The architecture, engineering, and construction industries are consistently evolving to improve the nature, efficiency, and quality of projects. Employees in these industries must always be informed and prepared to upgrade their workflow based on the latest tools and technologies.

Last month, Forbes Technology Council member Claire Rutkowski documented several trends shaping the current architecture and engineering landscape. Here are the key takeaways:

1. Digital twins

“A digital twin is a digital representation of a physical asset, process or system, as well as the engineering information that allows us to understand and model its performance,” says Claire Rutkowski.

With the advancement of machine learning, digital twin technology is becoming increasingly prominent in data collection processes across various industries. In the healthcare industry, for example, hospitals have relied on digital twins to determine workflows and staffing needs.

TWI Global breaks down the basics of digital twins here.

2. Artificial intelligence (AI)

According to Rutkowski, AI is already being built into engineering software for processes such as generative design, material selection, and robotic process automation (RPA).

The tricky part will be training and maintaining AI models used by the software. Leaders in the industry may need to hire new teams to fulfill this need.

3. Renewable energy

With growing awareness of global climate change, many consumers are divesting from fossil fuels in their homes and vehicles. As demand for renewable energy increases, architects and engineers must figure out ways to factor sustainability into their processes and products. 

Rutkowski suggests approaching CTOs and/or design leaders to track “emerging technologies and materials.”

4. Big data

The use of Internet of Things (IoT) sensors is amplifying the need for mass data collection.

“For instance, sensors can let a wastewater treatment plant operator know when flow is suboptimal.”

In order for this type of process to work effectively, industry leaders might consider shifting data teams closer to designers and clients.

Take your architecture or engineering background to the next level

As new tools and technologies continue to reform the industry, leaders will be on the lookout for new people to step into these emerging roles.

Let them know you’re ready to take on the challenge.

Visit https://www.greenkeyllc.com/area/architecture-engineering/ to work with Green Key’s dedicated Architecture + Engineering team today.

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