71 per cent of civil infrastructure respondents struggle to use data effectively finds Sensat poll

12 January, 2021

  • 89 per cent of those polled stated the quality of data could be improved, with nearly a quarter (22%) stating that they had poor quality data to work with.

  • Despite 87 per cent stating they could get more from their data, when asked if they had a data-led strategy 71 per cent of respondents said their business was not quite there yet or had ‘a lot more to do’ to get there.

  • Poll results are indicative of the data challenges faced by the civil infrastructure industry and the need for improved efforts towards data-led transformation.

London, UK - January 12, 2021: Sensat, a leading provider of drone data capture and visualisation software that enables civil infrastructure companies to digitally represent the real world, today shared results of a snapshot poll to understand the progress being made toward data-led transformation. Sensat’s poll questioned civil infrastructure industry professionals and revealed the need for improved efforts in data quality, accessibility, usage and understanding. Of those respondents questioned, 71 per cent of individuals believed that their organisation struggled to use data effectively, whilst 14 per cent found that data is often siloed and hard to access. Meanwhile, no one responded to the question ‘we use the data we have effectively’.

“Civil infrastructure is one of the least digitised sectors in today's economy and is ripe for technology disruption, particularly when it comes to digitising data. While we have more data at our fingertips than ever before, the volumes mean it is largely hidden, unstructured and can be poor quality, therefore creating a data lag that makes it difficult to use and understand, and presenting many challenges for the industry,” said James Dean, CEO at Sensat. Sensat’s poll demonstrated that the quality of construction project data could be improved, with 89 per cent agreeing with the ‘poor’ and ‘could be better’ poll questions.

The data lag can lead to project delays, missed budgets and increased site safety risk. Problems identified by Sensat’s poll included the time taken to capture and aggregate data (22 %), data silos (22 %), and lack of accessibility (11 %). Only 14 per cent of those polled felt that their company had the right tools in place to be data-led, whilst the majority (71 %) said that their business was not quite there yet and had ‘a lot more to do’ in regards to data-led transformation. As a result of such data inefficiencies, construction has seen a meagre productivity growth of one per cent annually for the past two decades according to one McKinsey report.

Image by Marc-Olivier Jodoin

Dean concluded, “By harnessing the power of data, not only can we save on costs but also make more informed and better decisions to build improved infrastructure. Investing in data-led digital technology is no longer a nice-to-have but a must-have for civil infrastructure companies that want to continue to scale and remain competitive.”

To discover more about a data-led digital mindset, watch our webinars on-demand, or download our insight paper, ‘The next wave of data-led digital transformation’.