Joint Construction Projects – Guarantee Access and Security

Joint Construction Projects – Guarantee Access and Security

10th January 2017

Every effective project manager will begin the project with the goals of building trust, managing change and enabling the type of collaboration necessary when it comes to the large joint ventures that we’ll be seeing more of in the construction industry in the coming years.  We’ve already pointed out to our readers that there are some large construction projects in the pipeline here in the UK and these are likely to require skilled professionals who are ready to establish collaborative working relationships that share the risks involved.  We’re determined to provide construction company owners and managers with the information they need to make collaboration of this type simpler and smoother.  Today we’re going to take a look at access and security issues on large joint projects.

IN order for the work to be carried out in a timely manner and the project to be finished within the deadline, project team members will all need access to the information they need at all times.  However, providing access to a shared set of documents, multidimensional models and the associated metadata to multiple organisations without compromising any confidential information is likely to present a challenge.  Any solution used to manage the project information must include a set of sophisticated security controls that are both flexible and unnoticed by the user.

On the type of larger projects we’re covering here, the access and security demands are high because the information flows may include multiple partners, their financial institutions, one or more design firms, planners, contractors, subcontractors and more.  Some of the worlds’ largest contracting companies have discovered that storing, sharing and securing all types of data is a critical (though non-core) function that can be too much for any one company’s systems and processes. 

The best way forward is to reduce the risks through effective project information control.   When migrating a large infrastructure project to a cloud collaboration system for any large joint venture, then “Trust but verify” is the best advice you could come across.  Multiple levels of security on a neutral platform will mean that everybody involved in the project can interact with one another easily and on neutral terms.  With a cloud based platform, no one company, person or entity will own the platform or the data stored on it so none of the people involved will be able to withhold access to the project information in the event of a dispute at some point.  Furthermore, Project information controls will guarantee that any individual will only get access to the data that is explicitly shared with them.

Any platform chosen for joint projects of this kind will need to adhere to ISO 27001, the most stringent international standard for security management practices.  It boasts strict requirements when it comes to implementing, operating and maintaining the system with safeguards such as multi step authentication and the encryption of all data in transit.  Additional levels of quality assurance can be provided by third party validation and vulnerability tests.

Next week we’ll be taking a look at the handover process when it comes to joint projects so don’t forget to join us.