3D Modeling & AI Is Revolutionizing Design and Construction

The field of engineering is constantly evolving with its pursuit of cutting-edge technology. Many industry professionals praise the incorporation of 3D modeling and artificial intelligence (AI) in everyday design. These powerful tools continue to revolutionize the way we approach design and how we organize projects. Although AI, in particular, is still a work in progress, there are many benefits to incorporating these technologies into structural engineering. 

Enhanced Visualization

3D renderings have been around for a long time in the design world, but they’ve started becoming more immersive than ever. Expertly rendered 3D models can be interacted with in virtual reality (VR) or augmented reality (AR) environments. Previously, projects would require complex miniature models to visualize the final design in a three-dimensional space, but with AI and VR enhancement, you can be physically present–at least virtually–in a space before it’s ever built. People can look closely at special details and have a more realistic perception of how people will be able to move about the space. Designers are able to use their extensive training and experience to appropriately visualize a space, but these tools can allow clients to see into the mind of architects and engineers. This can lead to more informed decisions and maximize the quality of the project’s outcome.

Efficient Project Planning

Seeing a complete building before it’s constructed is one of the many ways to enable advanced project planning and risk assessment. This is the area where AI really shines in every industry. Some AI simulations can use data analytics, predictive algorithms, and construction processes to identify potential risks and provide real-world solutions to mitigate them. Seeing problems before they arise is an integral part of engineering, but the future of AI will allow designers and engineers to see possibilities from a new perspective.

Part of efficient project planning and management is keeping projects on schedule and under budget. If engineers and builders can implement 3D modeling and AI technologies effectively, it’s possible to use automated systems to complete repetitive tasks so that personnel resources can be better utilized in critical project areas. Ultimately, it could lead to an overall reduced need for design reworks or expensive on-site modifications. 

Designing More Efficient Spaces

One of the unsung benefits of 3D modeling and AI is that it takes much of the guesswork out of smaller details. Designers use industry-standard formulas and building codes that dictate areas in which electrical components and HVAC systems must be installed, but there may be even more cost-effective and efficient ways to place them within a space. For example, through complex AI engines, it’s possible to simulate energy consumption, how daylight enters through windows, or how air will move through the existing HVAC system. This streamlined way of visualizing efficiency allows designers to be more creative and optimize energy use without taking up extra time. 

The Bright Future of EngineeringEven though much of this technology is still under development, the prospect of utilizing 3D modeling and AI will make bringing your vision to life more accessible. The cost-saving prospects are almost shadowed by the excitement of more collaborative and creative building projects. Of course, in spite of all of these advancements, nothing beats years of experience and successful projects under your belt. At DDA Engineers, P.A., we utilize the best technology and minds our industry has to offer. To discuss peer review, design, or inspection services, call (305) 666-0711 today.

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