ARC Document Solutions Survey Identifies Current Construction Technology Trends
Emerging technologies include virtual reality, drones and Big Data
WALNUT CREEK, Calif., Jan. 28, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- ARC Document Solutions, Inc. (NYSE: ARC) ("ARC"), a leading document and information management solutions provider for the architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) industry, today announced the results of an industry survey that reveal participants' views on emerging technologies, including Big Data, drones and the so-called "Internet of Things" (IoT). The top prediction, named by 65.3 percent of respondents, is that virtual reality applications will be used much more in the future to experience a building's design before it is built.
Virtual reality in the construction industry is characterized by the creation and use of three-dimensional computerized modeling. Such models are used to facilitate project management, detect problems before actual construction occurs, design workflow sequencing, and to improve client interactions. The top benefits of virtual reality cited were:
Another top technology trend, identified by 61.9 percent of the respondents, is the growing use of drones for surveying and for photo and video documentation. More than 60 percent (60.5 percent, specifically) recognized drones' ability to help with mapping and surveying, inspection, and creating image-based records as their primary benefits. Close to half (49.7 percent) of the participants named improved surveillance and safety as the top benefit of drone use by AEC professionals.
Most AEC professionals predicted that the adoption of these new virtual reality and drone technologies will occur in the near future, with 64 percent stating that they are likely to be in common use within the next five to ten years.
According to survey findings, the future of the AEC industry will also be characterized by the absence of paper (38.1 percent) and the use of virtual technology to address not only two-dimensional drawing and three-dimensional modeling but also for project sequencing, cost estimating, sustainability, and facilities management, often referred to as a "7D" building process. While technology clearly has a dominant role in industry trends, only 4.8 percent of participants predicted that robots will replace workers in the future.
Over half (57.8 percent) predicted that design and development will become paperless in the next two to five years. Asked to identify the main reason behind the elimination of paper in the AEC industry, respondents named these factors:
It is widely believed that removing paper in the industry will help diminish project over-runs. This was confirmed by survey respondents, who noted several beneficial results of reducing paper use, including:
The AEC industry will also see increased use of IoT. According to ARC's survey, the top benefit of IoT (defined as a network of physical objects or "things" embedded with electronics, software, sensors and network connectivity) will be to enable the collection and exchange of data on a job site. It will help industry professionals by:
Big Data is also very prominent on the AEC industry's radar. The top advantages of Big Data, according to the respondents, are to help improve planning and decision-making by providing granular, real-time data about utilization and usage patterns, enabling project leaders and owners to improve demand forecasts as well as their future project progress monitoring. Top Big Data benefits mentioned by survey participants are the potential to:
"The survey results confirm what we're already seeing across this enormous and influential industry. Transformative technological change is well under way, and its adoption will only accelerate in the future," said K. "Suri" Suriyakumar, Chairman, President and CEO of ARC Document Solutions. "These technologies will bring unprecedented collaboration, coordination and connectivity in the AEC industry, increasing efficiency, bringing down costs, and making the industry more competitive."
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