In 2016 Flux came to Digital Construction Week as first-time exhibitors to network with like minded partners and foster innovation for the built environment. Their attendance was driven by the distinction that this event is focused solely on harnessing technology to change the future of the built environment vs. other industry events that span multiple sectors or feature more generalized, analog topics.
Flux and the Google Cloud Platform team met at DCW2016. Despite sharing a common heritage, having both originated from the core Google product team in Mountain View, Flux and Google Cloud London had not previously collaborated. One year later they are both back at DCW2017 as sponsors and partners.
They are pioneering an innovative approach using the Flux platform powered by Google Cloud, to develop bespoke digital applications and technology in partnership with architecture, engineering and construction firms worldwide.
Anthony Buckley-Thorp, Managing Partner, Flux FAST Team and James Moore, Strategic Account Manager, Google Cloud Platform, will present at the show on how they are pioneering an innovative approach using the Flux platform powered by Google Cloud, to develop bespoke digital applications and technology in partnership with architecture, engineering and construction firms worldwide.
Buckley-Thorp and Moore will share their recent work with construction giant, Balfour Beatty, from a large scale hackathon to a rapidly executed custom solution that met their precise needs and continues to realise significant gains by leveraging real-time data in the cloud.
At the 2016 event the Google Cloud team were already well acquainted with the world’s largest consulting firm, PwC. Both are committed to innovation and digitisation in construction and were actively exploring ways to enable large scale change in the industry. They recognised that a Google Cloud / PwC alliance would leverage the raw power of Google’s global data centers with PwC’s global expertise in building project strategy and risk management. In Flux, they found the perfect AEC technology partner. Flux’s digital construction platform is able to connect into existing tools and data sets on any project, is open and extendable, and is native to Google Cloud.
Much has been said about the ability of BIM and other digital tools to take cost out of construction, but how will this work in practice?
Much has been said about the ability of BIM and other digital tools to take cost out of construction, but how will this work in practice? After connecting at Digital Construction Week 2016, PwC and Flux partnered to develop a custom crane management app on Flux’s Digital Construction platform in the Google Cloud. On the tech stage this year, Colin Mann, Director, PwC and Buckley-Thorp of Flux, will demonstrate how they used real-time digital project data to optimise key cost drivers in their talk, Fast and Adaptive Construction Site Planning from a Custom Web Based App.
On the GeoSpatial stage, Buro Happold, international integrated engineering consultancy and Flux will present the first third party developed app on the Flux platform, Smart Space Analyser. Of particular relevance at this moment in time, the app is a master-planning tool that leverages the familiar Google Maps interface, analysing any part of a city for urban, walkable connectivity in just a few clicks.
The Flux platform is a transformative tool that will help us achieve more flexible and integrated designs more quickly; and that will close the loop by informing design through information about construction constraints and user need
Neil Billett, Global Design and Technology Director, BuroHappold Engineering said; “This moment clearly positions BuroHappold Engineering as a cloud-enabled practice delivering a superior experience to our clients with predictable outcomes, enabling a deeper collaboration. The Flux platform is a transformative tool that will help us achieve more flexible and integrated designs more quickly; and that will close the loop by informing design through information about construction constraints and user needs.”
To consume and process construction data in the cloud empowers the identification, management, and mitigation of risk in real-time. Leveraging this technology allows us to deliver added value on building projects around the world.
Flux and Google Cloud are thrilled to return to Digital Construction Week 2017 and support ground-breaking apps from PwC, Balfour Beatty and BuroHappold.