The World Economic Forum in collaboration with The Boston Consulting Group released its report in March 2018: Shaping the Future of Construction: Future Scenarios and Implications for the Industry.
The report examines how new digital technologies such as building information modelling (BIM), 3D printing, wireless sensors and autonomous equipment are disrupting a range of industries, including Infrastructure and Urban Development (IU), highlighting that the IU industry stakeholders can no longer afford to ignore these fundamental changes if they wish to avoid technology disruption.
- Digital technologies are seeping into the IU industry, with the industry’s core Engineering and Construction (E&C) sector alone accounting for 6% of global GDP and employing more than 100 million people worldwide.
- Across the globe, leading CEO’s and ministers priorities for imperatives to transform the IU industry were:
- Attract new talent and build up required skills at 74%;
- Integrate and collaborate across the value chain at 65%; and
- Adopt advanced technologies at large scale at 61%
The Future of Digital Technology:
In the future, data and digital models will become even more important. Companies have already begun using digital models, most notably BIM models, however, there are a few issues with BIM uptake.
- Most existing BIM applications will only cover design, engineering and construction activities, and have not significantly changed operation and maintenance (O&M) processes.
- O&M applications account for only 10 out of 206 commercial applications listed in an industry database of open-source BIM applications.
- Many current BIM applications address just one phase of an asset’s life rather than functioning as a comprehensive application over an asset’s entire life. As a result, as they are designed today, BIM models usually need significant revisions to become useful as-built models.
Digital models that cover end-to-end processes will play a critical role in the future. Such models are the backbone for digital technologies such as 3D printing, autonomous equipment and prefabrication, which work only if they have accurate, consistent information from project stakeholders along the value chain and if the information is not lost between steps.
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