The Impact of Digital Technologies on How Consulting Engineers Work
Date & Time
Thursday, October 7, 2021, 8:30 AM - 9:30 AM
Akira Jones, P.Eng.

The architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) industry has been conservative in its
willingness to change. An industry typically slow to embrace developing and emerging technology is
now going through a massive transformation. Large scale 3D printing, generative design, design process
automation through software and a push towards a common data environment for design and
construction information represent some of the ways AEC is embracing digital transformation.

The nature of design consulting is also changing. Multi-disciplinary design firms are transforming into
software developers, moving their way into the SaaS market. General contractors employ teams of
software developers. Non-AEC sectors are also pressing into the market. Professional services
companies and technology start-ups are developing platforms for optimizing building infrastructure
through Edge Devices and creating operational/digital twins. Much like the rest of the world, AEC is
converging towards digital processes. But what impact will this have on how consulting engineers work
and deliver projects?

This presentation will explore:

  • Digital technologies (IoT, digital twins, AI/machine learning, robotics, 3D printing, virtual and
    augmented reality, and more) that are impacting how we design the built environment today
    and potentially disrupting tomorrow
  • How traditional engineering work flows are being disrupted and improved with these digital
  • Enhancement of collaboration with building owners, architects, contractors and other trades
  • Skill sets that will be required by engineers (or non-engineers) to harness the power of digital
    technologies in design and construction

Through the lens of R&D and pilot projects, such as, Digital Twins, Edge devices on the 5G network and
novel healthcare technology, currently in progress at HH Angus, we will discuss how we are reacting to
this change in the marketplace and how consulting engineering firms will evolve in the near and far term
as it relates to the use of technology, new service offerings/product development and talent to drive us