Trends Impacting the AEC World: An Interview with David Haynes

Trends Impacting the AEC World: An Interview with David Haynes

Trends Impacting the AEC World: An Interview with David Haynes
Date: May 02, 2019
David Haynes, a director here at Ideate, has more than 35 years of experience working in and with companies in the architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) industries. In order to provide business process analysis, data integration, and change management solutions for our AEC clients, David stays connected to industry trends. Here are some of his observations about what is happening now in this age of digital automation. 

What are some of the changes you are seeing in the AEC world?

Competition remains incredibly fierce. AEC firms, whether big, small, new, or established, seek to increase efficiencies and productivity. Here are three trends that are doing just that:

  1. Building information modeling (BIM) continues to shape the AEC industries. More and more companies are moving from simply transitioning from CAD to 2D and 3D to full collaboration among all stakeholders and even fully integrating the information in a cloud-based environment. 
  2. Augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) are dramatically reducing the number of expensive and time-consuming mistakes made by enabling architects, engineers, and builders to step inside 3D models, identify problem areas, and fix them. 
  3. The digitization of design and construction workflows can decrease the risks associated with using paper documents to define the design, architecture, and built environment. 

We’ve heard a lot about BIM, AR, and VR.  Can you talk about the ‘digitization of the design and construction workflows’ trend?

After BIM became the standard used by architects and engineers to produce construction documents, the use of paper didn’t really decline. In fact, there are still a lot of paper document workflows used for document review, construction estimating, and construction review.

Needless to say, paper workflows come with efficiency, accuracy, and productivity problems, and companies that still rely on them miss out on technological advances that drastically reduce those problems. As paper-dependent companies watch their competitors move toward digitization, they see the need to do so as well.  

What changes are happening in the paper workflow you mentioned?

PDFs have replaced paper as a standard in the AEC industry. Instead of passing around hardcopies of documents and having people mark their edits with colored pencils, companies now leverage technology to mark edits and comments on PDFs and keep track of who did what when. Bluebeam Revu is the best-in-class software for PDF viewing, markup, and collaboration.

Why are those features important to the industries?

With architects, engineers, designers, owners, contractors, and trade partners all involved in a building project and each with a need to review specific aspects and communicate with internal and external team members, things can get complicated very quickly. Complications often lead to misunderstandings and errors. Having a common source of data that is easily accessible and that tracks accountability will save time and money, reduce risk, and increase predictability.   

How else are AEC companies using Bluebeam Revu to create efficiencies?

Companies that leverage Bluebeam Revu can ensure teams always work with the current information. For example:

  • Revu can be used for construction estimating throughout the process and can be exported to the company’s Microsoft Excel estimating templates
  • Revu can be used for tracking construction issues, such as punchlists and/or an architect’s progress review
  • Revu Studio provides cloud-based storage, collaboration, and tracking for the entire team to review, markup, assign responsibility, and track communication using the PDF as the data source

Is Bluebeam Revu hard to learn and use?

Actually, with a bit of direction, it is very easy to learn and use by everyone on the project team, from architects/designers to construction site personnel.

How could someone learn more?

As a Platinum Bluebeam Partner, Ideate is the ideal place to turn to learn more. Contact our expert sales team or visit our website for information on:

  • A 30-day trial of Bluebeam Revu
  • No-cost monthly webinars that delve into different parts of Revu and their benefits for AEC projects
  • The Ideate Quick Start on-line, two-hour, instructor-led training course for people new to Revu