Digitalisation is having a significant impact on the architectural industry. Planning and production processes are often conducted using computers, and many new opportunities are opening up because of technological advancements.
What is Digitalisation?
Digitalisation is the process in which everyday life is changed by technology. By adopting digital methods, businesses can significantly improve their output, efficiency and potentially even profits.
The Key Benefits of Digitalisation Include:
- Increases efficiency as digital methods are simply faster than humans.
- Reduces the cost of operations.
- Allows data to be analysed easily.
- Safer storage of data by using the cloud as opposed to filling systems and archives.
- Lack of human error.
Digitalisation and Architecture
It is not uncommon to see bridges made with 3D printers or buildings being scanned using a drone. Advancements like this can greatly improve the industry, so we have decided to take a further look into the benefits of digitalisation for architecture.
New Methods for Architects to Present Ideas and Plans
Traditionally, when discussing plans, designs and ideas to either their team or client, architects could only share sketches. However, with technology forever improving and advancing, they are now able to share models and virtual reality experiences.
Easier to Help Others Understand the Plans, Designs and Ideas
With virtual and augmented reality, architects will find it far easier for others to understand and envision their plans, designs and ideas. The impressive technology will make the overall project far easier, quicker and potentially cheaper.
Can Reduce Future Costs
The cost could be reduced because it is likely that there will be few amends or changes, thus requiring fewer materials, workers etc. This is because architects can produce more thorough and accurate designs and also help the client (who may have no architectural knowledge) understand what they are planning more clearly.
Architects Can Test Their Designs Before Construction
Virtual and augmented reality provides architects with a valuable and useful opportunity to test out their designs for a project before construction takes place.
Simulations allow them to use avatars that mimic human behaviours; this can help to detect any potential problems or hazards early on, and these can be amended accordingly. By doing this, architects can perfect their work and ensure it is to its best standard before it is created.
Communication is Improved Using Building Information Modelling
Building Information Modelling, formally known as the abbreviation BIM, is used by almost all architects. Before BIM, communication was slow and could often be misconstrued or lost. Nowadays, from the beginning of any project, when using BIM, everyone involved can all put their ideas into one space.
What is BIM?
BIM is a software that is commonly used in construction projects to aid in creating and managing information throughout the lifecycle of a job. The key feature of BIM is the Building Information Model which is created by bringing together all of the aspects of the project. Below is an informative video that provides further details on BIM:
The Benefits of Using BIM
BIM can improve communication during a project and can help avoid any ideas or design getting lost. All information that is put into BIM is what creates the end results; this means that if multiple people are working on separate sections of a build, then they can all come together in one place to create a clear and precise model.
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