Company explores the digital future of construction

January 25th, 2019, Published in Articles: PositionIT

Aecom showcased the potential of virtual (VR) and augmented reality (AR), and building information modelling (BIM) in the construction and consulting engineering space, as an important element of a fully-integrated approach to project delivery, at “The Digital Future” in November 2018. The addition of VR and AR is complementary to the company’s use of BIM, in which multiple design teams produce integrated 3D models. Now both the design teams and clients can walk through VR scenes of an actual project, whether an industrial process plant such as a brewery or an automotive assembly plant, as well as commercial projects. The Johannesburg event followed a similar roll-out at the firm’s KwaZulu-Natal office in May last year, which attracted asset owners, contractors, and other built environment professionals and consultants. The event also served to raise the general awareness about immersive technologies, and what the latest BIM advances in terms of 3D, 4D, 5D, 6D and 7D iterations translate into on a practical level. The company now has both BIM and VR capability in its Durban, Cape Town, and Centurion offices. The key benefit for clients is a far more intuitive understanding of their projects than is possible by looking at a traditional 2D drawing.

Contact Rashree Maharaj, Aecom, Tel 012 421-3596,

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