JBKnowledge Intern Insight: Matt Bienek
All over the world technology is developing faster than we could ever imagine. With all of the new toys and gadgets being manufactured, the processes of the working industries, especially construction, will run faster than ever before. Buildings will be completed in record-breaking time and less manual work will be needed to finish projects. I think that eliminating manual jobs would not necessarily be a bad thing. As an industry, we need to bring the precautionary principle of ‘Better safe than sorry’ into effect and use less construction workers and more machinery to build structures. A perfect place to start is the new 3-D printing technology being developed.
Right now, the construction industry is suffering from a deficit of skilled laborers. This is potentially a tremendous subjective risk that could cause many catastrophes if not remedied. For example, consider the consequences of an unqualified laborer working on an apartment building that if not structured correctly, could end up injuring many people. With the 3D printers already in development, we can start to see how the industry can avoid potential risk in the future.
Something else that has caught my attention after researching this topic is learning that a Chinese company, Yingchuang New Materials Inc., has constructed multiple buildings using 3D printers that eject recycled building materials at rapid speed. Using four enormous 3D printers, they were able to engrave the shells of multiple one-room structures in less that 24 hours, with a cost of only $5,000 per structure. The buildings harden at the factory and then are transported to their corresponding sites. Using this method could potentially reduce the risk of any kind of structural building failure due to human error, and ultimately create a safer, more formidable structure.
The technological advancements that the construction industry is making every day are unbelievable, and I am very excited to see what the future holds for it. Working at JBKnowledge, Inc. I have learned more than I ever imagined about innovative construction technology solutions. The future is very bright for the construction industry, and I look forward to seeing technology like the 3D printers used more frequently.
“Quality is never an accident; it is always the result of high intention, sincere effort, intelligent direction, and skillful execution; it represents the wise choice of many alternatives.” -William A. Foster