Digital tools and technologies are one of the key differences between modern industry and practices of the past. In fact our modern era is commonly referred to as the ‘digital age’, with the use of computer and mobile technology revolutionising the way in which modern society functions in both work and play.
While the construction and design industries have been implementing different kinds of technologies for some time now – including BIM and CAD modelling software – the rate at which new developments in the digital world are created means the industry is playing a game of catch-up.
The benefits of embracing technology in increasing productivity in the workplace and on-site communication means that companies that do have a grasp on the latest technologies have quite a marked competitive edge and it is for this reason, the Built Environment Meets Parliament conference in Canberra at the end of the month will focus on education regarding these digital tools and the opportunities they offer the building industry at large.
Not only will the conference focus on explaining new technologies such as BIM and 4D modelling, but also how these can be used to create new and innovative approaches to urban development and community planning.
As the conference will be hosted by the Australian Institute of Architects, Consult Australia, the Green Building Council of Australia, the Planning Institute of Australia and the Property Council of Australia, technological benefits and opportunities for industry sectors ranging from property development to green building will all be covered. Speakers will also address these technological advances can be best implemented in order to cater to the different needs of the various sectors.
In addition, Minister for Infrastructure and Planning Anthony Albanese will officially launch the Green Star – Communities rating tool, with the conference offering the best and most cutting edge technological and industry initiatives.
Technology has a vital role to play in this industry. Wisely, industry leaders are taking note of the potential these innovations offer and will continue to strongly promote education and implementation.