Digital design and engineering is essential in making the step change required for legislative requirements and market demand for more efficient buildings. It is crucial for the move to a more industrialised construction sector. It will enable supply chains to strengthen by sharing digital design information. Digitising the construction phase will support the challenges of modern construction, allowing site work to become quicker, more efficient and more precise.
To realize this vision the sector requires investment in advanced design for manufacturing, assembly and operation is required in:
- Building Information Modelling (BIM)
- Next generation digital design and manufacturing tools e.g. robotic production, ‘BIM‐CAM' (BIM‐enabled computer aided manufacturing), 3D/additive printing technologies.
- ‘Mass customisation' and modular buildings.
- Design for manufacture, assembly, reduced facilities management, ease of use and adaptability.
- Delivering greater certainty of building performance during design and procurement.
- Design for through‐life performance, monitoring and predictive maintenance."