Simply put, althoughit will be a long time before every job is eliminated, the examples in the aboveshow that automation could have a huge impact quite soon. I do not kid myself,change is coming at any rate. Construction related Jobs safe for “decadesif not centuries” seems highly unlikely given the research with technologyover the last several decades.
The construction industry, like manyothers, is on the edge of a shift in the way business and operations arecarried out. By embracing these changes and technological disruption, this timecan be an exciting one for the industry as we move forward into 2018.We know clientsare smarter, have greater expectations and often require the use of advancedsystems. Companies that adapt and adopt thesechanges will be the ones that thrive as the industry evolves.
A big trend in the constructionindustry today is retrofitting outdated buildings with more advancedstructures. Retrofittinginvolves adjusting or replacing old infrastructure in existing buildings withnew technology to improve performance. This could contain numerous internalupgrades such as replacing lighting systems, installing internal climatesensors and outfitting the building with a high-tech building automationsystem.
In spite ofunwillingness by some companies in the construction industry to change,consumer pressure to keep pace with demand will eventually dictate a shift tonew technologies for many companies. Although Daniel Gross(2017) says, ” Theconstruction workforce in Japan fell by nearly 20 percent in that time frame.”(para4), Jane Wakefield(2016) states that Japanese construction machinery giantKomatsu has gone one step further – using the Skycatch drones to provide theeyes for automated bulldozers.
The drones send 3D models of a building site toa computer which then feeds the information to unmanned machinery to plot theircourse. Traditionally, the overall construction industry has been slow to incorporatechange into their business models. However, I believe that early adoptersunderstand the benefits of embracing new technological advancements as theylook to gain an edge on their competition. In order to compete, companies should look to shift toward technologythat can be a strategic long term asset.Reisinger, D (2017)says, “Researchers at MIT have conceived a way for robots to do much ofthe heavy lifting when constructing a building.” I can be optimistic about takingadvantage of putting robots or high-technology in the building site.
Besides,one of the researchers, Stephen Keating, said it’s possible the robot could besent “to the moon or Mars or Antarctica, and it would just go out and makethese buildings for years.”Companies who become early adopters of 3Dprinting will learn a lot of amount about automation and robotics. Actually, 3D printing technology was not veryfamiliar to me but it is already the blue zone market. I think one of thepotential solutions to the housing crisis could be 3D printing, which isalready making an impact on the construction industry – cutting both the timeand cost of building houses.
As a matter of fact, thereare already several companies working on developing robotics to build houses. Daniel Gross(2017) says that he has some experienceabout the automation (para 1, 2). It seems like that’s just happening in somecertain areas, not construction field. Not too long ago I might have releasedthe idea of a robot stealing my job as the stuff of science fiction.Interesting fact, companies are increasingly using automatons in place ofpeople and experts predict machines will take over the majority of roles withinthe next 30 years.
Peters, A (2016) says ” a newbricklaying robot-designed to build an entire house in 2 days- was originallycreated to help meet labor shortages. ” He alsospecified that Fastbrick Robotics plans to begin building its first homes inAustralia in the third quarter of 2017, and plans to manufacture about 8,000 ofthe robots over the next decade. Although I mentioned some examples which are related theautomation, I do not generalize that every construction field is alreadyswitched to the robots.In addition, manyof housing jobs can be done at a fraction of cost and with much greaterprecision by industrial robots. They canimprove the productivity by operating around the clock and free error work.
Theexpert Ilan Mester (2015) says,”The amazing robot will be capable of laying approximately 1,000bricks per hour.” First of all, thereare a few advantages for using robotics in building houses. Thisis pretty much natural for cut-price housing because sometimes labor cost is alot more than leasing robots. Every building company wants to reduce thecost which can be generated. Once the builders buy or lease the robots forconstruction, renovation and restoration, they will easily see how much moneythey can save by using the robots. As weare aware, labor cost is more difficult to control as compared to material costdue to the involvement of human element. These costs are explained by many asthe most important cost a company will face, is a key factor in almost anybusiness.
This is due to the fact that employee turnover is one of the mainfactors which causes a business to fail. However we can benefit a lot frombuying or leasing the robotic equipment regardless of the under-staffed peoplein the company.Despite the fact thatDaniel Gross(2017) , the writer of the article, says “It sure doesn’t look likerobots will be taking construction jobs any time soon.
” (para 13), I think thereare good chances that Homebuilding industry jobs will be replaced byrobots in the foreseeablefuture. In other words, Housingconstruction, in particular, including typical assembly line workis also affected by high technology- such as robots on account of some advantages, already ongoing projects and growingconsumer pressure.The construction siteof the future is going to look a lot different to the one we are all used totoday.
Instead of men in high-visibility jackets and hard hats, there are goingto be drones buzzing overhead, robotic bulldozers and 3D printers churning outnew structures.