|The engineering sector is currently undergoing major transformations linked to macroeconomic and social evolutions, but also linked to innovations that are transforming the engineering profession on a daily basis. The engineering players will therefore have to modify their offers as well as their way of working.The reduction of environmental impact is a major challenge for all players in the construction industry. Within the context of new infrastructure construction, we are witnessing the increase of low carbon construction projects, infrastructures built using new ecological and sustainable building materials. However, given the large number of existing non-environmentally friendly infrastructures, the challenge of reducing the environmental impact is greatest in the rehabilitation of existing infrastructure. The trend of renovation projects is transforming engineering because it integrates many new constraints such as the occupied site, ROI, and energy performance monitoring.
At the same time, construction methods and infrastructure use are changing. New innovations are emerging to transform the phases of design, realisation and operation of a construction project. Innovations in those phases attempt to respond to social and environmental issues, but also to on-site issues such as improving productivity and safety, digitization/robotization of construction sites, integration of the circular economy, etc. Thanks to new technologies such as AI, IoT and generative design, engineers will be able to work on tasks of higher added value in a more collaborative way and expand the field of possibilities.
However, these innovations, by facilitating the work previously reserved for engineers, will make the design and realisation of construction projects accessible to new actors. Indeed, players that were previously at the forefront, such as manufacturers, are now positioning themselves further upstream thanks to innovations that enable them to offer more integrated solutions.
In response to this trend, traditional engineering companies will try to integrate activities further down the value chain. It is therefore necessary for traditional engineering companies to position themselves relative to such an upcoming change.
Innovation watch, intrapreneurships approach, creation of observation laboratories, internal reorganization are the subjects that will allow traditional engineering to anticipate and adapt to major innovations.
Start-ups are transforming the engineering industry. It is therefore essential to keep a close eye on them to identify the emerging trends that are likely to become the next industry standards. These start-ups are also potential partners for engineering firms, likely to help them define new offerings. Here are three examples, with these start-ups from our ecosystem.
Click on their names to access their video pitches: Metabuild, Basilisk et Buildots