2 years ago

Drones to Help Build Cities of Tomorrow

Through time, human had gotten used to machines assuming certain roles in society that our time has been tagged as the dawn of the age of robotics. However, even when machines and computer operated things has been occupying our age, some type of skilled labor still seemed beyond modern age’s reach. After all, how can you expect a machine to wield a hammer or analyze the physics beyond putting together scraps of things? While we are looking forward to the time when we can build a building at a push of a button, there are existing flying robots which analyze and survey the location of our construction sites for operators to review.


Axis Capital Group, a company which sells and rents capital construction equipment based in Singapore and has now expanded to Jakarta, Indonesia, is now working its way to introducing and drones for better layout of construction and design. Our manufacturing partners from the biggest names of capital equipment continues to set up the most advanced in technology and industrialization by integrating the use of drones in their operations.


The value of drones in construction, at least for the time being, is more or less tied to their ability to venture where humans and heavy machinery cannot. This dictates that the vehicles remain small, agile and with minimal payload, zipping around with onboard high-res cameras and relaying progress shots and aerial surveys to construction teams on the ground. This might sound like little more than a negligible cost-cutting, but drones are already forming an integral part of business operations for innovative construction firms the world over.


The potential of drones in construction is becoming too great to ignore, warning other companies who aren’t using them to start thinking otherwise to remain in competition.


In Japan, an aging population has the construction industry turning to new technology to help build the infrastructure of the future. Leading the charge is the multinational machinery maker Komatsu which has just announced the launch of a new service called Smart Construction, aimed at helping fill Japan's void of a fit young workforce with cutting edge information and communication technologies. The service includes a platform called KomConnect that will connect machinery and workers to the cloud to improve overall efficiency, artificial intelligence-assisted control for operating machinery and, of course, drones.


 So through monitoring and aerial mapping, drones are proving indispensable for forward-thinking companies looking stay one step ahead. By negating the need for expensive and heavy-duty safety equipment the robots are saving time and money, while also delivering precise information more reliably than is otherwise possible. 

2 years ago

Construction Industry Challenges and Hurdles

Axis Capital Group, a construction company based in Singapore has written a lot of articles about the development of the construction of eco-friendly companies not only in our main base in Singapore but also to our branch out company in Jakarta, Indonesia and to other countries as well. The new wave of Green Movement as many people have called it is totally a trend in the turn of the century. The Green Building Revolution spawned new catchwords such as sustainability and green collar jobs. However, it cannot be avoided that there are conflicting issues and hurdles in the task of keeping track with green evolution.


1. Separate Capital and Operating Budgets

- According to a review by Vijaya Yellamraju, an accredited professional with Leadership Energy and Environmental Design Green Building Rating, the long term benefits of an initially expensive construction are more often not fully explored and this frequently unwitting shortsightedness can ultimately cost a building owner a great deal. 


2. Split Incentives for Owner-Tenant

- A developer may not be interested in paying for green features, such as solar panels, when benefits will be passed on to the new tenants and owners -  unless, of course, he is able to recoup the additional cost of green features in the sale price. 


3. Lack of Transit Oriented Development

- Green Building is booming, but the infrastructure necessary to achieve the greatest efficiency remains almost stagnant. Yellamraju even added, “it appears that we are building in isolation, without having much community structure or transit system in place to make our efforts worthwhile”.


4. Greening Existing Buildings

- The focus of the government nowadays is the construction of new buildings to incorporate green movement in their development. 


5. Green Education

- Many of our kids grow up and do not know the difference of green infrastructures when what they are all seeing is modern and chic buildings full of glass and gray concrete. 


6. Resistance to Change

- Many people have thought it hard to convert from the modern concrete buildings to green infrastructures. They have so many complaints citing the issues above as the cause of the hurdles and would end up not accepting green projects for their construction needs.