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Construction support digital technology adoption and building organisational capacity

Digital technology is transforming the construction industry. Innovations are bringing reductions in carbon use, construction time, project costs, material use and construction waste.

Innovation is taking place with:

  • Building Information Modelling (BIM)
  • Off-site manufacturing
  • Robotics and drones
  • Augmented and virtual reality
  • Laser scanning
  • Sensors
  • Digital twins
  • Artificial Intelligence (AI)

Good design should consider the whole life of the building or project in addition to the construction phase. Digital technology and processes can help to achieve this with a focus on carbon and cost benefits beyond the construction and handover stages. Digital technology and processes can also be used to unlock efficiencies in the operation of buildings, using accurate data to drive better decision making and investment.

Support under this area can be tailored to suit any construction sector small and medium enterprise (SME) to achieve potential benefits such as;

  • Material reduction through standardisation of component or modules
  • Better visualisation of design principles at an early stage
  • More accurate existing building design or site models
  • Assessing material waste during design
  • Design stage building energy analysis
  • Reducing material / component replacements
  • Assessing whole life costs
  • Improved quality of co-ordinated modular and off-site construction
  • Savings in time and resources during construction and operation
  • Integrating sensor for real-time energy monitoring and analysis
  • Improved health and safety on sites
  • Itemised components for deconstruction and material re-use

Zero Waste Scotland has engaged specialist contractors to work with clients, designers, contractors, manufacturers and facilities managers to maximise the benefit from the adoption of digital technology and processes in your business. Our free service can be used to help run workshops, provide training and one-to-one bespoke support to your organisation to embed digital technology within your processes.

If you would like to discuss how your business or project could work with us to receive specialist support and advice, please email us.

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