Gone are the days where every single activity in civil engineering—right from planning to execution—was manual. We have seen giant enterprises leverage the sophisticated and robust infrastructure for pile testing, foundation, and construction. Is that all sufficient for a seamless construction? No, it is undoubtedly an answer to anyone who’s come across books such as “Information Technology Applied in Civil Engineering Business,” by Minegava. The argument that IT is crucial in civil engineering was not limited to this book but even voiced strongly at The Fourth Joint International Symposium on Information Technology in Civil Engineering, which was held at Nashville way back in 2003.
The early 2000s or late nineties were the years that witnessed the rapid change that transformed not just the businesses but the lifestyle of an average man, thanks to the emergence of Information Technology. Today, we live in what we call IT Era where this information technology not just dominates every enterprise but dictates, and the reason is simple that it paves the way for the advanced workstyle through seamless procedures that ensure transparency, agility, and perfection.
While many civil engineering enterprises have switched to IT and made the entire civil engineering planning frictionless, there are still some enterprises that are apprehensive about embracing IT. Every enterprise customer or vendor or contractor must ensure that the civil engineering company that they approach should have embraced IT failing which complexities would hamper the seamless workflow and execution and project would be done at snail pace.
So, what is that IT makes it such a difference? Why IT in Civil Engineering? If you are still puzzled, then read on to find out as we unveil the merits of the same.
According to The Guidebook of Information Technology in Civil Engineering, construction IT is crucial for the civil engineering industry as it would improve the efficiency of the structure and overcome the existing challenges arising out of manual operations
Boost the Productivity of an Engineer: By leveraging the computers and design modeling, a civil engineer can roll out multiple designs in short period of time when compared to manual model. Also, any modifications can be done swiftly with the help of software, unlike manual where the entire plan would head to dustbin in case minor modifications.
CAD: Computer Aided Design (CAD) is fast catching up in the civil engineering industry. It helps the engineer to synthesize the design. The same can be documented properly without the threat of damage. This documentation typically involves dimensions and geometries of the product. Several reports indicated that all major projects across the US and other countries were designed with the help of CAD. So, next time you approach a civil engineering enterprise, ensure that the engineers over there know CAD.
Auto Desk Architectural Desktop: Imagine you tweaked the design and what next? You need to change the entire architectural design that includes stairs, walls, entrances, etc. which is undoubtedly time-consuming. By leveraging Auto Desk Architectural Desktop, architectural objects are updated automatically whenever there’s a change in the design.
3D Visualization & Virtual Reality: With the help of software prototyping and mixed reality, you can have a walk through the entire design that would give a 360-degree holistic view of the design through mixed reality ilens such as Google Lens & HoloLens, which is not possible in a manual design. Also, you could have the design copy for yourself such that you can cross check anytime if the constructed structure is in line with the proposed design explained to the individual or the vendor initially.
Topography: IT can help the engineering in mapping the entire base maps and elevation contours in a systematic procedure based on which an exact construction plan could be made, which also helps in ascertaining which equipment should be used in the construction based on the terrain type.
Primavera: It is one of the leading software that will help civil engineers for management and project planning. With the help of login credentials, the vendor can have the access to the progress of the plan, the materials used so far and every minute detail of the project through a single click from any part of the globe. Powered by Oracle, Primavera provides unlimited data storage and swift access. Site engineers would update the data from the location that could be directly visible to the project managers. This even provides a 360-degree view of the project and puts all the workforce on the same page.
Contracts and Bidding: By executing contracts and biddings through ERP based cloud enabled tools, the entire process would become seamless and ensures comprehensive transparency. All the records would be saved permanently for future that has ultimate legal protection instead of maintaining papers and manual files that can be misplaced or damaged.
Now that you understood the significance of Information Technology in Civil Engineering do check if your civil infrastructure enterprise has embraced IT or not.