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The Future of The AEC Industry: Digital Collaboration

 

Construction is the largest industry in the world economy, responsible for a substantial chunk of global GDP. 

Traditionally, the industry has prioritized gradual and slow improvements. This, however, will no longer suffice. Projects are becoming increasingly larger and more complex. The increased demand for ecologically conscious construction means established approaches must alter. The scarcity of competent resources and technological competence will only worsen. These are complex concerns that necessitate novel approaches to thinking and doing.

The architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) business is facing significant challenges as it aims to meet the rising demand for assets to be constructed, operated, built to a standard, and maintained more quickly, at lower cost and risk. Most firms’ current non-integrated business systems and processes will simply not be enough if they want to compete in the future.

However, despite sluggish productivity growth and low financial returns, the construction industry has been unwilling to adopt process and technological improvements that could help it perform better in both value and growth.

The DIGITAL Age of Construction

The DIGITAL Age of Construction

The digital asset lifecycle transformation relies heavily on BIM. It should be considered more than just a 3D modeling tool; it should be seen as part of a new set of business processes that make use of asset data and make use of the newest technological advancements.

In the AEC sector, digital transformation entails the use of drones, robotics, IoT, laser scanning, and virtual and augmented reality, in addition to BIM. It’s no surprise that adoption has been gradual, but suddenly these technologies are gaining traction, and the pace of digital transformation is quickening.

Organizations that can take advantage of these technologies and adapt fast will triumph in the future. Those that stagnate or develop too slowly, on the other hand, are more likely to experience a decline or even go out of business entirely.

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4 ways that the AEC Industry could ADAPT in the coming years.

The Future of AEC Industry

I. LIDAR

Ecological uncertainties are a common cause of project delays and cost overruns. New techniques, enabled by drone and unmanned-aerial-vehicle technology, that combine high-definition imaging, 3D laser scanning, and geographic information systems, can greatly enhance accuracy and speed. They’re also more affordable than ever before, thanks to significant cost reductions. Lidar technology is substantially faster than traditional technologies and produces high-quality 3-D images that can be combined with project-planning software like building information modeling (BIM).

II. 5-D BIM

A 5-dimensional representation of a project’s physical and functional qualities is known as 5-D BIM. It takes into account a project’s cost and timeline, as well as the usual 3-D spatial design characteristics. Geometry, specs, aesthetics, thermal, and acoustic qualities are also included. All stakeholders can use a 5-D BIM platform to locate, analyze, and record the effects of changes on project costs and schedules. Contractors can discover risks earlier and make better decisions thanks to the intuitive, visual nature of 5-D BIM. Project planners, for example, can visualize and estimate the cost and schedule implications of a suggested design change. Companies are rapidly developing BIM-like design and construction solutions for these platforms.

III. Digital Collaboration

One major cause for the AEC industry’s low productivity is that blueprints, design drawings, procurement, supply-chain orders, equipment records, daily progress reports, and punch lists are still managed on paper. Digital collaboration solutions are being deployed by owners and contractors. Large companies are developing cloud-based, mobile-enabled field-supervision platform for large projects that integrates project planning, engineering, physical control, budgeting, and document management. Several large-scale project developers have already succeeded in digitizing their project management processes.

IV. IoT (Internet of Things)

Large volumes of data is produced at project sites, but very little of it is recorded, let alone measured and processed. The Internet of Things, which uses sensors and wireless technology to connect equipment and assets to become “intelligent,” could change that. The Internet of Things would allow construction machinery, equipment, materials, structures, and even formwork to “speak” to a central IT platform to collect crucial performance parameters on a construction site. Advanced analytics can then be used to help with efficiency, timeliness, and risk management.

The construction industry is confronted with numerous obstacles. Numerous factors impact timeframes, finances, safety, risk, and quality, all of which can be flexible and have numerous nuances. The ability to seamlessly examine, manage, and government contracts and projects will be critical to thriving in this new environment. Having the proper software in place to enable an organization to be nimble and adapt to these industry trends and pressure points is quickly becoming a competitive advantage.

The COVID-19 pandemic has proven to be another crisis that wreaked havoc on an industry that tends to be particularly vulnerable to economic cycles.

The need of being connected in construction will only grow as the future of construction rely more on technology and changing building and infrastructure needs. Engineering organizations cannot rely entirely on in-house expertise to thrive in today’s dynamic economic and business environment. They will, at some point, require the assistance of a CAD expert from outside the company. Outsourcing allows architects and engineers to get specialized knowledge and professional abilities for a fraction of the cost of recruiting internal staff. You may easily reach your company goals by forming strategic agreements with a specialized CAD Outsourcing Partner.

INDOVANCE Inc with its exclusive delivery hub in India is a specialized CAD outsourcing partner serving the global needs of the AEC industry for two decades. At INDOVANCE we focus on the unique need of each project or client and believe in addressing the real challenges and guarantee that the process will be well-coordinated, smooth, efficient, and hassle-free.  We collaborate with our customers around the world to develop bespoke business solutions using our enormous engineering talent pool.

Having two decades of experience in the AEC industry has made us realize that providing Outsourcing services is more than quality and cost. It is an overall experience that we want our clients to relish. INDOVANCE works as your extended virtual arm, aligning with your culture & processes, and firmly believes in the concept of ONENESS for mutual Growth.

For more queries regarding any of the above-mentioned topics, feel free to connect with us on our website www.indovance.com, or contact us at +1-919-238-4044.

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