Civil Engineering & Construction

The civil engineering and construction sector context

Over the past few years the civil engineering and construction market has undergone some major changes:

  • Clients have become more demanding and environmental regulations stricter
  • Competition is going global
  • Costs pressures are rising
  • A shortage of qualified workers
  • Public and private partnerships are developing further

The Kyoto Agreement to which France committed in 2003, aiming to reduce global greenhouse gas effects by 2050, reflects these upheavals. To reach these objectives, more stringent legislation has been passed in sectors with high environmental impact, including Construction. For exemple, France’s successive heating regulations are a clear indication of the stakes involved in sustainable construction.

AEC firms have to deal with these problems going forward, to deal with these regulatory constraints whilst protecting their margins and increasing their competitiveness.

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global growth in construction by 2025
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construction companies in Europe

Challenges in civil engineering and construction

Number of stakeholders

Construction projects, by their very size, technical complexity and increasingly rigorous architectural and regulatory standards, involve a vast number of stakeholders. This causes a exponential increase in the volume of information exchanged. Among these owners and operators, contractors, technical surveyors, architects, industrial players and more, each one has a specific role to play defined by the tasks and works under their charge.

Sustainability constraints

In addition, construction projects and renovations of existing assets become more complex due to new sustainability constraints. Work methods and available tools therefore need to be revamped: processes from the design phase through build and operation must evolve to integrate a reliable and efficient way of sharing information on a project throughout its lifecycle, which calls for interoperation among all players.

New interoperable practices

Interoperable practices that run on digital BIM also entail an increase in the volume and complexity of data. Managing project information efficiently now means more than managing documentation; it involves rigorous accounting of code requirements, contacts and data repositories.

PLM software to optimise management of civil engineering and construction projects

Efficiently communicating and sharing information among all those involved in a project at every stage of a building’s lifecycle is therefore capital. At the same time, each actor must respect procedures, ensure traceability of all information and consolidation of the data to be able to generate deliverables on time, etc.
More now than ever, civil engineering and construction firms are having to deal with societal, social and environmental issues. To preserve their profitability, they have to maintain control over their projects by:

  • Coordinating many and highly dispersed providers
  • Accelerating project cycles and respecting deadlines
  • Manage and reduce risk
  • Ensure the continuity of information from the pre-project phase through full operation

These constraints imply that the company maintain a comprehensive view of its projects, made possible by efficient management of data, teams and cycles with dedicated civil engineering and construction software.

The more new building projects (residential, commercial and office space, agricultural and administrative buildings) need collaboration and mobility, the more accessible the information must be, wherever it concerns, whilst centralised in one place to guarantee security and confidentiality. Our dedicated construction industry software can store all project-related data (drawings, facilities, specifications, etc.) in an environment shared by all stakeholders, thus smoothing their collaboration. Projects can then be piloted in real time.

In practical terms, the solution enables teams to increase productivity by providing them with intuitive access to reliable and up-to-date information, according to their business roles and remits. With the right information at the right time, each one focuses on the data that concerns his or her business and job profile, concentrating on the actions that bring their particular added value to the project. Our PLM software thus shortens deadlines, reduces costs and risk of managing civil engineering and construction projects: real-time project management.

By promoting methodologies and good practices between projects, the digital solution enhances the margins and ROI of civil engineering and construction companies.

By consolidating project data over their lifecycles, our PLM gives companies all the keys they need to optimise their businesses:  consistency of working methods, more efficient data management, and ease of collaboration.

Key functions for civil engineering

  • Provides a collaborative space for all participants. The repository stores all data, documents and product information to benefit from a “single version of the truth” and avoid information loss, duplication or mismatch
  • Ensures workflow and approval process for all documentation
  • Offers features to track, version and record documents
  • Provides reporting tools to benefit from an overview of the whole projects and be able to react to bottlenecks or slow downs
  • Provides a user friendly interface to both occasional and daily users that may be on may scattered projects

  • Invest in knowledge and feedback

Benefits for civil engineering and construction

Productivity

Customised access to unique and up to date information
Reduce errors and time lost in re-keying information
Collaboration inefficiency reduced by 70% while exchanging information with key partners
Automated documents generation
Maximum infrastructure availability rate

Quality

Effective change and impact-analysis management
Traceability improvement
Regulatory compliance assistance – especially for high criticality
Quality internal audits efficiency increased by 50%
Alerts and control automation

Strategy

Accurate projects progress follow-up
Engineering and usage costs management
Decision making process assistance
Project priorisation assistance (score-carding)
Sub-contractors and suppliers comparison through an effective RFP module
Project launch speed-up by 30%