Musings from ENR Futuretech

Earlier this month, Briq sponsored a panel at ENR’s FutureTech event in San Fransisco entitled “Predictive Analytics Strategies for Construction Risk Reduction”.

If you missed the event, don’t worry! We’ve distilled the best of it here.

Good data analysis takes a team

To get the most out of data, it is vital to have a team working to strategize together. A team consisting of a data analyst, data scientist, data engineer, and a visualization developer work together to gather information from the data and use it to determine important things about a construction site. The data analyst spots patterns in the data, while the data scientist interprets the data and makes predictions. Finally, the data engineer exposes the data to analytical applications, so the visualization developer can communicate the data information to users. Kaushal Diwan, the National Director of Innovation at DPR Construction said, “well-defined data strategies allow a business to move from reactive to predictive.” In saying this, he is referring to the importance of good strategy to get the absolute most out of data instead of remaining baseline and not breaking the cycle.

Stimulating curiosities on current and future technological advances is important

Lindsey Rem, Vice President of Systems at Barton Malow, explained how important it is that companies tell people stories and not show them data. Describing things like AI, Machine Learning, Deep Learning, etc.,to the average person may cause them to grow confused with the big terms and statistics. Finding a way to relay important information in a way that is easy for people to understand, can help accelerate the process more in the right direction.

True change will not happen by any one company or technology

It takes a village. This is something we, as humans, have known for years in all aspects of life. If there is desire for change, no one person has the ability to do everything on their own. There needs to be an understanding of the potential of technology in this sense, in order for change to be made. Companies are stuck in cycles of work ethic they think make most sense. Many companies are lacking the necessary information that would help them to become more efficient. If every company had the same understanding of the future of technology, the process would be much smoother and take much less time, bringing the construction industry to places people wouldn’t have imagined.

Embracing failure helps promote change

If everyone let failure defeat them, Benjamin Franklin would have never invented electricity, the Wright Brothers would have never invented, built, or flown the first airplane, and we definitely wouldn’t have near the amount of capabilities we do today. Failure is a part of what makes us human, and is never something someone should be embarrassed to experience. It is important to learn from the things that didn’t work, to understand what needs change so it can be adjusted to work, and work better.

Realizing the importance of new technology is crucial

Technological advances wouldn’t occur if they weren’t beneficial to us and the way we do things. We need these advances to guide us towards the future and its possibilities. New technology today has begun to do things that humans can’t, and realizing this is how we will utilize it to the best of its ability.

Alexis Turner