The architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) industry has traditionally been anything but connected. If you work in the industry, you’re all too familiar with the impact of disconnected processes and data. Today, most construction sites suffer from a lack of communication and collaboration between the numerous teams involved. Contractors and trade specialists often find themselves working with outdated data and plans that are rife with errors and omissions. That’s because between every phase of a building or infrastructure project, data is lost due to the use of nonintegrated software at different project stages.
Data silos, disconnected teams, and poor visibility into real-time information all affect project performance, leading to costly delays, rework, and waste. It’s no surprise that the US construction industry lost $177 billion from poor data and communication in 2018, according to a report from PlanGrid and construction industry analyst firm FMI.