Infratech- The Rise of a Digital Realty

Rapid digitisation across all sectors has led to infrastructure planning take a radical shift as well. From 2-D paper maps to 3-D models, infrastructure has seen it all.

Infratech- The Rise of a Digital Realty
Infratech- The Rise of a Digital Realty

Infratech- The Rise of a Digital Realty

The infrastructure industry has unfolded to become one of the most influential players in the economy. The saying “before you break ground, break a few pixels” is becoming increasingly popular amongst its stakeholders.

Rapid digitisation across all sectors has led to infrastructure planning take a radical shift as well. From 2-D paper maps to 3-D models, infrastructure has seen it all. Now, with the advent of digitisation and increasing integration of sophisticated technologies, infrastructure has shifted to heavily detailed, highly integrated, and advanced design.
Structures are now being built digitally with the context of their surroundings- both internal and external, impact, and costs to understand their designing and implementation better. This has helped reduce overlapping costs, minimise wastage, and increase efficiency.

The seamstress’ golden rule “measure twice, cut once” also applies to engineers, infrastructure planners, project managers, property developers, construction firms, and all other stakeholders that partake in the development of any infrastructure.

An industry that lost almost 20% of its annual revenue to misplanning and errors like last-minute changes impact on surroundings, coordination issues, and poor communication- infrastructure has always needed a system that enables foreseeing what the result would look like in great detail.

Now, an integrated and combined approach that blends GIS (Geographic Information System) and BIM (Building Information Modelling) has resulted in effective planning, contingency management and minimisation, and cost reduction.

When combined, these technologies help understand the environmental impact of a structure, the environment’s impact on the structure, and form interrelationships that help study and assess any potential threats as they would have been in real life.

Not only this, the combination of these technologies help in terrain analysis as well. This helps plan the structure from scratch basis correct or near accurate data, reducing cost overruns and limiting reworking.
Now, we build whole cities in a digital real-life like situation and can also see them from any angle by “standing” anywhere in that digital blueprint.

This has immensely benefitted the stakeholders of this industry as it yields cost and time savings. For the people who are about to inhabit or use these structures, digital planning of infrastructure helps increase security and safety,
With this forward-looking approach, architects, builders, and engineers could always see what is going right and anticipate what could go wrong for any given project, at any given time, from any given perspective.

It is safe to say that this integration of two of the most powerful technologies has led to a rise in the efficiency and effectiveness of the AEC (Architecture, Engineering, and Construction) industries. These have seen some of the most major transformations in the last decade.

With the development of technology and their integration getting better by the day, we can say that the future of infrastructure is bright, result-driven, and study-backed.