Digitised operations — Trends for the AEC industry to adopt in 2023

In the era of technology driving industrial dynamics across various sectors, the digital relevance of operations has gained significance. There are significant indications that the built environment is on the verge of a transformation that will boost business intelligence across processes, people, and technology. According to Trimble Construction, the number of technology suppliers serving the AEC industry has increased by 600% in the last three years. Additionally, finding the correct solution in partnership with key stakeholders is required for a successful digital transformation.

Today, AEC firms are organising and employing new skill sets, such as data scientists, chief data officers, blockchain specialists, and virtual design and construction professionals. In addition, the use of technology in the field is increasing, with a 240% rise in drones on job sites and 80% of field staff gathering data using mobile devices.

Trends to look out for in 2023:

  • Mixed, Virtual and Augmented Reality (MR/AR/VR) and 3D printing

Currently, the number of devices that can spot security concerns and remove them is increasing in the built environment domain. Technology is increasingly focusing on safety. Wearable tech inventions such as labour boots, for instance, link to the Wi-Fi and alert site supervisors if someone has fallen to cater to anyone requiring help.

Employing 3D Printing is another measure where one can reduce wastage, especially in transportation hazards. Moreover, 3D printing promotes sustainable planning and execution of construction projects, saving resources. In addition, environmental sensors can be employed that monitor wind, heat, and noise at construction sites and send alerts when evacuating personnel are needed.

  • Prefabrication and Modular Methods of Construction (MMC)

Although modular construction methods and prefabricated buildings have been around for a while, governments, financiers, producers, developers, and builders are actively considering them for 2023. The residential sector, analysed to lead the modular construction industry, is estimated to grow to about $110 billion by 2025 because of a labour shortage and increased technology that reduces costs.

  • Integration of artificial intelligence (AI); Digital Collaboration

Researchers have recently begun to develop virtual design and construction (VDC), and digital twin approaches to remotely monitor, control, and optimise various work progresses and activities in real-time at any work level in the AEC industry. This is due to the advent of novel internet-enabled technologies that provide the ability of real-time connectivity.

  • Building Information Modeling (BIM)

Building information modelling (BIM) is a software modelling that allows engineers, contractors, and architects to work together on the planning, design, and operations. Building information modelling makes real-time cooperation in construction projects possible, significantly increasing productivity, safety, and efficiency. As a result, BIM is already one of the most significant trends in construction and will continue to expand this year.

  • Lean Construction techniques

In recent years, lean construction has gained significance in generating effective productivity. The idea is straightforward: increase client value while reducing waste. A continuous process — lean construction is both dependable and predictable. The various production stages are scheduled in order to establish a flow where all parties must cooperate and communicate with one another.

One of the significant requirements that practices face today is the swift response to undergo digital evolution to remain competitive. This transformation may be viewed positively as a chance to strengthen a company’s fundamental economics by expanding profits and market share, overcoming labour shortages, increasing operational efficiency, delivering new services and adding value.