Constructioneering: The Future of Construction Automation

The future of construction automation continues to move forward with efforts like constructioneering. These efforts are proving successful in several phases of project delivery, particularly in road resurfacing, but the opportunities to expand its benefits are significant.

What is Constructioneering?

As one example, Topcon Positioning Systems and Bentley Systems announced that they have joined forces to provide opportunities for construction industry professionals to learn best practices in constructioneering, a process of managing and integrating survey, engineering, and construction data to streamline construction workflows and improve project delivery.

How Does Constructioneering Differ from Traditional Workflows?

Constructioneering enables engineers to begin work with an accurate 3D model of current construction site conditions, which then can be processed into engineering-ready 3D reality meshes. Cloud services convey the engineers’ work directly to construction processes in the field. The resulting digital engineering models work with the 3D machine control that guides construction machinery.

Compared to traditional workflows between design and construction in which data in the digital engineering models is often lost and inefficiently recreated, constructioneering provides seamless integration for constructible models that offer real-time updates and data exchange for improved efficiency and cost reduction.

The Benefits of Constructioneering 

The growing momentum in demand for infrastructure project delivery across the world, against finite resources including an aging construction workforce, makes ‘going digital’ imperative. Early adopters of constructioneering over the past year have become convinced that heavy civil construction can lead the way, starting by ‘industrializing BIM’ through digital workflows, which make the work of surveyors, engineers, and constructors automated, continuous, and continuously more valuable throughout the project lifecycle.

The benefits of constructioneering are so substantial that civil infrastructure projects can become bankable, attracting abundant private financing to fill the funding gap. The challenge in going digital is to motivate and empower the historically conservative engineering and contracting firms, so that people and processes can catch up with constructioneering technology acceleration. This collaboration will help move the industry into a more technological future.

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