The Project Data Analytics Task Force welcomes involvement at every level, from every sector; from project through to data professionals. Only by working collaboratively and collegiately will we deliver such a bold and aspirational vision.

The 7 Workstreams

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Organisations are beginning to experiment with project data analytics. From dashboards to automation, data cleansing to apps and artificial intelligence (AI). These are fundamentals, yet we spend millions replicating their development by working in silos. We need to democratise these capabilities, accelerate implementation rates, increase data volumes by up to 100x and remove barriers to entry.

The Solutions Development workstream is currently working on the development of a solutions centre as a freely accessible app store for the community to use and share developed solutions.

To get involved:

Volunteer at contact@pdataskforce.com

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The white paper set out the vision and objectives for the task force with the engagement workstream providing a driving force to enable them.  Specifically, the workstream is tasked with: Developing the vision, blueprints and roadmaps; Community engagement; sharing good practice; and inspiring others.

There is a lot of activity going on in project data analytics through government entities and quangos, industry bodies, professional institutions and academia.  Very little of this is currently co-ordinated and there is danger of duplication and factions emerging. Strategically the Task Force seeks alignment and co-ordination across such initiatives and groups, particularly when it comes to data ownership and data standards. Tactically, in some areas we may need to avoid getting into arguments or taking sides in order to secure support and build momentum.

To get involved:

Volunteer at contact@pdataskforce.com

 

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The skills workstream for the Project Data and Analytics Task Force will attempt to identify the training and education currently available as a standardised curriculum to achieve the required level of capability. The workstream will look to identify gaps in the standardised curriculum where development of additional training and education is required to be developed in order to achieve a comprehensive PDA capability at all levels of the organisation.

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The climate and nature emergency is the greatest challenge of our generation, we are all responsible for making a change but in the world of projects we have the capabilities to make a lasting impact.

The Climate and Nature Emergency workstream are harnessing project data analytics to help steer the projects sector not just towards net zero targets but to a greener more sustainable world. This workstream seeks to embolden project professionals to work together in utilising their skills, tools and wisdom to make the necessary changes in alleviating the effects of climate change. By prioritising the taskforce workstreams and mobilising data professionals we can develop data driven solutions, challenge decision makers and inform the profession.

Currently as a workstream we are working on the Carbon Self Evaluation as a tool to assess and influence the use of carbon data. Please help us by participating in the survey to benchmark yourself against their peers in your own and other sectors here.

To do your part:

  • Volunteer at contact@pdataskforce.com
  • Share your energy and superpowers​
  • Complete and promote the Carbon Self-Evaluation

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This workstream will work towards harmonising data dictionaries, taxonomies and ontologies within the project delivery domain. It is a bold aspiration and will need to be delivered incrementally, beginning with the business case for change. The business case will need to be underpinned by evidence from a data audit, highlighting the scale of the challenge. The workstream will then develop a series of prioritised outputs to resolve the challenges identified in the business case, covering everything from quality assurance and governance through to benchmarking of data quality.

To get involved:

Volunteer at contact@pdataskforce.com

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Project data analytics is an emergent field that will create an array of research opportunities. It is moving at pace, both in terms of data science capabilities and the rate of implementation. We need research objectives shaped by industry and senior leaders to evidence the opportunities presented by project data analytics.

The research workstream’s aim is to disseminate project data analytics research to allow the sector access to current innovations and best practices. We will be a horizon scanning force to identify emerging insights in the project data analytics domain to inform policy and strategy within the project management profession.

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One of the most significant barriers to achieving our vision of data driven projects is the inaccessibility of data. The siloed nature of project data currently is detrimental to the sector, leading to repeated mistakes and forgotten lessons. Last year Gartner predicted that “by 2023, organisations that promote data sharing will outperform their peers on most business value metrics and generate three times more measurable economic benefit than those who do not.”

The Data Access workstream is focussing their efforts on driving data sharing across projects and face the challenges of a lack of willingness, ability, and confidence to share data. Data trusts offer a potential solution, with work emerging in the construction and oil and gas sectors. Whatever the approach, we need a means to define the rules and mechanisms to manage the ways pools of data can be collated, combined, and accessed.

To get involved:

Volunteer at contact@pdataskforce.com

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Taskforce Co-chairs

Prof Tim Broyd, Director, UCL

Task Force Co-Chair, Engagement co-lead

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I am Professor of Built Environment Foresight at University College London as well as an Honorary Professor of Civil Engineering at the same university. I recently moved to UCL following a career in industry, and have substantial experience as corporate director of technology, innovation and sustainability for globally operating engineering design consultancies, including both Atkins and Halcrow. In addition I was CEO of construction industry research body CIRIA from 2002 to 2007. Within my new role I work with leading individuals in industry and government to understand and prepare for the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead. This recently included responsibility for the ‘foresight’ input to the UK Government’s new Construction Industry Strategy as well as currently leading the strategic planning of the UK’s development and implementation of BIM.

I am a Fellow of both the Royal Academy of Engineering and the Institution of Civil Engineers and a Visiting Professor at both the University of Reading and the University of Dundee. I have maintained an active engagement in the development and deployment of BIM techniques for over a decade, am Vice Chairman of BuildingSmart (UK) Ltd and sit on the UK Government’s BIM Task Force. I am also a Director of CEEQUAL Limited. I became Vice President of the Institution of Civil Engineers in November 2011, with particular responsibility for Public Voice and Policy, and am scheduled to be President in 2016/7.

Martin Paver, CEO, Projecting Success

Task Force Co-Chair, Co-Lead for Solutions Development & Co-lead for Data Structure

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Martin is the founder of the Project Data Analytics community and has been a driving force behind the project data analytics initiative. He is a Chartered Project Professional, Chartered Engineer and a Fellow of the APM. He has led a $1bn project and a $10bn portfolio office and has a deep understanding of project delivery, data science and analytics.

“We are at the beginning of a new era in project delivery. One full of immense opportunity. I am delighted and honoured to be elected as Co-Chair of the Task Force to help drive forward this agenda, building on the deep foundations that we have developed in collaboration with the project data analytics community. Never before have we have such societal pressure to reform how we deliver projects combined with the emergence of advanced capabilities to deliver this change. Opportunities like this don’t come along very often”

Get Involved

The Project Data Analytics Task Force welcomes involvement at every level, from every sector; from project through to data professionals. Only by working collaboratively and collegiately will we deliver such a bold and aspirational vision.

If you would like to be involved in any of the workstreams then please reach out to us via this form, selecting any work streams that you would like to contribute to. Please note that this will require active participation. The Task Force provides an opportunity to boost your CV, your network and get involved in something that will be transformational.

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Prof Tim Broyd and Andy Murray are co-leaders of the engagement work stream. If you represent an organisation who would like to get involved at a corporate level then please visit our contact page, fill in the form and we will be touch.