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Going electric in construction is a step towards a more sustainable industry. This white paper gives a glimpse into how we can address challenges and leverage opportunities.

Internal combustion engines have been the primary mode of transportation for people and goods since the early 20th century. Recently, we’ve seen increased adoption of battery-electric cars, busses, and trucks – transforming on-road transportation. While it’s still early days in construction, a few pioneers are already leading the way.

The white paper was co-created by Trackunit and Boels.

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The race towards connectivity is on. As we emerge from a year characterized by unprecedented downtime, we now have a unique opportunity to strike a new path towards digital transformation in construction.

It takes a pinch of courage to join forces when it comes to data sharing. This is why I want to say thank you to all those who contributed to this Blueprint for stepping up, sharing insights and for putting this into the public domain for the benefit of the entire industry.

Back in 2019, we conducted a survey and found that 55% of construction companies we asked do not exploit the full potential of data they gather. A staggering 83% admitted that they simply lack the knowledge as to how to use the data. On the upside, there is huge awareness and a general understanding that data is and will be important to business success in the future of construction. To not miss out on opportunities, data is collected and stored in vast amounts – though often without a clear purpose or strategy. The result: up to 90% of data gathered in construction is unstructured and stored away in silos. The typically project-based nature of construction adds to the problem of siloed knowledge. Information is kept for the duration of a project but when the project ends, data and insights are rarely saved in a manner that is beneficial to future projects with different partners and customers.

We have learned from other industries further ahead of the curve that meaningful collection, analysis and management of data are the backbone of digital transformation.

A Blueprint for Sharing Data in Construction

Over the past few months we have worked closely together with the Eliminate Downtime Committee and the extended network in various hackathons. We have explored pain points, highlights and use cases and we will present the synthesis of our findings in this Blueprint.

Data sharing in construction certainly is a complex topic and the conversations and discussions that have led to the publication of this Blueprint have made it abundantly clear that there are people with an incredible motivation to drive change in this industry. To support our collaborative effort to overcome barriers to sharing this paper presents a framework suggesting what it takes to be successful by sharing data in construction.

My hope is that this Blueprint will help you understand the value we can reap from choosing to cooperate and to share. To be inspired to find ways to establish trust within your organization and with partners in the industry. It takes courage to make the first step. I clearly see the potential of data to eliminate downtime in construction. The question is: Are you in?

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The white book is relevant to everybody working in and with construction and has been brought forward by the contribution of committee members, peers, friends and like-minded people – it is truly the result of a collaborative effort.

Here we outline the sheer depth, breadth and impact of downtime, as well as showcasing the champions of the movement, who have been instrumental in forming collaborative efforts to revolutionize and digitize construction, to make it not just more efficient, but also a safer place to be.

Welcome to the White Book

In June 2016, McKinsey published an article “Imagining Construction’s Digital Future,” stating that the industry is “ripe for disruption.” Less digitalized than almost any sector except hunting and fishing, construction had not only been a laggard in technology adoption, but was also struggling to get the basics right.

Downtime. It has a name and it is the mother of all our problems.

We call it the mother of our problems. In fact, downtime has a large litter of offspring with many different names including everything from machine breakdowns, construction deviations and worker breaks, to lost tools, machine idling, and a lack of informed planning. Each sibling brings with it knock-on effects, just to add to the chaos.

Downtime is a challenge that pervades every single corner of the construction industry leaving almost no stone unturned. It is for this reason alone that the response to downtime has to be an industry-wide movement. I’m happy to say that many companies and individuals from across the sector are already in. We’re seeing the evidence.

The purpose of this White Book is to curate the stories we’ve collected at major events such as ARA and Bauma, smaller conferences such as our own Predict Summit and Downtime X gatherings, and corner offices and site meetings. We’ve mapped them against the Downtime Model so you may reference them easily

The White Book comprises 100 ideas to help eliminate downtime and increase productivity. Some of these may resonate with the downtime challenges you’re facing now; others may be more long term projects. This piece has no real beginning, middle or end – you do not need to start on page one and read through to the end. It’s there to stimulate your thinking, so just jump straight to content which interests you and use the overview as an orientation.

Welcome to the Report

The purpose of this White Book is to curate the stories we’ve collected at major events such as ARA and Bauma, smaller conferences such as our own Predict Summit and Downtime X gatherings, and corner offices and site meetings. We’ve mapped them against the Downtime Model so you may reference them easily

The White Book comprises 100 ideas to help eliminate downtime and increase productivity. Some of these may resonate with the downtime challenges you’re facing now; others may be more long term projects. This piece has no real beginning, middle or end – you do not need to start on page one and read through to the end. It’s there to stimulate your thinking, so just jump straight to content which interests you and use the overview as an orientation.