Despite all the recent technological innovations, construction industry still relies on many manual labour processes, which are the basis for several major series of operations or tasks. Many believe that the productivity and efficiency of the construction industry has still not met its true potential and has a long way to go.
However, certain technologies are being developed and implemented in the construction processes that will play a major role in shaping the future of this industry. Among these innovations, advanced robotics have the potential to replace or considerably improve the existing construction processes, making them more accurate as well as more efficient. But unfortunately, in the present time, robots are not playing any major role in the construction industry. This is true for all commercial, residential as well as renovation-based projects. This role of robots, however, is expected to change in near future and it will lead to an incredible transformative experience that will reshape the entire industry.
Considering all these expected changes, we’ve listed down five ways in which advanced robotics will affect the construction processes in the coming year:
1. Reduced Operating Costs
By implementing advanced robotics and automation in construction processes, the overall operating costs will reduce leading to a considerable cut in overall project cost. The related tools and equipment also tends to be more precise, efficient and less expensive when compared to manual labour. On the other hands, these advanced robots will reduce replace the human aspect of construction operations. Although in the beginning this change may be a bit problematic because craftsmanship is highly valuable for construction projects. Collaborative robots, also known as cobots, may serve as a solution to this problem. Cobots are basically designed to work together with human workers instead of replacing them completely. These advanced robots tend to boost and improve productivity by performing tasks that would otherwise consume extra time of the employees. They also considerably lower the operating costs by reducing the amount of labour required for a project.
It is also worth noting that cobots will have a major effect on collaborative work and work-related related relationships. It is obvious that they will alter the way we interact with each other and the world. This could lead to a dynamic shift within the development and construction teams where workers not only change roles but also adapt to less interactive tasks. If someone has to work with a robot all day instead of another person, it is possible that his feelings about work will change, in a good or a bad way. However, we still have to see how this will affect worker’s performance.
2. Increased Productivity on Repeatable Tasks
Human workers have to deals with several personal as well as environmental elements that robot do not experience. For example, humans get burned out, tired, or sometimes even bored with work. Their personal or family problems may also affect their performance. Robots, on the other hand, have none of these problems. They can continue to work indefinitely at the same quality and rate. Due to these reasons, robots offer a considerably higher level of efficiency as compared to human workers. Their work, however, can be hindered due to lack of maintenance or some other type of failure. This possibility can be eliminated by preventive maintenance, keeping the robots running for a longer period of time.
3. Better Operation Management and Handling of Logistics
Artificial intelligence can be used to handle logistics and other work operations in a more efficient way. Workers can be equipped with mobile devices through which they can communicate with their team members and other officials and update them regarding the work progress, forward requests and information, and alert them in case of any problem. This setup can lead to improved productivity, improved safety, and better planning of collaborative tasks. It can completely transform the way construction teams work.