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Project-driven Engineering Bridging Gaps within EPC Projects

Editor: Anke Geipel-Kern

Overcome Barriers to IT Adoption and Integration in the EPC Market — Like many organizations across industries, project-driven engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) companies are grappling with ever-growing levels of disparate data.

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One of the common challenges of new technologies in the construction industry is information overload and confusion regarding who has access to which data.
One of the common challenges of new technologies in the construction industry is information overload and confusion regarding who has access to which data.
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Construction projects, which traditionally have created an enormous amount of paperwork, are increasingly digital. As more digital information is generated, there is an opportunity to harness the data and leverage it to make smarter business decisions. But with those opportunities comes challenges: Data can make or break multi-party collaboration. To execute efficient capital projects, EPC firms need to be able to effectively communicate and share current data with project owners and subcontractors, as well as internally throughout their own organizations.

Lack of control and visibility into the growing level of data often leads to capital projects going over budget and over schedule. In fact, a recent McKinsey report found that 98 percent of mega-projects incur cost overruns or delays. The average cost increase is 80 percent of original value and the average slippage is 20 months behind the original schedule. Construction productivity, which has remained flat for decades, is among the biggest causes of that poor record.