Quality control with digital traceability in construction – Whitepaper
Who is responsible for traceability in the industry and is digital the solution?
Traceability and control over production of any construction components is vitally important to reduce costs and achieve high-quality products. In the past, paper records have typically been used but issues such as human error, missing paperwork and onsite bad weather impact the effectiveness of the records.
Traceability is about identifying the product and who has worked on it and at what stage. If there are issues, they can be identified and traced precisely at every single stage. This prevents mass recall of products with its inherent waste of materials, time and money.
Having all records digitised and stored in a digital vault is the way forward to achieve traceability and accountability at all stages of production. This whitepaper aims to provide the reader with a clear understanding of the importance of digital traceability in construction and those responsible.
What is the ‘Golden Thread’
The ‘golden thread’ is a term used for an up-to-date live record of data used on a project. It is a concept identified in the Hackitt Report as being particularly important in residential construction. But what does that mean?
There is a gulf between the design and construction companies on a building project and the operations managers who take over the end-product. This can occur when information isn’t properly defined at the outset because designers, contractors and manufacturers don’t have a specific brief as to what’s required of them. There is a need within construction to adopt new technologies and develop a culture of transparency and responsibility.
Find out more by downloading the whitepaper.