Google’s secret development department, Google X (responsible for Google’s very cool, although non-core initiatives, such as Google Glass and driverless cars) is reportedly working on a new technology that could transform the construction industry – as well as architecture itself. It goes by the name of “Genie.”
According to Globes, a report from Genie’s development team, addressed to Google co-founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page, describes the invention as a cloud-based collaboration platform with “planning applications to help architects and engineers in the design process, especially for skyscrapers and large buildings. The platform includes planning tools of expert architects and engineers and advance analytics and simulation tools.”
The report also emphasized Genie’s potential to transform the conservative construction industry, one of the most profitable and the most wasteful, by making it more efficient and environmentally friendly at the level of design, construction, and maintenance. The report suggests the invention could save 30-50% in construction costs and 30-50% of the time spent between planning and market; moreover, it could generate $120 billion a year.
To read the full report, courtesy of archdaily architecture news, click on the image icon below.
When Google release the details of the software, it will be interesting to discover if they have jumped on the bandwagon of BIM, which as we all know is now accelerating across the globe within the construction industry. Further more and specific to the software, will it simply be an advanced version of “Sketchup”? If not, and Google has developed a BIM software, what will be really interesting is if they have addressed all those problems which have already been flagged up by the industry in relation to collaborating and truely sharing information within a “common” format.
Some of the content of this news report is courtesy of archdaily architecture news.
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