Future trends in Structural Engineering comprises of creating a vision for the future, assessing present scenarios and challenges, and finding ways to bridge the gap between today and tomorrow.
With new trends emerging in construction, such as modular construction, the future of structural engineering is going to be different yet better.
Structural Engineering is set to emerge as an independent field of work. It will be involved with economic sustainability, public safety issues, risk management, and increasing use of new technologies.
Structural Engineers have always been leaders in Technological solutions. Structural Engineers were among the first to adopt computer analysis, automated design, the transition to computerized drafting and detailing and embrace building information modeling. Once routine tasks become automated, human minds are freed for further innovative thoughts. Structural Engineers need to bring about a natural harmony between human and machine. Structural Engineers will drive innovation with the help of technology in the future.
Structural Engineering is a high liability profession in which a single mistake causes loss of life and property. While working in an environment of high consequence, Structural Engineers tend to become conservative and to depend on tried and tested designs. Innovations in structural engineering enable engineers to build better and to overcome this risks.
Use of Building Information Modelling has already brought in more collaboration with stakeholders at the designing stage.
In fact, looking at the structural engineering trends, the most important trend since the advent of personal computing is BIM. It has established a way for the project teams to improve collaboration by working within a common, multi-discipline 3D environment. Structural engineering firms are beginning to adopt this technology for better-coordinated designs that are easier to communicate to clients.
Here’s what is in store for the future:
• New materials and systems will emerge that are smart, connected and adaptive as well as sustainable.
• Self-learning automated systems will make engineering tasks simpler and will empower engineers to offer high-value services.
• Manufacturing-driven innovations like machine learning, lean manufacturing, and modular construction will transform the construction site in response to a growing shortage in skilled domestic labour.
• The precast concrete, cold-formed steel, and timber industries have started to use model-driven workflows where labour costs are high and prefabrication brings benefits to project delivery.
More and more structural Engineers are moving beyond specialist roles as designers and taking on more responsibilities as leaders in the building process in the future. The future of structural engineering looks promising!