Ibens Data Platform – Construction Industry


Ibens specialises in care housing with a focus on residential care centres, assisted living facilities, care hotels and housing for people with disabilities.

The organisation owes its strong position in the construction market to far-reaching innovation and efficiency in delivering projects thanks to their extensive use of the BIM360 software. Ibens wants to keep its competitive advantage by making the organisation data-driven.

Data challenges at Ibens

A lot of data but no overview

Ibens works on a large number of projects. For each project, Ibens always keeps track of all data, communication and decisions in their different software systems. The multitude of software systems makes it difficult to keep an overview of their project data. When certain figures about a project were requested, the respective information had to be gathered from several places.

Manual reporting

In addition, Ibens faced another obstacle. During meeting on the building site, a report of all discussed issues is made. The notes are then stored in BIM 360. Additional data is entered with each site report. No information may be removed or corrected, making project documents long with a huge amount of data. These site reports are currently exported, formatted and printed to PDF manually which is a very time-consuming task.

Azure Data Platform

To provide an answer to the twofold business need of Ibens, it was necessary to set up a Data Platform. The first step in this project was therefore to collect all relevant information from the various data sources in an Azure Data Platform built with

Azure components such as:

  • Azure Cognitive Search
  • Azure Functions
  • Azure Synapse Analytics
  • Azure Data Lake Storage Gen2

By using this data platform, we were able to set up a Search Engine in which all project information could be searched by the end user via a customer-friendly internal portal.

In addition, a PDF generator was launched to visualize incremental changes in site reports in a clear way. This PDF is automatically generated based on info from BIM360 which can then be forwarded for approval to the architect or other involved parties such as contractors, etc.

Time saving
Faster insight into Ibens data

Azure Data Platform
construction industry

Setting up an Azure Data Platform (BIM360 integration included) to extract all scattered project information and make relevant data available through a user-friendly portal at Ibens.

AWS Data Platform
public health sector

Building a data platform in AWS to gather, capture, process and expose all available data.

Analytics blueprint
construction industry

Workshop sessions to identify data driven solutions and tackle current operational challenges at Ibens.

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