Architects, engineers and contractors encounter a constant struggle to provide more for less money as clients seek maximum results from constrained budgets.
All too often, projects run over time and budget. Research reported in the United Kingdom’s Buildings Magazine indicates 93 percent of building owners report their projects run late, and 85 percent say they exceed their agreed budget.
Of course, many of these overruns result from client changes or conditions outside of your control. However, in many situations, they occur because of inefficient workflows.
The published report indicates that in an Economist Intelligence Unit survey, 74 percent of construction industry professionals said that their senior management team recognized productivity growth as a challenge, while 32 percent of construction professionals cited “poor communication and collaboration” as the single biggest hurdle to improving productivity.
Increasingly, multidisciplinary teams must work together to co-ordinate fast track construction projects. However, traditional design processes often mean you are left figuring out whether you have the latest updates to the design model or are waiting to collect the latest versions from other parties.
Fortunately there are answers to these challenges. Technological advances have created new opportunities to transform the way we deliver projects with maximum efficiency.
For example, your clients can stand in an unbuilt space and, with reality capture and augmented reality tools, visualize how their project will look.
As well, you can design buildings with exterior skins that automatically react to the sun and dynamically adjust throughout the day to manage light and heat gain, making them more sustainable and energy-efficient. Sensors can be built into highway signs to collect and analyze traffic data, making it easier to respond to freeway congestion or accidents.
Meanwhile, cloud computing creates opportunities to facilitate design iterations, analysis and better collaboration. Cloud-based services enable you to evaluate various design options more easily and choose alternatives that meet your most important design criteria.
The cloud helps teams distributed across distances collaborate more efficiently on models in real time. With direct input from key stakeholders representing the project disciplines, your project can benefit from design efficiencies, better design quality and reduced risks and uncertainty for the life expectancy of any building or infrastructure.
The new technologies enable you to automate processes and radically streamline workflows. When paired with more flexible business models, these innovations bring these aspirations within your reach today, whatever the size of your company.