MAINTENANCE 4.0 - BIM and industry of the future : A today's reality

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The concepts of BIM and Industry 4.0 or Industry of the Future point to a blending of new digital technologies with the professions in traditional industry.  People now refer to Smart Buildings, Connected Buildings, the Plant of the Future, Cyber manufacturing, the Connected Plant, Industry 4.0, etc. Whatever term is used, industry in the future will be connected, digital, automatic and robotised.

For each link in the production line and the supply chain, tools and work stations are in permanent communication via the internet and virtual networks. Machines, systems and products all exchange information internally and externally. By optimising the production tool, manufacturers hope to produce more quickly, at a lower cost and more ecologically. The same goes for constructing and operating buildings.

The aim of this multi-level communication is to create value by strengthening collaboration between clients, employees and all those taking part in the ecosystem (product suppliers or partners and delivered services). This opens up new opportunities for growth and gains in competitivity.

This will typically involve optimising the production tool and meeting manufacturers’ main concerns:

  • Faster production
  • Lower costs
  • Greater flexibility

But also to provide new services and to meet the new needs of consumers and buyers:

  • more customised, faster and less expensive services and products
  • transition from “owning” to “payment in use”
  • New digital platforms are disrupting established patterns

The plant or building of the future will be ultra-connected, flexible, open onto the outside, but most of all focused on the human aspect.

To face up to these new challenges, the industry of the future will not be limited to using digital technology in production. Production and collaboration will be organised differently, both inside and outside the plant. This will totally transform industrial activity. Quite unexpectedly, this will be more of a social than a technological revolution.

And this transformation will only be meaningful if it is supported by an ambitious strategic vision, and even a very ambitious vision. Here, Elon Musk’s approach is worth noting.

It is essential for the strategic, organisational and technological dimensions to work hand in hand and in harmony if digital transformation is to succeed.

The following graph sums up the factors of success

The concepts of BIM and Industry 4.0 or Industry of the Future point to a blending of new digital technologies with the professions in traditional industry.  People now refer to Smart Buildings, Connected Buildings, the Plant of the Future, Cyber manufacturing, the Connected Plant, Industry 4.0, etc. Whatever term is used, industry in the future will be connected, digital, automatic and robotised.

For each link in the production line and the supply chain, tools and work stations are in permanent communication via the internet and virtual networks. Machines, systems and products all exchange information internally and externally. By optimising the production tool, manufacturers hope to produce more quickly, at a lower cost and more ecologically. The same goes for constructing and operating buildings.

The aim of this multi-level communication is to create value by strengthening collaboration between clients, employees and all those taking part in the ecosystem (product suppliers or partners and delivered services). This opens up new opportunities for growth and gains in competitivity.

This will typically involve optimising the production tool and meeting manufacturers’ main concerns:

  • Faster production
  • Lower costs
  • Greater flexibility

But also to provide new services and to meet the new needs of consumers and buyers:

  • more customised, faster and less expensive services and products
  • transition from “owning” to “payment in use”
  • New digital platforms are disrupting established patterns

The plant or building of the future will be ultra-connected, flexible, open onto the outside, but most of all focused on the human aspect.

To face up to these new challenges, the industry of the future will not be limited to using digital technology in production. Production and collaboration will be organised differently, both inside and outside the plant. This will totally transform industrial activity. Quite unexpectedly, this will be more of a social than a technological revolution.

And this transformation will only be meaningful if it is supported by an ambitious strategic vision, and even a very ambitious vision. Here, Elon Musk’s approach is worth noting.

It is essential for the strategic, organisational and technological dimensions to work hand in hand and in harmony if digital transformation is to succeed.

The digital transformation is inescapable but it is not necessarily a simple, easily grasped process. Yet the potential advantages are enormous.

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