Digitization is a term used to describe the increasing prevalence of digital technology. Today, it permeates most industries, from architecture to engineering. However, the rapid adoption of digitized technology is fueled by its overwhelming utility. Whether a team is visualizing data in 3D or optimizing workflows, digital technology empowers them.
3D printing is spreading fast
One of the main technological innovations in manufacturing has been 3D printers. These devices take easy-to-design schematics and turn them into physical models. Since a user can transmit a scheme remotely, communication limitations are removed. In 2018, HP began producing Metal Jet, the most advanced 3D printer in the world. It has been designed to accommodate high-volume manufacturing batches of metal parts.
Its designers devised a machine capable of producing metal parts 50 times faster than competing machines. Currently, 3D printing is relegated to prototyping rather than actual device production. However, these trends will change as technology improves and users adopt it. 3D printers will expand access to prosthetics and enable on-site customization of attachments. Likewise, orthopedics will incorporate these advances in machines to print individualized footwear on demand. HP predicts that its machine will be capable of outputting more than 10 million parts a month soon.
Utilization of Engineering, Procurement and Construction
Companies belonging to EPC industries will benefit from digitized technological aids. Harvard Business Review indicates that nearly 85 percent of companies expect delays during project development. On the other hand, the adoption of modeling technology can alleviate these negative impacts on the timeline. L&T Group’s engineering and construction divisions had less than 20 percent penetration. Yet they have adopted BIM tools relentlessly, connecting 10,700 machines at 450 sites. Project improvements increased fuel efficiency by 25 percent as a result of technology diffusion.
In addition, the individual productivity of workers increased by 15%. In addition, a 10% increase in machinery productivity was observed, improving profitability. When asked about the improvements, industry analysts supported the bold and decisive decisions.
In Additive Manufacturing
Digitized manufacturing incorporates computer systems into the production process. Also, supply chain engineers implement it during modeling and simulations. They can identify potential inefficiencies prior to product completion and correct them. Therefore, inefficient techniques will not be used in the manufacture of articles, reducing total investments. Additionally, leaders can anticipate improvements in their company’s time to market.
Process optimization enjoys a substantial improvement when complemented with digital software. Project leaders can envision new developments without investing in prototypes or cutting budgets. Alternatively, the engineering team at a manufacturing plant may be given reconfigurable machinery. If they discover improved production processes, it is not difficult to accommodate them.
Advances in planning and design
At first, managers must optimize project plans and combine reality capture. Modern software tools efficiently integrate these updates and design changes. Workers can then visualize models using real-world data, generating useful context for applications. Smart data capture updates include metrics as work is completed. Design specialists can then augment conceptual designs and analyses. They can detail and document pre-construction information, informing scheduling and logistics. Therefore, fewer investors are needed to finalize financing and engineers can focus on what is at hand.
Construction and Operations
Manufacturing It begins after the successful approval of the planned processes. Items are then delivered by manufacturers according to specifications developed by BIM and shipped directly to users. Construction logistics are shared with tradesmen and contractors, ensuring optimal synchronization and efficiency. Once operations are underway, BIM data is transferred and helps maintain completed assets. Further down the line, BIM data enables cost-effective renovations and efficient deconstructions. These advances elevate companies and make them more competitive in the long run.
The development of optimized procedures can increase the profitability of a company by reducing the time of delay. Since companies can easily visualize data, team members can spot problems. Then the software can participate in the integration of the solution, improving the possible interruptions. Further away, Dodge and data analysis’ The report shows the market’s anticipation of speed advances. Since most companies using these tools work faster, it’s an industry-wide effect. Project leaders noted the greatest benefits of using tools during the design phases. As a consequence, they saw accelerated completion rates, increasing delivery capacity.
Economical manufacturing of exotic materials
An additional advantage conferred by digital environments is the modeling of exotic properties. In many cases, an engineer must test items in the real world or cannot predict the results. However, digital simulations of photosensitive resins and similar material classes have improved dramatically. Autodesk Manufacturing CAMduct uses manufacturer-specific content during simulations. This can enhance the generation of accurate models and provide improved estimates. MEP manufacturers can be supported through this technology, which helps profits.
As technology improves, users flock to it in ever-increasing numbers. A large body of evidence demonstrates a surprising conclusion in the ACE industry sectors. Architects, contractors, and engineers will further adopt these technology tools over time. Each vertical gets numerous upgrades due to the reliable use of technology. Since staff effectiveness improves with consistent use, time will only drive support usage. Dodge’s report lays out forward-looking use cases, such as robotic applications. Since BIM data is used to guide machinery, it can be implemented in the app. These tools will allow the creation of virtual reality scenarios, informing decisions in the field. For example, these assistive technologies can be integrated with robotic trench excavators. Trained employees can use these devices to improve prediction accuracy when building projects.
Daniel Drohan is the New England Market Account Executive for Microsol Resources.