Smart-city developments around the globe are anticipated to increase in the next several years—with a number of organizations predicting substantial growth. The pandemic in many cases is accelerating this need, as regulatory bodies are hyper focused on monitoring the health and safety of citizens. With the rise of the digital twin, cities have a tool to help make this a reality.

There is great potential for steady growth in the global smart-city market, with MarketsandMarkets predicting it will grow from $410.8 billion in 2020 to $820.7 billion by 2025, which is a growth rate of 14.8%. This includes adoption in transportation, utilities, buildings, and citizen services, thanks to the uptick in the IoT (Internet of Things), big data, analytics, cloud, security, and network connectivity.

The CIO (chief information officer) of companies large and small needs to step up and accept the challenges of COVID-19 and the resulting economic pain. CIOs have increased their organizational credibility during the COVID-19 pandemic, but there are more complex challenges that they must tackle during the recovery to sustain their elevated value, according to Gartner, Inc.

A Gartner managed panel surveyed 58 CIOs in May 2020 and found that 43% said planning for their enterprises’ post-COVID-19 strategy has begun, while 38% were still dealing with the effects, but will turn to recovery soon.  CIOs in many organizations were instrumental in dealing with the initial impact of COVID-19 and in many cases were the guiding lights that allowed the companies to continue during the early stages of the pandemic. Enterprises continued to operate with a strong assist from IT organizations, especially in enabling a newly dispersed workforce to work from home. Consequently, many CIOs have a new opportunity to take a seat at the table when senior leaders decide enterprise strategy and which lines of business to ramp up and which ones to reduce.

We all can agree that COVID-19 has hit every country, every region, and every industry worldwide. Slowdowns and lockdowns have been the norm for months. However, everyone has slowly been trying to return to some normalcy and returning to business, if not business as usual. In the Asia-Pacific region, Frost & Sullivan has found signs of a building boom coming, based on infrastructure projects and increasing urbanization, and increased interest in technology implementation and business model remodeling.

Building Information Modeling, otherwise known as BIM, has been growing in value over the decades and many segments of the construction industry have taken advantage of its inherent digital analysis and presentation. German BIM developer Allplan, a division of Nemetschek Group, has released its latest version, Allplan Bridge 2020, for parametric modeling and structural analysis of bridges.
Allplan Bridge is a fully integrated 4D BIM solution that uses a common parametric model for both structural analysis, design, and detailing. It forms the basis for BIM in bridge construction to improve the planning process both in terms of time and quality. For a limited time, Allplan Bridge 2020 is being offered for a free trial.

Robotics have a mixed history in construction. Some work, especially in prefabricated building offsite, while others have not been successful, particularly when used onsite. Mobility and the need for stability make onsite work, weather, and location dependent, more so than more traditional methods. However, that may be changing as more equipment companies are exploring the use of robotic technology and applying it to construction.

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