Digital innovation for civil engineering
Add any number of team members to your projects. Anyone can navigate in your plans.
The latest plans are automatically synchronized on the devices of all team members in real-time.
SitePlan is available for iOS, Android and web browsers.
Voralpenstraße | sewer construction
Client: eww ag
Construction activities: Construction of a sewer collector with reinforced concrete oval profiles DN800/1200 and reinforced concrete pipes DN600: total length approx. 500 m, excavation depths up to 7 m.
The foreman staked out the entire canal route with SitePlan and the GG04 plus in shortest time. Site manager, foremen and skilled workers were all equipped with SitePlan and did not use any paper plans on the job site.
Makartstraße | sewer construction
Client: eww ag
Construction activities: Construction of a sewer including house connections for a newly developed housing estate.
All manholes and house connections were staked out with SitePlan and the GG04 plus. In particular, in the construction of the house connections foremen noticed a considerable increase in productivity.
Neinergutstraße | sewer construction
Client: eww ag
Construction activities: Construction of a sewer collector, a water pipe and a sewer including house connections for a newly developed housing estate: total length approx. 700 m, excavation depths up to 7 m, approx. 30 house connections.
The water line and all manholes and house connections were staked out with SitePlan and the GG04 plus very quickly. The SitePlan board, which we designed with bottom-mounted laser, also proved to be useful against weak GPS signals in deep trenches.
There is no alternative to digitization.
Slow development of digitization and labor productivity in the construction industry.
The construction industry is the world's bottom of the table for labor productivity, digitization and innovation. Globally, labor-productivity growth in construction has averaged only 1 percent a year over the past two decades, compared with growth of 2.8 percent for the total world economy and 3.6 percent in the case of manufacturing. A study by McKinsey shows that due to these circumstances the global economy loses around $ 1.6 trillion a year – that’s about half of the annual global infrastructure needs. A study by Roland Berger attributes the hesitant productivity development to a lagging implementation of digitization.
The main reasons for the poor productivity of the industry are paper based processes and the high proportion of non-value added working time - because on construction sites, up to 70% of the time is spent on coordination and only 30% is spent on pure construction. That’s where technology comes in - most of the tasks involved in that 70% are repetitive and fairly easy to automate or streamline with mobile. However, especially in civil engineering, there is a lack of use of mobile devices or digital applications on construction sites. The reason: missing site compatible technology.
If construction-sector-productivity were to catch up with that of the total economy - and it can – this would increase the world economy by about 2%. Furthermore, the construction industry could produce more for the global infrastructure needs, in particular through the construction of water, gas, electricity supplies, sewers, sewage treatment, road and rail links.
Together - across organisations, interdisciplinary and with curiosity - we must work on solutions that move us forward. However, a responsible approach to digital technology should always be maintained and the principle that digitization must serve people and not the other way around should apply.
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