From 3D printing to virtual reality, the AJ’s Technology in Practice report - featuring findings from an exclusive survey - shows how architects are using the latest digital innovations for business benefit
There’s no doubt that digital technology is having a huge impact on the way architects work, and ultimately the buildings they design. And it’s changing fast: while many practices have now begun using BIM and drones, a virtual reality revolution is in the offing which has the potential to radically alter architects’ work methods, and offer brand new ways of collaborating with clients.
In the summer the AJ surveyed its readers asking what technology they are using, what they plan to invest in and how technology impacts their creativity. We’ve now published our research in the form of an online report to build a picture of how practices use technology now and in the future, supported by findings from our survey.
The report considers:
- From BIM to drones: Once the thing of 1980s sci-fi B-movies, drones, 3D printing and virtual reality have become a reality in our everyday lives. How are architects adapting and advancing these technologies to better communicate and deliver their projects?
- What tech to invest in: Practices have vastly differing technology budgets. So what digital technology is it best for you to invest in? We ask a range of practices what technology they have identified as being useful for them.
- Augmented reality: We look at how future technology - including augmented reality apps, Google Cardboard and gaming software - may open up new creative possibilities.
Written by Tom Ravenscroft, editor of BIM+, the report also includes data revealed by the survey such as how many practices have 3D printers, what programs are the most useful and how much practices spend on technology.