sci-tech props up smart construction
pre-made steel structures are assembled at a construction site in huizhou, guangdong province. (photo: vcg)
by staff reporters
china's ministry of housing and urban-rural development has designated 24 cities including shenzhen, beijing, and guangzhou to pilot smart construction, to explore new paths for the transformation and development of the construction industry.
propped up by technology and innovation, these pilot cities are committed to tackling ongoing problems, like extensive manufacturing, labor shortage, and large energy and resource consumption, by creating new smart patterns for construction.
so what changes will smart construction bring about?
one change is to make the industry more digitalized, said ding lieyun, academician of the chinese academy of engineering and former president of huazhong university of science and technology, adding that architectural design, construction and delivery will become more digitalized.
in addition, professional services, such as the building design platform, construction machinery, energy networking, and smart elderly care communities, will emerge, while an industrial internet platform that integrates people, machines, and things in the construction industry is expected to be built by 2025, said ding.
smart construction is the basis for realizing smart cities in the future.
at present, modern information technologies, such as building information modeling (bim), internet of things, artificial intelligence, cloud computing and big data, have been applied in the overall process of construction projects in many pilot cities.
smart construction equipment has promoted the deep integration of advanced manufacturing technology and modern information technology within the construction industry.
the digital transformation of the construction and building materials industries is an inevitable trend, which will be reflected in the entire industrial chain from construction to home furnishing, said qin zhanxue, president of china building materials circulation association.
qin added that currently the durability and accuracy of digital equipment such as construction robots need to be strengthened, and there is still room for construction robots to go to market.
to make the construction industry smarter, some experts also said it is necessary to transform the traditional method of construction to one based on digital simulation, and promote data-driven construction industrialization.