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Trend Opportunity Profiles - Future of Humanless Construction

  • Report

  • 69 Pages
  • September 2021
  • Region: Global
  • Frost & Sullivan
  • ID: 5457015

Future Growth Potential Enhanced by Advancements in Robotics and Automation

Developers are increasingly investing in digital tools like robotics and automation to improve productivity. 3D printing and other new technologies will lead to rapid advancements in prefabrication and modularization. These advancements, in turn, will improve productivity and reduce overreliance on on-site processes.

With a rapidly aging workforce, the construction industry is also expected to face an acute skills shortage over the next decade. For instance, in North America, 1 in 5 workers will reach retirement age by 2030. In addition, the construction industry accounts for 25% of all fatalities globally - the highest among all industries. As developers strive to achieve zero-accident work sites, investments in automation and robotics technologies will open up new applications that are not accessible or feasible to humans.

Around 60% of the global population is expected to dwell in urban areas by 2030. The role of buildings as an integral part of the surrounding environment will also evolve through the long term. Building automation system vendors that currently focus on disparate solutions such as smart security and smart climate control, will need to expand their horizons to include automation solutions for the entire lifecycle of the building. In future, autonomous buildings will interact with the smart city infrastructure and city networks in real time.

The convergence of transformational Mega Trends shaping the industry, including prefabrication, 3D printing, digital upskilling, robotics, and autonomous systems will result in new growth opportunities. These include an online modular building configurator, remote construction monitoring, and smart autonomous buildings.


  • What are the key factors or indicators driving this market?
  • What is the scope for innovation and commercialization in this space over the next decade?
  • What are the key growth opportunities to watch out for in the next decade?
  • What are the critical success factors for growth for market players seeking to enter this space?

Table of Contents

1. Trends Strategic Imperatives
Why Is Growth Becoming Increasingly Difficult To Achieve?
The Strategic Imperative 8™
Our Mega Trend Universe - Overview
Growth Opportunities Fuel the Growth Pipeline Engine™

2. Executive Dashboard
Our Mega Trend Universe - Humanless Construction Impact
Key Findings
Growth Opportunities Critical to Future Success

3. Strategic Context
Six Key Performance Indicators for Project Success
Rising Cost of Labor vs. Falling Price of Robots
Automation and the Cost of Worker Safety
Future Vision of a Humanless Construction Site
Three Levels of Construction Autonomy
Key Trend Opportunity Levers
Challenges Facing the Adoption of Automation & Robotics

4. Trend Opportunity Analysis
Trend Opportunity Overview
Off-site Prefabrication - Component and Modular Prefab
Off-site Prefabrication - 3D Printing
On-site Automation and Robotics - Task-specific Robots
Drones and Autonomous Vehicles
Building Automation Evolution
Building Automation - Smart Building Controls
Building Automation - Autonomous Buildings

5. Trend Impact Analysis
Trend Opportunity - Regional Exposure
Trend Opportunity Impact and Certainty Analysis
Trend Opportunity Matrix - Trend Innovation Index
Innovation Attractiveness Score
Trend Opportunity Matrix - Trend Growth Index
Growth Attractiveness Score
Trends - Beets Implications

6. Future Visioning Scenarios
Four Future Scenarios
Scenario 1 - Business as Usual
Scenario 2 - Digital Augmentation
Scenario 3 - Zero-human Automation
Scenario 4 - Whole Lifecycle Automation

7. Growth Opportunity Analysis
Growth Opportunity 1 - Online Modular Building Configurator
Growth Opportunity 2 - Remote Construction Monitoring
Growth Opportunity 3 - Smart Autonomous Buildings
Critical Success Factors for Growth
Conclusion - The Way Forward

8. Appendix
Our Mega Trend Universe

9. Next Steps
Identifying Your Company’s Growth Zone
Your Next Steps
About the Growth Pipeline Model
List of Exhibits
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