Part 1/5 of "The Computer Made Me Do It" exploration series on AI
Robotic technology provides the building industry with several benefits but even more questions. The construction industry will supposedly use robotics to get work done faster, cheaper, and more precisely, automate processes and increase productivity. This article summarizes certain regions of the structure affected by robotic technologies, discussing its current impact on the business and what you might expect to see later on.
Among the applications of robotics is to allow for increased automation in various procedures. With the pandemic and more significant development in robotics, building industry businesses are becoming more open to using previously untapped tech solutions. Specifically, you might expect traditional building tasks like welding, material handling, packaging, dispensing, cutting, and packaging to be completely automatic with robotic technologies. These changes allow for accuracy and precision through all building procedures, and it represents substantial time and monetary savings.
According to a World Economic Forum report, approximately 5 million jobs were lost at the end of 2020. They attribute a lot of the job reduction to artificial intelligence, machine learning, 3D Printing, and robotics, all that will significantly affect the construction industry, accounting for an estimated ten percent of total job losses. The WEF forecasts that these technologies will be slowly incorporated, replacing particular tasks, not jobs entirely.
Nevertheless, with machines taking on certain aspects of a job, they allow businesses to employ fewer staff who become accountable for a wide range of activities. Even though it seems as though the building sector will be hit hard by this robotic revolution, the WEF also forecasts that over 400,000 jobs in architecture and engineering will be necessary.
Lean Construction Practices
Among the largest and most significant movements in the industry is poor construction. This modern ideology aims to improve efficiency and productivity, frequently centered on eliminating waste instead of solely the "bottom line." Traditional construction practices produce an excessive amount of waste, which isn't just harmful to get the environment but significantly affects profitability.
Robotic technology, however, might help reduce the quantity of waste created due to its capability to guarantee accuracy and precision. An investment in technology, like 3D printers, can be a difficult task for many businesses. By eliminating human error and inconsistency, these machines may benefit from speed, efficiency, and repeatability to guarantee better overall quality.
The addition of 3D printing would be continuing to grow in the building industry. It is now possible to print complex, layered parts and objects that may construct houses, buildings, bridges, and roads. Considering the number of building projects currently in place, speeding up the destruction process can significantly save money and time. Breaking down walls, crushing concrete, and collecting all debris is the initial step in many building procedures, and robotics is making these procedures much more efficient. Brick Laying - Even though there's a belief that robotics is utilized for contemporary processes only, this isn't the case.
I’m curious to hear what you think of this exploration. Leave me a comment below on how you think your practice will use this technology.