Technology is rapidly transforming how we design and construct. We are implementing efficient digital workflows to deliver faster, smarter, better and safer solutions.
The use of artificial intelligence and machine learning automates repetitive manual tasks, enabling greater creativity while providing more reliable outcomes.
Digital Project Optimisation
Our dedicated Digital Project Delivery teams support projects from mobilization to completion, ensuring our clients benefit from digital best practice, workflow establishment, management, execution and governance throughout.
A digital workflow ensures all asset data is captured effectively during the design phase and can be used beyond – a “running current” of clear and consistent information for stakeholders through all stages of building and operating an asset.
4D and 5D BIM
Through the early identification of critical elements within a 3D model and the application of relevant attribute information to objects, data enriched models can be expanded to facilitate sequencing / scheduling assessments (4D) and detailed cost analysis (5D). The linking of these additional ‘dimensions’ to models gives an enhanced analytical view into the health, progress and risks associated with a project throughout its lifecycle.
Multidisciplinary digital libraries and DFMA
With standard design components that can be used on multiple projects, our fabrication-ready digital libraries are streamlining project delivery.
Our digital library approach eliminates costly re-work by capturing design decisions in construction-ready “mini-models”, providing consistency from one project to the next and dramatically reducing the time needed to design a building. Residual decisions can be built into configurators enabling client choice on individual projects.
Immersive technologies (VR/AR)
Because 2D plans can be hard to interpret, local communities are often anxious about the impacts of large construction projects. Virtual and augmented reality allows people to experience complex schemes and better understand proposals, often changing perceptions.
Digital design review
Effective communication is key to the success of any project. We’ve implemented digital design reviews to improve coordination on large, complex projects and facilitate collaboration between design teams and project stakeholders. Digital reviews bring together BIM models from different design disciplines to facilitate clash detection and interdisciplinary coordination.
Through our partnerships with industry-leading solutions providers we’re trialling design review mark-ups in VR directly onto the 3D project model in real time.
AECOM’s construction scheduler links Building Information Modelling (BIM) to a simulation engine that allows us to model and test the different variants of the construction process and generate solutions in seconds. The tool allows design and construction teams to rigorously and rapidly evaluate options, with high levels of sophistication, reducing traditional construction schedules by 10 percent on average.
Through enhanced understanding of the BIM components, the spatial requirements of individual work tasks and the dependencies between them, the tool helps planners quickly identify the optimal construction sequence.
We are applying modular construction techniques to housing, education, healthcare and commercial buildings: creating manufacturing spaces for developing and testing prefabrication solutions, and through our integrated design, fabrication and construction approach, delivering volumetric modular solutions.
By optimizing off-site processes, we know we can deliver better buildings. Material components adopted in the upfront design to ensure precision-engineered high-quality performance, and deliver sustainable, energy efficient buildings. And in a controlled environment many risks can be removed, so safety standards are raised, quality procedures can be enforced, and design intent met.
3D printing lets us take advantage of mass production techniques, while allowing for customisation, without increasing unit costs, strengthening the quality of works by creating a physical replica of a digital asset, and improving safety by reducing the time operatives spend on site.
Taking 3D printing to the next level, it is now possible to print at one-to-one scale using both traditional construction materials, such as concrete, and non-traditional materials, such as graphene-infused polymers. We’re currently working on a project where we’re using computational (generative) design to create concepts for a new pavilion that will be 3D printed in concrete.