Over the past decade, the volume of data about assets and their surroundings has grown exponentially.

Today, the focus for built environment professionals is about effectively structuring and connecting these datasets so as to unlock intelligence and enable better decision-making across the asset lifecycle.

At the (virtual) Digital Construction Summit , on Wednesday, PCSG’s Dr Jennifer McDonald will examine the platforms and technologies which are facilitating this effective data exploitation – and the benefits that they are generating.

Her presentation, part of a session on ‘the power of data and its potential for construction’ will include an overview of PCSG’s GeoConnect+ technology. The cloud-based platform, which hosts and connects asset information with BIM, GIS and IoT datasets, is being used by HS2 to connect the vast volume of project and asset data being managed and procured on the ambitious rail programme.

Critical information reaches the hands of the users that need it far more quickly than before, speeding-up decision making and helping to optimise operations.

Ultimately, the virtual railway being created will be handed over as a digital twin to the operations and maintenance teams.

The session will also explore: AI’s role in improving asset management data; interoperability and common data environments and product data and its role in digital construction.

More than 1,700 professionals have registered for the two-day event, including contractors, clients, suppliers and policy makers.

The value to our economic and social infrastructure of exploiting data more effectively is significant. Analysis underlined in the recent Geospatial Strategy suggested that more accessible and better quality location data alone in the infrastructure and construction sector could be worth over £4 billion per year.

Register here.