A construction firm and a software company are shaving time off major projects through new techniques of data modelling.
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Hansen Yuncken and Autodesk have announced a new three-year deal which will see the former continue as a customer for the next three years and follows a decade-long working arrangement.
The agreement will see the pair continue their collaboration, which has seen Hansen Yuncken utilise its construction software throughout the business, including during the current build of the Meadowbank TAFE Multi-Trades and Digital Technology Hub in NSW.
The brand’s real-time technology centralises the design, modelling, documentation and data projects, attributes that have led to a plethora of advantages for collaboration, efficiency and decision making, which Hansen Yuncken believes can be applied throughout the industry.
The cloud-based technology has saved hundreds of hours in the build phase of major projects, according to Daniel Smith, Hansen Yuncken’s building information modelling manager.
Speaking of the software’s assistance during the Meadowbank TAFE project, which proved difficult not only due to the limited accessibility of the site and its intricate design but also due to the fact that a majority of the construction was completed at the height of COVID disruptions, Mr Smith explained: “One of our site managers estimated that, using Autodesk, an extra 50 hours invested in the planning stages saved us 200-300 hours of construction work, plus the flow-on costs.
“Team members, contractors and the client have visibility to a central hub of data, creating greater trust and more informed decision-making. We can better model and plan the entire construction process, mitigating potential risks before they occur.”
He added that “the current market has reinforced the need to achieve every possible efficiency”.
Autodesk’s cloud-based software has facilitated Hansen Yuncken’s move from 3D modelling to 5D, which considers time and cost information. However, the brand’s ambitions do not stop there, with plans to introduce 6D modelling that will also factor in management.
The collaboration between the two companies “goes beyond anything transactional”, according to Hansen Yuncken’s chief financial and information officer Rexine Jones.
“Hansen Yuncken chose to work with Autodesk because we both strive to be the best-in-class. We work together to better one another’s business,” she added.
This sentiment of a mutually beneficial business relationship was shared by Lou Grespan, vice-president of named account sales at Autodesk.
“Ultimately, we are both working towards the same goal: making construction more efficient to benefit the end user,” Mr Grespan said.
He shared how through collaborating with Hansen Yuncken, Autodesk is able to undertake R&D in real-time.
“They provide real insights from the ground, which we use to customise our product and provide a solution that is truly fit-for-purpose,” he said.
Ms Jones concluded that while the construction industry has come a long way in terms of technology implementation, there is still more that can be done.
“The sector still needs to embrace digital technology as part of its culture in order to maximise value across the entire chain,” she said.
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