New government report on Smart ICT & Digital Engineering
On Tuesday, 15 March 2016, the Australian Government Standing Committee on Infrastructure, Transport and Cities tabled the Smart ICT Report on the inquiry into the role of smart ICT in the design and planning of infrastructure.
With a groundswell of opinion in favour of Government BIM engagement and Digital Engineering adoption, how are you placed to delivery Digital Engineering on future Australian government projects?
What is Digital Engineering?
Digital Engineering is the virtual construction of a Building Information Model (BIM) in a collaborative environment integrating design, construction and operation to establish the most efficient solution for project delivery and function.
“Build the virtual before the physical”
Introducing Digital Engineering processes requires a transformational approach. All disciplines and stakeholders will use and/or have input to the Building Information Model.
Successful transformation requires breaking down traditional barriers and evolution of roles, relationships and operating culture, introducing new ways of thinking and new ways of working.
Digital Engineering promotes a collaborative approach to project delivery connecting client, delivery teams and supply chain with a Common Data Environment (CDE).
Collaborative Project Delivery (CPD) is key.
Common Data Environment (CDE)
The Common Data Environment is a shared central information database, where all parties are able to access, navigate the model, comment, discuss and rapidly validate the most efficient delivery and design and construction solutions.
It is the single source of truth for graphical and non-graphical project data and the collaboration enabler for project stakeholders.
Digital Engineering data can originate from multiple sources in multiple formats and therefore requires a Digital Engineering Platform for project stakeholders to view data and collaborate in a common format.
Download the report here
Digital Engineering Benefits
Digital Engineering provides an integrated data model including intelligent geometric data, documentation, cost and schedule data which develops during the project life cycle. All project knowledge captured in the Common Data Environment provides the complete information set for the built asset.
It is widely accepted that Digital Engineering offers many benefits that include:
Rapid "What-If Analysis with collaborative input from all stakeholders supports improved Value Engineering
Collaborative Common Data Environment promotes innovation where new ideas can be developed and efficiently analysed by all stakeholders
Alternative delivery solutions can be constructed and tested virtually for design, cost and schedule impact to provide the best physical solution
Make smarter, more informed decisions with collaborative stakeholder input
Out-turn predictability with regard to design, cost, schedule and quality is greatly improved.
The cost of abortive work due to variations and construction waste can be drastically reduced with virtual construction. If you can build it virtually you can build it physically.
The Building Information Model offers new ways to drive efficiency and improve performance:
Off-site manufacturing opportunities can by analysed and tested virtually to deliver the best possible cost, time and quality solution for the client
Asset Tagging and Intelligent Components enable benchmark analysis of component performance to determine which are the best performers to procure in the future reducing wastage and operating cost
3D Printing offers exciting opportunities for the Construction Industry with successful applications already in use.
Adoption of Digital Engineering
The transformation from traditional processes to adopting Digital Engineering is a journey that will involve changes to working methods and changes in mindset. Roles, skills and relationships will evolve as digital processes are introduced.
The construction industry digital transformation has reached critical mass and it is no longer a choice of “to BIM or not to BIM”.
Technologies supporting Digital Engineering are advancing rapidly driven by the developing requirements and innovations of the digital construction industry. RIB Software is at the forefront of this digital construction revolution.