Construction & Building Materials
The Construction industry extends far beyond building companies and materials providers. It embraces numerous stakeholders involved all along the lifecycle of a building or an infrastructure, from initial design to final recycling and new life of materials, through building operations, exploitation and maintenance.
The sector is impacted by several technological transformations, which disrupt the operational models and question existing stakeholders’ positions.
For example, BIM enablers (Building Information Modelling) offer collaborative platforms to the various construction expertise by centralizing buildings structured data. New entrants gain notoriety in the industry by offering standardized software solutions to host BIM models.
Integrated into building materials, connected objects measure key parameters on their behaviors as well as on their environment, such as smart concrete. By collecting building materials data, building materials manufacturers are able to offer services throughout the construction value chain, e.g. to ensure the safety or proper maintenance of the asset.
Key technological enablers
Machine Learning brings together all the technologies needed to automatically calibrate a model to make it more reliable. The improvement of computing power and the increase in the amount of usable data allows computers to automatically adjust their predictions and behaviors, and the development of more accurate and efficient predictive and decision-making algorithms.
Sensors & MeMS
Microelectronics has led to fundamental advances in sensors and actuators. More compact sensors (nanotechnology), less expensive, with embedded intelligence, with more autonomy and sometimes self-sufficient in energy, allows more precise control of assets, production lines or the operation of complex systems.
Augmented reality (AR) adds virtual elements (indications, clothing, furniture…) to the real environment. Advances in image recognition and digital modeling not only allow the emergence of new and enhanced customer experiences, but also the assistance of any field operator in real time.
The Cloud brings together all the technologies that allow remote data storage and processing, often on shared solutions. The pooling of material costs and the development of platforms give any company access to flexible, high-performance, secure and cost-effective IT infrastructures and services.
Advances in molecular chemistry, nanotechnology and biotechnology are enabling the emergence of “intelligent” materials, which can be programmable, with shape memory, miniaturized or with better physical properties.
Otherwise called “3D Printing”, this technology consists in creating an object or part of it by gradually adding material. Material addition techniques and the reduction of usable materials make it possible to shorten prototyping cycles and reduce costs, to manufacture more and more parts directly and decentralized, and to imagine new geometries (hollow parts, inlaid materials…) and applications (house construction…).
New Coverage Technologies
The multiplication of networks (cellular, satellite, mesh, etc.) with extended coverage allows the deployment of projects based on continuous data collection and transfer, both locally and internationally.
Examples of eleven’s support in the industry
Improving the operational performance and competitiveness of a construction actor by leveraging BIM
Creation and go-to-market of IoT offerings on smart concrete for a building materials supplier