Understanding Technological Advances in the World of Civil Engineering
These are exciting times for any industry from a technological perspective. Every few days there is a new innovation or breakthrough, and each sector is challenged to incorporate these new developments as quickly as possible, just to keep pace. The construction industry is also moving forward in leaps and bounds, especially when it comes to planning and modelling and for those involved in civil engineering, three-dimensional design and building information modelling are front and centre. What are these and why could they be important for your project of the future?
Every construction project involves a lot of planning, during which a great deal of data will need to be gathered, interpreted and managed. BIM (building information modelling) is a way of presenting this data from both a creative and dynamic perspective, through the life cycle of any particular project. Planners can see, in detailed digital form, all aspects of the project as they may unfold.
Up until fairly recently, computer-aided design strategies were felt to be state-of-the-art, but this is also changing rapidly as engineers more quickly towards 3-D rendering. While the CAD approach has served the industry well for a couple of generations, it does not compare with the breakthrough afforded by 3-D tech. This approach enables thousands of individual data points to be displayed in various degrees of alignment so that all the features and characteristics of the project can be seen in real-world terms ahead of time. This can be particularly advantageous where the terrain involved is dynamic or undulating and where various changes may need to be made as more information becomes available.
Multiple Data Points
When the development is even more complex and may involve the erection of several different structures, each one of these has to be assessed in relation to the buildings that surround it. This is where BIM and 3-D rendering really shine, as they present enough information to allow the engineers to plan for every eventuality.
As you may know, there is even more pressure than ever to ensure that projects finish on time and ahead of budget. Nevertheless, this can be increasingly difficult as architects and designers insist that these structures are even more complex or outlandish than ever. Without BIM and 3-D rendering, these demands could be impossible to meet, but new techniques can accurately process a vast array of data and help the team keep up with such a crazy schedule.
As a project owner, you may be more concerned with deadlines and budgets than understanding the technology involved. This is why you must choose a civil engineering team that can fully embrace not just the tech of today but tomorrow as well so your project will be a resounding success.