Are you ready for robots and nano-second procurement?

Construction needs to prepare itself for a future where materials ‘self-build’ themselves, procurement transactions happen as rapidly as they currently do in the stock market and consumption of raw materials must be minimised. Couple technological advances with the onward progress of building information modelling (BIM) and you have an industry going through disruptive change, evolving from traditional analogue-based tools and processes to a more connected digital state.

A new report from the Construction Industry Council’s BIM2050 group gives the young professionals an opportunity to future gaze to the middle of the century, to an industry grappling with BIM level 3 and beyond and looking at potential innovations from the construction of accommodation and other facilities in space.

Built environment 2050 – a report on our digital future focuses on the three areas of education and skills, technology and processes, and the culture of integration, looking at the risks and challenges, and opportunities and benefits that come with large-scale innovation and new technologies.

The recommendations include:

  • Cyber security – review data residency, strategies and agreements to defend digital and physical assets from cyber attack
  • Interoperability for smart cities – review the interoperability of products that supply chains install on projects
  • Behavioural intelligence management – firstly the workforce needs to be equipped with the skills, and then they can design with them in mind, incorporating behavioural elements of the built environment into net present value calculations and design processes
  • Nano-second procurement and performance – accelerate the digitisation of business management and enterprise resource planning systems
  • Biological complexity – design management needs to become super accurate and scientific
  • Life-long learning – take responsibility for adequately adapting the skills of the existing workforce
  • Consumer access economy and space travel – review procurement strategies to take advantage of access-based services like cloud computing, and consider the impact of extra-terrestrial construction
  • Sector skill migration – map organisational information requirements against clients and supply chains to assess missing skill areas and look outside traditional skill sets
  • Robotics and autonomous systems – consider automation and design for manufacture strategies as early as possible in the asset lifecycle
  • Business in the future – there will be a shift from employers owning employees to entrepreneurs trading talent as a commodity.

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