Willingness to adopt robotics and construction automation in the South African construction industry

Opeoluwa Akinradewo, Ayodeji Oke, Clinton Aigbavboa, Molau Mashangoane

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Abstract

Automation in construction has shown a great advantage in the construction industry for execution of different types of work in construction in terms of increasing production, cost reduction, resolving labour issue and delivering project on time. Problemfaced in construction had been studied and inventors designed new robotics and construction automation to mitigate those problems. This study focused on assessing the level of willingness to adopt robotics and construction automation in South Africa. Literatures were reviewed and with the findings obtained from the administered questionnaire, the objective of the study was achieved. Respondents were chosen from the population of construction professional and retrieved data was analysed. The study indicated that construction professionals are willing to adopt robotics and construction automation. Although reviewed literatures showed there are barriers to the adoption of Robotics and Construction Automation. The study concluded that construction automation and robotics would have positive effects on the delivery of the construction project by increasing quality of the construction product, enhancing supervision, improving working conditions, cost effectiveness and it will also reduce construction accidents if adopted. It was recommended that government provide subsidies to encourage construction professionals in getting necessary technology for the adoption of robotics and construction automation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1639-1646
Number of pages8
JournalProceedings of the International Conference on Industrial Engineering and Operations Management
Volume2018
Issue numberNOV
Publication statusPublished - 2018
EventProceedings of the International Conference on Industrial Engineering and Operations Management Pretoria, IEOM 2018 -
Duration: 29 Oct 20181 Nov 2018

Keywords

  • Building information modelling
  • Computer aided design
  • Computer aided manufacturing
  • Robotics and automation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Strategy and Management
  • Management Science and Operations Research
  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering

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