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The role of technology in future infrastructure design

The construction industry is not one of the oldest. It is also one of the least digitized industries. Human societies would not have achieved astonishing things without the architecture, engineering and construction industry (AEC), yet many practices for building infrastructure have remained unchanged over the centuries. AEC is inherently risk averse, an attitude that also applies to technology adoption.

Over the past decade, geospatial technology has helped reveal how technology can transform infrastructure projects. The outbreak of the pandemic accelerated the need to put these ideas into practicePhysical projects had to be scrapped or trust in digital transformation leapt forward.

The AEC industry is in the early stages of AI adoption and is working towards the widespread digital literacy needed to progress. However, there is now a shift in mindset and the major players are taking this shift seriously. What was once a wild idea will become the core value of future infrastructure projects.

Technology, construction, demand for progress

The AEC industry is a conglomeration of many different disciplines currently being transformed by various technologies and we are at the apex of this exciting evolution. From management level to manual labor, technology can be implemented to improve visibility, communication, efficiency and productivity, but it all starts with data.

In the 1980s, collaborations between data scientists and geographers began, bringing together two seemingly unrelated fields that revolutionized the way we map, measure, and understand the physical environment. Today, the fusion of different fields and technical fields continues to expand the possibilities. New technologies offer a completely open range of implementations for how people can envision future applications.

One of the most significant changes in the construction industry is the adoption of algorithms and automation. Previously, stakeholders manually estimated project budgets based on experience, but computers can more effectively synthesize vast amounts of data from different sources. Algorithms today also hunt past projects to find patterns of past successes and failures. This is just the beginning of how digital data and automation can help your infrastructure.

Regarding geospatial technology, satellite technology revolutionized earth observation, but data was expensive and time consuming to acquire. Modern drone technology can deliver information faster, on demand, more accurately and at a lower cost. For construction, data collected by drones helps transform complex physical sites into highly detailed digital versions. Digital twin technology provides a regularly updated virtual 3D replica of your physical infrastructure that all stakeholders can use for monitoring and better decision making. This is an important development for breaking down the silos that affect communication and, in many ways, mitigating the risks posed by physical site visits.

Construction is a dangerous occupation. However, automation technology has the potential to remove much of this risk and speed up the process. 3D printing can be used in construction techniques that are time consuming and limited by human physical capabilities.In the future, self-driving cars and robots will be able to safely perform more field work. AI automation improves management and design, analyzing data that would take far longer to be reviewed and applied by humans alone.

Evolving infrastructure that meets the needs of society

There are several pressures on infrastructure to meet the needs of a rapidly evolving society. Technological advances have created a situation where people are accustomed to having resources and information delivered quickly and efficiently. This puts additional pressure on existing assets. Smart technologies can be implemented in infrastructure in many ways, but retrofitting older infrastructure is more difficult.

Adverse events such as pandemics cause spikes in the evolution of human needs and behaviors. As a result, infrastructure design and adaptation must catch up. Sudden changes like millions of people working from home and a focus on virus prevention have changed the way people interact with their environment. In terms of infrastructure, private and public buildings, transportation, telecommunications and energy could be affected.

Technology can facilitate this reorientation by rapidly accumulating data and intelligence about what has changed, giving decision makers the tools to assess how to respond efficiently and effectively. I can. A city is like a living organism, with different systems and energies flowing through it every day, functioning like a beating heart. Data are essential to diagnose and drive changes in this ever-evolving organism.

design the city of the future

We need technology to fully understand human needs. In the future, we will need technology to feed information in real time. If cities are like organisms, smart his technology built into the infrastructure represents his MRI. A scan or life support system that shows constant and accurate information about how a city functions. Deploying that technology will allow us to make better decisions about infrastructure design and how urban processes interact with each other.

There is an increasing focus on building and updating new infrastructure to meet sustainability goals such as energy efficiency and carbon neutrality. In the future, it will develop in this direction. regeneration goalAs such, the environmental footprint of the infrastructure benefits the environment rather than simply reducing its environmental impact. New technologies for energy generation, water collection and filtration, and Living Walls are essential for self-sustaining buildings, automation to maintain these systems, and data collection.

Ultimately, these ideas need to be more integrated as an industry. Humans work best when they work together. Geospatial and AI platforms in use today operate independently for each specific project. But when these platforms are combined, connected, and made available to everyone, they will be able to help national and global infrastructure on a tremendous scale. A city-wide digital twin that provides real-time visibility and data to all buildings and systems can greatly assist in improving functionality, solving problems, and making design decisions.

There are still some concerns around artificial intelligence being used in new technologies that are slowly transforming AEC and other industries. But to realize the technology-integrated future utopia we envision, we need to put trust in AI and identify the true social value behind its use.