Construction firms increasingly are seeking more streamlined ways to track and communicate project progress and easily address quality issues, but historical data silos have slowed progress on that front. For example, design information—from 2D drawings, 3D models, coordination issues, and more—remains in one silo, while drone imagery, project videos, schedule information, etc., are often managed separately.
The need to bring this information together to improve decision-making drove a new integration between two Oracle Construction and Engineering solutions—Oracle Aconex and Oracle’s Primavera P6 Enterprise Project Portfolio Management—and Reconstruct.
Reconstruct, an Oracle Industries Innovation Lab tenant and member of the Oracle Partner Network, enables more efficient workflows in documentation, progress tracking, and quality control by uniting reality capture, drawings, models, and schedules.
In addition, Reconstruct’s Visual Command Center brings together reality, design, and schedule information from the Oracle solutions into a single, visual platform to enable remote construction monitoring.
The combination of 2D and 3D reality models with design and project schedules enables the creation of a single, consolidated project snapshot in the form of a digital twin—a complete, assembled aggregation of data captured by other tools. Sharing information visually also helps ensure users can quickly grasp a project’s status.
Project teams can now review reality vs. design in the context of a project schedule in Reconstruct’s integrated environment. This new integration is particularly useful when planned changes to schedule impact construction, or when unexpected events affect the entire schedule.
The new integration enables users to connect a project in Oracle Aconex to the corresponding Reconstruct project. Project members can also directly transfer files from the Aconex Document Register in the Oracle Aconex common data environment (CDE) to the Data Manager in Reconstruct.
These include 3D models from Oracle Aconex Model Coordination, videos, 360 or still images, and PDF floor plans. In a unique bi-directional integration, schedules are automatically routed to Reconstruct before providing progress updates into Oracle’s Primavera P6 EPPM.
Project leaders can quickly gauge what tasks employees are working on—and where—by reviewing the digital twin. This data collection can contain information from all stages—including plan, bid, design, construct, and operate—as well as the roles within and between participating organizations.
Users can also compare reality against design for progress and quality and assess where their project may be at risk to help prevent potential delays.
“The integration of Reconstruct and Oracle provides project teams an increased level of visibility into project progress, improving team collaboration and communication,” Kaplanoglu said.
Project teams can use images from drones, autonomous site cameras and the like in combination with Reconstruct to virtually conduct a tour to assess a project’s progress. This includes measuring, documenting, and communicating any issues that may negatively impact progress, productivity, or safety.
Such an approach can help construction firms exploring ways to limiting the activities that teams must perform onsite.
“We are excited that our integration with Oracle’s critical project management solutions is fully implemented. Together, we now provide a unique value proposition that combines world class scheduling with world class project management,” said Zak MacRunnels, chief executive officer of Reconstruct.
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