4 Ways Tech Boosts Collaboration in Design and Build Construction

The current construction growth cycle has paved way for many business leaders to consider strategic technology investments to help improve efficiency, attract new talent, and win new projects. Some contractors have already embraced new technology at various levels – usage of drones, BIM, and digitization. Technology has made the construction processes more efficient while allowing the contractors to serve the client with a better product.

A study published by the International Journal of Technology and Design Education revealed that student collaboration experiences were enhanced by visually supported collaboration technology which resulted in a better overall completion of the construction project. In this article, we will take a look at how technology boosts collaboration in design and building construction and facilitate collaboration success.

BIM to shape future of construction: One of the key changes in the recent years is the implementation of Building Information Modelling (BIM). BIM effectively replaces blueprints with detailed, intelligent and fully interactive 3D models. Additionally, the software brings together all the necessary information about a project at one platform and eliminates the need for systematic multi-stage issuing of drawings and specifications. BIM has been around for a while, but greater adoption is required to overcome the challenges inherent in such a complex collaborative environment.

Virtual Reality (VR) for a better understanding of the project: VR can make a significant impact on how construction project stakeholders can perceive and successfully complete their projects. The efficiency and effectiveness of all stages of a project – from initial conceptual design through detailed design, planning and preparation, to the construction completion – can be enhanced with help of the VR techniques. Contractors can facilitate unlimited virtual walkthroughs to allow near-reality experience for customers and set expectations on what to expect when construction is complete. The ability to review the design and rehearse the construction of the facility in a 3D interactive and immersive environment will certainly improve the constructability of the project, increase the understanding of the design intent, and minimize changes that can be detected before the work begins.

Cloud computing is critical for cutting down ambiguity: What makes the cloud computing special is the fact that all processing, data handling, and storage can be done remotely through offsite servers or data farms. For instance, on-site workers and project managers can edit or review the same blueprints or BIMs simultaneously, from absolutely different locations. This not only improves collaboration but also helps in keeping everyone informed. Besides, online chat, voice and video tools can definitely help in a rich exchange with no lag time or ambiguity.

Augmented reality is the future: Augmented reality in construction project involves placing a 3D model of a proposed design onto an existing space using mobile devices and 3D models. Furthermore, augmented reality has a wealth of design and construction uses beyond visualization. It can be easily fitted in constructability review by letting the architect and contract collaborate on changes that need to be made between design and construction due to constructability issues. It can even assist with prefabrication of building components.

Regardless of what collaborative solutions you choose, the flow of information and documenting the process are paramount to implementing the right integrated ecosystem. You can successfully construct a collaborative ambiance in your organization, by defining a clear technology vision and carefully selecting tools that work together. Stay logged into A F Alber to know more about the latest industry updates.