Think construction is the same old same old with little change? Think again! The construction industry is currently experiencing an exciting period of innovation, making it an excellent career choice. With technological advancements that promote sustainability and reduce waste, new specialised careers are emerging.
Whether you’re seeking a career change that allows you to apply your transferable skills and knowledge, or you’re contemplating your university study options, now is the perfect time to be in the industry as it continues to evolve.
Below, we take a look at BIM, a cutting-edge digital 3D modelling technology, and conclude by identifying some of the most promising jobs in the sector that are being created for an exciting and fulfilling career.
What is BIM?
The construction industry has undergone a significant transformation, thanks to the implementation of Building Information Modelling (BIM). BIM creates a digital replica of a building’s 3D structure and functions, enhancing the design management process. The outcome is a highly accurate virtual model that contains all the vital information for building and maintaining a structure.
Benefits of BIM
BIM offers a host of benefits, including the integration of laser scanning and cloud technology revolutionising energy simulations. And by uniting all stakeholders on a single platform, BIM streamlines collaboration and project management across the planning, design, construction, and operation stages. The results are fewer errors, better communication, and improved efficiency throughout the construction process. With greater project control, BIM can also lead to reduced costs and faster delivery times.
How is BIM different to CAD?
Unlike Computer Aided Design (CAD) which only produces two-dimensional images, BIM provides each element with distinct properties, enabling smart management and optimised planning throughout the whole project lifecycle. Furthermore, BIM provides valuable data and insights into the building’s performance, reduces waste, and enhances sustainability.
The rise of BIM technology has paved the way for innovative job opportunities, including the role of Digital Engineers. These professionals are responsible for planning, designing, and overseeing digital 3D models for construction projects. They also ensure precise coordination and communication of information between stakeholders throughout the entire project lifecycle.
The near future of construction careers
According to Bond University, ‘BIM and Integrated Project Delivery represent the future of the construction industry, developed in response to the challenge of lost productivity, budget blow-outs, time over-runs and waste that has plagued major construction projects’.
The construction industry is rapidly embracing digital technologies like BIM, which are driving the shift towards data-driven decision-making for improved project outcomes.
As a result, the industry is becoming increasingly reliant on technological advancements and increased competition, which is leading to the emergence of new specialised careers. A few examples are Robot Managers, Construction Drone Pilots, AI-Assisted Architects, and Cybersecurity Experts.
Stay on the lookout for these careers and others as the industry continues to evolve.
(Sources: Digital Journal 2023; Bond University 2023; ArchDaily 2023; PBCtoday 2023; International keynote speaker Richard Van Hooijdonk 2021)
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