Dubai-based construction company ASGC is investing part of its annual turnover into disruptive technology – a move helping the firm remain competitive.
The company wants to be at forefront of the next industrial revolution by integrating digital systems in each phase of its business and operations, and this is reflected in the hospitality schemes it is currently working on.
Herbert Fuchs, chief information officer at ASGC, tells Construction Week that the contractor uses technology to continually improve the performance of its projects, be they in the residential, commercial, retail, industrial, or hospitality sectors.
"ASGC is integrating the use of disruptive technology into its operations and will continue to do so for future infrastructure, hospitality, and project work,” he says. "For such projects, ASGC uses Internet of Things (IoT) solutions so that all the physical assets of the project will be sending information through sensors in real time."
He says ASGC is using drones to help its project teams stay up to the date with site progress by monitoring work from a bird’s eye view.
"In the past few months, we have worked to increase the deployment of drones and 3D scanning across our project portfolio. These are two technologies that are set to revolutionise and streamline the construction process.
"The inclusion of these highly advanced solutions in the construction industry comes as part of our technology–driven strategy, fronted by our team. We also use virtual reality to build mock-ups for hotel rooms, which allows one to see the choice of material finishes and colours in virtual space instead of physically building mock-up rooms on site."