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How Digitalisation is Improving Structural Engineering

We live in a world where embracing and accommodating change is essential to survival, and industries that fail to do so risk being left behind in a business climate that continues to evolve. Digitalisation has revolutionised how all trades operate, and structural engineering is no different, but how exactly have recent developments in technology improved this field of work? Here at ANY Weld, we are experts in structural engineering, and we thought we’d explore the latest technological advances and how they have changed the industry for the better to give you a better idea of the current services being utilised.

Automation and Mobile

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Artificial intelligence, bots and chat options are enhancing the customer experience for global companies, but that doesn’t mean smaller businesses should be exempt from the benefits offered by automation. Customers who wish to interact online can receive a pre-programmed instant response, regardless of whether the platform of communication is email, social or something else. Further improvement to mobile technology has changed how much contact is required from business to client and any company that fails to utilise mobile to create a consistent form of two-way communication are likely to find themselves left behind.

Sustainability

Concerns surrounding the environment are at the forefront of the minds of many in the 21st-century, and every single sector is under pressure to utilise greener solutions. Those working within structural engineering are always looking to implement resource-efficient practices that ensure the sustainability of a service or product is guaranteed for years to come. Innovative technology within this field includes ‘architectural solar system’ buildings that are self-powered, zero energy buildings, water efficiency technologies using smart devices and sustainable indoor environment solutions for building, heating and cooling technologies. The focus here is very much on utilising what’s already available in a more efficient way to ensure the use of smart energy, reduce pollution and waste and preserve water. Structural engineers are considering the choice of materials so that they are not only cost-effective and durable but also so that they have a minimal impact on the planet. For more sustainable inspiration concerning structural engineering, check out our recent blog post that looks at the benefits of the steel recycling process.

Paperless Businesses

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With the previous point in mind, structural engineering is amongst the many industries hoping to adopt a paperless service, from start to finish. That means every point of contact between those involved in a job, be it clients or architects, can be completed via online services. This online collaboration has been proven to heighten productivity, improve communications and ensure that all parties meet the necessary health and safety compliance. Structural engineering has traditionally been paper-heavy in completing business, but by fully embracing all of the technologies that are now on offer, companies can protect themselves from change, competition and uncertainty. One of the biggest enablers of this shift in behaviours is a migration to the cloud, which allows us to share files, documents and designs promptly at the click of a button. What’s been described as a new age of collaboration, cloud services offer communications without borders, meaning the traditional, physical blockers to progress such as distance are no longer an issue.

That concludes our overview of just some of the ways that digitalisation has transformed the operation of structural engineering and the integration and automation opportunities that occur as a result. The technologies available in 2020 and beyond enable an increase in productivity as well as design and quality, meaning, as an industry, structural engineering is keeping up with technological trends to ensure services continue to improve.

Here at ANY Weld, we offer a range of steel fabricated products and services and will implement the latest technologies to ensure all offerings can be of the best possible standard. Our dedicated team of professionals have over 30 years of combined experience and can help with a variety of products, from balustrades to handrails and staircases – and everything in between! We offer free consultations to all of our clients, with no further obligations, so give us a call today on 01271 860794. Alternatively, drop us an email at enquiries@anyweld.co.uk or head over to our social media channels to discover more of who we are and what we do.