The future of construction technology is now; and savings, safety and efficiency are the result. Building Design + Construction Magazine, a leading publication promoting our industry, has editors and writers that continually provide thought-provoking articles that highlight all aspects of construction. A recent post on bdcnetwork.com provided a glimpse into the evolving BIM/VDC technology segment.
In the article, contributing editor Jeff Yoders revealed five trends that are transforming building information modeling (BIM) and virtual design and construction (VDC). Yoders discussed the trends with several experts and came to a consensus that the BIM/VDC-related technology trends in the article will have a profound impact on the way building teams design, build, and even, operate buildings in the near future.
The Transforming Five Tech Trends
1. 3D laser scanning is becoming affordable.
2. Designers can now model energy performance on the fly.
3. Prefabrication will transform building delivery.
4. Data management will play a more vital role in projects.
5. Computer-aided manufacturing is on the horizon.
The over-riding theme of the article is that companies must invest in new equipment and software to take advantage of the emerging technology, but the potential savings are so great that a return on investment will be enjoyed very quickly. Besides saving money, the new technology makes job planning and execution much more organized, ensuring that jobs are completed on-time and under budget with fewer change orders. Better organization means safer job sites for workers and more profit for companies. Some companies are having such a high level of success with initial investments that they are doubling down and purchasing additional technology.
The trend highlighted by Yoders and his panel of construction experts that was one of the most exciting to us here at North America Heavy Equipment Training Services (NAHETS), was utilizing BIM/VDC technology to allow designers the ability to create the most energy-efficient buildings possible. New technology, such as Sefaira, allows architects and engineers to capture energy-modeling data much more quickly than before. Energy-modeling has been around for decades but, until recently, it was time consuming and very costly. Sefaira has applications that allow designers to perform energy analysis of early concepts on the fly. By condensing the time it takes to gather and crunch energy performance data from days to hours, it is feasible for design teams to tweak their designs, on the fly, based on the data.
“We often heard architects lamenting that by the time they got simulation data it was too late to change decisions made in conceptual design,” said Mads Jensen, CEO of Sefaira, in the article. “How can they put in shading devices and spec them while also understanding the implications of the different options available? How can they spec to balance the trade-offs between solar heat gain and the risks of overheating in the summer?” For the entire in depth article, click HERE.
We salute the companies taking advantage of the new technology. As always, North America Heavy Equipment Training Services experts stand at the ready to help your company employ the best-trained operators in the world to ensure that all new technology is maximized.
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