Above: The partially completed Kellyville Sydney Metro station, captured on September 16, 2018.
This is the second in a three-part blog series exploring how new 3D geocontent is changing the way infrastructure gets built in modern cities.
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The digitisation of infrastructure
Cities around the world are faced with the challenge of rapid population growth, where an ever greater number of people are living and working in urban areas. According to the UN, 66% of the world’s population is expected to live in cities by 2050. This creates an immediate need to alleviate resource pressure and future-proof the sustainability of our cities. Infrastructure is the pulse of any city, and it’s vital that the design of infrastructure take a broader, holistic approach across industry sectors, policy makers, technology enablers, and citizens.
One idea to address this infrastructure challenge is to fast-track information sharing and collaboration, accelerating the critical path of “digitisation” by determining what tools and datasets to are best equipped to keep us engaged and up-to-date.
The digitisation of epochs past — remember, CAD was once considered revolutionary — is being replaced by an onslaught of emerging technologies. Today’s digital tools include everything from advanced geospatial models and data to manufacturing applications, robotics, 3D printing, autonomous vehicles, advanced materials, and IoT sensor networks.
The increasing adoption of 5D BIM will further revolutionise the industry, building on and extending 3D spatial design to include time and cost considerations over the lifecycle of a project. China — a country that’s rapidly developing infrastructure to face challenges with population growth and development head on — was one of the first to utilise 5D BIM in a major project.
Governments, planners, and construction and engineering companies are all asking: How can we get smarter? How can we prepare ourselves with greater insights during the planning and preliminary design stages? What do we need to do to manage the entire lifecycle of delivering capital projects and minimising delays? And as infrastructure moves through the process of digitisation, where does spatial data fit into the digital construction spectrum?