5 Dec 2022 | Blog

Prepare for Project Success – Why Quality Management Matters

Poor decisions made using ‘bad data’ cost the construction industry £1.3 trillion globally in 2020,

These bytes of data that are at the root of this expensive problem, run up rework bills of £63million alone, according to the same report

These staggering numbers scream that more emphasis needs to be focused on collecting and surfacing accurate data and efficient data handling at all stages of the building project.

A sector-specific Quality Management tool that weeds out these expensive errors could generate mammoth cost savings and increase data efficiency across the board for housebuilders, developers and other construction professionals – which would make a positive impact on yearly targets for any housebuilder or developer.

 

What’s the issue?

Bad data, as the FMI report spells out, is bleeding profits for all construction companies, despite the industry converting to more digital methods to manage and understand it.

The report, a survey of 1,115 construction professionals, tells us that there isn’t a specific part of building projects that needs rewriting. Across the board, the data being obtained is either unclear or unusable. At worst, professionals remain unclear about exactly what type of data that needs to be obtained, and how it should be stored and managed. For building regulations like Part L, where digital data is mandatory to ensure compliance, lacking or bad data would lead to the inevitable delay of a project completion if costly and invasive reworks were required to obtain it.

The FMI report states:

  • 82% of professionals are collecting more data from construction technology today than three years ago, but 39% say that less than half of that data is usable
  • 40% of the average organisation’s data is bad – meaning inaccurate, incomplete, inconsistent or untimely information
  • Professionals report problems with the whole process, from knowing what data to collect (51%) to understanding how to manage project data effectively (52%)

With such widespread problems, clarity must be a priority when dealing with project data.

What is needed?

When is it needed by?

Who is collecting the data?

Where does the data go and where is it stored?

Why is this data being collected?

And how can the data be easily shared with key stakeholders and collaborated on?

By answering these questions, those in the construction sector can make better decisions to build better, avoiding costly rework and easily complying with mandatory regulations like Part L, and the Building Safety Act. And by integrating the RIGHT solution, these questions will be answered, as a tool built for these demands will be pre-configured to prioritise and standardise structured data.

Which also means that mandatory requirements in regulations such as Part L will no longer be an obstacle. Instead, it will simply be another milestone in a project.

 

Comply with Quality Management

Part L, as an example, demands that SAP assessors have evidence and data presented promptly, so EPCs (Energy Performance Certificates) and the BREL Report (Building Regulation England Part L Report) can be released.  The as-built BREL Report must be completed and presented to the SAP assessor prior to the EPC being produced. An on-site audit of building details and thermal elements will be required during construction and at completion for building regulation approval, including photographic evidence to confirm all new builds and refurbished dwellings are constructed correctly using materials and technology that ensure energy savings and meets building regulation standards.

A centralised platform that collates, standardises, stores and shares all documentation and data, would make Part L a simpler part of the building project process, as opposed to a major obstacle.

Even though construction professionals are collecting more data digitally than ever before, there are plenty that are using the wrong tools for the job. Ambiguous software and platforms that don’t standardise or structure data and don’t offer the required level of quality management mean that any data can slip through the net. Some projects are using a multitude of solutions that synchronise, rendering data and documentation unclear, in silos and even worse – incorrect.

Massive delays can be a symptom of bad data quality management.

 

Get the data seal of approval with the right Quality Management

A clear process, outlined from the beginning and with all stakeholders involved with data acquisition, is key to ensuring any data that is collected, is valuable and understandable.

Templates and guidelines that highlight common standardisations to ensure the right data is gathered, direct where the data should be stored and make the data transparent with a user-friendly experience, accessibility and labelling of data, would help teams align and increase efficiency. Is there a better way to focus your team’s efforts on productive activity, increase efficiency and work toward a swift and satisfactory conclusion, than with a platform where everyone has the data they need at all times and know what they need to do with it?

Erroneous and badly aligned data slow down progress and can make regulatory compliance – something your project depends on – a slog, rather than simply another well-signposted milestone in your process.

A Quality Management solution gives you and your team the templates, workflows and dashboards to capture, mark-up, trace and share all photographic evidence and present it for assessors. It avoids confusion on what data to collect and helps every stakeholder know what needs to be done at every stage. You’re missing photographic evidence for a plot or there is documentation missing? An intuitive and clear dashboard that tracks Part L evidence progress fits the bill and dispels any confusion.

If you want your data to be correct and your project to have that assurance of Quality Management?

Then choose the right tool for the job.

Learn more about our Quality Management Solutions

 

4 Nov 2022 | Blog

Zutec launches new interface across its platform to enhance the experience of its users and increasing useability

Poor decisions made using ‘bad data’ cost the construction industry £1.3 trillion globally in 2020,

These bytes of data that are at the root of this expensive problem, run up rework bills of £63million alone, according to the same report

These staggering numbers scream that more emphasis needs to be focused on collecting and surfacing accurate data and efficient data handling at all stages of the building project.

A sector-specific Quality Management tool that weeds out these expensive errors could generate mammoth cost savings and increase data efficiency across the board for housebuilders, developers and other construction professionals – which would make a positive impact on yearly targets for any housebuilder or developer.

 

What’s the issue?

Bad data, as the FMI report spells out, is bleeding profits for all construction companies, despite the industry converting to more digital methods to manage and understand it.

The report, a survey of 1,115 construction professionals, tells us that there isn’t a specific part of building projects that needs rewriting. Across the board, the data being obtained is either unclear or unusable. At worst, professionals remain unclear about exactly what type of data that needs to be obtained, and how it should be stored and managed. For building regulations like Part L, where digital data is mandatory to ensure compliance, lacking or bad data would lead to the inevitable delay of a project completion if costly and invasive reworks were required to obtain it.

The FMI report states:

  • 82% of professionals are collecting more data from construction technology today than three years ago, but 39% say that less than half of that data is usable
  • 40% of the average organisation’s data is bad – meaning inaccurate, incomplete, inconsistent or untimely information
  • Professionals report problems with the whole process, from knowing what data to collect (51%) to understanding how to manage project data effectively (52%)

With such widespread problems, clarity must be a priority when dealing with project data.

What is needed?

When is it needed by?

Who is collecting the data?

Where does the data go and where is it stored?

Why is this data being collected?

And how can the data be easily shared with key stakeholders and collaborated on?

By answering these questions, those in the construction sector can make better decisions to build better, avoiding costly rework and easily complying with mandatory regulations like Part L, and the Building Safety Act. And by integrating the RIGHT solution, these questions will be answered, as a tool built for these demands will be pre-configured to prioritise and standardise structured data.

Which also means that mandatory requirements in regulations such as Part L will no longer be an obstacle. Instead, it will simply be another milestone in a project.

 

Comply with Quality Management

Part L, as an example, demands that SAP assessors have evidence and data presented promptly, so EPCs (Energy Performance Certificates) and the BREL Report (Building Regulation England Part L Report) can be released.  The as-built BREL Report must be completed and presented to the SAP assessor prior to the EPC being produced. An on-site audit of building details and thermal elements will be required during construction and at completion for building regulation approval, including photographic evidence to confirm all new builds and refurbished dwellings are constructed correctly using materials and technology that ensure energy savings and meets building regulation standards.

A centralised platform that collates, standardises, stores and shares all documentation and data, would make Part L a simpler part of the building project process, as opposed to a major obstacle.

Even though construction professionals are collecting more data digitally than ever before, there are plenty that are using the wrong tools for the job. Ambiguous software and platforms that don’t standardise or structure data and don’t offer the required level of quality management mean that any data can slip through the net. Some projects are using a multitude of solutions that synchronise, rendering data and documentation unclear, in silos and even worse – incorrect.

Massive delays can be a symptom of bad data quality management.

 

Get the data seal of approval with the right Quality Management

A clear process, outlined from the beginning and with all stakeholders involved with data acquisition, is key to ensuring any data that is collected, is valuable and understandable.

Templates and guidelines that highlight common standardisations to ensure the right data is gathered, direct where the data should be stored and make the data transparent with a user-friendly experience, accessibility and labelling of data, would help teams align and increase efficiency. Is there a better way to focus your team’s efforts on productive activity, increase efficiency and work toward a swift and satisfactory conclusion, than with a platform where everyone has the data they need at all times and know what they need to do with it?

Erroneous and badly aligned data slow down progress and can make regulatory compliance – something your project depends on – a slog, rather than simply another well-signposted milestone in your process.

A Quality Management solution gives you and your team the templates, workflows and dashboards to capture, mark-up, trace and share all photographic evidence and present it for assessors. It avoids confusion on what data to collect and helps every stakeholder know what needs to be done at every stage. You’re missing photographic evidence for a plot or there is documentation missing? An intuitive and clear dashboard that tracks Part L evidence progress fits the bill and dispels any confusion.

If you want your data to be correct and your project to have that assurance of Quality Management?

Then choose the right tool for the job.

Learn more about our Quality Management Solutions

 

11 Apr 2022 | Blog

Zutec announces landmark partnership with VBIS

We are delighted to announce our partnership with Australia’s Virtual Buildings Information System (VBIS).

A landmark collaboration, the coming together of Zutec and the VBIS Standard enables the seamless, efficient and accurate compilation of facility asset information, through an industry standard asset classification system.
Specifically, this enhancement helps to link data in disparate systems, within the existing built environment to provide a whole-life view of the assets.

An integral part of the recently launched Victoria Digital Asset Strategy (VDAS), VBIS is intentionally designed to facilitate the standardisation of asset categorisation and accessing information. It’s a crucial tool in driving up quality through the asset lifecycle, as well as de-risking the building and increasing compliance.

VBIS’ asset and documentation classification structure, combined with its search syntax, facilitates the efficient transfer of useful information from contractors to facilities and asset managers.
Importantly, this combined approach will provide facilities and asset managers with a consistent way to search, display, compare and interrogate key asset and maintenance information.

Commenting on the partnership, Charles Walker, Regional project lead at Zutec, says, “Becoming VBIS enabled allows for a greater level of interconnectivity and ensures our customers can easily locate their information, which, with large, complex facilities in particular, can be a long and arduous process. We are also continually looking for ways to get involved with government-backed initiatives around the world to take our platform to the next level and to provide our users with the best construction and asset data technology available.

“As we help the industry to become increasingly digitised, an ontology for assets in the built environment will prove crucial, and will make the entire construction process, from the design phase through to handover, simpler and more successful overall.”
To date, Zutec is already being adopted across some VBIS-enabled projects in Victoria. The platform-provider will continue to work in close partnership with VBIS, helping improve efficiency, accuracy, consistency and transparency in the construction journey, at handover and in the ongoing facilities management.

Significantly, it empowers the built industry to have safer, more comfortable and higher quality properties.

For more information about Virtual Buildings Information System (VBIS), click here.

10 Dec 2021 | Blog / Insights

Digital Construction Week 2021 – Round Up

There was certainly a buzz in the air at this year’s Digital Construction Week 2021. After a difficult 18 months, 125 exhibitors came together at ExCeL London showcasing the latest technological advancements in the industry that will no doubt continue to shape the construction industry for years to come.

If you didn’t get the opportunity to attend this year event. Here is a quick round up from our speakers.

 

Digital Construction on Europe’s Biggest Project
Speakers: Ray Mc Caul, Project Manager, Zutec and Dr. Anita Soni, Deputy Head of BIM, Skanska

 

Dr Anita Soni, Deputy Head of BIM, Skanska

Zutec’s Ray McCaul was joined by Dr Anita Soni, Deputy head of BIM, Skanska in a very special session to share lessons from phase 1 of the HS2 project. Uncovering key findings and showcasing the collaborative approach which was adopted between SCS and Zutec to configure a platform suitable for the unique requirements of the project.

Dr Anita Soni explained the benefits of using Zutec for the HS2 project. “Zutec gave us better visibility of quality issue trends through real-time reporting, the system is already ensuring success, right-first-time and customer satisfaction.”

Ray also commented on the collaboration “It has improved performance and efficiencies through streamlining site inspections with automated workflows, notifications and PIN-secured signatures in a common data environment (CDE). Zutec enables us to package the final handover documentation almost instantly and provides an ideal environment for designers, engineers, architects and suppliers to input into our digital twin.”

The audience where then shown a short video of Zutec in action followed by Dr. Anita Soni sharing the key learnings :

BIM connection and set up was really easy

Project management
• BIM- Zutec weekly drop in session
• Forward thinking plan to pre- empty what could happen before it was fully agreed
• Open communication between Zutec and BIM
• Test/Pilot and trials put in place to ensure integration works
• Agreed at project inception that data was going to be structured based on assets
• Pragmatic approach to defining data structure, didn’t go to n’th degree. Able to deliver quicker as result
• A defined plan was put in place and followed through.

Users engagement
• Use a variety of channels to brief users on how the data was going to be structured on assets
• Engage SME at revision, e.g. NCR form revised 6 times circa with users
• Engaged the right people, not everyone. Had discussions and then executed
• Quality/Technical assurance teams are advocates of solution and key in pushing adoption

Vendor
• Brain storming sessions to answer queries and provide feedback to SCS on what it was possible
• Engaged at the start of the project, normally further down the line with poor data already in place
• Collaboration in Zutec, came across as clearly understanding and most prepared
• During solution option selection it was evident Zutec was the most prepared and aligned with SCS
• Embedded team members (project manager, developer) with SCS BIM to aid collaboration.
• Senior managers involved during the trial. Having access to CTO was very helpful to bring vision to life.
• Project manager knows construction so able to have ‘intelligent’ conversation with site engineers

Data
• Data structure set up in advance and based on assets
• Data in SQL database from start (not usual in construction)
• All data structure is standardized, making it simple to connect and work with
• Structured Data around assets
• Getting data Structure right at the start was key
Documentation
• Screen views to showcase how things worked (light)
• Document output of the brainstorming to show what if was possible (Zutec)

Technical / IT
• BIM team has control of the data where eg AssetWise is through third party vendor so challenge in relationships
• API was easy to set up (set up over the weekend) and it still works. Only one connector rather than multiple as in Assetwise
• Clear requirements from the start that allowed identification of what development was needed

Training
• Training with all relevant stakeholders
• Easy to train as only one solution
• Having specialist product owner (Zutec) was key in developing and implement training

 

Putting People at The Heart of Your Digital Transformation
Speaker: Emily Hopson- Hill, COO, Zutec

 

Emily Hopson-Hill, COO, Zutec

Emily Hospson-Hill, shared her extensive knowledge and expertise of digital transformation implementation at this years DCW. Talking through common reasons why digital transformation stalls or even fails she took the audience on a journey through change in the industry that’s making digital transformation increasing necessary and prevalent.

Emily put forward how to approach high level stakeholders to get them onboard with digitization and how to get your champions buy-in. Speaking then about adaption Emily said: “You need to plan time and activities and measure success on both. And remember that no plan survives contact with the enemy or as Mike Tyson put it ’everyone has a plan until they get punched in the mouth’.”

Rounding off her speakers session Emily left the audience with this summary – “Technology is there to ensure we’re all speaking the same language, with the same amount of detail.”

 

Digital Management Software—Open Workshop
Speaker: Jeslin Joy, Head of Sales Engineering, Zutec
Host: Rahul Shah, Sector Development Director, BSI

 

Jeslin Joy DCW 2021

Host Rahul Shah, BSI opened the session with a discussion around how the BSI kitemark certification helps to align software to the highest usability standards and provides guidance on both robust and resilient BIM Developments.

Asked about the future of construction within the built environment Jeslin emphasised how data plays an important role in shaping the processes used within construction. Enabling transparency and helping companies achieve compliance on their projects.

Lastly, Jeslin highlighted the importance of the BSI Kitemark he pointed out the importance it has for building trust in the construction industry between customers and vendors and insuring a high standard of quality in SaaS platforms inline with best practices.

 

Didn’t get a chance to catch up with us at Digital Construction Week? No worries, if you would like to find out more about Zutec, you can talk to one of our consultants by booking a demo here.

8 Nov 2021 | Blog

Turning Data Into Action

Poor decisions made using ‘bad data’ cost the construction industry £1.3 trillion globally in 2020,

These bytes of data that are at the root of this expensive problem, run up rework bills of £63million alone, according to the same report

These staggering numbers scream that more emphasis needs to be focused on collecting and surfacing accurate data and efficient data handling at all stages of the building project.

A sector-specific Quality Management tool that weeds out these expensive errors could generate mammoth cost savings and increase data efficiency across the board for housebuilders, developers and other construction professionals – which would make a positive impact on yearly targets for any housebuilder or developer.

 

What’s the issue?

Bad data, as the FMI report spells out, is bleeding profits for all construction companies, despite the industry converting to more digital methods to manage and understand it.

The report, a survey of 1,115 construction professionals, tells us that there isn’t a specific part of building projects that needs rewriting. Across the board, the data being obtained is either unclear or unusable. At worst, professionals remain unclear about exactly what type of data that needs to be obtained, and how it should be stored and managed. For building regulations like Part L, where digital data is mandatory to ensure compliance, lacking or bad data would lead to the inevitable delay of a project completion if costly and invasive reworks were required to obtain it.

The FMI report states:

  • 82% of professionals are collecting more data from construction technology today than three years ago, but 39% say that less than half of that data is usable
  • 40% of the average organisation’s data is bad – meaning inaccurate, incomplete, inconsistent or untimely information
  • Professionals report problems with the whole process, from knowing what data to collect (51%) to understanding how to manage project data effectively (52%)

With such widespread problems, clarity must be a priority when dealing with project data.

What is needed?

When is it needed by?

Who is collecting the data?

Where does the data go and where is it stored?

Why is this data being collected?

And how can the data be easily shared with key stakeholders and collaborated on?

By answering these questions, those in the construction sector can make better decisions to build better, avoiding costly rework and easily complying with mandatory regulations like Part L, and the Building Safety Act. And by integrating the RIGHT solution, these questions will be answered, as a tool built for these demands will be pre-configured to prioritise and standardise structured data.

Which also means that mandatory requirements in regulations such as Part L will no longer be an obstacle. Instead, it will simply be another milestone in a project.

 

Comply with Quality Management

Part L, as an example, demands that SAP assessors have evidence and data presented promptly, so EPCs (Energy Performance Certificates) and the BREL Report (Building Regulation England Part L Report) can be released.  The as-built BREL Report must be completed and presented to the SAP assessor prior to the EPC being produced. An on-site audit of building details and thermal elements will be required during construction and at completion for building regulation approval, including photographic evidence to confirm all new builds and refurbished dwellings are constructed correctly using materials and technology that ensure energy savings and meets building regulation standards.

A centralised platform that collates, standardises, stores and shares all documentation and data, would make Part L a simpler part of the building project process, as opposed to a major obstacle.

Even though construction professionals are collecting more data digitally than ever before, there are plenty that are using the wrong tools for the job. Ambiguous software and platforms that don’t standardise or structure data and don’t offer the required level of quality management mean that any data can slip through the net. Some projects are using a multitude of solutions that synchronise, rendering data and documentation unclear, in silos and even worse – incorrect.

Massive delays can be a symptom of bad data quality management.

 

Get the data seal of approval with the right Quality Management

A clear process, outlined from the beginning and with all stakeholders involved with data acquisition, is key to ensuring any data that is collected, is valuable and understandable.

Templates and guidelines that highlight common standardisations to ensure the right data is gathered, direct where the data should be stored and make the data transparent with a user-friendly experience, accessibility and labelling of data, would help teams align and increase efficiency. Is there a better way to focus your team’s efforts on productive activity, increase efficiency and work toward a swift and satisfactory conclusion, than with a platform where everyone has the data they need at all times and know what they need to do with it?

Erroneous and badly aligned data slow down progress and can make regulatory compliance – something your project depends on – a slog, rather than simply another well-signposted milestone in your process.

A Quality Management solution gives you and your team the templates, workflows and dashboards to capture, mark-up, trace and share all photographic evidence and present it for assessors. It avoids confusion on what data to collect and helps every stakeholder know what needs to be done at every stage. You’re missing photographic evidence for a plot or there is documentation missing? An intuitive and clear dashboard that tracks Part L evidence progress fits the bill and dispels any confusion.

If you want your data to be correct and your project to have that assurance of Quality Management?

Then choose the right tool for the job.

Learn more about our Quality Management Solutions

 

2 Nov 2021 | Blog

Are you ready for the new era of fire safety?

It shouldn’t take a tragedy to drive change, but sadly Grenfell and the subsequent Hackitt Review, highlighted a catalogue of failings that has shaken the building and construction industry to its core.

The Building Safety Bill and Fire Safety act aim to ensure we never see the likes of Grenfell again by not only improving overall safety in high risk residential buildings, but also improving compliance through the tracking, processing, and management of information and assets.

 

Lifecycle asset management for improved safety

One area that is considered critical for success across the industry, and at the core of the Building Safety Bill, is the need for widespread adoption of digital technologies. Improved data visibility, traceability and building asset management – a golden thread of information – throughout the building lifecycle will be essential.

Our latest e-book, The golden thread, digital tools and golden opportunities, is a deep dive into the golden thread and looks at what it means for the industry, how to comply and how it can be upheld across your business and your assets.

 

Understanding the Golden Thread

With digital transformation key to the golden thread, our e-book explains why it is so important to avoid any future tragedies like Grenfell. We also explore ways in which it can deliver numerous benefits, such as improving communication, increasing efficiency and reducing rework.

 

A single source of truth, from BIM to Handover

For any business or building with legacy systems or processes in place, data management can be complex and challenging. However, by adopting a single source of truth, via a common data environment, means ease of access for all parties throughout the entire lifespan.

Compliance with the Building Safety Bill is critical for the future of the construction industry, and any measures that saves lives and improves safety is understandably a priority. However, with change comes additional benefits, such as the ability to automate processes, which not only improve fire safety but also reduce human error, deliver greater accuracy – from BIM to construction – not to mention more effective logging and reporting.

 

How Zutec supports the golden thread

As experts in digital construction tools, we can help you comply with new safety regulations and improve quality, efficiency and productivity. We understand the importance of managing construction data in ways that can guarantee improved accuracy, accountability and accessibility.

Download our free e-book, The golden thread, digital tools and golden opportunities, to gain a deeper understanding of the golden thread and its importance for building safety compliance.

For more information on how Zutec can support your business, get in touch or why not request a live demo.

20 Oct 2021 | Blog

Why A Building Worth Building Is Worth Building Twice

Digital twins are fast-emerging as a crucial model for the construction industry, but what is it and how can it deliver long term value?

Building Information Modelling (BIM), asset management and lifecycle information management have given the construction industry access to a wealth of data-rich technologies that reduce planning and build times, whilst also improving the health, longevity and safety of a build.

We now have the ability focus on more effective scenario planning and modelling across the entire spectrum, from design to handover and beyond. At a time when safety, economies of scale, supply and demand and waste reduction are serious priorities for the industry, the need for a single source of truth – providing a deeper understanding of an asset – is more important than ever.

While data helps with planning and project management, it can also be used for mirroring a build. Having a digital duplicate or ‘digital twin’ running alongside a project gives you a permanent representation of the true physical status of a building.

This gives key stakeholders the ability to gain a deeper understanding of a development, not just from a design or engineering perspective, but also of building performance and condition.

A digital twin for value-add and compliance

The relationship with the physical asset, and its ability to instantaneously reflect any changes, is where the digital twin proves invaluable. Especially when it comes to having a multi-dimensional view of a property that’s not just a specific engineering model. For any architects, specifiers or managers wanting to analyse the asset in more detail, a digital twin lets them view it as a whole or deep dive to assess any faults or adjustments that need to be made.

A digital twin adds value across the entire lifecycle. It increases efficiencies throughout the design and construction process, whilst also improving safety and compliance standards.

  • Regulatory compliance
    The incoming Building Safety Bill will mean the digitalisation of all projects, assets and processes throughout the life of a building. As part of this, there will be a requirement for consistent monitoring and reporting with a clear and traceable chain. A digital twin supports that transparency of information and also…

  • Improves safety
    The ability to drill down and get a multi-dimensional picture of an asset to identify any potential safety issues or flaws adds another layer of rigour to the health and safety process. Not only that, but it can also lead to cost-savings in the long term and eliminate the risk of having to carry out complex retrofits or renovations further down the build process.

  • Lowers carbon emissions
    A digital twin gives architects and designers a clearer picture as to where they can increase energy efficiencies and make a building more sustainable. In addition, it gives them the opportunity to discover more ways to save energy during the development stage.
    Moreover, the ability to access a single source of truth means more accurate materials ordering, which, in turn, leads to a reduction in construction traffic and volume of deliveries, therefore generating less waste and emissions.

  • Increase the value of your asset
    Having a clear history and access to unlimited data and analysis via an asset’s digital twin makes valuation a lot easier. In this respect, it can be viewed as similar to a car log book. This information makes the asset a more attractive proposition to buyers or leaseholders.

The digital twin concept is rapidly gaining momentum across the industry and proving its worth as a model that can deliver significant benefits to projects, at scale. The city of Las Vegas has announced that it is using a digital twin to evaluate how it can reduce emissions and drive down costs for building owners.

At a time when the industry needs to be more resource-efficient, reduce its carbon emissions and improve on safety reporting, can you afford not to embrace a more digital future?

 

Zutec for a single source of truth

From BIM to handover, we have a range of solutions that can help you improve all aspects of project and asset management.

For more information on how Zutec can improve compliance and reporting, get in touch or request a live demo today.

Book a free demo

8 Oct 2021 | Blog

Why information management is just as important to fire safety as build and product quality

On the surface, the idea that the information relating to a building could have the same bearing on fire safety as the actual physical properties of that building might sound far-fetched. But scratch beneath the surface, and it quickly becomes apparent that information management matters. It matters a lot.

In the wake of the Grenfell Tower fire, the Hackitt review cited a number of critical failings that combined to bring about such tragic loss of life. ‘Ignorance’, ‘ambiguity surrounding responsibilities’, ‘misinterpretations of guidance’ and ‘inadequate regulatory oversight’ were just some of the key issues that were flagged in the damning report – all issues which have at least some basis in the way that information was (or was not) processed and recorded at Grenfell.

Unsurprisingly then, one of the key recommendations of the Hackitt Report, and arguably the cornerstone of the resulting Building Safety Bill, is the Golden Thread Initiative. Stitching together the complex tapestry of asset safety with robust controls over how information is captured, reviewed and applied, the Golden Thread can be likened to a car’s logbook. It should outline a building’s entire history, including its as-built design, full details of all the products that have been used, records of key decisions that have been made and digital fingerprints of the people who have contributed to the asset’s completion.

So how exactly does the way we process asset information result in a safer built environment?

Firstly, proper information management brings about proper process management in design, construction and operation. And with proper process management comes safer buildings. For example, a cloud-based CDE can help to ensure accurate version control of project drawings; digital Quality Assurance software can provide records and controls over installation; while Digital O&Ms can ensure that a finished asset is properly and safely managed throughout occupation.

“There needs to be a golden thread for all high-risk building projects so that the original design intent is preserved and recorded, and […] any changes go through a formal review process involving people who are competent and who understand the key features of the design.”

Dame Judith Hackitt

In some respects, you can argue that the ‘digital twin’ – the data version of a physical structure – is equally as important as the actual building itself. Without it, true, reliable and demonstrable build quality simply isn’t attainable.

Tom Boland, our very own Head of Digitisation and a bona fide expert on construction handovers, believes that few things are more essential to building safety than asset lifecycle information. Not least because accurate digital records can help to highlight project substitutions and mitigate against value engineering, whereby cheaper but inferior products may be swapped for those initially specified. He says, “it’s very easy to take a good product that performs well and to apply it in such a way that it’s registered useless or even dangerous.” He adds that such errors are something he has observed “repeatedly” throughout his career.

Even if we are to assume that a building has been built properly – to the right spec, without any substitutions and with all the necessary Quality Control measures observed – if proper information management is lacking, the building will still be rendered unsafe. This is because information management is essential to ensure adequate ongoing maintenance and risk management, as well as emergency procedures that will protect residents and emergency responders in the event of a fire.

“There needs to be a detailed project inspection regime which provides a digital record of what’s been installed, when, how and by whom,” says Tom. “Are the right products being used? Has the right person signed off the work? Are they qualified to do so? Are the correct criteria being checked?”

With Zutec’s Asset Lifecycle Information Management software, you can make sure that you have all of this information available, any time, anywhere, at the click of a button. This provides peace of mind and compliance for you, and safety and security for the people who occupy your building.

Take control of your asset data throughout the entire construction lifecycle and help deliver better, safer assets. Talk to Zutec about booking a free demo today.

4 Oct 2021 | Blog

5 Things to Be Aware Of When Choosing a Data Management Platform

Choosing an appropriate data management platform for your company can be tricky. It is equally challenging deciding on the features your business will actually need. Getting this decision right will reduce costs, increase efficiencies and better position your company. So it is important to understand what you should consider and to be sure your investment will yield a good return.

Here’s our top pick of 5 things you should be aware of when choosing a data management platform.

 

1. ISO 19650 Support

BIM exchange information requirements have been clearly set out with ISO 19650, the new International Standard for secure, functional and resilient construction data management. So when sourcing a data management platform you should be clear on what goals you want to achieve by using a system. You should also think strategically about how people will use the technology and what processes should be prioritized, to gain maximum advantage.

Tip: Finding a platform that has been awarded the BSI BIM Software Kitemark is a bonus as it means a business can be confident of its objectives in achieving ISO 19650 standards.

 

2. CDE / Document Management

The effects of choosing a platform that allows the digitization of documents can only lead to businesses reaping the awards it has to offer. A cloud-based data management platform promotes collaboration across the entire project team allowing more control over documents which helps prevent costly mistakes that can delay a project. And it doesn’t end there: scanning and digitisation of architectural plans, invoices, contracts, and other important documents will save a lot of time looking for them when you need them.

Tip: A platform that enables digitization of documents means you have easy access to them at any time even when your project ends. Finding a platform that allows you to extract data from scanned documents is a plus as it allows you to gain deeper insights and make better decisions.

 

3. Mobility – Anytime, Anywhere Access

A cloud-based data management platform can offer many benefits for the Construction industry, with mobile access being one of the main advantages. One of your top priorities when considering a data management platform is that it comes with mobile capabilities, allowing employees and managers access to the system when either on-site or off-site and on the road. Essential Data can then be accessed through a smartphone, laptop, or tablet, via an app or website.

Tip: Since many sites do not have WiFi or mobile reception throughout, various project management tasks need to be achievable offline. Best-in-class mobile software offers offline access to project data and syncs all changes made offline once back online.

 

4. Security

Using an on-site server allows you to keep critical data in-house and give you physical control over your server. SAAS platform providers invest much more into security, maintenance and backups; more than any other firm, providing you with the highest degree of service including security, availability and data privacy. Ensure that the data management platform you choose has documented and implemented policies and procedures based on the NIST cybersecurity and Risk Management Frameworks.

Ask them how they address the processing of customer data including transmission, storage, and access. Make sure their policies comply with all applicable laws, rules, and regulations. Confirm they also engage 3rd parties to review their Information Security Program (Penetration and Vulnerability Testing); as well as audit and ensure compliance with a number of industry standards.

Tip: It is best to loop in your IT department when you’re ready so the experts can weigh in on all the necessary system requirements.

 

5. Data and Analytics

An integrated data management platform will allow you to control, isolate, compare and utilise your project data so that you can gain deeper insights and make better decisions. When you integrate these solutions together you are able to seamlessly create custom reports specific to your project using one application.

A platform with these capabilities will allow you to save time and reduce the potential of human error when cutting and pasting or the risk of double-entry that occurs when using spreadsheets. With data flowing freely across all of your projects on one platform you have real-time access to the latest information allowing you swift and simple collaboration.

Tip: Finding a platform that allows you to upload PDF forms that can extract data without manually having to import it will allow you to save a vast amount of time, allowing you to streamline and extract all of your business intelligence.

If you would like to find out more about how Zutec can help you manage your projects end to end book a live demo today. 

2 Oct 2021 | Blog

BcaR leads the way for digitization on the road to achieving compliance

On March 1st 2014, the Irish government introduced the Building Control (Amendment) regulation typically referred to as BcaR. The introduction of this regulation was to implement the lessons which have been learnt by the construction industry following a poorly regulated housing boom by increasing the levels of accountability for professionals signing off on new buildings.

This has since provided assurance to existing property owners and to future parties interested in purchasing properties that all work and restorations are in full compliance with regulations.

 

A call for change

 

Since the introduction of BcaR for the built environment sector in Ireland many countries have begun to follow suit.

The Independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety was announced by the UK government in July 2017 following the Grenfell Tower tragedy and was led by Dame Judith Hackitt. She called for changes to the building management control process and new information management requirements, recommending a “Golden Thread of information” for buildings.

The Hackitt Report led to a Building Safety Bill, which also includes central principles for the maintenance of a golden thread of information. This bill serves as an alternative if the golden thread of information is not provided to the Building Safety Regulator at the three key gateways (planning application, construction, occupation).

 

From paper to digital

 

Like many construction companies across Ireland and with the upcoming legislation in the UK, people are beginning to follow suit and are transforming the way they work.

There has been a rise in the number of companies employing digital systems since building regulations have begun to come into law. These digital systems allow the recording of photographic evidence something that isn’t easy to do manually. Neither is going back in time three or four years after a build. You can still find companies that are scanning through paper trails in order to find a signed document or to figure out who is responsible for a certain installation, this kind of process eats into time.

The use of digital platforms permits end to end information to be digitized from the design process right through to handover and even beyond. It makes the whole process streamlined and permits site teams, supervisors, project managers, developers and owners easy access to information at the touch of a button.

In a recent fireside chat hosted by digital construction live Raymond Fee, Quality Systems Lead for Cairn talked about their journey from paper to digital and how they used Zutec as their platform of choice in that transformation.

“ If you were to look at where we were 2 years ago compared to now. We have a system installed that all of our consultants use. We are using it across all of our projects. Our sub-contractors are now using it. We have digitized a lot of our sub-contractors checklists. They are now completing checklists for us online, on our platform, that feeds into our BcaR timeline so that we can achieve BcaR compliance because that is one of the fundamentals of this entire process…”

 

Transforming for the future

 

Digital transformation within the building sector continues to pick up the pace. Information regarding building safety needs to be promptly available.
The process of storing and managing information and staying compliant with requirements without a purpose-made system will likely be complex and time-consuming for many.

A system like Zutec’s building lifecycle information management platform is the perfect way to ensure you capture all the data you need to maximise productivity and meet every new compliance requirement.

Let us show you how you can digitize your process. Book a demo today.

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