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Future Skills: Combining simulation and modelling with business intelligence and data visualisation

By Naghman Khan on Monday 25 February 2019

According to Mckinsey’s Digitization index, the wider Construction Industry was among the least digitized. How important is it then, to continuously upskill in today’s world? If you want to enhance your career prospects and bring the latest tools and techniques to your job, then very important. Big Data, Data Visualization, Artificial Intelligence (AI), digital skills and the use of open data are just some of the tools and techniques that are critical to embed in your day job as a modelling and simulation user. 

The Global Construction technology landscape has been mapped in a very insightful study from Mckinsey. They looked at over 2400 technologies emerging globally (See image). One of the highlights was the emergence of a high number of digital and innovative start-ups bringing productivity, analyses, big data, visualization and A.I. to our industry. The image below shows these clusters emerging and with them the exponential demand in corresponding skills. 

Forbes has said Big Data is the fastest growing in-demand skill to have, showing a growth of almost 4,000% since 2012. Forbes has also described Tableau skills as a top 3 in demand future skill to have - “Tableau is a data visualization tool that saw the third-largest surge in demand for jobs and skills globally. Tableau lets you create advanced charts and graphs and requires no coding”.

Tableau, is one of many business intelligence (BI) tools available for free use. Other tools include Google’s suite of productivity apps including Sheets and Data Studio and IBM Cognos Analytics (With Augmented Intelligence capabilities). There are dozens of SaaS tools available now, which reflects the importance and growth of the sector and these skills. 

IES have created a set of courses which link our World leading Virtual Environment (VE) with these tools and show you how to export VE data and make use of these advanced business intelligence technologies. One of the main features of these courses is using these powerful tools including Tableau, Google Apps, IBM Cognos Analytics and more. 

A core aspect of these courses is data visualization, which is a fairly broad term that involves placing data into a visual context to enable others to understand its significance. Text-based and tabular data contains many patterns, trends and correlations that can go undetected to the untrained eye which is why there is an increased need for data visualisation software and those trained to use it.

The question is, what will your skill set look like in 5 years’ time? 

For more information on the Digital Skills and Data Visualization course click here.

Contact Naghman Khan for more details.