Construction technology is an emerging subsector that requires workers with a “top-to-bottom understanding of the principles of good construction, project management and computer coding” — also known as computational engineers. A construction firm’s ability to review and capture relevant design data (from 3D BIM models, for example) and apply it to decision-making for construction procurement, personnel and processes to optimize project delivery can be a game-changer. Moreover, a computational engineer’s ability to review design documents, benchmark experiences, recognize project quality gaps, write code and interpret data across multiple building projects, is a rare and increasingly valuable skill set.

Can commissioning providers offer the missing link: differential experience with the design, construction and performance aspects of integrated building systems?

In a recent article, The Most In-Demand Tech Jobs in Construction, a Clark Construction executive points out that “in order to find constructability and building code compliance issues in his 3D models before they become problems in the field, he needs computational engineers who can write computer script and algorithms to comb his plans via automation…”

Other construction firms are realizing the competitive value of simulating complex challenges and predicting construction outcomes, and sharing knowledge and comparative cost information with clients. Furthermore, large companies like AECOM and Skanska are planning to use “centralized global design centers to swap out parts of different projects repeatedly,” factoring in computational variables and capturing savings that can be passed on to owners.