contract sheets, which had been processed manually on a daily basis by the project management, were now created automatically by combining two software applications.
Qvist started the BuildDojo test project to save the site management 20 minutes a day from time spent maintaining data: “So they spend less time in front of the computer,” she explains, and more time on the construction site. Over the duration of the project, the Carlsberg City District construction site would have saved an impressive 2,400 hours, which site managers could use for other, more important tasks.
In a next step, the settlements with the supplier companies are also to be processed automatically. Qvist sees great potential for further increases in efficiency.