Incomplete and unused: Design Technology’s dirty secret

Many Architecture, Engineering and Construction (AEC) organisations have begun to develop their own in-house digital tools. These tools may improve operational effectiveness by automating discrete tasks. Or, they may be more extensive tools to create a competitive advantage. Regardless of their purpose, we’ve witnessed two systemic issues preventing organisations from reaping the benefits – they are incomplete and unused.


Recently, the AEC Magazine claimed that “with the increasing digitisation of the AEC design process, more firms are either developing their own bespoke BIM software or paying for the creation of custom tools to refine their projects through computation.”1 As an organisation helping businesses do better things by developing new tools, we’ve certainly witnessed this. Organisations, both large and small, are turning to automated solutions to streamline their workflows. To support this claim, consider the recent Australian Institute…

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