The use of a Common Data Environment (CDE) was experienced first-hand by the author on a large-scale semiconductor factory build and fit-out. The use of the project management platform on the project seemed to have some benefits and therefore it was decided to further examine how beneficial the use of Common Data Environments was on large-scale construction projects at various stages of the build and fit-out. In conducting primary and secondary research it is hoped that a clear understanding of the advantages and disadvantages of using Common Data Environments can be shown.
With many large construction projects, there is a huge challenge in the way data is managed. With these projects, there is a huge volume of data to be collected and there are usually many different teams working on various aspects of the project. This storage and accessibility of this project data are important for good communication, collaboration, and exchange of project information between stakeholders.