Infrastructure & asset management
Infrastructure management is a complex activity involving many players: infrastructure owner, manager, regulators, service providers, etc.
For all these players, the emergence of new digital technologies is revolutionizing the way in which the various activities are carried out on the infrastructure and encouraging them to redefine the ways in which they work and collaborate on the infrastructure.
For instance, Building Information Modeling (BIM) provides a collaborative platform for different stakeholders by centralizing all structured infrastructure data. New entrants are gaining notoriety in the sector by offering standardized software solutions to host BIM models.
Similarly, digital technologies have fostered the emergence of new business models, driven by new players, that exploit asset sharing and asset light strategies (e.g., ZenPark or BePark for car parks). They radically change the way infrastructure is commercialized and the way value is distributed between owner and operator, often adding a new player who is in a strong position because of his privileged relationship with the end user.
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…).
The Blockchain is a technology for storing and transmitting information without a control body, based on the progressive and inviolable enrichment of a chain of blocks. This decentralized infrastructure offers promising opportunities for authentication and the establishment of a chain of trust, which are essential in the Internet age.
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