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Five technological trends set to transform the construction sector in 2018 – 4 January 2018

Technology is having a huge impact on the way we operate our businesses in the 21st century and has recently had a particularly large impact on the way we design. Where the way a project was once evaluated and carried out was constrained by our resources, in today’s digital and ‘constantly on’ environment, many of us have access to infinite computer power, information and expertise that we could once only dream of having in our reach. This advancement of capabilities comes from a range of new technologies and developments that are constantly emerging, but particularly in four distinct areas. Read on to discover the most predominant technological trends that are changing the way we approach construction….

Cloud Computing

Cloud Computing is a relatively new entrant in the Architecture, Engineering and Construction sector. This technology is now bringing a multitude of benefits to teams of professionals working on a given project, from allowing multidisciplinary design teams to work in harmony whilst in different offices, different cities or even different time zones, to providing design teams with access to the latest project documents from any place and at any time. Teams can now work together collaboratively, without the previous barriers that slowed down progress and hindered the design process.

Another aspect of cloud computing is the vast amounts of on-demand computer processing power it provides. This is known as infinite computing and allows construction engineers and project managers to carry out complex analytical tasks in a very short space of time. Cloud Computing can enable the team to explore the thousands of combinations of parameters including physical dimensions, material choices, financing options and procurement paths for a flawless end-result to the construction project, whilst creating the greatest chances of maximum return.

With Autodesk software, you have the option of adding cloud subscription services, enabling your team to create, collaborate and compute in one place. For more information on this service, contact our team.  

Generative Design

With generative design, your options are infinite. Generative design mimics nature’s evolutionary approach so that designers or engineers can input design goals into generative design software, along with the parameters such as materials, manufacturing methods, and cost constraints. Then, using cloud computing, the software is able to explore all the possible permutations of a solution for the most desired end-result. 

 Generative design allows us to think outside the box, to remove human stigmas from the design process, and to explore designs we thought not possible. Generative design also helps project managers to overcome economic constraints by creating an interactive and highly responsive project drawing board that’s designed to work with your budget, not against it.

Here at Cadspec, we provide a range of Autodesk software that supports generative design including Netfabb, Nastran, Inventor and Fusion 360. Contact the team to find out more about using this software for generative design.

Big Data

Big data is made up of all the construction and building data that already exists in all the plans and records of anything that was ever built. It can be extremely useful in the planning of future construction projects to maximise efficiency.

Big Data can be useful in the following specific areas:

Social and Mobile Computing

In the age of the ‘global village’ where the digital environment shortens the distance between us all, it is becoming easier to access tools and harness capabilities that were once far beyond our reach.

With the ‘Gig Economy’ on the rise, institutions that offer services for fulfilling transactional pieces of work are likely to dominate the future of the construction sector. This type of development alongside crowdsourcing could allow contractors to access an on-demand and far deeper pool of talent to collaborate on projects.

The digital age is ultimately connecting those who would otherwise never meet, giving rise to a revolutionary age of construction with a multitude of both digital and human intelligence, who can ultimately collaborate on new projects.

Collision of the Physical and Digital Worlds

Whilst designs have evolved from 2D to 3D dimensions, transferring the design from screen to real world asset is a completely different challenge, in which the designs’ impact must be considered not only in physical terms but also in environmental, social and economic terms.

Never the less, as technology continues to merge the digital and physical worlds, it is enabling project teams to design in the context of those real world systems.

Augmented Reality is now enabling designs to be projected back into the real world to understand the physical impact that a proposed design will have on the environment. Virtual Reality enables designers and customers to get inside their models and understand the space before a brick has been laid. At Cadspec, we now offer various VR solutions featuring the Oculus Rift headset alongside software including 3ds Max Interactive/Stingray and Revit Live. Contact the team for more info on training & software packages. 

Now that you’re aware of the top five technological trends of 2018, be sure to get on board! Here at Cadspec, we believe every business should have access to these latest technological trends and we strive to help you find a custom solution. Industry 4.0 is fast approaching and we aim to provide every one of our customers with the unbiased knowledge, tools and support they need to keep moving forwards in today’s digital environment. If you would like more information on our consultancy and software services, do not hesitate to contact our team.

Five technological trends set to transform the construction sector in 2018

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