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Updated 21 Jul 2017


2 Game-changing technologies that are set to re-invigorate SA’s construction sector

Automation and robotics are now offered within the local construction sector. By investing in this machinery and speeding up your project-completion time, you’ll outpace your competition. 


Nicole Crampton, 05 March 2017  Share  0 comments  Print


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The faster you can construct a high-quality project, the more competitive you become in the local construction sector. SA’s construction industry is under pressure when it comes to labour matters, and productivity levels, and hiring more workers isn’t an option if you want to maintain a profitable margin.

But, what if you were able to automate and/or combine robotics within your construction method? You could potentially outperform all of your competitors and lead the pack when it comes to speed and efficiency.

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Within the next five years, 25% of the work conducted in the construction industry will be carried out by robots according to the report: 2016 Industrial Manufacturing Trends: Manufacturers must weather the risk that comes with embracing new technologies.


3D-printing

Here are the two game changers that you will need to implement in your business to remain competitive in South Africa’s construction industry:

Game changer 1: The growth of (modular) 3D printing

Modular construction is on the rise with numerous construction companies across the world using this technique to not only speed up the timeframe of their projects, but also to enhance quality and length of life.

In Singapore, a construction company created complete apartment blocks within their factory. Each unit contained internal finishes, fixtures and fittings, which were constructed in bulk, transported and assembled onsite as modules.

According to McKinsey’s report: Imagining construction’s digital future, construction businesses that use PPVC (prefabricated, prefinished, volumetric construction) report a 50% savings in staffing and time by using 3D and modular techniques, which would increase your company’s competitiveness. This new method of construction also reduces air and noise pollution, as well as improves site safety.

Game changer 2: A variety of industrial robots

The 2016 PWC report explains that demand for industrial robotics is growing throughout the world to improve competitiveness. “Since 2013, the number of shipments of multipurpose industrial robots in China has roughly doubled to an estimated 75 000 in 2015. The forecast is predicted to double yet again to 150 000 by 2018, according to the International Federation of Robotics,” the report says.

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In China, for example, there is a remotely operating bridge-building machine, that operates via innovative remote-control technology. This type of tech could allow your company to build a bridge while your workers can accomplish other, less dangerous, tasks. Combining both will give you a competitive advantage and speed up the time frame of many of your projects.

Keep these new developments in mind when considering what to invest in for your construction business’s future. You need to be able to compete on a potentially global scale in order to increase profitability and competitiveness. By integrating robotics and modular construction, you can accomplish both of these goals. 


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  • Modular construction is on the rise with numerous construction companies across the world using this technique to not only speed up the timeframe of their projects, but also to enhance quality and length of life of buildings.
  • The 2016 PWC report says that demand for industrial robotics is growing throughout the world, as companies look to improve competitiveness.
  • By integrating robotics and modular construction techniques like 3D printing, you can potentially increase your profitability and competitiveness.
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