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Construction Supply Chain

Cristina Savian and Kelsey Poinsatte-Jones

On this week's session on Clubhouse, we invited special guest speaker Jeffrey Pollock, CEO of Idencia, Inc. We had a packed house of industry professionals ranging from manufacturers to architects to real estate developers to managing partners of one of the largest international consultancies. Key highlights and takeaways for adopting a structured digital information management approach across the construction supply chain included.

Data Ownership for Multi-Stakeholder Participation

The owner of data generally belongs to the original generator of the information (i.e., the manufacturer). Contractors require select elements of product digitisation for their projects. OpenBIM formats should be adopted by all parties in the supply chain to generate transparency and ensure collaborative decision-making, particularly with regards to quality, time, and cost of manufactured products.

Quality Control (QC) Improvements, Data Transfer from Manufacture to Operations & Maintenance (O&M)

The stages of quality control information collected during manufacturing, according to Jeff Pollock, CEO of Idencia, Inc. are; 1. serialise each product (bar code/RFID tag) → 2. collect product data → 3. store product data for each order → 4. refer to the dashboard of transformed data for planned vs. actual.

The information collected during the stages of quality control during the manufacturing process can enhance and enrich the digital twin of the built asset for operations beyond manufacture, such as more informed analyses of estimated vs planned maintenance.

Public Digital Identity for Each Product

Every product is expected to soon have its own public digital identity because of the need to transfer valuable product data beyond the point of manufacturing; similar to social media represents an individual public identity for each person, a similar application is expected to be applied for product identity and usage. The data stored for each product during the manufacturing process can be re-used into other systems, including tablets, phones, and sensors, for further use throughout and beyond the supply chain.

Digital Twin and Supply Chain

Current uses of digital twin applications for supply chain solutions are limited, with most of the status tracking done manually. The use of real-time tracking devices are useful to automatically track location and status of materials from the origin, shipment, arrival at the destination, active location on-site, to installation location, giving several benefits from higher productivity enhancements to improved customer satisfaction.

In addition, the digital information collected during the construction stages, from product data to quality control, can enhance and enrich the digital twin of the built asset for operations and maintenance.

Check us out for more applications of digital twins and future discussions!

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