Almost every business in the global construction and related industries has been affected by the pandemic. Approximately a quarter of building projects around the world were suspended in the second quarter of 2020, according to analysis by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, for instance.
This has severely damaged many companies’ liquidity and workflow planning. Where projects could continue, social distancing and other safety precautions are expected to reduce onsite productivity by around 12%. Meanwhile, the rapid spread of the pandemic has led for calls for buildings and public spaces to be more spacious, with better ventilation, while still being functional and beautiful.
The dual challenges of short-term demand pressures and long-term expectations mean that closer supply-chain management and collaboration is more important than ever. So how can everyone from architects to fabricators work together to overcome these difficulties and keep schemes running smoothly and profitably?
A naturally collaborative supply chain
Dassault Systèmes’ 3DEXPERIENCE cloud-based platform allows designers and construction teams to access and feed in real-time BIM data, project updates and plans into a single source of truth, throughout the AEC process. This makes collaboration seamless and stops crucial design details slipping through cracks reducing the risk of duplication, material waste and idle labor on site. External stakeholders, including clients, can work with project teams via the platform, enabling them to input on design changes or new requirements. This can ensure a building meets everyone’s expectations, with fewer costly adjustments later on.
Furthermore, with remote working increasingly the norm, users can access the 3DEXPERIENCE platform at home, on site or anywhere else and at any time on any device.
Integrated leading-edge digital tools
The platform offers virtual simulation tools, meaning teams can create digital twins of the construction project and subsequently test and prove any changes before implementing them in the real world. This encourages the innovation needed to help future and existing infrastructure developments meet the demands of the new normal.
The platform’s cloud-based software and applications can also model changes to terrain, earthworks and more for large infrastructure projects, such as roads and bridges. Façade design features allow you to take your building envelope from initial concept right through to fasteners details, including studying metal panel, tensile and other façades in installed and unfolded states.
The platform also brings all AEC partners into a single system that can model, simulate and analyze any structural element, whether you’re working with concrete and steel frame, precast, tunnel projects or similar.
Cost efficiency with the cloud
While many firms realize that utilizing digital twins and the public cloud could help them both during the pandemic and beyond, just 14% of companies including construction and engineering firms, are currently using them.
The 3DEXPERIENCE platform’s subscription structure means firms don’t have to find up-front funds to invest in new IT infrastructure or software packages at a time when budgets are under strain. Cloud-based solutions can be integrated into your business in days, not months, too, putting far less strain on staffing resources.
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