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How digital innovation is changing the construction sector

By Vaseline May30,2024

From 3D modeling to artificial intelligence, here are three ways digital design tools are changing the course of construction.

Structural design has come a long way since the days of drawing boards, tracing paper and pencils.

A panel of designers and engineers gathered at the Sydney Build Expo earlier this month to discuss how innovations in digital design, such as 3D modeling, are expanding the scope of construction possibilities.

1. Artificial intelligence

The spread of artificial intelligence (AI) tools has the potential to advance design – but there is still a way to go, according to Dimas Menelau de Novais, Digital Engineering Manager at ACCIONA Australia.

“The big change in infrastructure happened … when we went from manual drawings to … digitizing everything using computers,” he said. “That was a huge change in construction and design.

“First-tier companies (move) very quickly towards innovation, organization and increasing the processing power (power) of construction. But we still have… second category companies (and) third category companies… that are lagging behind.

“We are not there yet with AI; we still have twenty to thirty years before we get there. But AI can help us improve the process so that we can do some of the processing faster.”

2. 3D modeling and cloud computing

Pei Goh, Associate Director at Group GSA, echoed the sentiment of changing technologies fundamentally reconfiguring the way people work.

“Right now we use Revit in the office, as opposed to, say, ten years ago (when) we had drawing boards, rulers and tracing paper,” she says. “Back then everything was in 2D.

“I remember those days (when) we had to take the set of drawings – at least 100 to 200 drawings – to the site and flip through the pages. But we don’t have to do that anymore.

“Now… we start designing the model in Revit… You can visualize what will (happen) on site in the future, what will be built in real life – and that is a godsend for architects, engineers, consultants and stakeholders (and) subcontractors.”

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