What is the digital reality in the construction industry?

Today, digital tools are part of a consistent way of working. Before we talk about the digital reality in the construction industry, we need to look at some basic components. I could also describe digital reality with the help of concrete examples. Anyone who reads my short articles knows that I do not name names or publicly criticize companies. As a commissioned author or as a mentor, I may already be writing documents in the three-digit page range.

Our basic components

Our basic components are objects such as assemblies, parts, and components, teams from different companies and their employees as well as service descriptions and the resulting tasks.

Objects such as assemblies, parts, and components

In all BIM phases, the objects and their data belong in digital and real form. We are talking about the digital twin. The word digital implies that the objects are always kept digitally up to date. It does not matter if we plan the digital model of the building or if it is created in real life later and then handed over to the facility management.

Teams from different companies and their employees

Different teams are active in the BIM phases of development, planning, construction, use or demolition. The team members usually come from different companies. Each team should work together productively and efficiently at every phase.

Service descriptions and the resulting tasks

At each phase, the teams involved describe the objects. The descriptions are becoming more and more detailed and complex. In the transition between the phases and later also in the phases themselves, the descriptions result in service descriptions, which are passed from team to team. The performance descriptions result in a variety of tasks for individual team members.

The use of digital tools

Ideally, all phases should be consistently accompanied with a consistent digital solution. Every break in the digital chain is a potential source of error, loss of productivity, and litigation. Everywhere people work together and where weather effects are unpredictable, mistakes arise. However, consistent, and transparent digital processing reduces the number of errors that arise from the outset.

What is the digital reality in the construction industry?

Once everyone looks at their own situation soberly and realistically, most of them will be able to answer the question themselves. Even in large corporations that have everything in one hand, there is no end-to-end digital way of working in all Phases of BIM. The big ones can unify their digital tools. The small businesses that work with many companies are far from that. You may have read my previous articles on BIM and Lean Construction. If someone uses both methods in their company, you are on the right track and you can even reach 4 stars. But to get 5 stars in the rating, there must be a complete end-to-end digital processing.

Exciting questions about the future

What does an end-to-end digital solution need to be able to do?

How do I design an end-to-end digital solution?

Why are end-to-end digital solutions hindered?

Who is hindering the fact that there are end-to-end digital solutions?

What are the consequences of the findings?

Perhaps there are companies that ask themselves these questions and cannot find answers. I have been dealing with the questions and with the companies that are asking questions for a very long time. Anyone who needs specific help is welcome to contact me.

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