Friday, September 9, 2016

Did you see this? ARC did a survey to identify what A/E/C industry customers are thinking about current construction technology trends

ARC issued a press release back in January 2016 about this survey.

If you haven’t previously seen that press release, you may want to visit and download a copy. Here’s just a portion of what was said in that press release. Bold type identifies what should be of interest to all reprographers.

ARC Document Solutions Survey Identifies Current Construction Technology Trends
Emerging technologies include virtual reality, drones and Big Data
WALNUT CREEK, Calif., Jan. 28, 2016 /PRNewswire/ --

ARC Document Solutions, Inc. (NYSE: ARC) ("ARC"), a leading document and information management solutions provider for the architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) industry, today announced the results of an industry survey that reveal participants' views on emerging technologies……

According to survey findings, the future of the AEC industry will also be characterized by the absence of paper (38.1 percent) and the use of virtual technology to address not only two-dimensional drawing and three-dimensional modeling but also for project sequencing, cost estimating, sustainability, and facilities management, often referred to as a "7D" building process. While technology clearly has a dominant role in industry trends, only 4.8 percent of participants predicted that robots will replace workers in the future.
Over half (57.8 percent) predicted that design and development will become paperless in the next two to five years. Asked to identify the main reason behind the elimination of paper in the AEC industry, respondents named these factors:
-Mobile/tablet technologies have replaced printed sets of drawings (43.5%)
-Building Information Model (BIM) helps design and construction teams resolve building problems without having to print numerous drawings (27.2%)
-Project teams are more environmentally conscious (25.2%)

It is widely believed that removing paper in the industry will help diminish project over-runs. This was confirmed by survey respondents, who noted several beneficial results of reducing paper use, including:
-Better communication between workers (58.5%)
-Outdated data will no longer be shared (55.8%)
-Changes will be easier to see as they are made (54.4%)

About the AEC Future of Technology Study
The ARC Document Solutions AEC Future of Technology Study was conducted by research marketing company Newlio ( among a random sampling of 147 architecture, engineering and construction management professionals, using an email invitation and online survey. Executives were from both large enterprises of 1,000 people or more and small boutique firms of ten people or less.

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