What does a digital transformation in civil engineering really mean?
The technological revolution and digital transformation of entire industries have changed the way we do business in America and around the world. The ongoing digital transformation of society has without a doubt completely changed the working world. With the rise of cloud software, the internet of things, and automation, global businesses can now communicate and solve problems faster, as well as serve a far wider audience. Businesses and individuals are no longer constrained by distance. Collaboration can happen just about anywhere. And the same is true for the civil engineering sector. Civil engineers in Utah and beyond know that technology has massively changed how they do their jobs.
Engineering remains a cornerstone of the global economy and today, civil engineers are more collaborative and have access to a vast amount of data. Digitisation has changed the way engineers operate and make decisions, as there’s a much broader scope of technology to utilize in just about every aspect of our jobs. We can get projects done faster and more accurately than ever before. Here at McNeil Engineering, we proudly embrace the digital and technological revolution to more effectively complete jobs on behalf of our clients.
How the Digital Transformation Impacts Civil Engineering
The digital transformation in the civil engineering sector has massively changed how we proceed on projects. And while engineering has always been an ever-evolving discipline, digital transformation has only amplified this effect. New technologies have sped up product development, transportation, project management, data storage and transfer, and real-time data management. Much like so many other industries, the increasing use of digital technology has made engineering a much more data-driven sector. It’s now more important than ever that businesses equip themselves with the right technologies for sustainable growth in the sector. Otherwise, they will find the competition leaving them in the dust.
One of the main ways digital transformation has impacted civil and structural engineering is through cloud computing. While it’s not a new technology, the cloud is now used by engineers all over the world, and they use it to great effect. For example, cloud computing allows engineers to store their digital designs all in the same place before construction. Long gone are the days when engineers had to rummage through metal filing cabinets to find the engineering diagrams, blueprints, and files they need. The value of cloud computing in engineering relies on data capture, storage and transmission, 3D modeling, and creating the best possible customer experience. These are all factors we closely consider as we lay out our digital transformation strategy here at McNeil Engineering.
Digital transformation and the rise of big data have paved the way for digital twin applications. Engineering firms all over the world now use digital twin applications to greatly improve their effectiveness on engineering projects. But what is a digital twin? Put simply, a digital twin is a virtual model of a physical object used to gather and analyze data to predict how the object will perform in real life. The use of a “digital twin” is just one more example of how digital transformation has paved the way for predictive analysis in engineering and new ways of collaborating and innovating.
The Future Look Bright for Civil Engineering
What does the future of engineering portend in light of this new digital transformation of society? Well, for one, you can expect the engineering discipline to become even more complex and innovative. Civil engineers themselves will need to be more versatile, adaptable, and flexible if they want to overcome challenging issues around the cities and states we live in. And with so many infrastructure jobs starting all over the country, engineering firms will be tested to ensure they have adapted to the digital transformation all around us.
Take climate change as one example. As companies shift to sustainable methodologies and technologies, climate change has been an ongoing issue for many years now and it’s created a need for sustainable practices in our everyday lives. This means engineers will need to focus on building sustainable structures that have a positive effect on the environment.
Digital transformation and the rise of new technologies will increasingly play pivotal roles in a more sustainable future. Furthermore, as a result of digital transformation, augmented reality has the potential to redefine the future of engineering. Augmented reality – which is an interactive version of the real world – can be used for assembly, engineering training, and quality control. However, going forward, businesses must ensure they plan how they will integrate augmented reality and other advanced software, to ensure a smooth and efficient process. Above all, digital transformation means the engineering sector will rely much more on digital data, analytics, and virtual representations of the real world to deliver the best products in the right environments.
At McNeil Engineering, we pay very close attention to emerging technologies and how they impact the field we operate in. Are you ready to partner with a future-forward engineering company that’s fully embraced a digitally transformed future? Contact us today!