Log In

Come Join Us!

Are you an
Engineering professional?
Join Eng-Tips Forums!
  • Talk With Other Members
  • Be Notified Of Responses
    To Your Posts
  • Keyword Search
  • One-Click Access To Your
    Favorite Forums
  • Automated Signatures
    On Your Posts
  • Best Of All, It's Free!
  • Students Click Here

*Eng-Tips's functionality depends on members receiving e-mail. By joining you are opting in to receive e-mail.

Posting Guidelines

Promoting, selling, recruiting, coursework and thesis posting is forbidden.

Students Click Here


Automation In Building Construction - Action Not Reaction

Automation In Building Construction - Action Not Reaction

Automation In Building Construction - Action Not Reaction

Hello all,

It's clear that most innovations in building construction over the last few decades have been developed to reduce labour and time costs on site. Prefabricated products that can be transported to site certainly require less on site labour, and now there is an ever growing list of proprietary products that can dropped into place. As Structural Engineers, I feel we've gone along and accepted this shift without considering what it means now, and in the future. So what's happening? The way I see it;

- Technology is driving material and production costs down
- Labour costs are steady and/or increasing

The net result is that the cost of construction will decrease - more can be built for less as technological advancements make various manual labour tasks redundant. This will only accelerate in the future as robotic machines and AI can complete physical tasks on site.

So what does this mean? In my opinion, a massive redistribution of wealth. What is paid to labourers now is completely disproportionate to what robotics will cost in the coming years to perform the same tasks. So where does this wealth go? It's true that clients/owners may realise benefits, but the answer I believe is the same story as it's always been - the developer and building contractor will reap rewards leaving the consultant engineers to clutch at the straws of technology as it advances at an ever increasing rate. We spend more and more time looking at proprietary manuals and less and less time engineering, yet we are still liable for the buildings performance.

So what's the path forward?

RE: Automation In Building Construction - Action Not Reaction

Get into the building product design side. Robots, prefab parts, assembly systems, so that unskilled labor can whack buildings together faultlessly.

Personally I'd steer clear of robots and automated tools, not because they aren't interesting, just because they are a high risk field.

My favorite invention for hacks is this:


The inventor of those things should get a medal.


Greg Locock

New here? Try reading these, they might help FAQ731-376: Eng-Tips.com Forum Policies http://eng-tips.com/market.cfm?

RE: Automation In Building Construction - Action Not Reaction


I love those things.

RE: Automation In Building Construction - Action Not Reaction

Quote (yerrok)

So what's the path forward?

The path forward never changes- as the market develops new technologies requiring new skills, the onus is on the individual to maintain and upgrade their skill set accordingly.

Engineers in current time already spend less time engineering than they did 50 years ago, because of the advent of computerized design and simulation tools. Even after the CAD revolution, engineering remains a lucrative and rewarding career that is in high demand.

We are a long, long way from robots completely replacing skilled tradesmen and laborers on building sites. A looooooong way.

Red Flag This Post

Please let us know here why this post is inappropriate. Reasons such as off-topic, duplicates, flames, illegal, vulgar, or students posting their homework.

Red Flag Submitted

Thank you for helping keep Eng-Tips Forums free from inappropriate posts.
The Eng-Tips staff will check this out and take appropriate action.

Reply To This Thread

Posting in the Eng-Tips forums is a member-only feature.

Click Here to join Eng-Tips and talk with other members! Already a Member? Login


eBook - Manufacturing the Cars of Tomorrow
In this ebook, we'll explore how additive manufacturing is going to transform the way cars are made. This includes commentary from thought leaders such as Ford's CTO, Ken Washington, Customer case studies of ways 3D printing is being used today, and a variety of part examples where 3D printing is already impacting how automobiles are made. Download Now
White Paper - Smart Manufacturing for Semiconductor
New technologies and approaches present great opportunities for semiconductor manufacturers to achieve high levels of innovation, yield and improvement. This white paper explores some of these cutting-edge technologies and how they can be applied effectively in the semiconductor industry. Read about how Smart Manufacturing is transforming the semiconductor industry. Download Now
White Paper - Analysis and Simulation in Aircraft Structure Certification
Organizations using simulation and analysis tools effectively see the benefits in their ability to achieve certification faster and with drastically less total cost than those who do not maximize these tools. Read this White Paper to learn about how digital tools such as analysis and simulation help in aircraft structure certification. Download Now

Close Box

Join Eng-Tips® Today!

Join your peers on the Internet's largest technical engineering professional community.
It's easy to join and it's free.

Here's Why Members Love Eng-Tips Forums:

Register now while it's still free!

Already a member? Close this window and log in.

Join Us             Close