Using Digital Technology for Project Success in Denmark's Construction Sector

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In Denmark today, the construction industry faces some significant challenges, ranging from budget overruns and delays to communication breakdowns. And with new government legislation as well as the drive to deliver greener projects to schedule and cost, it’s imperative the industry explores all avenues to achieve our goals.

Setting up for Success

To ensure projects are set up for success, Danish construction teams must conduct robust scope and project planning exercises. Stakeholders can align their efforts and resources by clearly defining the project's objectives, deliverables, and timeline. This helps prevent scope creep, reduces the risk of delays and cost overruns, and ensures that the project stays on track.

For major construction projects today, construction software features have grown in sophistication.

But where should teams begin? A common data environment (CDE) is key – for project data and the people using it.

A Common Data Environment as the Foundation

The adoption of Building Information Modelling (BIM) – project management software and other digital tools has the potential to revolutionise the way projects are conceived, planned, and executed. The integration of these technologies allows for real-time collaboration, streamlined communication, and data-driven decision-making.

For many construction companies, the design and construction phases on many of their projects happen simultaneously. This means a common data environment is absolutely critical when it comes to delivering projects safely, on time and on budget. Many companies adopt a CDE to execute digital project delivery methods adhering to BIM Level 3.

Connecting documents and drawings to BIM models allows project collaborators to access everything digitally. Rather than printing out copies of drawings over and over again, teams are enabled to work entirely digitally and, as a consequence, can reduce project-related carbon dioxide emissions.

Building Blocks to Better

Features such as an asset tracking module enable construction teams to track and manage project assets through the entire building lifecycle – from design through handover – from one centralised location. These modules also give construction teams increased access to asset data from the project site, allowing them to perform commissioning and resolve issues on-site, decreasing the time to operations and ultimately reducing risk.

When it comes to developments within the sector, Artificial Intelligence (AI) has the potential to transform the construction industry. With its ability to analyse vast amounts of data and perform complex tasks, AI can streamline various aspects of construction projects. For example, AI-powered algorithms can optimise resource allocation, schedule tasks, and identify potential risks and bottlenecks. By automating repetitive and time-consuming processes, AI frees up human resources to focus on higher-value activities.

A People-Centric Approach

Denmark's progressive approach to embracing digital solutions aligns with the global trend toward smart construction. The emphasis on transparency, accountability, and efficiency mirrors best practices seen in successful projects worldwide.

But with any change, we cannot underestimate the importance of our people Acknowledging the need for training and upskilling the workforce to harness the full potential of these tools is a crucial aspect often overlooked when adopting tools. A harmonious blend of technology and skilled workers who feel confident in using the technology provided is the key to achieving sustainable success and on-time projects.

And by using modern tools like AI to access insightful data, people on our projects will be equipped with the information they need to keep construction projects on track.

In the construction industry, it is crucial to recognise that simply thinking you are in control is not the same as actually being in control. This is particularly important when you have a digital platform that connects data, providing valuable insights into both facts and risks. It is essential to understand that having access to this information can make a significant difference in managing your operations safely and effectively.

By leveraging the power of a digital platform to gather and analyse data, you can gain a deeper understanding of your operations and make informed decisions that will help you to achieve your goals while minimising risk.

So, where can I get started? Schedule a demo to see software built for every construction workflow.

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Johnny Niekrenz

Account Executive, Nordics