23 MAR 2018
This insight paper summarises the key challenges and opportunities of sharing construction cost data as well as outlining the main points for further debate. This paper will be widely distributed to elicit more comprehensive and representative views from the industry and its clients.
The Economist has called data the 'fourth factor of production'. Whatever your views on this, there is no doubt that data will play an increasing part in professional roles. In construction, an industry ripe for productivity and efficiency improvement, BIM and the internet of things promise a deluge of data. However, this raises many questions around security, privacy and the use of data for the public good, particularly in the use of, often confidential, cost data. As whole life performance becomes increasingly important, this issue is just not confined to capital costs.
Since the publication of the International Construction Measurement Standards (ICMS) in 2017, RICS has been attempting to identify the main incentives and barriers to sharing construction cost data.
In November 2017, RICS began conducting debates with clients, consultants and contractors to discuss the important opportunities and challenges surrounding cost data in construction.
The following questions were debated:
Providing information to stimulate debate and promote leading-edge thinking.
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