Manufacturing simulation with the simplicity of a game software
- March 2, 2022
Yesterday I watched the first episode of the first season of Knight Rider with my kids. I did this as a kind of historical retrospective. In the end, I wondered why the robbers didn’t understand why the car was talking.
This is understandable, as I was looking at the Mercedes voice command system with my son a few days ago and K.I.T.T. has arrived.
Manufacturing simulation is already a reality
I similarly wonder about this production simulation software. That the physics of running a factory can be handled with the simplicity of a strategy game software. But it is also increasingly becoming part of our everyday lives.
Today, as architects, our basic workflow is to build a digital replica of a complete factory or building under the heading of design, from which the plans are generated.
The mobile app-based AR visualization radically reduces design errors and makes operations simple as pie. And as a side effect, in a few years’ time, it will be possible to simulate production in the digital twin, where it can also be optimized.
As a side effect, in a few years’ time,
production will be simulated in the digital twin,
where optimization will be possible.
Of course, this will be available to those who have a usable BIM model in native format, with structured information content, usable interfaces, and not just a 3D geometry exported and stitched together from all kinds of software, with a theoretical clash detection that is beyond reality.
So, if you’re about to build and you’re investing in BIM, it’s a good decision. Just look carefully at what you buy, and from who.