Data Warehouse Mission
Since 2018, CII has been planning, designing, and building the first Data Warehouse of its kind for the Engineering and Construction business. Unlike benchmarking of the past, data entry is electronic; not manual. Tied to data resident in various legacy systems, BIM packages, and construction management software, CII will soon be able to import members’ data through API’s into the Data Warehouse. Rather than being reliant on standardized reports or manual interpretation from experts, we are building the capability for individual users to create their own comparisons using business intelligence (BI) software. In the years ahead, researchers will be able to create algorithms, models and simulations that companies can use with the resident data to make projections about their projects. A lot of this functionality is possible because we’re using one of the largest academic computing resources in the world at the University of Texas at Austin’s state-of-the-art Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC). When the CII Data Warehouse launches later this year, it will be the breakthrough that our industry requires.
Throughout this process of creating the Data Warehouse, our staff at CII and TACC has relied on the counsel of our members for technical issues and operational advice. The result is an unmatched ability to collect and maintain contemporary data regarding:
- Support for estimate validation regarding facility expected cost and performance
- Data-driven approach to scope definition regarding facility size and capacity
- Ownership of data resides with the companies who submitted them per Texas law
- Integration with member legacy systems and commercial software packages
- Measurement of operational data including energy consumption and carbon accounting
- Common approach to data collection from different industry sectors
- Support for lifecycle assessments and certifications such as USGBC LEED and BREEAM
- Feedback loops to enable the near “real-time” planning and sanction of facility project
The extraordinary resources of TACC are powering the data renaissance at CII and in our industry. CII is able to leverage the hundreds of millions of dollars of IT investment at TACC for an unmatched (low) price for our members. In the long-run, data “crutches” such as cost normalization or the annual indexing of information (e.g., to a 1.0 standard) become unnecessary when enough data are gathered each month. In fact, analyses of market dynamics (i.e., understanding if the market for specific facilities is “heating up” or “cooling down”) will become routine. Most importantly, these data cannot be sold. Precisely because CII is a not-for-profit headquartered at a leading public university, it is the very best place for your data to reside.