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Trends for the Future
This 3D build is an example of a future technology changing the construction site. Consider the difference in the plans, communication and support facilities versus the way bridges have always been built. The information data source, the setup of the site, the numbers and types of skills involved are vastly different. One notable change example is security. While the physical site security requirements are far less, given job’s duration of only 14 hours. However, the system data security, must meet rigorous military standards.
The overall BIM concept is very much intact in this printed bridge example. As the Marine Corps article points out “The possibilities for 3D printing applications are limitless”. The concept is to apply a BIM process. A process that plans, shares and applies accurate operational information into the building process.
A 3D printed bridge is old news now. What about the future? What technology changes can we expect and how do prepare for future construction sites?
Excerpts from this 2014 article, provide some key thoughts about future infrastructure needs that are already in motion. (2050 and the Future of Infrastructure, Frey, 2014), https://futuristspeaker.com/business-trends/2050-and-the-future-of-infrastructure/. Technology trends that can be expected to change infrastructure include: driverless cars, highways with massive sensor and transmitter devices, high speed rail and tube transportation systems, water projects, drone delivery, just to name a few.
A very critical future construction component will be sensor infrastructure. Lots of sensors. Per the article cited above “a trillion sensors are likely needed to monitor and control future infrastructure”. BIM technology and construction site readiness will need to lead the way to meet these infrastructure challenges.
The Future Construction Site
To effectively manage these rapid changes in building technology, BIM must continue to adapt. A key area for growth will be the process of gathering the big data content necessary to collaboratively share all aspects of the building process. As stated above, the job site needs to continually consume and generate information to improve the building process.