Siloed Project Safety Data is the biggest drag on productivity in Major Construction Projects

Construction Workers using a mobile tablet on a project
Padraig Reilly, Boxcore Founder

The Global Construction Industry is experiencing a shift to digital. According to RICS, the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, digital transformation is apriority for 72% of construction firms worldwide.

However, the construction industry is still way behind other Industries in digital adoption. This is due to the nature of the industry, unlike other Industries, which have relatively stable supply chains and operating structures. Construction is an inherently fragmented industry based on dispersed teams and one-off projects where scores of different contractors must collaborate on large projects to achieve a project’s objectives. Successfully delivering projects relies on stakeholders efficiently sharing and accessing critical data as a project develops.

Data Management on Projects still relies on email and manual means to manage key data.

A typical Major project requires multiple data streams connecting stakeholders throughout a project’s lifecycle. In the early stages, Design and procurement are most critical. Once works commence on site planning, project management and operational quality and safety become crucial. While these flows must overlap, a one size fits all approach will not work. Different constraints exist in data shareability and end-user consideration which dictate different methods.

The emergence of BIM has helped break down data siloes regarding key design data on projects. Furthermore, many major Contractors have adopted cloud-based project management solutions to track project budgets and forecasts. However, email and manual transfer of key operational data such as workers’ training records, equipment inspection, and on-site permits is still prevalent.

On any given project, the most critical responsibility of any site manager is to ensure that work crews have the proper training and instruction for their tasks and that the equipment they are using is up-to-date and current. Typically, any activity on-site could involve numerous subcontractors with many different suppliers. Getting the supply chain to change onto a new process is a prohibitive factor that leads contractors to default to manual means such as email, excel spreadsheets, paper records, and manual file upload and transfer.

As outlined below, the result is increased overhead costs, reduced labour productivity, and increased safety risk.

·       Increased Overheads – The total cost of management and other overheads on major projects can exceed 15-20%. A significant portion of this cost is the need for staff and subcontractors to have administrators manually store, share and file key project data.

·       Reduced Labour Productivity –Subcontractor Work crews can lose up to 1 hour per day on specific projects while safety data is verified by supervisors, safety teams, and client reps. Training records, equipment inspections, method statements, and permits are perquisites for most project tasks. Typically, these are stored in multiple places, both paper-based and different IT-based systems.

·       Increased Safety Risk – Supervisors need easy access to key team safety data. When information is stored in paper-based or buried in online files, the inherent risk of crews completing tasks within correct documentation increases.


How Can Software Help?

Practical software solutions that eliminate repetitive admin tasks and provide real-time visibility of important project information can deliver measurable productivity and safety benefits, and increase the bottom line for companies.

At Boxcore, our easy-to-implement solution has been designed and built with a field-first perspective, by experienced Construction Managers. Asa result, Boxcore eliminates the need for project teams to use emails, spreadsheets, and manual file uploads when sharing key safety data such as worker training, method statements, permits and asset inspections. All of this information is now in one place – Boxcore.

Our practical user interface design ensures simple onboarding for workers and subcontractors, to ensure adoption on-site.

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