Most people do not associate the construction industry with the big data revolution, but this could be a mistake if you are currently in the job market.
Big data is not just for Silicon Valley tech firms or high-speed traders anymore!
In this article, we’ll look at how big data affects the construction industry, and what kind of careers exist for those with big data skills.
What is Big Data?
Big data involves collecting and analyzing massive information in order to find inefficiencies and improve upon them. Big data allows you to use what’s called “granular targeting” to zoom into extreme detail about your potential clients.
Over the past few years, the construction industry has slowly but surely embraced the information revolution and has opened the door for those with big data skills to make a career for themselves.
One of the benefits of big data is that it allows you to start with a problem and allow the information to solve it for you. Instead of trying to figure out the right solution, you can follow the data. This data can then be used to create improved models, dynamic tests and up to date site conditions.
Big data allows the process of construction to become more streamlined, allowing the construction team the assurance that its plan will go off flawlessly.
One of the issues that is currently being worked out with the integration of big data is the gap between the capability of software and how often this sort of software and analysis is actually being practiced. Right now, the software is way ahead of those implementing it.
One of the reasons for this delay is the nervousness contractors feel when it comes to adopting new ways of doing business – especially new technologies. The thinking goes that, because construction is an extremely competitive industry, as more and more firms adopt big data, the firms who don’t adopt will be left behind. Furthermore, contractors often don’t understand how to use the data to get to the answers they are looking for, and get lost in the noise of the data.
This lack of ability to interpret the data leads to a ton of opportunity for those with big data abilities who are interested in the construction field.
Terry Bennett, senior industry strategist of civil infrastructure at Autodesk, says “In today’s era, you can’t just have computers going without human input, you’re trying to do something very complex. When you combine the two, you can have big things solved.”
The big data revolution is here, if you want to get in on the ground floor in one of the largest industries in the world, consider a big data career in construction.
If you have big data skills, and are looking to find an interesting, fulfilling career in the construction industry, we are looking for you! Learn more by contacting one of the career specialists at Madden Industrial Craftsmen today.