SYDNEY – (COMMERCIAL THREAD) –Procore Technologies, Inc., (NYSE: PCOR), a leading provider of construction management software, has released a new industry study showing a growing appreciation for the role of data in reducing potential defects and improving quality projects. More than half (53%) of Australian construction leaders surveyed agree that it is difficult to effectively monitor quality assurance without an integrated data management platform, an 8% increase from 2020.
This research release is the second in a survey by ACA Research of 153 construction leaders in Australia that investigated the state of data-driven quality and compliance in the industry. The results show that although all of the companies surveyed use data to some extent, there is often a lack of communication and collaboration between the different stakeholders in the process, which means that the potential benefits may not be fully realized. achieved.
“Technology and data will play a central role as the Australian construction industry continues to transform and focus on improving the quality of buildings,” comments Tom Karemacher, APAC vice president at Procore. “With an increasingly complex network of stakeholders to report to and an urgent need for data accuracy and ease of reporting, it is crucial that businesses understand and remove barriers to better data capture and analysis. . ”
Software usage increases, while paper persists
As the construction industry continues its accelerated adoption of digital solutions, three-quarters of all respondents (76%) use some form of software to capture data across their business. However, some respondents continue to rely on paper records.
Of all on-site processes, respondents were the most likely to use paper to manage health and safety (24%)
One in five respondents manage quality and compliance on paper (21%), although 56% agree that paper-based quality assurance (QA) processes are inconvenient and increase the risk of rework.
Most respondents (58%) use standard office software for quality control inspections and certifications, and 23% of respondents use specialized software for these processes.
The increased use of specialized software for quality control and compliance is encouraging, but the gap is widening between small and large businesses. Almost half of large businesses (over 100 employees) surveyed use specialized software for these processes (49%), while only 11% of small businesses (
Business barriers to data capture
Parts of the industry are still lagging behind in digital transformation, and inconsistent digital data capture across processes and company sizes could be the result of a variety of factors.
The most common challenge is that different teams often manage their affairs separately within an organization, which means there is no central and up-to-date repository for documentation across the enterprise.
Survey respondents identified subdivision data collection as the biggest barrier to accessing data, with 38% saying compliance data is collected or managed by different parts of the business.
Benefits of data analysis for quality assurance processes
There are obvious advantages to using data analysis for QA processes. Large organizations stand out for their recognition of the drawbacks of paper-based QA processes (66%) and the value of data analytics when it comes to achieving desired QA outcomes (77% ).
53% of respondents agree that it is difficult to effectively monitor quality assurance without an integrated data management platform (up from 45% in 2020)
61% of respondents agree that data analysis provides crucial information for quality assurance results
60% say faults are less likely to occur at sites where data analysis guides processes
Improving compliance was identified as the second most beneficial area for data entry and analysis (36%), becoming the most beneficial area for 66% of large companies.
The case of data-driven construction
Data is a tool that can enable processes to run faster and more efficiently, with a greater level of control. Construction leaders almost universally recognize the potential for more consistent and standardized data to benefit their business, but larger companies are more aware of the magnitude of these potential benefits. Overall, the appreciation of the data has increased since 2020, with 38% of respondents saying capturing and analyzing data improves efficiency and productivity a lot, compared to 34% last year.
All respondents agree that operating cost savings are a clear benefit in using data to guide decision-making, and many believe that additional savings can be achieved through more efficient use of data. data. More than a quarter of companies (27%) believe they could reduce their operating costs by a fifth or more if they made full use of all available data to make decisions and achieve better results. Awareness has grown since 2020, when only 15% saw the potential for savings of a fifth or more.
“As Procore continues to follow the adoption of technology in the construction industry, it is encouraging to see a growing appreciation in the value of data-driven business insights in improving project and business outcomes. The next step is to ensure that all Australian construction companies have access to project information, data and references at their fingertips, reducing complexity and making it easy to meet quality and compliance needs, ” Karemacher concludes.
To learn more about the most common mistakes that lead to rework and key strategies to improve build quality, download your guide to zero defects here: https://www.procore.com/en-au/ebooks/meet-the-guide-thats-redefining-quality
Procore is a leading provider of construction management software. Over one million projects and over $ 1,000 billion in construction volume have been completed on the Procore platform. Our platform connects each stakeholder in the project with the solutions we have designed specifically for the construction industry, for the owner, general contractor and specialist contractor. Procore’s App Marketplace offers a host of partner solutions that integrate seamlessly with our platform, giving construction professionals the freedom to connect with what works best for them. Based in Carpinteria, California, Procore has offices around the world. Learn more about Procore.com.