02/17/2020 – Daniel Planert
Digitalizing the construction site
Just about every construction worker should have a mobile phone. But that doesn't make a digital construction site. According to Roland Berger, only about 30 percent of the working time on a construction site is spent on the workers' actual tasks. They spend most of their time on routes, transportation or searching for materials and tools.
This immediately reveals the potential that lies in a "just-in-time" delivery of materials, for example, along the lines of industrial production. An excavator could use the Internet of Things to call an available truck when it is needed. The truck finds out via the network when and where which construction material is needed. Such GPS-based IoT systems could massively increase efficiency in construction, but are far from being standard. The building materials manufacturer Cemex, for example, offers the option of measuring the cement level in the container digitally and refilling it if necessary without the customer having to do anything.
Some construction project managers spend 90 percent of their working time on communication. Here, cloud solutions could significantly increase effectiveness by making relevant data immediately available to all project participants.
Construction site surveying using 3D lasers is becoming increasingly popular. They not only survey, but also find water and power lines and automatically feed this data into planning tools.
No going back
The path to the digital future has already been taken, at the request of politicians and professional associations – and against the background of international competition, which has overtaken the German construction industry in some areas. There will be no going back. Players in the construction industry and real estate management can no longer afford to do without digital expertise. From tendering to maintenance by means of smart building technology – those who refuse to comply with the new standards will run the risk of losing their competitiveness in the coming years.