In this article, a follow-up to our previous publication, "The Consilience of Design and Construction," we look at some of the current trends that drive today's convergence of design and construction disciplines, including 1) digital ubiquity, 2) a continuing squeeze for capital, and 3) a shift to systems thinking. The article also highlights two FMI cases studies on Fluor and Kiewit.
In tandem to recent vertical integration trends, we are also seeing a cross-company melding of design, construction, fabrication and other related disciplines. What we have is the emergence of the master builder, reintegrated – within companies and between industry players. This shift is further breaking down silo thinking and transforming traditional industry business models.