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When digital meets physical

Digital transformation is like a penetrating wind reaching into all areas of commerce, business and government. If there’s any doubt about this, consider what industry analysts IDC recently said: at the end of 2017, the vast majority of the world’s largest businesses will put digital transformation at the centre of corporate strategies. I recently gave a presentation at an Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) conference about the need for and benefits of digital transformation. ICE understands the winds of change have been blowing for some time and recently launched a digital transformation campaign. Digital transformation takes different shapes according to the industry in which it is taking place. Within civil engineering and construction, it is largely digitised engineering and the ability to monitor infrastructure so engineers can use real data to influence construction and maintenance. This is significant and the implications are tremendous. The Three Gorges Dam in China is…

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