Beyond BIM: Upcoming Trends for AEC industry
1. Augmented Reality (AR)/ Virtual Reality (VR):These immersive technologies can be utilized to supersede traditional walkthroughs for improving collaboration and speedy, yet, accurate decision making enabling faster project delivery as well as making it aesthetically pleasing for clients.
2. Drones:Drones Technology in conjunction with BIM proves to be valuable throughout the project lifecycle and play a vital role in enabling the AEC industry to deliver massive & complex projects efficiently & effectively with multiple advantages thereby, improving safety.
3. 3D Printing & Additive Manufacturing (AM):
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4. Mobile & Cloud Technologies/Collaboration: IM and the Cloud is one of the robust combos facilitating real-time collaboration & seamless communication amongst the stakeholders & project team. Cloud Technology helps to store large amounts of data secured in a remote location making it accessible for project managers & other team members by the means of devices laptops, desktops, tablets, or mobiles concurrently over an internet connection. The outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic has helped everyone realize the utmost advantages of mobile & cloud collaboration, thus, making it more popular and widely accepted.
5. Internet of Things (IoT):IoT has gained remarkable significance in the AEC industry and transformed traditional project processes in a better and smarter way. IoT involves the use of smart devices and sensors which share a large amount of data with each other through the internet allowing smarter, safer, and efficient practices. Some of the IoT examples include Automatic adjustment of light brightness, the temperature of AC getting adjusted as per the weather conditions, reminders for servicing of home appliances, intelligent ventilation, etc. IoT has its own benefits like predictive maintenance, increased productivity, facility management, sustainable projects, safety and security, and many more.
6. BIG Data:There’s been a lot of hype around BIG Data these days. BIG data, as the name suggests, refers to the use of large amounts of data that can be analyzed and executed reasonably. The data-rich BIM model can be utilized to deliver data for the project components. This data is pulled up from IoT, internet searches, social media, digital photos, etc. BIG data proves valuable for optimizing business processes by monitoring time and construction activities, enhanced facility management, reducing project risks & making informed decisions.
7. Artificial Intelligence (AI):The implementation of AI is becoming more popular these days. AI is the intelligence of a machine to behave and function in human-like way. The BIM software consists of extensive data that AI utilizes to study considering minute aspects of the project to discover the best possible resolution quicker than a human. Some of the advantages of AI include Risk mitigation, automation, non-liable to human errors, greater efficiency, etc.
However, staying abreast of new trends in BIM and AEC industry along with early, and yet, prudent adoption is essential and the best choice to stay ahead of the competition.