A critical part of Britain’s construction industry is set to trigger a digital revolution in the steel reinforcing supply chain, partly thanks to government funds designed to make sure future buildings are ‘Made Smarter.’
The project is exploring the feasibility of sharing digital data from the production of reinforcement bar in the steel mill, through 3D robotic steel fabrication, to live project sites. Ultimately, this ground-breaking ‘digital twin’ will feed into Building Information Modelling (BIM) systems, supporting the ‘golden thread’ of safety-critical construction information. In turn, this locks in greater long-term building resilience – as data stored at design and delivery can be reviewed at any future point. For private and public sector clients the benefits are greater clarity around product assurance, material provenance, sustainability data and on-time project delivery.