Every since Mark Farmers report Modernise or Die, the industry has been keen to show the digital innovations being adopted in the construction process. Much of this innovation is being lead by the adoption of BIM. One of the new technologies being slowly adopted is Augmented Reality. A recent article in BIM+ argues that Augmented Reality is the next logical move for BIM ready firms. It states that “AR is one of the key innovations that will create a strong integration between digital and physical phases of building design and construction.” Saying that “one of the important aspects for AR to become functional is the need to have 3D content.”

BIM is still a concern for some. With over 24,000 UK construction product manufacturers now facing up to the challenge BIM data provision represents, can we realistically achieve level 2 as business as usual by 2020? This question will be discussed as part of a webinar being hosted by Tata Steel on the 27th June.

There are also a number of reports on Bitcoin and the app ConstructCoin, an adaption of Bitcoin technology. Francis Ho for BIM+ asks Is the industry too paper focused for late payment to be solved by construction’s answer to Bitcoin? Francis explains that this payment technology offers another way of pooling data. For instance, how long should it take or cost to build a new home or to refurbish a 30,000 sq ft office? The more data we can get, the more we can predict what to expect and where improvements can be made.

Neil Thompson for BIM+ explains Blockchain, the technology that underpins the digital currency Bitcoin. Looking at how this virtual currency could give complete transparency on where construction finances come from and what they are ultimately spent on.

For construction, advances in digital connectivity and cloud computing can link user, process and factory via so called disruptive technologies. This often can sound like something that others are using. But it is important to remember that innovation is being lead by the BIM philosophy of sharing and pooling data. Our report New Technology and Innovation in Construction shows that some of the product features decision makers want to see are not at the edge of technology and would be relatively simple for manufacturers to make available today, such as product identifiers and offsite manufacture. And a recent article by Aurecon Group on Buildings of the Future reminds us that technology is driven by people.  They say, “Critically, it is not technology that is driving change: it is how people are using Buildings of the Future, supported by technology, robotics, automation, new materials and new approaches to energy creation, use and storage.” Aurecon are delivering a series of Buildings of the Future eMagazines, to explore this topic further.

And finally… the shortlist has been announced for Excellence in Architectural Technology Awards



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