We see ourselves at a pivotal point in the construction space. The existing methodologies, systems, and hierarchies are integrating with modern technologies and ever-increasing automation parameters. The generic narrative that says ‘we have done it that way—so why change?’ —has been challenged by the ideas from digitally native generations, which are unencumbered by historical practices and philosophies. It turns into an exciting scenario for organizations that thrive on dynamic changes and provides an opportunity to elevate the industry as an inspirational career choice for the best global talent pool.
Consider one of the emerging concepts that gain more excellent traction in the industry, Digital Twin. This is an idea that generates a digital clone of the physical infrastructure–there emerges an opportunity that helps to transform the perception gap in the sector. We can enable to create a virtuous arena for talent, as the construction space gains credibility as a technology-enabled career pathway. This is great for the industry, but what about the clients, end-users, and the broader society? If we look at Digital Twin, we are just scratching the surface of what might be possible. This stretches far beyond Building Information Modelling (BIM) and the provided flythrough. We are now accustomed with and moves into the territory of a new mindset from both contractor and client.
We are evolving at implementing technologies at the pre-construction as well as delivery stages of the projects, but post-occupancy is where all that enormous volumes of data get junked due to the collective failure in identifying the vast opportunity that exists. This is where Digital Twin offers a snapshot of the future.
If we are ready to change our mindset and embrace a technology-enabled perspective, we can create more value. How many projects do recognize digital ecosystem and connectivity of the built asset at the initial stages – developing a powerful digital platform that operates effectively with every element in the building? Think of ubiquitous smartphones – you wouldn’t design an App that doesn’t run for an iPhone? Routinely we install elements that need ‘workarounds’ to sit within a sophisticated Building Management System (BMS).