Experts from Autodesk Inc., a 3D design, engineering and entertainment software company, are advising Nigerians to be opened for the adoption of digital technologies in the construction industry. The Company made the call at a one day forum with the theme: “The Future of Making Things” recently in Lagos.
According to the Autodesk Africa’s Country Manager, Simon Bromfield advanced technology in construction may seem like an oxymoron, but the industry is a new frontier for innovation.
He stated that; with the digital innovation, maufacturing industry in Nigeria will be opened to more Foreign Direct Investment among other economic propensities. “We urgently need to focus on the future- the future of making things with technology. When you see how this connectivity influences every facet of a construction site—improving the efficiency, safety, and cost—it is not even a question of whether the industry will move in this direction, only how quickly”.
Also speaking at the event, Managing Partner, ZDesign & Development Consulting Ltd., Arc. Chike Chamberlain Ibeanu said, “The future is about collaborating in ways that previously weren’t possible. It is about having access to knowledge throughout the entire BIM process, both through desktop products as well as through the cloud.
He explained that construction industry challenges of rising project complexity, globalization of construction, skills shortage, have been seamless with Autodesk solutions and how cloud-enabled technologies present an opportunity for disruption in the designs to finish projects.
“Digitizing the construction process and connecting teams with a common data environment improves collaboration and decision making. Building information modeling (BIM) provides a solid foundation, and enables greater efficiency and productivity. Any construction company looking to drive business margins, resilience and growth must innovate, must embrace innovation,” he said.
Arc. Ibeanu went further to share success stories attained from the utilization of Building Information Modelling (BIM).
The event further explored the relevance of augmented and virtual reality, generative design, AI/Machine learning, smart cities, factory of the future, and climate change solutions, in the future of construction and infrastructure.
The Autodesk experts said they would help Nigeria to digitalise construction process and project management, building a unified construction data platform to provide accurate information at the point of decision-making and drive better decisions and more profitable project outcomes.