How to Utilize Digital Technologies in Architectural Projects

The architecture industry is facing new challenges. From ecological concerns to the rising need for unique experiences, these demands can’t be easily met with traditional methods. It’s why architects are looking to enhance their processes with digital technologies. From retail spaces to skyscrapers, immersive technologies like building information modeling (BIM), virtual reality (VR), and augmented reality (AR), and digital twins are creating new ways for architects to plan their projects and communicate ideas to stakeholders—leading to increased efficiency and precision.


How Are Digital Technologies Being Used?


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Currently, architects use immersive technologies to create unique and innovative structures, while using resources more efficiently than before. Digital tools offer exciting, dynamic methods to test new ideas, work together from different locations, and build structures more quickly and at a lower cost. Most importantly, the data captured by digital tools can help inform important decisions throughout the entire process from conception to construction. For example, DedON provides accurate 3D space planning and CAD surveys to Rogers, giving their team the confidence to make renovation decisions, while reducing any obstacles encountered during the process.



Architects are no longer restricted to pen and paper or basic illustration software to conceptualize new ideas. For example, you might consider engaging with BIM, digital twins, or AR/VR in architecture projects to digitally visualize your projects in virtual environments. DedON uses Revit for 3D model conversion and BIM, allowing Walmart’s team to effectively manage their store planning efforts with accurate data. This also helps them plan fixture and equipment ordering within an accurate digital representation of their stores, saving time and reducing costs down the line.



Whether you need to present an idea to stakeholders or work with other architects remotely, immersive technology can make those interactions a lot simpler. Imagine a presentation that takes the form of an interactive walkthrough, where you lead your stakeholders through an immersive AR/VR experience—clearly showing them your ideas as if they were already built. BIM, which simulates 3D structures digitally, also facilitates real-time collaboration by centralizing project data and enabling collaborators to access and modify information concurrently. Similarly, cloud computing provides a platform for the seamless sharing of project files and data, allowing your team to collaborate anytime, anywhere.



Digital tech can support the construction phase by making it more resource efficient. 3D printing technology can be used to create entirely new building materials, like green steel. Not only does this improve sustainability efforts by reducing waste, it also reduces construction time and costs as it’s cheaper and faster to produce than traditional grey steel.


Benefits of Digital Tools in Architecture


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Digital technology has granted architects a variety of other benefits, including:

  • Complexity management: With tools like digital twins, which are virtual replicas of physical buildings, you can manage the complexities of large-scale projects within a controlled space. You can even test for variables such as temperature control or natural disasters before construction begins.
  • Sustainability: AI and machine learning allow you to analyze large datasets, such as the environmental waste generated by buildings. BIM also enables you to unlock cost savings, efficiency, and sustainability.
  • Accessibility: Digital tools can help you test spaces for accessibility before they are built, such as checking for wheelchair ramps in a digital twin.
  • Adaptability: You can use BIM and 3D space planning to adapt to changes in project requirements or other external factors, allowing for a greater degree of flexibility and adaptability even while the project is underway.
  • Innovation and experimentation: You can now experiment with innovative concepts and construction techniques through AR/VR engagement, pushing the boundaries of your creativity.


Examples of Digital Technology Integration


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As customer needs change, brands are looking for architecture that supports their new goals. Whether a company is looking to take their headquarters to the next level or create a new experience their customers will remember, architecture firms have turned to digital technology to fulfill those demands.

For example, Bloomberg’s European headquarters was developed by a global architecture and engineering firm. The firm utilized VR technology in the conception stage, allowing clients to experience the space virtually before making any critical decisions. This helped them decide on how the building should be oriented so that visitors experienced the most impressive view of the nearby St. Paul’s Cathedral.

Another example is when Macy’s wanted to renovate its stores to create unique, seamless shopping experiences for customers. DedON was able to ensure Macy’s success with BIM. By using CAD drawings and Matterport Scans, DedON created digital models of Macy’s stores, allowing their team to virtually visit stores and make crucial decisions before renovation began. This process helped Macy’s execute its plans with confidence and accuracy, starting the renovation process on time and with increased efficiency.

Many businesses can leverage digital tools to meet customer demands for more unique, memorable experiences. For example, retailers are now looking to create immersive retail experiences for their customers. These stores require in-depth space planning and innovative architectural features to ensure customers are getting a unique experience, a process which can be supported by BIM, digital twins, or AR/VR engagement.


Challenges of Digital Technology Integration

While immersive technologies can enhance your architecture projects, it’s possible that integrating them into your processes will be challenging. New tech is expensive, and you’ll need to factor in costs for training as well. And while your team is getting prepared, you’ll be taking time away from your ongoing projects. Balancing the time to research and buy new tools, train your team, and meet ongoing client demands can be difficult. However, there is an easier option to consider.

Instead of taking the focus away from your projects, why not get the help of experts who have been using BIM and space planning technology for over 20 years? At DedON, you can work with our experts to get the benefits of digital technology without the hassle. We have the digital tools to conduct site surveys that capture real-world conditions and use 3D modeling to turn your concepts into reality.

Our experts can help you:

  • Turn scans into high-quality Revit and SketchUp 3D models to help inform your strategic choices.
  • Analyze locations and propose Future State layouts aligned with your vision.
  • Create construction documents that help smoothly transition plans to execution.


Enhance Your Architecture Projects with Digital Tools

Traditional architectural methods aren’t designed to meet the demands of customers today. By adopting digital technologies, your business can more easily meet customer needs, while also improving overall efficiency and saving resources. Although digitization can seem daunting, having the right partner lets you utilize the benefits of digital tools without the potential downsides. Work with a partner who can support you with BIM and 3D modeling technology, bringing your structures to life precisely as you planned.


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