An insight into Digital Construction Week 2017: A revolution is coming

October 23, 2017 1:24 pm

Last week, experts from Waldeck attended the Digital Construction Week 2017 exhibition held at Excel London.

The ‘DCW 2017’ event series explored six trends that are key to the evolution of the digital construction sector, associated with innovation, technology and the digital transformation of the Built Environment.

The event series featured a two day exhibition with interactive, hands on demonstrations, free to attend seminars, workshops and classes, networking events, and a full two day thought leadership conference programme.

Gaining thought-provoking insights over the two days, Waldeck explore the six trends of the week and how these technologies will keep you ahead of this digital revolution.

Industry Transformation

As the construction industry continues to undergo the transformation to a much more digital way of working, this change isn’t as easy as implementing a new software to streamline workflow, it is a culture change, a change that needs to embedded throughout the business.

This transformation was at the heart of DCW 2017, which explored a range of topics including; investment in research and innovation, industry strategy, industry image, training funding and delivery, productivity and predictability, industry fragmentation, change management, client alignment, and the innovative solutions and technologies that can assist this vast transformation.

Immersive technologies are an opportunity to drive innovation that are critical to the future of our built environment, and, embracing the new technological trends into 2018 and beyond, will provide a platform for more exciting things to come – in the world of digital, this is Digital Built Britain.

Building Information Modelling (BIM)

Through continuous advances in Building Information Modelling (BIM) technologies and capabilities, the UK construction industry is undergoing a digital revolution.

The Building Information Modelling (BIM) workflow, management, technologies and collaboration hold the key to unlock new, more efficient centralised outputs throughout the asset information lifecycle.

Ultimately the UK BIM Level 2 mandate defines what, when and how data should be created, shared and managed. The Government’s BIM mandate has accelerated change in the industry leading to the adoption of new technologies and processes along with more collaborative working.

Geospatial

In the digital and GIS marketplace vast changes are happening which are underpinning a need for a more precise understanding of the physical asset. Allowing us to better understand, plan, predict, and deliver. Greater access to satellite and open data provides insight that wasn’t possible years ago, and can help solve some of the many construction industry challenges.

Advances in this area are creating high-efficiency methods for design construction and operations. They will further unlock the opportunities for autonomous vehicles, the future of transport networks and will be pivotal against the backdrop of smart cities and the Internet of Things.

Smart Buildings

At DCW 2017, the term Smart Building was described as the application of interconnected technologies that help make buildings more intelligent and responsive, ultimately improving their performance.

“Truly smart buildings deliver better environmental, social and economic conditions for their users and the people around them. They reduce energy consumption, improve occupant productivity and wellbeing. They create built assets that are more efficient to operate and maintain and ultimately more pro table to manage.” – DCW 2017

David Cuckow, Global Head – Internet of Things (IoT) & Alliances at BSI Group, spoke about the need for disruptive innovators to ensure digital savvy communities and organisations during his presentation in the Industry 4.0 Theatre on ‘Accelerating the Internet of Things’.

Visualisation

The development of immersive technologies such as Augmented, Virtual, and Mixed Reality has revolutionised communication in the built environment, as it has huge benefits and potential within construction, design and facilities management.

Martin McDonnell, Chairman of the Soluis Group spoke at DCW 2017 about the umbrella of ‘Digital Realities’ and how what we would have traditionally seen in the cinema and described as ‘sci-fi’ is actually becoming ‘sci-fact’, as we enter what can only be described as the ‘data revolution’.

Industry 4.0

Industry 4.0 is a digital connection of operations, where process and data can be integrated across multiple supply chains and product life cycles. This concept allows the manufacturing industry to achieve results that weren’t possible 10 years ago, owing to the many advancements in technology over the past decade.

In the future, digital, and specifically in the manufacturing sector, the integration of this concept will continue to become more and more influential in creative design, allowing organisations to leverage new technologies which permits them to completely re-imagine their business model and enhance their construction and manufacturing processes.

Conclusion

Digital technologies combined with more streamlined processes are quickly transforming the way we work, and the way we plan, build and maintain our built assets.

As the industry sees this transformation, and combines the latest technology with big data analytics and the Internet of Things (IoT), we will continue to see better outcomes, with leaner and more efficient ways of working, resulting in a reduction in time and cost, and an increase in smarter assets and satisfied clients.

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