After a summer of unprecedented weather, normal service looks set to resume according to recent forecasts. With high pressures sweeping across the UK, expect clouds, big data showers and strong gusts of industrial internet of things (IIoT).
According to our research, the UK digital construction sector is braced for a technological storm which is redefining traditional workflows.
Working alongside the UK’s most forward-thinking digital construction companies, we’ve captured their thoughts and insights on Industry 4.0 and the technology which is challenging the status quo. Our findings suggest that you’ll need more than just a brolly to survive this storm.
A hurricane of technology
Industry 4.0 brings with it the largest wave of technological change traditional AEC sectors has ever witnessed. Accepting new technology into our lives is becoming a necessity to survive, but which solution will affect us most over the next 5 years?
We put 10 of the biggest developments in front of the digital construction industry for them to decide which will have the biggest impact.
According to our research, the cloud is tipped to cause the biggest stir in digital construction. The cloud provides users with a new storage and service facility to operate within, real-time data, increased collaboration, software accessibility and much more.
It dramatically enhances user experience and convenience, and many organisations were quick to realise its potential. Autodesk, Bentley Systems, Trimble and many other leading software providers offer cloud service subscriptions which enable subscribers to manage a portfolio of applications more effectively.
Big data and analytics
Thanks to enhanced cloud offerings, gathering big data has never been so simple! Sophisticated analytics means digital construction companies are now able to understand more about customer experience, buying patterns, platforms and product usage.
This data will allow providers to make real-time software improvements which supports user efficiency and provides the tools for customers to succeed.
IIoT isn’t a new concept, it’s taken the industry years to realise its potential. Using technology and connectivity to monitor buildings and assets is the tip of the iceberg. The data ultimately provides the tools for smarter planning, design, operations and decision-making.
There is increasing pressure for software providers to produce solutions which crunch data in digestible chunks, and Bentley System’s Assetwise is a great example of this.
The digital construction report
Alongside the industry’s biggest technological changes, we’ve surveyed the brightest people in digital construction to understand more about industry trends, remuneration and recruitment. You can download our report on industry and hiring trends here, or alternatively our salary, bonus and employee motivations report here.