Although the global construction is forecast to grow by 85 percent through 2030, successful companies prepare for lean times during prosperity. The decision-makers at Laing O’Rourke, an internationally focused engineering firm, decided to use the windfall of an economic boom to hedge against any potential construction industry shortfall.
Mainly, Laing O’Rourke wanted to streamline their processes and reduce costs by modernising their IT infrastructure. In their eyes, the continued success of the construction relies on a wholesale transition to a cloud platform in order to enjoy the benefits of technologies such as AI and Big Data.
The Construction industry has remained cloud agnostic – But changes are occurring
Digital modernisation has come late to the construction industry. Up until the late 2010s, construction companies relied mostly on paper blueprints and outdated processes, with productivity growing only one percent per year compared to a nearly three percent global average. What’s more, construction projects routinely lost up to one third of their potential profit due to waste.
This is all beginning to change, however. Over a very short amount of time, construction companies have begun to replace complicated and obtuse blueprints with building information modeling software (BIM). This is essentially a version of computer aided design tools (CAD) that have existed for decades, but BIM is a step further.
With BIM, users can simulate every aspect of a building, from the main structural members to subsystems such as lighting and plumbing. This has made it much easier for architects to communicate design intent to builders, to subcontract building subsystems, and to streamline construction by creating modular building elements.
On the other hand, however, simulating a complete 3D model of a building down to its innermost components requires no small amount of computing power, which is why it’s necessary for construction companies to move to the cloud.
MOQdigital provides a scalable cloud infrastructure for the construction industry
After working with MOQdigital, Laing O’Rourke was able to migrate its existing digital infrastructure – such as it was – to two local data centers, which provided high availability, low latency, and a scalable platform to build ever-more-detailed digital models. This provides more than a basis for the company to implement existing BIM applications. It also lets them experiment, pushing the threshold of construction industry digitalisation by adopting AI and Big Data.
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