You Might Want To Consider Staying More Open to the Possibilities of Robotics It Could Be the Next Big Thing!
While the construction industry is worth $10 trillion globally, it could be even more significant, experts say. USA Today reports that construction industry growth has only been one percent for decades, blaming inefficiency as the cause. Many projects lose a third of their value due to waste, the article cites. Technology that already exists today poses to vastly improve these statistics.
With many moving pieces and multiple subs involved in a typical project, collecting workplace data straight from the jobsite stands to make decision-making faster, scheduling more efficient, and catching and fixing errors easier. Ideally, social distancing requirements will become a thing of the past, but thanks to our recent restrictions, we are using technology and discovering that in some cases, it can provide more visibility than even the most attentive site superintendent would have. Virtual inspection processes now being offered by many cities usher in a new age of acceptance.
In an already thin labor force, collaboration software could go a long way in helping avoid unnecessary trips to the jobsite when the work to be performed can’t be completed until something else happens in sequence before it, or conversely, a to avoid a crew delaying a project by not being scheduled at the right time. The ability to seamlessly and automatically track individuals moving on and off the construction site, provides automated project reporting and compliance documentation that can reduce administrative cost and time significantly and minimize claims and associated disruptions for all parties involved in a project.
Another bright light from the Covid-19 pandemic is the advancement of virtual sales offices.VR has become so realistic that it could indeed one day negate the need for the traditional model home park. Software products that create a virtual reality experience for the client make it easier for clients to visualize the layout and scale of a home and see what various product selections look like in real time. While walking around in a VR model, clients quickly and easily finalize the design options and catch issues which otherwise would not come to light until construction, saving potentially thousands of costs and time delays from change orders.
The new World Robotics 2020 Industrial Robots report presented by the International Federation of Robotics (IFR) shows a record of about 293,000 industrial robots operating in factories of the United States. The United States, Canada, and Mexico represent the second largest operational stock of industrial robots in the world after China.
While software technology can help save costs mainly associated with time, the answer for true hard cost-savings may lie in the combination of technology and robotics enabling a traditional construction team of designers and builders to make the overall process faster, more precise and as much as 50 percent less wasteful. Blueprint Robotics was started by an individual who spent his entire career in the development and construction business. The Blueprint Method is not modular manufacturing; each project can be custom designed. Even smaller firms can benefit from efficiencies of the process, particularly in the face of rising material and labor costs.
The annual number of robots sold is highly influenced by the automotive industry, which is the most important robotics customer to date.
Once your designs are finalized by your architect and engineer, the project files are converted to machine files that drive state-of-the-art robotic equipment supervised by human operators. The permit process does not change, and materials are the same as you would expect to find on a normal construction site. Homes are constructed in a climate-controlled facility with walls, roofs, and other wood components created in a factory using high-tech machinery, removing the risk of weather related construction delays Your project components are delivered using standard over-the-road trailers. The Blueprint Method is compatible with any foundation solution. Upon completion of the foundation, highly trained crews quickly and efficiently assemble your project. Once assembled, you can begin your roofing, exterior facade, insulation, drywall, and final finishes. When you are ready, the Blueprint Robotics team returns for electrical, plumbing, and fire protection trim as well as HVAC commissioning.
What will be builders of 2050 have to say about the building practices prior to 2020? The time is ripe for the construction industry to finally see some true evolution!
Most of the robots in the USA are imported from Japan, Korea, and Europe. Although there are not many North American robot manufacturers, there are numerous important robot system integrators.