Data analysis

Three in five Australian construction leaders say data analytics helps reduce project defects

SYDNEY–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Procore Technologies, Inc., (NYSE: PCOR), a leading provider of construction management software, has released new industry research showing growing appreciation of the role of data in reducing potential defects and improving the quality of project results. More than half (53%) of Australian construction managers surveyed agree that it is difficult to effectively monitor quality assurance without an integrated data management platform, an increase of 8% from 2020.

This research release is the second in a survey of 153 construction leaders in Australia conducted by ACA Research, which investigated the state of data-driven quality and compliance in the industry. The results show that, although all of the companies surveyed work with data to some degree, there is often a lack of communication and collaboration between different stakeholders in the process, which means the potential benefits may not be forthcoming. be fully exploited.

“Technology and data will play a pivotal role as the Australian construction industry continues to transform and focus on improving the quality of buildings,” comments Tom Karemacher, Vice President, APAC 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 companies understand and overcome the barriers to better capture and analyze data. data.”

Software usage increases, while paper persists

As the construction industry continues its accelerated adoption of digital solutions, three-quarters of all respondents surveyed (76%) use some form of software to capture data in their business. However, some respondents continue to rely on paper records.

  • Of all on-site processes, respondents were most likely to use paper to manage health and safety (24%).

  • One in five respondents manage quality and compliance on paper (21%) while 56% agree that paper-based quality assurance (QA) processes are impractical and increase rework risk.

  • Most respondents (58%) use standard desktop software for quality control inspections and certifications, and an additional 23% of respondents use specialized software for these processes.

The increased use of specialized software for quality control and compliance is encouraging, but there is a growing gap between small and large companies. Almost half of large companies (over 100 employees) surveyed use specialized software for these processes (49%), while only 11% of small companies (

Business barriers to data capture

Parts of the industry are still lagging behind in digital transformation, and inconsistent capture of digital data across business processes and sizes could be the result of various factors.

The most common challenge is that different teams often run their business separately within an organization, which means there is no central, up-to-date repository for documentation across the enterprise.

Respondents identified data collection by subdivisions as the biggest barrier to data access, with 38% saying compliance data is collected or managed by different parts of the business.

Benefits of Data Analytics for QA Processes

Using data analytics for quality assurance processes has obvious benefits. Large organizations stand out in their recognition of the drawbacks of paper-based quality assurance processes (66%) and the value of data analysis in achieving desired quality assurance results (77% %).

  • 53% of respondents agree that it is difficult to monitor quality assurance effectively without an integrated data management platform (compared to 45% in 2020)

  • 61% of respondents agree that data analysis provides crucial information for quality assurance results

  • 60% say defects are less likely to occur at sites where data analytics drive processes

  • Improving compliance was identified as the second most common area benefiting greatly from data capture and analytics (36%), becoming the most beneficial area for 66% of large companies.

The case of data-driven construction

Data is a tool that can allow processes to run faster and more efficiently, with a higher level of control. Construction leaders almost universally recognize the potential of more consistent and standardized data to benefit their business, but larger companies are more aware of the extent of these potential benefits. Overall, appreciation for 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 operational cost savings are a clear benefit in using data to drive decision-making, and many believe that additional savings can be realized through more efficient use of data. More than a quarter of companies (27%) believe they could cut operational costs by a fifth or more if they fully utilized all available data to make decisions and achieve better results. Awareness has increased since 2020, when only 15% understood the potential to achieve savings of a fifth or more.

“As Procore continues to track the adoption of technology in the construction industry, it is encouraging to see a growing appreciation of the value of data-driven business insights to improve project and business outcomes. next step is to ensure that all Australian construction companies have access to project information, data information and references at their fingertips, reducing complexity and making it easy to meet quality needs and of compliance,” concludes Karemacher.

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

About Procore

Procore is a leading provider of construction management software. Over a million projects and over a trillion dollars in construction volume have been executed on Procore’s platform. Our platform connects every project stakeholder to the solutions we’ve designed specifically for the construction industry – for the homeowner, general contractor and specialty contractor. The Procore App Marketplace offers a host of partner solutions that seamlessly integrate 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 at Procore.com.