Engineers are always looking for ways to make things better, so they work at problems (especially repetitious or manual ones) until they find permanent solutions. The disruptions in infrastructure sweeping the industry can be traced right back to the resourceful engineering community, magnified by a boom in information technology.
New developments can be daunting to longtimers in the industry, but not to John Eddy, Principal at Arup. He shares his enthusiastic outlook for these changes with Autodesk’s Infrastructure Reimagined, and also addresses some typical concerns.
As civil engineers, this is our space and this is where we need to get comfortable. That comfort is found by owning at least our space and, if we want it, more.”
—John Eddy, Arup San Francisco
His views are the opposite of what most people think of infrastructure; he sees exciting, innovative, and invaluable results for owners, designers, builders, and operators.
He shares his thoughts on connected BIM via the use of a “comprehensive model” that can be created, augmented, and maintained throughout the project’s lifecycle with the help of cloud technology. Some industry players harbor concerns about crucial project assets being visible and/or modifiable by multiple stakeholders. These concerns can be addressed in creative ways by involving other market players, like legal teams and insurance providers.
Today, automation is bringing fabrication and industrialized construction closer to large-scale realization than ever before. It allows contractors to go back to design work and expand their offerings, rather than monotonously troubleshoot small-scale tasks.