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Digital construction and concrete innovations to lead the future

Social News 10,March, 2021



With the onset of smart building operations, Artificial Intelligence (IoT), BIM, and revolutionizing project management software the buzz of digitization within the construction industry still continues. Leading companies such as CAT, XCMG, Liebherr as well as technology solution providers such as Schneider Electric, ABB and General Electric have taken this chance to merge the two worlds. 

Apart from heavy machinery there are many aspect of a project that can benefit from digitization. Incorporating digital tools within construction equipment and on-site operations have tallied a significant reduction of total costs by up to 20% as of 2020. This has inspired an increase in digitized operations within developed countries of North America, Europe and the GCC. Digitization has also inspired many more innovations within the industry all of which enable the subversion of traditional methods while promoting more accuracy, efficiency and cost-effectiveness.


 Two Worlds, One Vision”     


5 New Trends worth Investing in 2021:

3D Concrete construction: Cementitious 3D construction printing (3DCP) or 3D concrete printing is a form of additive manufacturing that can be used to fabricate buildings or construction components in completely new shapes unlike traditional methods of form work. Key industry players like PERI group have outlined key milestones of 3D construction within their projects. 3D concreting not only saves time and expenses, but help enable a more intricate and diverse perspective on the interiors of concrete formwork.


Machine Control: A process that has been recently adopted is another form of digital construction that aids in precisely positioning heavy machinery through the use of 3D design models. These operations have already been put in use by many leading companies of the GCC region. This helps large companies go over interiors with stakeholders at the comfort of their own office, while reducing the risk of inaccuracy and time-consuming activities.


Light Generating Concrete:  Another exciting new concrete innovation that is set to transcend itself within the next years is the light emitting concrete or the cement that generates light. Taking energy from other lamps or solar power, this innovation absorbs light during the day and radiates at night. Besides saving extensive energy resources and maintenance expenses, this new trend is a great way to light up highways.


Autonomous Construction: The use of IT systems onsite and autonomous heavy machinery are becoming increasingly common, although they are still in the early stages. Despite the obvious leading question of labor shortages, when implementing autonomous construction, we need to keep in mind that many are still semi-autonomous. These machines collect high volumes of data and make analytical decisions on terrain, whether to fill or spread material as well as storing it for a later project. Although a great investment, many chose to rent in order to save expenses and make an advanced decision on Return on Investment over time and usage.        


 New Perspectives: Digitalization and Construction Equipment


Statistical projections for the construction industry have indicated a growth of up to 5% up until the last year. Experts believe that there is still a long way to go, and one way to fulfill this achievement is through the use newer innovations and complete digitization of heavy machinery. Heavy Machinery can generally help provide reports on fuel consumption, time consumed and output. However, the recent revelations pertaining to Artificial intelligence and BIM, take it the extra mile and help conquer issues concerning labor shortages. Digital technology is not new, however it is direction lacking in initiative. 


Even simple construction jobs may require various machines. Examples include excavators for digging, earthmovers for transferring material and pavers for laying and paving asphalt. As a result, construction technology developers have had to find ways to automate a wide range of machinery. Companies like Caterpillar, Liebherr, PERI, XCMG and other key industry players can now incorporate digital technology through installation of telematics devices that would help enable detecting the sensitivity to areas, data on terrain and temperature to ensure better performance.


Although there are several innovations to consider the principle behind innovation is to move forward. Implementing resources that most resonate with the company’s vision is important. Considering the GCC’s driving goal is to explore the opportunity towards a smarter city and sustainable living, incorporating could change the direction of a project and positive impact the company’s ROI.