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How 5G will Change the Construction World

how 5G will Change the Construction World

Building for the future: how 5G will change the construction world

The benefits of a faster and more reliable 5G network represent a huge step forward in connectivity for any industry. It offers great potential for the processing of mobile data, especially within the construction sector. How will 5G help us build smarter, safer and faster?

The new network standard is more than an upgrade from 4G. 5G is expected to provide speeds 10 to 100 times faster. And also be able to unlock 10 to 100 times more capacity than the current LTE networks (Long Term Evolution). This increased bandwidth capacity will be able to accommodate as many devices and applications as needed, enabling connected construction sites or coordinated teams of automated robots in the future.

In addition, very low latency makes it much more cost-effective to remotely control construction vehicles or factory equipment. This is possible from thousands of kilometers away from the work site. This could support ongoing work and help keep programs on track in a post-COVID-19 world where a five foot society needs to be maintained.


Key role in the delivery of the construction project

5G will play a key role in the delivery of construction projects in the field of data collection, capture and analysis. This will be critical in monitoring the health, location, status and characteristics of all types of assets, including:

Construction equipment: to provide operational capacity, availability, and remote or autonomous construction work.

Building components: to ensure alignment with the building project. This allows real-time responses to changes and updates to the plan.

Order status of materials or various parts produced outside the construction site: to ensure that a project is on track.

how 5G will Change the Construction World

In the video recording field, 5G will also help organizations deploy low-cost technology to quickly capture, organize and analyze massive amounts of video information. As a result, some teams no longer have to be on site so often.

A building plan can be made as accurate as possible with 5G by updating it based on almost every job site action. This allows risks to be minimized and small problems solved before they become big problems.

In addition, 5G means that sensors can be used more effectively to improve safety by tracking people's safety standards. And improve supply chain efficiency by enabling better tracking of materials.


China's first 5G smart construction site

China is a country that has already come a long way in applying 5G in construction. Construction companies, telecom operators and equipment manufacturers are enthusiastic about the new technology. They rolled out various prototypes and test setups to investigate possible use cases. Perhaps the most advanced of these is China's first 5G smart construction site in Beijing, which combines state-of-the-art technologies such as AI, Building Information Modeling (BIM), blockchain, cloud computing, edge computing and big data. The 5G construction site, which is being developed by China Construction Eighth Engineering Division, has implemented a system to monitor the health of every worker. And it makes reports of physical examination. A security control system uses AI to check whether employees are wearing their masks.


Unmanned machines

The low latency of 5G is critical to the success of self-driving cars: it has already laid the foundation for the first unmanned and remotely operated machines in construction. Contractors in China have developed a 5G-based system to power an unmanned fleet of road construction machines and rollers to build the Panzhihua-Dali highway between Sichuan and Dali provinces. According to state news agency Xinhua, the vehicles use GPS positioning systems, microwave communications, millimeter wave radar and other detection equipment to analyze their surroundings and are coordinated remotely from a data center. Another pioneer in the field is the South Korean conglomerate of Doosan. Last year, it hit the record books when it hit 5G,

While we're still far from knowing what's possible with 5G, it's going to help us improve productivity, safety and compliance for construction and engineering. This allows for even greater productivity and better data management. Which in turn provides the insights needed to accelerate the pursuit of continuous improvement.


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