How innovative Lenovo Workstations help you design the future

Like every other industry sector, Architecture, Engineering and Construction (AEC) has been heavily impacted by recent global events, with many major projects delayed. But instead of retreating from the challenge, architects, designers, engineers and contractors have embraced the ‘new normal’ of a highly mobile, work-anywhere workforce, seeking fresh ideas, approaches and technologies to build the future. Collaboration through virtualisation has transformed the design development process, boosting productivity and shortening time to market. 

Building Information Modeling (BIM) has already transformed what’s possible within AEC. Now, new technologies – including digital fabrication, real time visualization, artificial intelligence, robotics, generative design, VR, reality modeling, IoT and the development of digital twins – are stretching the possibilities even further. While these technologies can turn visions into reality, they also place even greater demands on workstation performance. Complex architectural design, structural engineering, Mechanical, Electrical & Plumbing (MEP), and construction workflows call for exceptional performance and class-leading reliability. There is now also a greater need for remote collaboration. Face-to-face meetings are often not possible, which means widely distributed workforces must rely on collaboration tools to enhance their communication and productivity. Now more than ever, remote workers need a centralized solution that manages visualization, rendering, VR, and other complex workloads with ease – remote workers need a centralized solution that provides the power of a desktop, on the go.

The power to drive productivity

Lenovo Workstations are designed to make short work of the most complex and demanding tasks. From towers to mobile workstations, these proven powerhouses are built to drive industry-leading software. ISV-tested and certified, with industry-leading software solutions including Revit, AutoCAD, MicroStation, and Allplan, they deliver exceptional graphics for pinpoint accuracy, complex 3D modeling and visualization. They can also accelerate remote access, connecting mobile workstations to a remote workstation host (1-to-1) for workflows that can’t run on mobile workstations; or create multiple virtual workstations (1-to-many) – see panel to the right for more. The combination of super-reliable, high-performance workstations, bestin-class applications, and ambitious, motivated professional users boosts productivity and employee satisfaction. It also cuts downtime and overrun, while shortening time to market.

Collaboration: new opportunities

Emerging trends such as real-time rendering and virtual communication through Virtual Reality (VR) and Mixed Reality (MR) are shaping the future of AEC. These promise to reduce project delays and speed return on investment (ROI). Forward-thinking IT departments are already experimenting with VR and MR for design and styling, walk throughs, client reviews, and sales and marketing, to overcome the current restrictions on travel and face-to-face meetings VR/MR has become an effective remote collaboration tool, bringing teams together to experience designs during development. This short-circuiting of what has historically been a long process, helps firms across the sector save time and reduce costs The experience is so realistic that design changes can be made in real time. This reduces both design cycles and the need for costly physical prototypes.