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Digitization in the construction industry

Published: 14 February 2020

Researchers in the field of Construction Management and Buildning Technology and Structural Engineering at Luleå University of Technology and Sweden's Construction Industries gave a seminar on the theme of digitization of the construction industry for invited guests. Here, the audience gained an insight into the research conducted in our university in this area.

The digitalisation of the construction industry is in full swing. The development is fast and it is creates great opportunities for construction and civil engineering companies to be both more efficient and more sustainable. The industry has absorbed much of the possibilities of digital technology but there is still a great potential to do more.

"We are about 60 researchers here at Luleå University of Technology working on this. We are a large and proud research group also seen from a national perspective", says Lars Stehn, professor in Construction Management and Buildning Technology at Luleå University of Technology.

What is a connected construction site? Does it work with drawings or models on the construction site? How can a building design be monitored remotely? What will be the consequences of increased digitization in the construction industry? These were some of the issues discussed.

"For us, it is important to work close to the industry and this includes informing about our ongoing research and at the same time getting feedback and criticism of our work. It is evolving and makes us sharper", says Lars Stehn, professor in Construction Management and Buildning Technology at Luleå University of Technology.

The seminar ended with the Construction Companies awarding an award to Norrbotten's most digitized company and the winner of this award was Lindbäcks Bygg.

Digital tools and tools in the construction industry

  • BIM, Building Information Modeling
  • Sensors, automatic measurement of data
  • Cloud computing, cloud services are IT services provided over the Internet
  • VR, AR, MR, Virtual reality, Augumented reality and Mixed reality
  • Drones, create an overview of construction work, calculate the mass of materials, etc.
  • 3D scanning, analyzes a real object or environment and creates digital 3D models
  • Robotization, automation of a process using robot-controlled tools
  • 3D printing, three-dimensional objects are built up layer by layer using a printer
  • Self-propelled vehicle
  • Machine learning and AI, self-learning machines and artificial intelligence
  • Digital twin, copy in computer environment of something that exists in reality

A new website was also presented, see link below.

Lars Stehn

Lars Stehn, Professor and Head of Subject

Phone: +46 (0)920 491976
Organisation: Construction Management and Building Technology , Industrialized and sustainable construction, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering