Innovation in AEC & the Gartner Hype Cycle

For many years, we've been referencing the Gartner Hype Cycle to describe innovation in the architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) industry. We primarily use the Hype Cycle to demonstrate that innovation in AEC is difficult and that it takes time to develop strategies that overcome the limitations of technology. We thought we'd share additional insight into the Hype Cycle and how it relates to AEC. Here are three such insights: 

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How VDC Is Like "The Lego Movie"

As the architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) industry uses building information modeling (BIM) to move towards a digital workflow, it's important to recognize that other industries also use digital workflows. One example of this is especially relevant to our work – the production of The Lego Movie!

The Lego Movie was a 2014 full-length film produced by Warner Bros. Animation with the entire film environment comprised of Lego blocks (and maybe one lollipop stick). The film succeeded in one important objective: It was nearly impossible to tell whether the movie used real Lego blocks in the filming or some digital effects. In reality, the entire film used digital workflows, which allows us to make a direct comparison to the AEC industry's work in virtual design and construction (VDC) and BIM. Following are three ways The Lego Movie is like the AEC industry's VDC processes.

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The Study of Clicks

Previously, we spoke about how virtual reality (VR) will be limited to the passive viewing of architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) information if we don’t create better tools. Notably, we pointed out that mouse clicks demonstrate how constrained we are to the desktop environment. Clicking the mouse is difficult to do in a VR environment and most of our tools require lots of clicking.

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