Globally most organisations find it challenging to define the potential benefits of introducing new methods of working and technology in the built environment. One of the reasons why it is challenging to produce true figures about efficiency gains is that we have not started scratching the surface with making infrastructure related data usable, accessible and measurable. Data is also expensive, getting it right takes time, while getting it wrong is even more expensive.
Most of the data currently available is unstructured, which includes emails, documents, multimedia, video, PDF files, spreadsheets, messaging content, digital pictures and graphics, etc. There is a whole industry working on to get let machines and algorithms make sense of the large amounts of infrastructure data that is produced across the asset lifecycle, however large volumes of data is not machine readable, not interoperable, and not structured at all.