Technology has changed the age-old profession of architecture irrevocably. While this shift has not significantly altered our core role as designers,
architecture has evolved from a document production business to an information Five years ago,the architecture profession saw some profound changes to the way we work that were in large part enabled by technology.
Groundbreaking firms began to explore building information modelling and integrated project delivery as highly efficient ways of delivering services and giving more value to clients. Design modelling and 3-D printing allow limitless exploration of form.
Imaging and visualization software make it possible to understand projects under any condition. management business. Analysis software lets us model complex building behaviour, including day lighting, environmental performance, structural performance, pedestrian flow, code compliance, and other systems. Production of construction documents, once the primary deliverable, now becomes a report from the model.
Increased accuracy and error checking before building in the field enhances the construction process. Workflows that deliver design information directly to fabrication create increased efficiency and provide savings of both time and money. Social media and videoconferencing connect us, shrinking time and space.
Information is created every day in many different systems. The human resources system has data about staff
and experience. The accounting system has records about clients, projects, and financial performance.
The knowledge management system has data about best practice and firm history. The project information management system has facts about projects and project teams. The BIM files have information about buildings.
There is a lot of important and potentially valuable information captured in these assets. One of the secrets to future success will be our ability to organize, manage, and harvest information.
We will use this information to guide and enhance the automation of more of our business processes.
We will develop fully digital workflows and improved delivery methods. We will create seamless data flow and integration with outside partners.
To put it simply, if we manage our information well, then we will run a tighter business, create more informed designs, and deliver more value to our clients.
If we look back at the technology driven changes through which design business has evolved over the years,
we see how this evolution has resulted in a more intelligent
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