Robotics and digital tech: CIOB debates the future in Hong Kong

The Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) Conference 2021 in Hong Kong is set to focus on ‘smart construction’ and the potential application of digital and robotic technologies when it takes place next month.

The online event is due to run from 9am until 12pm on Tuesday 20 April, local time.

Guest of Honour will be Ir Lam Sai Hung, JP permanent secretary for development (works) from Hong Kong’s Development Bureau.

Citing market research projecting the size of the construction robotics market to reach $7.8bn (£5.6bn) in 2027, from $2.5bn (£1.8bn) in 2019, CIOB president Mark Beard said the industry was on the cusp of a “digital revolution”, and that embracing it would help the industry deliver more efficiently and safely. 

Beard said: “The nature of the skills challenge has changed and will change further due to technology. Some jobs will disappear, others will be created. We are likely to see a change from frontline jobs on construction sites to backline jobs, with new jobs we had not thought of five years ago appearing over the next ten years.

“Technology can help us improve the quality of what we deliver our customer but can also help us raise our productivity, our profitability and make the workplace safer for everyone who works in our industry. It can also help us attract a new generation of construction talent, who will bring with them new ideas to solve the problems of tomorrow.”

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