The AEC Trend Nostradamus..
The Architecture, Engineering, and Construction (AEC) design software and technology market has been rapidly evolving over the past two decades, with numerous trends shaping or morphing the industry. Here are some of the most significant trends that have emerged in recent years:
Cloud-based AEC design software has become increasingly popular due to its accessibility, scalability, and flexibility. This trend has enabled users to collaborate on projects in real-time and work from anywhere, leading to increased productivity and reduced costs.Harnessing the cloud processing and data better allows mobile apps to help professionals work on-the-go.
The integration of artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) in AEC design software has become increasingly common. AI and ML can help automate tasks such as scheduling, material selection, and design optimization, leading to increased efficiency and reduced costs.Imagine a ChatGPT for AEC designs.
Generative design leverages artificial intelligence, machine learning, and computational algorithms to optimize designs based on specific goals and constraints. This approach can help AEC professionals to explore more design options, improve efficiency, and achieve more sustainable outcomes.
- Digital twins:
The use of digital twins—virtual representations of physical assets and sensor systems is growing. They enable better monitoring, analysis, and optimization of building performance, helping to inform decision-making throughout a building's lifecycle. As IoT and smart building technologies advance, AEC software is incorporating features that enable the design and management of connected, intelligent building systems. These are not just merely a 3D model or a fad.
The convergence of AEC and manufacturing is being driven by the need for improved efficiency and productivity. Both industries face similar challenges when it comes to reducing costs, improving quality, and accelerating project schedules. By adopting similar tools, processes, and techniques, AEC and manufacturing companies can learn from each other and share best practices, leading to increased efficiency and productivity. A area currently seeing evidence of the convergence is Industrialized Construction, Mass Timber, and Modular and prefabricated construction.
In conclusion, the AEC design software market is rapidly evolving. These trends are driving innovation and helping AEC professionals to work more efficiently, effectively, and collaboratively. Please note that these trends are subject to change as the AEC industry continues to evolve, and new innovations and disruptive technologies emerge with the many notable AEC startups like Snaptrude, Hypar, and Testfit that will be making AEC tech market big gorillas lose sleep.
What are your top trends and needs? Data interoperability between platforms and vendors, sustainability, analysis, pre-vis, or AR/VR/MR/XR? Go ahead and post a comment with your own trends you are seeing, or need.