Filtering Jobsite Information

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In telecommunications the “Last Mile” problem refers to the difficulty service providers have in connecting thousands of houses in a neighborhood to a main high-speed data line. Put another way, the Last Mile problem is a distribution problem, distributing a pipe full of data through many many smaller pipes.

Jobsites have a “First Mile” problem, that is there are thousands of simultaneous¬† operations on any sophisticated site, each of which is generating its own critical “data”, with no centralized means of collecting the data and then delivering it to back office operations.¬† Pick any of your existing operations software solutions; accounting; scheduling; project management; every one of these requires human intervention in order to “extract” new data from the jobsite.

However, there’s a problem with the current method for extracting data from a jobsite. It’s the human problem. Whenever we rely on a human to transfer information by observation, there’s a natural filtering process that takes place. Especially when that human is a stakeholder in the process. Schedule updates are the most common casualty of this type of stakeholder filtering. Ever hear a superintendent utter this most damning phrase, “Oh, we can make up that time. No Problem”?

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One Response to “Filtering Jobsite Information”

  1. Paul Lesieur Says:

    Construction can be helped by management solutions, but it will never be as important or relevant as the people who get the work done. I have been hearing for years about how programs will finally manage construction sites to be as efficient as a factory assembly line.
    Wishful thinking by people who are stuck admiring the problem but have no clue as to how to make this problem go away.

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