Reducing the environmental impact of construction is one of the key challenges that the industry must overcome if countries are to meet the targets set 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.

Although carbon emissions, waste, and noise pollution are unavoidable, there are ways in which construction companies can significantly reduce them. One of these is the reduction of construction time, which is seen as a primary means of minimizing the environmental damage caused by construction projects. So how can builders speed up construction time while maintaining quality, safety and reducing costs?

The construction sector owes a lot to modernization and technology integration (especially in the construction phase), especially if the industry is to make a significant contribution to the fight against climate change. Although technology integration 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 effect on reducing environmental impact. One specialized service that bucks this trend is offered by ObraLink. ObraLink is the first and only autonomous data collection system for construction projects. It uses powerful algorithms within its patented technology to measure concrete strength and to automate the detection of on-site progress for the user.

The result is complete automation of construction site project management. So what effect does this have on construction time? Well, when tested and used by several construction companies, such as Cemex and Ferrovial, time per floor of the project was reduced by 1 to 3 days. So for a 20-story building, this meant a 20 to 60 day reduction. Not only is the cost of the concrete phase reduced by approximately 10%, but the environmental impact is reduced as well. Reduced construction time means that less fossil fuels are used for transportation, machinery and electricity. Noise pollution is minimized as is construction site waste, due to fewer construction days.

In short, by using ObraLink, you are reduce the cost, construction time, and environmental impact of your projects. If construction is to help rather than hinder the fight against climate change, the integration of technologies like Obralink is essential.


About the author:

David Wright is head of sales at Obralink and regularly writes content for our blog in English. He has an academic background, having studied Applied Linguistics at UCL, in addition to his copywriting and sales experience.

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