The McKinsey & Company September 2018 Capital Projects & Infrastructure article entitled “Seizing opportunity in today’s construction technology ecosystem,” authored by Jose Luis Blanco, Andrew Mullin, Kaustubh Pandya, Matthew Parsons, and Maria Joao Ribeirinho, highlights “a new analysis of the construction technology ecosystem finds emerging trends, constellations of solutions, and an ever-increasing universe of technology use cases that are disrupting the way we plan, design, and execute projects.”
Three key trends in today’s construction technology ecosystem
“After decades of under-digitization, the engineering and construction (E&C) sector is making bold moves in a new era.” Focusing in on the technology solutions that construction stakeholders leverage during the construction phase of the project life cycle (versus the entire asset life cycle — concept and feasibility, design and engineering, pre-construction, construction, and operations and maintenance), the McKinsey & Company research from last year identified the following three key trends in today’s construction technology ecosystem:
- Emergence of technology clusters;
- Industry-wide technology investment of more than $10 billion in less than a decade, and;
- The lack of integrated solutions.
The lack of integrated solutions
Further, the McKinsey & Company research from last year also segmented “the lack of integrated solutions” in three use case clusters across today’s construction technology ecosystem from field to team to office:
- On-site execution (field);
- Digital collaboration (team), and;
- Back-office and adjacencies (office).
Data exchange between weather enabled decision support solutions and other construction technology systems
Accordingly, to address the challenges and sometimes pains with “the lack of integrated solutions” in three use case clusters from on-site execution (field) to digital collaboration (team) to back-office and adjacencies (office), WeatherBuild promotes integration with and data exchange between its weather enabled decision support solutions and other systems, Enterprise Application Software (EAS) and Enterprise Project Portfolio Management (EPPM), such as Oracle Primavera Enterprise Project Portfolio Management products.
WeatherBuild API (Application Programming Interface)
The WeatherBuild API (Application Programming Interface) enables WeatherBuild customers, leading contractors, owners and operators, to enhance the functionality of partner solutions and internal applications. Further, the WeatherBuild API is very simple REST API; all API calls are made via HTTP GET requests from one or many WeatherBuild API endpoints. WeatherBuild’s Application Programming Interface promotes integrated solutions from on-site execution (field) to digital collaboration (team) to back-office and adjacencies (office).
WeatherBuild Web Services Integration
To further address the challenges and sometimes pains with “the lack of integrated solutions,” WeatherBuild supports web services integration, with Oracle Primavera P6 EPPM for example. As a part of P6 Web Services, “activity services” enable WeatherBuild to get project schedule activities and work breakdown structures (WBS) from P6 via automated communications between the database servers. Then, WeatherBuild uses its proprietary machine learning and predictive analytics to identify schedule activities at risk of being impacted by weather events.
(Source: Blanco, Jose Luis, et al. “Seizing Opportunity in Today’s Construction Technology Ecosystem.” McKinsey & Company, 2018, www.mckinsey.com/industries/capital-projects-and-infrastructure/our-insights/seizing-opportunity-in-todays-construction-technology-ecosystem.)
More in the next blog post about weather decision support, weather safety and weather risk management…
Jose Luis Blanco is a partner in McKinsey’s Philadelphia office, where Matthew Parsons is a senior partner. Andrew Mullin is a partner in the Toronto office; Kaustubh Pandya is an alumnus of the San Francisco office; and Maria Joao Ribeirinho is a partner in the Lisbon and Madrid offices.
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