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For competitive, market-oriented and rationalized construction to occur tomorrow, an automated construction system is required today. This includes an industrialized process originating in mining, construction material production, the prefabrication of construction components, on-site construction, facility management, rehabilitation and recycling.
Today’s construction projects are characterized by having a short design and build period, and the increased demands of quality and low cost. These problems can be approached by introducing flexible automation that uses robots, based on computer-assisted planning, engineering and construction management. Automated and robotized construction technologies can compensate for this, especially in high labor cost countries, increasing the demands on construction projects.
Increased productivity through automation could reduce the high labor cost share by 40 percent or more. The automated and robotized construction process leads to continuous working time throughout the year, while robotic technology results in better working and health conditions, as well as advanced mechatronics skills and know-how. A reduction in construction time improves the cost-benefit analysis of the construction project due to both faster availability and the return on investment of real estate.
What does automation mean for construction?
According to McKinsey, in years gone by, productivity in construction increased slowly at best. For instance, from 1947 to 2010, productivity in construction barely changed at all in the United States. Meanwhile, productivity increased by more than a factor of eight in manufacturing and more than a factor of 16 in agriculture — both industries that have embraced automation. So, one major benefit of automation in construction is the potential for quite a large uptick in productivity.
There are three primary opportunities for automation in construction:
- The automation of traditional…