Technology is in installation companies’ DNA. The construction of smart buildings and digitisation of installations represent just the sort of challenges that match their skills. Technology makes systems smarter and helps to raise service standards to a higher level. Installation companies have an important role to play in this process. Their contribution to the overall construction process is growing, yet construction companies continue to play a dominating role – and therein lies the challenge.
Installation companies work within previously set specifications. Price is a major factor for customers in the selection process. The process of aligning needs and requirements, both with the customer and with building partners, is a time-consuming and error-prone process. Those most effective at managing this process can improve their competitive positions.
Working with BIM and concurrent engineering
The use of BIM (Building Information Modelling) facilitates concurrent engineering. The addition of the factor of ‘time’ to virtual drawings reveals the intermediate stages, making it possible to schedule work more effectively. The installation company can also indicate more precisely how much leeway is required to meet the specifications. This creates opportunities to use a customised approach at each stage of the lifecycle.
Benefits of concurrent engineering:
- Construction stages can be clearly identified in advance;
- Building based on needs rather than standards;
- Working more effectively within the supply chain.
Transforming design, construction and operations
Technology – mainly information technology – is transforming design, construction and operations processes, strengthening supply chain cooperation at each stage of the lifecycle of the constructed object. Something which is at least as relevant is access to figures. The shift from completion to maintenance and service contracts is ongoing, calling for an integrated approach to design, construct and operate. Those who can link and distinguish data in such a way that implementation processes can be adapted accordingly, have what it takes to lead this transformation.