The construction business is attributed as one of the largest industries in the world, with an annual market capitalization exceeding $10 trillion. Automation has a tremendous potential to integrate with construction industry. It has been noticed that there is a lack of automation and adoption of technology as the primary reasons for the industry’s poor performance.
Construction is one of the least digitized industries worldwide, and has resultantly failed to significantly increase worker productivity in decades. It’s time to revolutionise this segment and automation technologies will help construction firms thrive over the next 50 years.
Let’s see how automation will affect the various aspects of construction industry:
How automation will affect construction wages?
Over the years, automation is going to multiply the productivity and cause wages to upgrade for workers with advanced skills. During this time of transition towards automation, advanced skills and updated workers will enjoy higher wages and job security as they will be in more demand amongst developers. Those involved with predictable, repetitive tasks will be in less demand and may see a slowdown in their wage growth.
Overall, construction jobs tend to be in the middle-wage range and are not straightforward to automate.
How can the industry manage the upcoming workforce skills transition?
Automation will create an increasing skill mismatch in construction industry. Workers will need a fair amount of physical skills even if robots do the physical work of laying bricks, they will have to drive and manoeuvre heavy equipment.
Adjusting to automation in construction will require efforts from the public sector, the private sector, and industry associations to support workers in developing the skills to make the transition.
What impact will automation have on work for builders?
A substantial shift to modular construction off-site could have a significant impact on the construction workforce, but the transition will take some time. Producing individual components, or modules, in factories lends itself to much more machine use than what can be done on-site. Workers will need to learn to work side by side or in a hybrid role with machines.
Will automation impact the future for the amount of work?
While there are substantial automation opportunities across industries, employment in construction will probably suffer less than in industries where activities are more repetitive, such as manufacturing. The easiest tasks to automate are repetitive, physical activities in predictable environments, however construction’s environment is usually unpredictable, except when modular-construction techniques are used. The customisation in construction industry include difference in project site and specific customer demands.
What is the big picture of automation for construction industry?
There are three primary opportunities for automation in construction.
The first is automation of traditional physical tasks on-site for instance, robots laying bricks and machines paving roads.
The second opportunity comes from the automation of modular construction or rather production in factories, including 3-D printing of components such as facades.
The third centres on digitization and the subsequent automation of design, planning, and management procedures, as well as the vast efficiencies those can create on-site.
As automation and digital processes develop to have improved applications within the building industry, they have great potential to make the sector more efficient, cost-effective and to increase innovation. Sprint Consys is a leading producer of automation equipment based in Pune, India. Get in touch with our team for customised automation equipment for your construction requirements.