Australia is in the midst of a population boom with its population projected to grow to 40.6 million in 2050. So reports McKinsey & Co in a recently published report on infrastructure in Australia outlining how Australia’s infrastructure sector needs to “innovate across six dimensions”.
the strengths that have propelled Australia to a leadership position in infrastructure planning, design, and delivery will not be sufficient to underpin its future success.
Our key takeaways from the paper on where innovation is needed?
Value through design
Urgent need to make the design phase faster and more collaborative. Key ways to do this outlines the report includes applying agile methodologies and increasing the use of technology solutions.
Technology as avenue to enhance productivity
There are several tools that stand-out for enhancing productivity and “are poised to make transformational changes to project delivery” describes the report.
First up – ‘digital twin as-built’ [p38].
At Snobal we call our digital twin products XR Twins (virtual reality and augmented reality or XR).
Similar to as outlined in the paper an XR Twin uses 3-D models generated by reality-capture technologies such as LiDAR point cloud to create an exact digital replica of a project’s physical environment, thereby enabling:
- a single source of truth and reduced decision making cycle by ensuring everyone involved in the build is making decisions on the same data’; [XR review]
- improved “safety by reducing physical presence on site”; [XR learn]
- enhanced design collaboration with stakeholders and end users [XR review and XR engage].
- enhanced understanding on built environment asset performance and maintenance for enhanced asset efficiency and sustainability. [XR manage].
You can read the full report here. [Subscription required for free download].