2018 has already proven a great year for the engineering industry, with projects in development left, right and centre. The engineering profession once thought to be struggling, is now thriving. This boom in construction projects has provided engineers with an endless amount of opportunity for work and with this increase in projects we have seen more room for improvement and innovation for the industry as a whole. Through this project influx, we have noticed a few trends emerging.
It’s no secret that our society has become obsessed with health, cleanliness and operating in an ethical way. This has left many within the industry not only opting to go green with their food choices, but with their buildings. Now more than ever, engineers and builders alike are finding ways to be resourceful and environmentally conscious, resulting in sustainable buildings and a healthier planet.
It appears civil engineers are jumping on the bandwagon when it comes to integrating technology into their practices. Over the years, technology has proven its worth to many other reputable industries and it seems engineers are finally dipping their toe into the innovative pool that is technology, through the use of drones, 3D printing and modelling, virtual reality, augmented reality and the development of “smart buildings”.
We have explored this topic before and it is no shock that we are currently experiencing a construction boom in New South Wales, which is a great thing for engineers. A few years back it was believed that the construction and engineering industries were experiencing a bit of a dry spell, but it seems that is well and truly no longer the case with new construction ventures popping up left and right, making now a better time than ever to invest and operate within this industry.
The term digitalisation refers to the improving or transformation of a business’s operations through the use of technology and data, tools which can be used to benefit the business’s knowledge of the market and boost productivity.
In the last few years many sectors within the business world have undergone digital transformations in order to stay competitive and relevant. While the construction sector is said to be behind other sectors such as the music and communications industries, in terms of digitalisation, there is evidence to suggest the industry is beginning to explore the technological advancements available.
More than ever before, technology is playing a huge role in the success of a business, offering more effective ways to complete tasks and in turn changing the way business can be done. In recent years, the construction industry has been experimenting with technology and how it can be used to work more efficiently and effectively, through the use of technologies such as Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality. Testing of these technologies within the construction sector has shown that they can be used for training purposes and as the perfect visual aid for project pitches.
While the digital transformation of the construction sector is inevitable, we are excited to see what the construction industry will look like with the integration of more technological components.
Over the past few years virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) technologies have infiltrated a number of industries and it seems construction, is the technologies latest venture.
In short, VR and AR are modern technologies that allow users to enter an immersive and computer simulated reality where they can replicate a desired environment.
This is an opportunity for advancement and innovation for the construction industry as these technologies can be used for both design and training purposes. The use of VR mainly, allows contractors, engineers and architects alike to pitch their ideas with a very realistic visual aid, in the form of a virtual walk through of the vision they have created for the structure. These visuals when utilized correctly will effectively communicate the plan the professional has for the structure and will prove to be a very persuasive pitch that allows the client to catch a glimpse of the finished product.
Another use for these technologies within the construction industry is to assist companies with safety training for their team. Virtual reality technologies allow workers to become virtually acquainted with the necessary machinery they will need to use.
So what are your thoughts on this topic? Should we rely more on technologies like VR and AR when it comes to construction or stick with traditional practices that have been effective for years? I guess only time will tell, but the opportunities these technologies present are intriguing to say the least.