In his second post for ArchitectMagazine.Com, Architect and Autodesk fellow Phil Bernstein’s discusses the key issues and obstacles that become inhibitors of trust in data-driven project delivery models. This is part two of a five-part series.
One of the most significant challenges for project managers is ensuring that trusted information flows seamlessly between project stakeholders. Streamlining project workflows could dramatically improve the design, construction, and operation of the built environment, says Phil.
The key impediment to developing integrated project delivery models for the architecture, engineering, construction and operations (AECO) sector is trusted information, notes Phil. The cacophony of data generated by the numerous, and often incompatible, software products used for a single project, he adds, “can be, to put it mildly, deafening.”
Siloed data, or what Phil calls the “Tower of Babel” problem, is one of the key technical challenges facing AECO project teams. But, he adds, “the most profound technical challenge lies in the space created by the tradition of AEC deliverables as 2D output — think drawings — and the potential of 3D information.”
While 3D modeling platforms have become ubiquitous, the industry lacks a standard for the exchange of 3D information. This technical problem, Phil says, underscores a deeper procedural challenge: “Different software platforms, algorithms, data types and formats, and workflows are as much a product of software engineering design as they are manifestations of different and incompatible disciplinary standards battling one another.”
Moreover, cultural barriers also can impede the flow of information between stakeholders. “When projects operate without even basic consensus about the goals of the players,” Phil notes, “varying business objectives stand in the way of progress.”
Read Phil’s perspective on the importance of trust to improve project workflows in the full post on Architect’s site.