Technology disconnect must be tackled on architecture and engineering projects | New Civil Engineer
Three pillars that are essential for engineering companies to build a resilient future as they emerge from the pandemic were put forward by the Royal Academy of Engineering in its Covid 19: Engineering a resilient future paper last year. The three were accelerated digitalisation; skills and education; and rapid innovation and scale-up of technologies – these are still true more than 12 months on.
The latest Deltek Clarity Architecture and Engineering Industry Report echoes these focus areas, noting that the architecture and engineering (A&E) industry’s strong desire for digital transformation identified in last year’s study has now evolved into a sense of urgency. Our survey of A&E decision-makers has also shown that while some progress towards digital maturity has been made, many firms in this sector remain at the lower end of the digital transformation maturity spectrum.
Rather than a single, dominant technology, A&E decision-makers prefer to consider a range of emerging technologies, according to the report. In the UK, data science, big data and artificial intelligence (AI) are perceived as the most relevant technologies to their business, highlighting the pivotal role of data in driving business management of the future.