Digital Construction for Indian AECO (Architecture, Engineering, Construction and Operation ) Sector

One of the main challenges of digitisation in any company, and particularly in those in the AEC sector, is to achieve a clear definition of the objectives of the transformation project and how these changes will create value for the company. During the development of the projects, it is vital to focus as much or more on the operational and business processes as on the technology itself.

Some of the main challenges we have already mentioned have to do with aspects such as the fragmentation and dispersion of teams, the participation of multiple subcontractors and suppliers, the scarce digital training of professionals or the lack of standardisation in the sector. Some initiatives, such as the implementation of the BIM methodology, try to overcome some of these barriers, but in most aspects, there is still a lot of work to be done.

Possibly improving collaboration between the different actors in the process, from design to construction and maintenance, is one of the most critical aspects to be addressed. Think for example of a construction site where there are multiple defects in the materials and products sent by a certain supplier, but which are not communicated at the same time, producing quality problems, delays and cost overruns. Using BIM models in a common data environment (CDE), and providing access to it for all actors, allows workers to label defective products and the supplier to receive such notices in real-time. This allows you to diagnose and reduce defects before making new deliveries so that both the project and all parties can benefit.

The most innovative construction companies rely on technology partners who provide tools that each team member can use to collaborate more effectively, allowing projects to stay on schedule and within budget. The use of these tools allows companies to improve their competitiveness, increasing their revenues and improving results and profits for companies, owners, investors, subcontractors and workers.

When choosing the right IT solutions, it is important however to keep the focus on solving real business problems and challenges, so that technology is a means to solve them and not an end in itself. Some of these challenges may be:

  • Finish on time and more efficiently. Time and customer expectations are getting shorter and shorter.
  • Provide greater added value for building maintenance
  • Improve control and safety and regulatory processes.
  • Problems in the relationship between parties (internal or subcontracted) that need to improve collaboration.
  • Shortcomings in real-time information flow.
  • Increased standardisation and automation.


IAStructE Student Chapter – CEPT University

Event Details

DATE: 3rd September 2021

Time: 4.00 PM IST


Dr. Amarnath CB , Head – BIM Strategy, Larsen & Toubro | President, India BIM Association

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