November's a busy month for the 'building operations' team here at IES. No sooner have we got back from Low Carbon Britain and then we're off to UHEI (University & Healthcare Estates & Innovation) and EMEX (The Energy Management Exhibition). This year we're going to be speaking at both shows on the topic of "Digital Design and Operation across the Building Lifecycle."
Technology is evolving at an extraordinary rate and the evolution of computers and the internet has and will continue to drastically alter the construction industry. However, now we find ourselves on the cusp of a new industrial age. ‘Industry 4.0’, will see construction catching up with more digitally developed industries.
This will revolutionise not only how buildings are designed, built and maintained, but also how they are subsequently used. BIM is argueably the first step in this evolution with its aim of creating a central repository which collates digital information about a project or asset.
But if you listen to Digital Built Britain leaders, they suggest that over the next decade we’ll be totally connected. BIM will combine with the Internet of Things, advanced data analytics and the digital economy, allowing the industry to plan more effectively, build at a lower cost and operate more efficiently.