Construction projects are complex undertakings with many interdependencies and risks. There are often numerous teams from many organisations engaged in a project at any point, which can make visibility across the project challenging for the project owner or general contractor.
The single thread that helps to provide visibility is data – essentially the sharing of information from each project team about their activities and role on the project. But while technology has greatly improved organisations’ ability to collaborate and share data, there are fundamental questions around control of the data that must be considered. These considerations apply to both the early phases of a project – i.e., agreements and contractual obligations – as well as throughout the project lifecycle as teams come and go.