South Korea has launched a smart building technology project to bring more innovation to construction sites with massive investment of 200 billion won ($173 million) for the next six years, the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport announced Sunday.
The smart building technology development project for 2020-2025 focuses on four sectors – automation of construction equipment and management system; smart building for road structure; smart integrated safety control technology; and digital platform and test bed.
Each sector then consists of detailed items that can wholly change the overall building process like automation of civil engineering work equipment, real-time control of multiple equipment, building information modeling (BIM)-based modular construction and remote building using robots.
The government had allocated less than 30 billion won for similar projects, but it decided to increase budget drastically this time with an aim to develop more practicable technologies applicable to construction sites.
The R&D project will be carried out in line with actual construction orders to prove the application, the ministry added. Participants in the project are invited to submit ideas from Jan. 20 to Feb. 25.
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