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January 17, 2019

Trends in Construction—AU Learning for a Changing Industry

It’s a time of rapid change for all the industries that make our world, but perhaps nowhere is the pace of change felt more than in the field of construction.

Construction Dive recently looked at the trends that will have the biggest impact on construction in 2019, driving greater efficiency, improved safety, and more innovation. Take a look at a few of their observations—then build your skills with some related AU 2018 classes.

Modular construction on the rise

Prefabrication has been around for a while, but it’s bigger than ever—literally. Now, 18-story buildings made with modular approaches are going up. Average project square footage has tripled in just 3 years.

Ready to learn more? Check out this AU 2018 class, Integrated BIM Workflows in Modular Prefabricated Construction: Concept to Fabricate. Biswaroop Todi, Steve Whitmer, and 5 co-speakers present best practices and procedures for modular off-site fabrication using Revit and Inventor.

Technology, and yes, more technology

Automation is here to stay—and it’s on the rise. But rather than fear automation, we should think about how it can help. Yes, some jobs will be eliminated—especially the most repetitive and grueling ones—but that will free workers to focus on more specialized work. And it will help us make up for the industry’s ongoing shortage of skilled labor.

Interested? Here’s an AU 2018 instructional demo with Lauren Vasey: Using Forge Toward Human-Robot Collaboration in Architecture. The name says it all.

The design-build boom

Just under 50% of nonresidential construction projects are now design-build, up from just a few years ago. And it’s pretty easy to see why: the design-build approach lowers costs and accelerates schedules. Estimates are that “master-builder” projects will increase by about 18% over the next 3 years.

In order to pull off a successful design-build project, data sharing across platforms is crucial. Today, the construction-data ecosystem consists of several disconnected apps and data silos. BIM 360 software provides a common platform and the ability to connect these disparate data sources.

Discover the benefits of having your data on a connected platform and ensure design-build success with this AU 2018 class led by Andy Leek and Anand Rajagopal, Data War: Is Your Company Set Up to Win?

Lean principles 

After years of slow productivity growth (1% on average annually, oy!), lean principles are finally entering the mainstream. The companies that have switched are showing excellent returns. In this situation, less is definitely more.

To go further, check out this AU 2018 class: The 5 Ps of Lean Manufacturing: A Process-First Approach to Deployment of BIM 360. In it, Aaron Getz and Mitch Cornelius demonstrate how a lean manufacturing methodology can be applied to technology deployment, specifically BIM 360 software, to drive a digital construction site.

Up, up and away with drones

Drones were a major industry-changer when they came on the scene. Today, a simple off-the-shelf model provides incredible amounts of data. Photogrammetry, sure, but now mapping, thermal imaging—things are ramping up.

At AU 2018 in Las Vegas, Robert Judd, Seong Choi, and Oliver Smith covered construction quality-control workflows with drones, reality capture, and BIM. Their class—Drones, Reality Capture, and BIM: A Construction Quality Control Workflow—explains how to combine photogrammetry with ReCap, Revit, Dynamo, and Navisworks. Using point clouds obtained from multiple sources has never been easier.

Interested in more stories about what’s ahead for the way we make and build in 2019? Check out last week’s Picks column on ADSK News.