In a construction project it is necessary to control multiple parameters that can affect quality, productivity or safety. Both the reliability of the data and its availability are essential elements for a correct control of the project.
The construction sector has begun a stage of “industrialization” in most developed countries. In others it is still in a very initial phase, but it is undoubtedly a phenomenon that will be implemented exponentially in the coming years and will substantially transform the way in which construction projects are developed.
Industrialization in a specific sector is based on the development of machineries, techniques and work processes in order to produce more in less time, maximizing results, safety and benefits. Throughout the 20th century, processes that until then were artisanal or semi-artisan were industrialized.
To “industrialize” the construction sector it is necessary to automate processes and to do it properly it is necessary to have reliable data, measuring the key parameters of the process
The construction sector has been technified thanks to all types of machinery that have been developed in the last century, but it has not yet been industrialized. To do that, it is necessary to automate processes and to do it properly it is necessary to have reliable data, measuring the key parameters of the process.
Nowadays, it is essential in any industry not only to automate but above all to control the productive processes. To do so, it is necessary to measure the key parameters of these processes. This is what is beginning to happen in the construction sector. To really industrialize the construction process it is necessary not only to technify it using the best available machinery, but also to industrialize the processes and control them by measuring their key parameters.
In addition, as it also happened in the industrial sector for years, in the construction it is essential to guarantee compliance with regulations related to the environment and the prevention of occupational risks. To be able to do this with a guarantee, it is necessary to measure and control the parameters that affect both the construction process and its environment.
It is essential in any industry not only to automate but above all to control the productive processes
To carry out measurements of noise, dust, air quality, vibrations, meteorology, vehicle traffic, water levels, etc. and having such historical data to be able to analyze them, generate alarms or correct actions is possible thanks to telemetry, monitoring and control systems. But construction projects and civil works are very different from an industry, so having such systems but specifically designed for such a changing and hard environment as the construction is critical.
Using telemetry, monitoring and control systems, those companies that opt for technology and industrialization can have all the data, both about the project and about the environment, which will allow them to make better decisions. This translates into a decrease in the total project costs and an increase in safety, which is a competitive advantage. In addition, the image of the company is substantially improved, showing a more technological and professional way of working.
Thus, it is possible for example to communicate some data with the environment (neighbors, town hall, etc.) through the web or even from informative panels, showing compliance with environmental or noise regulations.