Photos for ENR A graphic of a crowd-sourcing model is used to find solutions to industry problems by asking creative thinkers from other industries. A group of Ph.D students in Great Britain and a Canadian construction company both launched separate global crowd-sourcing tools in late October. Both sponsors define crowd sourcing as the harnessing of knowledge that people from different backgrounds and professions can share on social media to leverage problem-solving solutions. "We can advance the industry a lot further and faster and have a lot more volume of innovation if we embrace the crowd," says Chris Zakrajsek, web application
The growing need to collect, store and analyze the huge volumes of data collected from infrastructure project stakeholders is generating a new growth area for construction-sector firms, IT vendors and professionals.