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What does digitization mean for us at fielddata.io?
25.11.2020 | Digitization has been on everyone’s lips for the past few months. Thanks to the coronavirus, video conferencing is the new “normal”, and working from home, if possible, is already the standard. But was that the big step in digitization or is there something else bigger still to come?
Digitization in special foundation construction with fielddata.io
For us, digitization doesn’t simply mean replacing the typewriter with the computer, or that drilling logs are no longer filled out with a pen and paper, but instead using perhaps an Excel spreadsheet or a Word form. These are just the first steps that you have to take on the path to digitization.
For us, digitization is not just about eliminating paper. It should not only make it possible to do something electronically instead of on paper, or to print it out more elegantly. It is intended to create added value and to link data that has been entered once with other data, so that new insights arise that would not exist without this collation of data or that would otherwise be very difficult to recognize.
Here is a good example for digitization: A comparison of the planned and implemented operating hours
Digitization in specialist foundation engineering offers us the great opportunity to break new ground in terms of learning and understanding. Here is a simple example: Already today, many construction machines can already send their operating hours electronically. But do you really evaluate this data in your company? In many companies these days, people simply don’t pay attention to such data. At best, the machine technician looks at it “every now and then” to see when the next scheduled service of the construction machine is set to take place. If this information is linked to the specific construction site on which it is used and compared with the planning, then problems on the construction site can be quickly identified. This shows at a glance whether a construction site is “running”.
Now all you need is a simple way to visualize this current state. And that’s exactly what our PERFORMANCE application does. Use cases goes far beyond this very simple example, because the more data there is that can be linked, the more meaningful the evaluations become and the easier it is to see where there is potential for improvement on the construction site.
For us at fielddata.io, digitization means digitizing data where it is not yet digital, then collecting it, linking it with other data and then evaluating it. All of this is always done with a view to the benefit for each individual construction site as well as for the company carrying out the work. Digitization can only succeed if everyone in charge can immediately recognize their advantage and if the tools used correspond to the reality of the work done daily.
What are your thoughts on the topic of digitization? What is already being done “digitally” in your everyday work and what is still handled “conventionally”? We look forward to hearing your ideas.
Digitization in Secial Foundation Construction – Jochen Maurer explains, how that could look like (German video):