Step to reduce risk of accidents, optimise time and cost and provide better control of project progress
UAE-based construction group ASGC is increasing the deployment of drones and 3D scanning across its project portfolio as part of a strategy to become more technology driven.
The company said in a statement that these advanced solutions, such as deploying smarter, highly-integrated technologies in construction projects, is being fronted by its newly-appointed chief information officer, Herbert Fuchs.
More than 85% of ASGC’s projects, including developments such as Harbour Views, Mediclinic, Arena, and the Mohammed Bin Rashid Library, are being monitored using drone technology, an approach that will lead to better control of the project progress, said the company.
The statement added that all of ASGC’s outdoor projects today are monitored by drones, and the company plans to increase investment in such initiatives by expanding its fleet of trained pilots and mobilising advanced cameras to improve feedback quality.
The efforts will soon be enhanced by the integration of high-definition CCTV and 360-degree video-capturing technologies, which will open up new opportunities in the monitoring and analytics of various aspects in the lifespan of an ongoing project and the planning of future business, it added.
Drones are being used to conduct site surveys in the initial stages of a project and, together with stationary video capturing technology, are also being used to monitor construction progress. They also take measurements and carry out spot checks on challenging projects, thereby enabling ASGC to further reduce the risk of accidents and considerably optimise time and cost, according to the statement.
The company is also ramping up deployments of 3D scanning technology, a new addition to the construction industry that uses 3D laser scanning to create models of existing buildings for renovation or expansion projects. The scanner creates the blueprints of a detailed model that serves as a progressive overview on the project. According to ASGC, it premiered this technology and it is currently being deployed by ASU — a key contractor of MEP services and part of ASGC Group — at the Dubai Mall expansion.
“Technology has an increasingly important role to play in the construction industry, with creative applications of the latest solutions enabling us to become more productive, more efficient and more cost-effective in how we deliver our work,” said Fuchs. “ASGC believes early adoption of the latest breakthroughs in technology is crucial in implementing our vision of remaining at the forefront of the industry by integrating ‘digital’ into each phase of our business and operation.”