Technology is playing a pivotal role in shaping the industries of today by augmenting processes, streamlining activities, and integrating innovations to propel the functioning of companies and organisations across a multitude of industries and help them achieve new heights. The built environment sector is no exception to this golden rule – it is benefiting by leaps and bounds due to the integration of the latest technology. After all, one only needs to take a look at the numerous elements of this sector to be future ready and understand just how imperative it is to expedite these processes through a constant level of technological innovation.
While there is various future-ready technology, we already have basic tools for planning and executing an efficient plans. Building information modeling (BIM) is prominent practice. It involves illustration & pre-execution overview of physical and functional characteristics of places. There are many tools for the same like Autodesk BIM 360, Tekla BIMsight, Revit, Navisworks, BIMobject, BIMx, Archicad etc. These BIM tools help the planner in making a future ready informed decision regarding a building or other built asset.
The built environment sector is littered with a plethora of elements, all of which can be encompassed in the following line – human-made spaces where people live, work and perform their recreational activities on a regular basis. So, with the tagline of being “man-made,” it becomes crucial to be future ready by enhancing the functionality of the built environment through integration of the following forms of technology.
Smart Building Management
The concept of smart homes and smart buildings has become all the rage with the advent of new-age automation systems. With a substantial level of processes involved in the construction and upkeep of buildings and homes in today’s times, smart building management will prove to be a boon for the built environment sector. After all, it will go a long way in ensuring that little to no problems come in the way maintaining optimal levels of functionality of a building and identifying any issues before they lead to any debilitating effects further down the line.
Analysing the lay of the land is the first – and most crucial – step involved in the construction process. While this task is generally carried out by humans, there are times when the space that needs to be surveyed is way too constrictive to facilitate a sufficient level of manual analysis. This is where the concept of drone-based surveying comes into play since it enables a higher degree of convenience while simultaneously rerouting human resources to perform other functions that require a human touch.
3D printing has transformed from an abstract concept into a full-blown reality with the turn of the century. Now, with an appropriate blueprint, one can print out figurines and models, if the need arises. This will prove to be quite beneficial when it comes to construction management since this ease of access to 3D printing will allow for 3D models of building projects to be constructed on the fly, allowing for a better level of planning and management when it comes to the execution of these projects.
Intelligent Transportation System
Transport is a vital aspect of the built environment sector, and it doesn’t take an expert to gauge why this might be the case. The sheer amount of time, effort, and resources involved in the construction processes is nothing short of staggering. This mandates the need for a streamlined transportation system that will provide resources to mitigate effort and save up on time – three elements whose importance we’ve already stated before. This is where an intelligent transportation system comes into play, which combines a whole host of relevant innovations to great effect. Some of these include automated driving, emergency vehicle notifications, automatic road enforcement, variable speed limits, and collision avoidance systems, among other such forms of technology.
The built environment sector is continually evolving with the integration of the latest technology, and the effect of these developments is quite palpable in making the industry future ready. Innovations such as 3D printing, smart building management, drone-based surveying, and an intelligent transport system are just some of the many forms of technologies that will play a key role in shaping the built environment sector of tomorrow, making it future ready and ushering in a new age of innovation in this industry.