The structural engineer 2.0
Earlier this month, I had the pleasure of presenting a paper at the High-Rise India Summit 2019 on one of the industry’s hottest topics, “Digital Disruption-Computational Engineering”.
My presentation covered a number of key challenges and exciting opportunities that the modern structural engineer faces in an industry ripe for rapid innovation.
The concept of digital disruption into high cost and low productivity industries is not new. However, this disruption to the architecture, engineering and construction industries has not yet permeated fully. We are now on the verge of substantial disruption — this industry is the last major industry to have significant low productivity compared to other industries. I believe change is coming and it is coming fast.
We as structural engineers need to step up to become “The Structural Engineer 2.0”
Sameer Shah, Group Director – Structures (India)
In a technologically-transformed industry, one where buildings will be built faster for lesser cost and at better quality, the role of engineer is going to be crucial. Modern structural engineers should not simply think about the design, but about the constructability of a building. Manufacturing at construction sites will become automated and we as structural engineers need to step up to become “The Structural Engineer 2.0”.
I strongly believe this is the best time to be a structural engineer, as digital disruption will bring immense possibilities, and open up doors for a huge variety of opportunities. The key to success is remaining ahead of current trends, upskilling where needed and remaining agile, in whatever we do.