Digitization is on the disruptive phase and undergoing rapid evolution above and beyond. As digitization footprints within Industries; organizations continue to navigate integrating advanced technologies into their business on an everyday basis. Similarly, the advent of new technologies has opened new avenues in the field of Architecture, propelling transformation at a top speed globally. The conventional method of drawing is no more a yardstick; it is the technology that is transforming the whole new world of Architectural designs in the construction Industry. The whole complex of Architecture has undergone a digital transformation not only to enhance their work to newer heights but also to augment the work right from digital drawing, rendering to construction and building for better results. Now, let us explore some of the latest advancements in technology and how they apply to the fast-changing world of design.
3D Printing & 3D Rendering
In recent times, 3D printing has revolutionised a new way to design and build models. Architectural engineers are making use of recent advancements in 3D printing and prototyping to not just build desirable and meticulous designs, but to develop a full-scale representation of their final output. In the present world, we see that every building or installation is a product of 3D drawing. Ever-changing advancements in 3D modeling help designers recreate objects in 3D space and produce a better outcome in 3D rendering. Certain sophisticated softwares are used to intricately finish 3D rendering with a simple accurate photo real images for presentation, marketing, and design analysis purpose. Client finds it difficult to understand 2D blueprint but a 3D blueprint is simple and detailing is crisp and transparent. It gives a 3600 view to the client with the real mini model, a look alike of the actual project and this helps in making decisions related to design well before the building is actually built.
Technology has taken a paradigm shift at a faster pace in recent times and manifested in the form of Virtual Reality that’s showing its presence everywhere in the world. Studies say that VR is going to rule the world of AEC by 2020. VR is a computer-generated representation of a three-dimensional image of an object or space. It gives its users a fully immersive experience. Customization for the client is at its best in VR as it helps clients walk through the projects before they are built. By adopting this pathbreaking technology, clients can see a physical location be transformed with VR modifications and interact with those virtual elements in the physical space while they walk through in a simulated environment. VR offers clients an exciting and dynamic way to interact with Architects to present ideas and suggest changes in the design process of the project.
Building Information Modelling (BIM)
BIM is one of the most transformative applied engineering technology methods, considered as the most effective process used in AEC. By 2020, BIM is expected to accelerate with the usage of 200% worldwide due to its numerous benefits for the owners and engineers. BIM is an umbrella concept wherein all the aspects of the construction, from design, cost estimation, supply chain, delivery of goods, resource allocation, build process, and productivity are controlled dynamically for flawless results. BIM is an effective cloud service that brings Architects, engineers, clients on a single platform to dynamically understand and interact on the schematic design process. It helps both the client and the Project developers manage cost efficiently. BIM opens doors to Architects to evaluate the performance and functional characteristics of various materials and systems and quickly assess the impact of different cross functional designs.
Take everything you know about BIM and apply it to exisiting structures. 3D Laser scanning technology has made it possible to digitize exisiting buildings and deliver them as BIM model. This adds tremendous value to building owners, architects and the maintenance team. An As-built BIM brings the entire building onto the desktop of decision makers in a digital 3d format, where they can interact with structural elements, wall thicknesess, ceiling fixtures and MEP without needing to visit the site. As-built BIM helps architects focus on renovation or tenant improvements without having to go out and measure certain things on site. The digital 3D model of the building is also used for BOMA compliance by owners. The easiest way to describe as-built BIM is like doing an x-ray of the building and having a permanent record of it with dimensions.
These new technologies would conquer the world of Architecture in coming years; stay ahead embracing these technologies for outstanding results!!