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The Evolution of Digital Engineering

As a leader in the temporary works sector for over 70 years, we’ve supported and provided formwork and shoring solutions for countless projects across the world. However, alongside our extensive product ranges, it’s our engineering expertise and market understanding that enables us to tackle and solve our customers’ challenges on and off site. As the global construction industry evolves to adopt 3D design, BIM and VR simulation, it is our responsibility to also expand our expertise and invest in new ways of working to better service our customers in a digital world.

Hand Drawn Engineering Drawings

Up until the early-1980s, all engineering drawings were produced by hand on a drawing board.

But the era of designers residing in siloed offices was about to come to an end as new, collaborative real-time processes of design and review emerged – and time-honoured paper-based working was challenged by new technology.

Computer Aided Drafting

In the late-1980s we introduced Computer Aided Drafting (CAD). Its inception enabled each component to be drawn as a ‘block’ that could be picked up and placed from a library.

A lot of time previously spent on design and correction processes by hand was saved, increasing overall efficiency and production. Our engineers’ use of CAD software also led to improved design quality, better communication through documentation and, of course, a valuable database for production.


As technology began to evolve, in 2007 our Middle East division created and launched RMDK08 to compliment AutoCAD in order to produce 3D drawings. This reduced errors in quantity take-off, leading to great efficiency and accurate pricing for our customers.

For us, a key factor for innovation in digital engineering is adding value. By introducing our own smarter ways of working with existing software we could deliver significantly safer projects, at a lower cost, using fewer resources while meeting the demand for more data from our customers.

Automated 3D Drawings

The automatic conversion of 2D drawings into 3D drawings, enabled by macros developed in house. This further reduced the time required to produce drawings, improving efficiency and boosting lead times.

As soon as the 3D design is finished, the digital information can be utilised by construction and operations teams.

Virtual & Augmented Reality

In 2013, we started to develop tools to support virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR). This led to the creation of LocusEye, which utilises gaming technology to visualise 3D drawings.

The software harnesses digital tools to drive a new and innovative way of working with clients by mixing technology with product delivery. This allows us to design with customers in real-time, placing them into a simulation before anything is even built, and making it easier to resolve problems within the design ecosystem, rather than on-site.


Today, as construction adopts BIM, we are responding with designs in IFC compliant models.

Due to the requirements of BIM and the adoption of digital processes in general, it is no longer our role as a formwork and shoring provider to simply provide products and a solution. It is now our responsibility to interact with the entire supply chain to support the design, processes and overall method of construction.


  • International demand for BIM models is increasing. In repsonse, RMD Kwikform will build IFC BIM-compliant models of temporary works schemes that can be uploaded into customer's and contractors own systems.
  • We are able to design directly into Revit, or automate the conversion of 3D AutoCAD models.
  • BIM allows the introduction of time as a fourth dimension allowing for construction phasing to be assessed. Through this on site clashes can be be detected plus data can be captured to better manage equipment and plan construction phasing.
  • Due to the responsiveness of the models, our customers are able to visualise the overall management, build ability and future planning of the site.