A High-Tech Jobsite in China

It is certainly not common yet to see an advanced fingerprint and face recognition system being used at a noisy construction site, as the way of controlling access for its workers. Country Garden Holdings, a construction firm in Dongguan, a mid-sized city in China's Guangdong province, has installed such a system at its Country Garden-Chashan Mansion project.

The workers got used to the system in a matter of days. All the construction workers enter the site every day through the system. This is one example of many of the technological advancements on this jobsite and others in the country.

The methodic approach to every aspect of the site is immediately obvious, as early as the entrance gate: the entrance area is inlaid with grooves so vehicles can be washed and cleaned by an automated car wash and the accompanying spraying and aspirating systems. A digital screen, also located in the entrance area, displays the current weather information, constantly monitoring the environment within the site.

Workers on the site can access information about the construction materials by scanning the QR code with their smartphone. The construction industry and property owners expressed surprise and admiration for the highly detailed and customized design of the site.

The ability to adopt such a methodical and systematic approach is mainly due to the application of a complete array of recently-developed Standard and Shareable Geospatial Foundation building solutions. The solutions employ some of the existing established construction technologies in China, while adding in several technologies from Japan and Europe. The technologies can eliminate the need for plastering and significantly reduce the use of lumber, sand, cement, and water, while maximizing efficiencies in terms of human resources, allowing for energy conservation and environmental protection.

The new technologies include climbing frames, aluminum molds, cast-in-place walls, precision-made flooring, water interception systems on every floor, prefabricated panels, complete bathroom units, cement forming using high pressure spray guns, prefabricated polycarbonate components, interspersed construction, and PVC wallpaper. The new process can significantly reduce the time needed to complete a construction project of this size by six to eight months.

With approximately 20 years of development under its belt, the technology has become increasingly mature. It takes about a week for the construction workers to pick up the necessary knowledge and skills. It considerably raises the bar as for what is required from designers and managers. This example of technological advancements on the jobsite points to what the future can hold for all construction jobsites.

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