Dashpivot article – Power BI for Construction Management

power bi for construction management

Power BI for Construction Management

Power BI, Microsoft's interactive data visualisation tool, is significantly transforming construction management by offering enhanced analytics and real-time insights.

The integration of Power BI in construction management streamlines processes, boosts efficiency, and enables more informed decision-making.

Let's go into depth on the impact and advantages of Power BI in construction management.

How does using Power BI for Construction Management provide value?

Using Power BI for Construction Management offers substantial value by enhancing the efficiency, effectiveness, and overall strategic approach to managing construction projects.

Streamlining Project Management

Power BI offers construction managers a centralised dashboard to monitor multiple projects simultaneously.

With real-time data visualisation, managers can track project progress, resource allocation, and budget usage.

This immediacy in data representation helps in identifying potential issues before they become critical, ensuring projects stay on track and within budget.

Improving Collaboration and Communication

Power BI enhances collaboration among various stakeholders in a construction project.

It allows for the creation of shared dashboards that can be accessed by team members, clients, and other stakeholders.

This ensures everyone is on the same page, with access to the latest data, fostering transparency and better communication.

Customisation and Integration in Power BI

One of Power BI's strengths lies in its customisation capabilities.

Construction managers can tailor dashboards to suit specific project needs.

Furthermore, Power BI seamlessly integrates with other software commonly used in construction management, like Microsoft Project, Excel, and various ERP systems, creating a unified platform for all project-related data.

Cost Management and Financial Reporting

Power BI provides detailed financial reports that help in tracking expenses and revenues.

It gives a clear picture of the financial health of projects, allowing for better cost control and financial planning.

Managers can quickly identify areas of overspending and adjust budgets in real-time.

Safety and Compliance Monitoring

With Power BI, construction companies can monitor safety and compliance metrics effectively.

By analysing data from various sources, managers can identify potential safety hazards and ensure that projects comply with industry regulations.

Challenges and Considerations for Power BI for Construction Management

While Power BI offers numerous benefits, its implementation comes with challenges.

The need for training and the adaptation of staff to a data-centric culture is crucial.

Additionally, the integrity and consistency of data feeding into Power BI need to be maintained to ensure accurate analytics.

You need to maintain good working processes to ensure data capture and format, and then workflows for importing your construction data into Power BI.

Using excel spreadsheets and Google sheets have their drawbacks, but a dedicated construction management software like Dashpivot has templates pre-built for easy Power BI integration via the Flowsite Integrations Cloud.

Importing your Construction data into Power BI

To ensure you have the right data in Power BI, it starts at the forms and reports you're using.

Paper forms and spreadsheets require a lot of manual work to get the data into a format you can import to Power BI, then the actual importing into Power BI.

This can lead to errors, incorrect data or simply just missing construction reports you should be importing into Power BI.

You can reduce the amount of work by using a construction software like Dashpivot, with digital templates, then using Flowsite to automatically import forms straight into Power BI as soon as they're submitted.

See an example of what a site diary could look like if created in Dashpivot.

Site diary example

Get your construction data into Power BI with this digital site diary template

Use digital construction documents for easy import into Power BI

One of the biggest challenges for construction management is getting your data in the right format for Power BI.

Using processes without dedicated solutions, such as working with paper documents, Excel or Google sheets, or software without Power BI integrations means a lot of manual work needs to be done to get your data ready, which can be tedious, time-consuming and allows for human error/missing things.

Dashpivot has pre-built site diary templates, progress reports, change orders and more which are in the right format for easy Power BI importing.

Pre-built templates have all the fields and sections you need to capture data on site via mobile or tablet, and can be customised with the drag and drop form builder.

Reduce errors and save time by automating importing into Power BI

Power BI is only useful if your data in it is as up to date as possible. Manual importing is time consuming and can be easily forgotten, meaning your reports and dashboard are using out of date data.

There are multiple ways to import data into Power BI, but the Flowsite PowerBI integration is a very robust solution which automatically integrates your Dashpivot forms and reports directly with Power BI.

Set rules for which forms and report you need in PowerBI and they'll be sent straight to Power BI as soon as they're submitted and/or approved.

Be confident when creating your visualisations and dashboards in Power BI that you have almost real time data.

Daily diary template

Site diary template

Complete and organise your daily diaries more efficiently.

Construction Change Order template

Construction Change Order template

Manage change order completion and approval automation with this smart template.

Delay Analysis Report template

Delay Analysis Report template

Detail those site delay events with this flexible template.

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About Nick Chernih

Nick is the Senior Marketing Manager at Sitemate. He wants more people in the Built World to see the potential of doing things a different way - just because things are done one way doesn't mean it's the best way for you.

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