August, 2022

How reducing construction time reduces the environmental impact of construction projects

Decreasing the environmental impact of construction is one of the critical challenges the industry must overcome for countries to meet the targets set out by the Paris Agreement. Construction projects use a considerable amount of fossil fuels such as gas and diesel, generate large amounts of waste, and cause noise pollution. Whilst carbon emissions, waste, and noise pollution are inevitable, and there are ways construction companies can significantly reduce them. One way is by cutting construction time, which is seen as a primary means of minimising environmental damage caused by construction projects. So, how can construction projects accelerate construction time while still maintaining quality, ensuring safety, and keeping costs down?

The construction industry is long overdue modernisation concerning the integration of technology (particularly in the construction phase), especially if the industry is to make a meaningful contribution to combatting climate change. Although the integration of technology in the construction process is taking place in the industry, many of these technologies have only a relatively minor effect on construction time (e.g. digital platforms without automation). They, therefore, have little impact on reducing the environmental impact. One specialised service that bucks this trend is the one provided by ObraLink. ObraLink is the first and only autonomous data collection system for construction projects. Using a powerful algorithm within patented technology for measuring concrete strength and automatic detection of the construction progress.

The result is the complete automation of the project management of the job site. So, what effect does this have on construction time? Well, when trialled and used by various construction companies, including Cemex and Ferrovial, there was a reduction of between 1-3 days per floor of a construction project. So, for a 20-floor building, you are looking at a 20-60 day reduction. Not only does this reduce the concrete phase costs by approximately 10%, but it also decreases the environmental impact of construction projects. Reducing construction time means fewer fossil fuels are used for transport, machinery, and electricity. Noise pollution is minimised, as is waste from the job site due to the fewer days spent building.

In a nutshell, when using ObraLink, you are reducing costs, construction time, and the environmental impact of your projects. If the construction is to help rather than hinder the fight against climate change, then the integration of technologies such as Obralink is essential.

About the Author:

David Wright is Head of Sales at Obralink and regular writes content for their English Language blog. He has an academic background having studied Applied Linguistics (MA) at UCL along with his experience in copy writing and sales.

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