The ITeC database supplies technical, environmental and economic information regarding all kind of elements used in every situation in the construction market.
Why use a database of construction elements?
…before construction starts
Since every element has a price, updated every year according to the evolution of the market, the database is a powerful tool for calculating accurate budgets and checking the cost of alternative design options.
Since every element has a specification sheet of its own, based on the current standards and codes, it is also a powerful tool to draw contracts with product suppliers and contractors.
Since every element has data on CO2 emissions and embedded energy it is possible to measure the environmental impact of the project, check different design options and size up sustainability certification.
Since every element has data on the type and amount (weight and volume) of waste it will generate it is possible to prepare the right resources for a correct management on site of the different wastes.
…during the construction process
Taking the project database as a starting point, it is much easier for the project manager to draw a timeline for the execution process, and keep it updated.
Taking the cost side of the project database as a starting point, it is much easier for the quantity surveyor to keep track of the budget.
The specifications act as a reference point in case of conflict with product suppliers and contractors.
…after project completion
Taking the database of the finished object as a starting point, it is much easier for the facility manager to draw maintenance and repair plans.
How does the database work?
For example, if our project involves laying a track of concrete pipe we can look up “concrete pipe” in the database index.
The database expects us to define which concrete pipe we will use; in this particular case, which diameter we need. Depending on the complexity of the element, different parameters must be chosen.
At this point, the database already offers us the price, specs, waste and environmental impact of the pipe, per unit (in this case, linear meter). But price refers to the cost of the pipe delivered to the building site, and we need to know the cost put in place.
The database estimates the size of the required team of workers, and how much time they will need for laying a linear meter of the pipe of the chosen diameter.
Since concrete pipes are heavyweight elements, the database also adds the right handling machinery, in this case a crane, assuming the cost of the rental and the estimated time.
Finally, the database also adds the required ancillary items, in this case the rubber gaskets.
The result is a complex element that contains not only the cost of the pipe put in place with all the required means, but also:
A complete specification sheet that covers the full execution process and complementary materials. This can be used as a checklist to assure the quality of the supply of pipes and also the quality of the placing.
The environmental impact of the full operation, and the total waste generated.