Why automate?

According to McKinsey, construction is one of the least digitised industries in the world and the World Economic Forum rates the UK’s roads a poor 27th for quality. Lack of technological investment is hampering productivity in infrastructure construction.

Construction is also the most dangerous industry in the UK and construction quality testing often puts workers in particular danger.

We plan to change these facts.

 

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The success of the manufacturing industry in doubling its productivity since 1994 has been attributed to wide-scale technology adoption and automation. Productivity improvement in construction has remained flat over the same time period and it is reasonable to see lack of investment in digital technologies and automation as a driving factor.

The construction business faces a number of challenges. In particular, a skills shortage is hindering growth and performance. By automating some roles in the construction industry, companies will have the flexibility required to up-skill and redeploy workers to less easy-to-automate roles, helping more work get done using the same number of people as before.

HDS see the automation of materials testing in infrastructure as a liberating tool for companies to use in the desire to improve efficiency and productivity. 

Automation for productivity

 

Current testing is done through human intervention. It's costly, repetitive work and can be dangerous for site operatives. By using remote systems, HDS is keeping workers away from hazardous situations on site. At a time when construction is suffering from a worker shortage, HDS is helping employers use their staff where they're most needed - not at points that can be automated easily.  

Traditional methods of materials testing are outdated. We use laser systems, GPS and sensor technology to improve the quality of works on site, providing real-time information to site operatives to empower them to make the best decisions on your projects.

 

Traditional methods can't collect data at a scale required for modern asset management requirements. HDS technology captures huge volumes of data, enabling clients to plot data geo-spatially, perform complex analytics and conduct deterioration modelling.

Data for safety, quality and asset management