Construction projects inevitably generate enormous and complex sets of information.
Now a day, members of the construction industry are facing biggest challenges and need to meet today’s market demands.
To meet today’s market demands, needs to manage information.
Effectively managing this bulk of information to insure its availability and accuracy is an important managerial task.
Poor or missing information can readily lead to project delays, uneconomical decisions, or even the complete failure of the desired facility.
With better information, the problem could have been identified earlier. Both project design and control are crucially dependent upon accurate and timely information, as well as the ability to use this information effectively.
At the same time, too much unorganized information presented to managers can result in confusion and paralysis of decision making.
As a project proceeds, the types and extent of the information used by the various organizations involved will change. This would include:
- cash flow and procurement accounts for each organization,
- intermediate analysis results during planning and design,
- design documents, including drawings and specifications,
- construction schedules and cost estimates,
- quality control and assurance records,
- chronological files of project correspondence and memorandum,
- construction field activity and inspection logs,
- legal contracts and regulatory documents.
Some of these sets of information evolve as the project proceeds. Some information sets are important at one stage of the process but may then be ignored.
Common examples include planning or structural analysis databases which are not ordinarily used during construction or operation.
However, it may be necessary at later stages in the project to re-do analyses to consider desired changes.
In this case, archival information storage and retrieval become important. Even after the completion of construction, an historical record may be important for use during operation, to assess responsibilities in case of facility failures or for planning similar projects elsewhere.
The control and flow of information is also important for collaborative work environments, where many professionals are working on different aspects of a project and sharing information.
In order to manage information, deliver high-quality information to the decision-makers at the right time and to automate the process of data collection, collection and refinement, organizations have to make information technology an ally and should utilize it in the best way possible.
As a result construction industry needs effective and efficient information management to gain all the benefits and to manage all the data and information accurately, timely and consistently.
More importantly, construction industry needs a standard and complete integrated system to consolidate and handle the data. Lack of such complete integrated system may affect badly for Construction Industries in the long run.
As part of the process to achieve its set objective that is to develop the capacity and capability of the construction industry through the enhancement of quality and productivity by placing great emphasis on professionalism, innovation and knowledge in the endeavour to improve the quality of life, CIDB (Construction Industry Development Board) has established The CIDB Construction Industry Resource Centre (CIRC).
CIRC primary focus is to provide cost-related information derived from the traditional factors of production (man, materials and machinery) perspective as an assistant to the players in the industry to be more competitive towards realizing the CIDB objective and mission.
(this article published in 1BINA.my)