Zigurat is constantly up to date in this sector we are able to adapt to the latest trends around the world. Zigurat participates in BIM Conferences around the world in order to anticipate challenges, situations and trends in the industry and incorporate them in each program.
Some of the trends we have observed this year are the following:
4D, 5D and 6D BIM
In 2018, companies will move beyond 3D-BIM to 4D, 5D, and even 6D BIM. 4D-BIM provides the visual representation of the construction schedule. 5D BIM and 6D BIM add two properties to 3D-BIM: costs and materials.This facilitates planning, simulation and visualization of buildings in advance. 4-D and 5-D construction are helping streamline onsite work, making it leaner.
Internet of Things
Internet of Things (IoT) is changing the way installers and modelers function. With cloud apps, releasing BIM data to prefab workshops, suppliers or modelers are made easier.
Virtual and Augmented Reality
Virtual and Augmented Reality are bringing in huge transformations in the construction sector. Virtual Reality are extremely suitable in project presentations to the client and Augmented Reality is excellent for conducting clash testing on site.
3D laser scans and drones
Data is becoming more enhanced thanks to BIM models. By conducting a 3D laser scan at the building site, point clouds may be created. This scan is able to provide highly accurate 3D dimensions of building sites and this, along with data, aids in creating the BIM model. Furthermore, drones will be increasingly used in different projects, which makes capturing real-time data easier. This is essential in creating the most accurate BIM models.
Cloud Apps for Mobile
Throughout this year, different applications have been creates and will continue to be able to collaborate in the cloud from design phase to delivery. Engineers are able to have access to real-time data through their smartphones, tablets, and computers. With these applications, BIM Models are accessible from the building site and this facilitates collaborative work.
3D laser scans and drones
BIM models are continuously being enhanced. 3d laser scans at building sites make the creation of point clouds possible. The data provided by this scan make it possible to create more accurate BIM models. Throughout the year, drones have been continuously employed during construction projects, which has enabled the capture of real-time data which has helped in creating accurate BIM models.
3D printing technology has also been making huge progress in the construction sector. This technology makes it possible to create extremely accurate building elements in a short amount of time and with very minimal material loss. 3D printing can be coupled with the BIM process for quickly making prototypes for sharing with different actors or for manufacturing components and prefab material. This technology is going to develop much more in 2018.
Direct product ordering
This year there will be more cooperation between manufacturers, suppliers and BIM software developers. New installation engineering products are including current product data such as article numbers and dimensions. Thanks to the availability of this information, products may be ordered directly from the model. These tools avoid the duplication of work.
BIM tools are surfacing in order to measure environmental impact data at key moments during planning and execution. With technology, contractors are able to better rationalize greener construction in the bidding process, empowering them to communicate the environmental and financial factors that influence their decisions.
Thanks to BIM construction projects have become more sustainable. This way of working makes it easier to take into account different materials and energy properties during the design phase, thus buildings become more energy efficient. In this phase, the dismantling of a building can also be simulated and this way avoid high losses. Savings can effectively be made on energy costs and CO2 emissions by using the right products and materials.