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Construction Summary

Scope

Provides the forum for construction practitioners, material providers and technology providers to make a concerted and systematic effort to identify, develop, deploy and evaluate the impact of the components, systems, standards and deployment strategies that are needed for successful Intelligent and Automated Construction Job Sites.

Vision

The project site and construction processes of the future will be re-engineered to make use of emerging information and automation technologies to minimize capital facility delivery costs (labor, material and equipment), facility delivery time, and life cycle costs. Linked to an asset life cycle information system, construction project management systems will continuously monitor the job site for compliance with cost, schedule, material placement and quality, technical performance, and safety. These advances will reduce construction time to a fraction of today's averages by more effectively orchestrating and closely monitoring the use of labor, equipment and materials on the job site, and will thus provide significant savings through schedule compression, material and work package optimization and labor reduction, with less rework for construction operations. Construction sites will become more intelligent and integrated as materials, components, tools, equipment, and people become elements of a fully sensed and monitored environment. Location and status of all materials, equipment, personnel, and other resources will be continuously tracked on site, thus enabling a "pull" environment where needed resources are delivered on demand. Automation of construction processes will augment manual labor for hazardous and labor-intensive tasks such as welding and high-steel work. Construction job sites will be wirelessly networked with sensors and communications technologies that enable technology and knowledge-enabled construction workers to perform their jobs quickly and correctly. Because the facilities and construction operations are closely monitored and represented within an asset life cycle information system (see section onData Management and Information Integration), downstream facility operations will be made more effective with the availability of much better documentation about the history and current state of the facility.

Benefits and Opportunities

The primary benefits of the intelligent and automated construction job site will be significantly reduced construction time and cost, high-fidelity documentation of the as-built facility, reduced errors and rework, improved safety and security and highly efficient supply of materials and product to the construction job site. The capabilities delivered also will yield significant benefits to upstream engineering and planning functions and the downstream activities associated with startup, commissioning, and operations and maintenance of the capital facility.

Goals

The primary goal is to deliver on the IACJS (Integrated and Automated Construction Job Site) vision described above. To achieve this goal, a concerted and systematic effort is required to identify, develop, deploy, and evaluate the impacts of the needed IACJS systems, components, standards, and deployment strategies. With such an investment, construction practitioners who wish to select and deploy IACJS technologies for use on a specific project can much more easily do so and have a high degree of confidence that the technologies will yield reduced schedules and costs of construction operations. IACJS technology providers will also benefit from this effort and participate in the development of the standards, system architectures and system components.