16 February 2015 - Leaders from around Aurecon speak about trends they expect to see in 2015 and the impact of digital technologies on the business.
I believe 2015 will see a fundamental shift in attitudes regarding spatial sciences; what were once cutting edge, emerging technologies and practices become business as usual.
For our clients, the last 12 months were about understanding the benefits of deep spatial integration, so the challenge for us this year will be to continually meet and exceed their expectations.
Cross compatibility, mobile deployment, spatial visualisation and augmented reality are the key drivers to a truly integrated spatial solution that combines visualisation with a real-time data driven framework.
I'm raring to go at another year of technological disruption, and digital transformation.
Of course the 'internet of everything' may well be a bandwagon, but with rose tinted Google glasses on the innovations just keep piling onto the cliché –making it too hard for me to ignore. As more and more connections occur, and our clients mature in their quest for reliable data, we'll start to see the enabling technologies react and converge. In this excited state, I'll be watching through 2015 for data driven drones on site, augmented reality at meeting room tables, cloud based collaboration in virtual project spaces, and real time simulation of places we have yet to create.
Removing the glasses, we will continue to help clients and colleagues in closing the obvious gap between this onslaught of innovation versus the reality of mass adoption in the day-to-day grind. Intelligent application of the technology, and betterment of set up and processes will expose new efficiencies to be exploited. In this passionate frame of mind, I'll be encouraging advancements in visual script based design, increased mobility with access to common data environments, and better ways of multi-user file access to unlock high value BIM work sharing opportunities.
In 2015 everyone is talking about collaboration. They are also talking about what that means for system integration and its implications for the inevitable collision of multiple technologies.
Globally, we are becoming more spatially enabled and technically advanced every year. In business we are seeing both the technology and the theory of geospatial becoming more pervasive across every area of our business. Everything must be done in real time. Offline is no longer acceptable.
In 2015 I believe we will see huge growth in the requirement to make real decisions in true three dimensions, and an increasing focus on tools that facilitate collaboration of complex information using simple visualisation mediums. As businesses become more spatially-savvy there will be less opportunity to hide behind complexity and cost, and more demand to open tools and technology across all areas and disciplines in every organisation.
The proliferation of social media tools and apps, all of which are spatially enabled and increasingly sophisticated, will continue to influence and lead thinking on the way we do our spatial business. Integration of "apps for everything", geo-fencing and geo-location concepts will become more critical as businesses embrace the ability to track anything, and to interact with data, resources and objects based on spatial location. And, of course, it must all be in the cloud.
We as an organisation must embrace the fast pace of technological change and remain agile enough to stay at the forefront of resulting business opportunities. If we can do this, the benefits of mobilising our global workforce, garnering true value in our commitment to BIM and geospatial strategies, and in delivering true collaborative environments will assist us to do better business in an increasingly competitive and global marketplace.
Spatial data has always underpinned most of the work we deliver to our clients at Aurecon. 2014 saw a noticeable momentum shift in consciousness for the need to consider 3D spatial data solutions at the forefront of major pursuits, so 2015 should see the delivery of some pretty exciting project solutions that will deliver the Leading, Vibrant and Global that our company brand promises.
There is a train of thought that says with the digital age and the increasing importance and complexity of technology, it is time to rethink the roles on projects. Information management is a role in itself that potentially transcends/crosses other roles. Understanding how something morphs through a project to an operational facility, and the passing of the baton in relation to information along the way that is ultimately useful over the life of the asset is important. Who is responsible for that? Project managers? Do our clients recognise and value that? How can we use BIM and other technology to increase productivity and optimise assets? I think this is what clients want answered in 2015.
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