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The Challenges Presented by Current Practices

And what the pundits think

“The scale, ambition and complexity of today’s engineering and construction projects are nothing short of breathtaking”
Geno Armstrong and Clay Gilge KPMG in the USA.

KPMG’s Global Construction Survey of 2016 (from which the above quotation is taken) is the construction industry’s most comprehensive and recent review. To paraphrase its message, the construction industry is constantly widening its vision and raising its game as buildings get taller, bridge spans get longer and ventures grow ever more complex. Yet, according to KPMG, despite substantial investments in innovation, the construction industry struggles to reap the full benefits of advanced data and analytical technology when compared to other large-scale industries.

The industry's reluctance to adopt and adapt to innovation brings with it its own issues, predominantly the very management of information itself. More specifically, the problem with the lack of information required for efficient and effective decision making.

Early Detection

The early detection of actual or potential 'as-planned' impacts on construction activities is key to detecting risk. To achieve this, project managers are obliged to adopt a systematic approach to progress monitoring, one that promptly identifies and communicates discrepancies between 'as-built' and ‘as-planned’ performances.

The key ingredients for the successful detection of discrepancies are:

• the systematic collection of accurate progress data
• the ability to rigorous compare the ‘as-planned’ activities to the ‘as-built’ progress
• the effective communication of deviations to decision makers

Armed with these, effective and impact-free project management should be achievable. That’s the theory anyway. In practice, many challenges remain to undermine management’s ability to achieve this goal, in particular one indefatigable issue ; progress monitoring has remained largely unchanged by technology and innovation.

So, why is this? Maybe the answer is is with the challenges presented by current practices and the industry's continued reluctance with innovation:

Legacy Influences

(Risk .vs. Technology)