Jack Hineman, Vice President of Business Intelligence, Gaylor Electric, and Chair of ABC Construction Technology and Innovation Committee
Over the past few years, I have presented on my role and
findings as vice president of business intelligence at Gaylor
Electric. Based on my experience during those presentations,
I would guess that half of those reading this think I made that title
up. However, that is my actual title! So, what does that mean?
It means that I study our data and visualize it for our teams (I make graphs), and my
mission is to uncover and communicate the stories in our data to eliminate emotion
and propel data-driven decision-making.
Throughout the 2022 issue of the Tech Report, you will read case studies about
various innovations within our industry and how our members are evolving. There is
no arguing that the construction industry is advancing. We have made obvious leaps
in regard to safety, drone scanning, GPS layout, modeling and more
But my area of expertise is data. And in terms of data, I would say that the construction
industry has yet to evolve. I recently applied to speak at Tableau Conference (Tableau
is a visual analytics platform now owned by Salesforce). As I was completing the
application, I reached a dropdown box for “industry.” Despite construction being the
second-largest industry in the world, I still had to choose “other” from the list of over
20 industries. How is it that construction is not on their list of industries?