Contractors are using cloud technologies, big data management and next-generation BIM to enhance stakeholder engagement and make projects more efficient, Lauren Collier writes. "The ability to get answers and make changes within minutes saves time and money and can be invaluable when teams are off site and can't take physical measurements of a space," she writes.
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A committee on public finances in Macau has touted the use of BIM for construction projects and has recommended that the city-state make greater use of the technology for public projects. Recent projects in Macau that have used BIM include a bus terminal and two terminal expansion projects at Macau International Airport.
Renovation of the famed Beethovenhalle concert hall in Bonn, Germany, is now estimated to cost more than twice its original estimate. Officials could have saved costs by using BIM in the planning process, said Wesko Rohde, chairman of the board of the German Theater Technology Society.
A Dutch architect has espoused the idea of using "material passports," or digital records of materials used in buildings, that could be incorporated in BIM files and tracked throughout the life cycle of the structure. Others have suggested adopting a "building materials as a service" business model where builders could rent materials.
Technology and new strategies are slowly but surely transforming the previously change-resistant construction industry. Glenn Ebersole explores some of these trends, including the adoption of project management software and the design-build delivery model, which allows clients to contract a single entity to compose, plan and build.
Jack Dangermond, the founder of Esri, sees a lot of potential in the integration of building information modeling and geographic information systems. "One of the things that attracts both of us to this unification is this idea that we can, through our customers, build tools that help them do their work in a more enlightened and effective way," Dangermond says.
Crews are making progress on a new headquarters for a waste management company in Sharjah, UAE, that will be powered by Microsoft's cloud-based digital twin hosting platform. "Software can spot what equipment might fail, where there may be an issue with overcrowding, or even a security issue, before they become serious," said Rimes Mortimer, general manager of Applied Innovation and Incubation at Microsoft.
Building a culture open to technology is the most important thing a construction company can do to play catch-up in tech, says Amr Raafat, vice president of virtual design and construction and technology at Windover Construction. He says tech solutions also need to measure up, meeting challenges they're designed to address on-site.