Weekly Poll (59)


The Royal Institute of British Architects released the findings of a survey of over 500 RIBA members about artificial intelligence and found that almost half of United Kingdom architects are using AI to work on their projects. Do you believe AI should be integrated into construction and painting industries?


A team from Mercer University reported that it has created a faster, less expensive method to identify and quantify lead new paint, which uses a portable X-ray fluorescence analyzer. Do you believe this technology can decrease the amount of lead paint currently in circulation?


A report from Gecko Robotics and Rho Impact details how robots and artificial intelligence can improve their data collection to help maintain infrastructure. Do you believe AI should be integrated fully into the construction and inspection industry?


Building products manufacturer MAPEI Corporation recently attended a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the completion of Habitat for Humanity's first-ever 3D-printed homes in Newport News, Virginia. Do you believe 3D-printing technology can be widely adapted in the residential construction industry within the next decade?


A joint team at the Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Technology and Advanced Materials IFAM succeeded in testing coating drones to protect wind turbine rotor blades against ice. Do you believe drones will be fully integrated into the coatings inspection industry within the next decade?


A team of researchers in Germany developed a new artificial intelligence system to examine coatings in a solar cell, aiding in the development of solar panels with perovskite tandem solar cells. Do you believe AI systems could be widely adapted for coatings inspection?


An antifouling biotechnology developed by I-Tech AB has protected the hull and other areas of the world’s largest hospital ship in a recent successful test, during which the ship was docked for extensive periods of time in warm waters. Do you believe these coatings could be adapted to better protect water-based wind turbines?


As technology continues to develop, how likely are you to use a robotic or fully automated waterjetting system on a project?


Catalyst-coated lampshades have reportedly been designed to transform indoor air pollutants, such as volatile organic compounds, into harmless composites. Do you believe applying coatings to common household items is the most effective way to combat indoor air pollutants?


A new building material, called polystyrene, is made up of large panels that are equipped with double galvanized steel mesh on the outside and then finished with 2 inches of concrete on either side, all made for homes to withstand a Category 5 hurricane. Do you believe new building material like polystyrene is the best solution to buildings’ exposure to extreme weather?


Do you expect your company to seriously consider autonomous blasting equipment in the near future in order to cut down on the danger to blasting workers?


Research from the University of New South Wales has demonstrated that organic light-emitting diodes can be harnessed to map magnetic fields, which could allow people to use smartphones to easily map fields around them. Do you believe this technology should be utilized on construction sites to better map the area?


The Royal Canadian Navy’s ship inspection program entered an agreement with Qii.AI to utilize AI-assisted digital inspection. Do you believe AI-based inspection can become an effective tool in the industry?


AkzoNobel Aerospace Coatings has teamed up with American Airlines to use virtual reality technology to deliver a new way of training apprentice painters. Do you believe training that incorporates virtual reality technology will be widely adapted within the next 10 years?


A researcher from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln College plans to study a method for “growing” building materials on Mars by using fungus paired with bacteria to create calcium carbonate. Do you think this material would also be practical and beneficial on Earth?


The new Royal Bournemouth Hospital building in the United Kingdom will be built using artificial intelligence technology. Do you believe utilizing artificial intelligence in construction can improve efficiency?


Florida International University recently received a $3.2 million grant from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to research the 3D printing of Ultra-High Performance Concrete. Do you believe the construction industry will see an influx in 3D printed concrete within the next five years?


An Italian creative consulting firm and design studio recently unveiled a new robotic technology capable of analyzing exterior facades and removing graffiti “tags.” Do you think this technology will be adopted by cities to cover up vandalism?


A commercial coatings contractor in Tennessee recently reported it uses drones for power washing services on commercial, government and residential structures. What is your experience with drones or robotics in the industry?


German automobile and motorcycle manufacturer BMW has submitted a patent for a vehicle scratch detection system with paint films that would allow drivers to be alerted when their car is scuffed. Do you believe this technology could be applied in other coating industries for abrasion detection?


Last month, AkzoNobel Aerospace Coatings unveiled a new virtual reality training for painting aircraft, allowing a user to mimic a customer’s production environment and multiple coating systems to train teams virtually. Do you believe this technology is an effective way to train new painters?


A cleaning and inspection tool development led by Australian energy company Woodside now offers remote inspection of equipment on offshore platforms. Do you believe the human-sized robot inspection system will be beneficial in regard to worker safety?


“The Row,” unveiled last month by Everyrealm, a metaverse real estate development firm, is a metaverse community made up of 30 3D landmarks, each of which can be sold as a non-fungible token (NFT). Do you believe this type of virtual architecture will become more popular?


Civil engineers at the University of Dayton can now utilize a new virtual reality lab to “bring buildings to life,” allowing students to better understand a building’s placement and operation before construction commences. Do you believe this technology will be useful for building design and inspection in the industry?


What is your take on drone inspections?


Last month, a Pittsburgh-based company announced the release of its autonomous coating system. Has your company considered using robotics technology for paint application?


Over the last 12-18 months do you think the industry has done an effective job leveraging new technology platforms to provide training videos to contractors?


How prevalent do you think autonomous or robotic systems for surface preparation will become over the next decade?


The University of Texas at Austin announced that its carbon capture technology, including a solution for “hard to abate” industries, will be licensed by Honeywell Sustainable Technology Solutions. Do you believe this technology should be adopted by other power plants and heavy industrial sources?


Habitat for Humanity recently announced the completion of its first home entirely constructed using a 3D printer. The house took 12 hours to construct, and is a 1,200-square-feet, two-bathroom concrete structure that can withstand hurricanes and tornados. Do you believe 3D printers could become a mainstream technology in house construction?


Robotics company Petra created a rock boring-robot that has successfully bored through the hardest rocks in the world, including granite, basalt, gneiss and dolostone. Do you believe there needs to be an industry shift toward robotics in regard to boring?


Restorations to the Notre Dame Cathedral include replacing confessionals boxes and altars with modern art murals and sound effects. Do you believe these upgrades are a good way to bring historical structures into the modern age?


Software firm Trimble recently announced the release of a robotic dog with a 3D laser scanner, which could be used to document changes to the jobsite and make decisions in the field. Do you believe this type of technology could successfully accompany human documentation within the next decade?


With increased focus on sustainability and affordability, teams of researchers, such as the engineers from Oklahoma State University, have been producing 3D-printed construction materials. Do you believe 3D-printed materials will eventually replace all traditional construction items?


How important is it to you to use green technology when it is an option?


Clemson University is now offering an online class that allows contractors to enroll in a five-module course for certifications in applied drone technology. The course will teach the fundamentals of commercial drone operations and software applications, including how to create 3D models and maps. How applicable is this course to the industry?


In an attempt to reduce its carbon footprint, the U.K. recently announced that it will be using 3D-printed concrete for its new high-speed rail system. The 3D-printed concrete, made with a unique strengthening internal structure, is slated for testing. Do you believe this is a viable replacement for traditional concrete?


In a recent collaboration, scientists from the Swinburne University of Technology and the Hebei University of Technology converted construction waste into an eco-friendly concrete 3D printing material. With this research in mind, alongside other recent pushes for 3D green printing, do you think the industry is approaching an increase in recycled green building materials?


Co-founder and Chief Executive Josh Giegel of American transport tech company Virgin Hyperloop recently announced that commercial operations could happen as early as 2027. Do you think this estimation is accurate?


New York-based construction technology company SQ4D Inc. recently listed a 3D-printed home for sale that it says is the first slated to receive a certification of occupancy in the U.S. Do you expect the market will see more of these types of homes?


The Phoenix Street Transportation Department, in collaboration with Arizona State University, recently completed a series of cool pavement applications around the city. If proved to help reduce heat island effect, do you think other cities located in warmer climates will adopt the technology?


Recently, global coatings firm AkzoNobel and start-up company Apellix announced an update on their collaborative efforts to build a computer-controlled spray-painting drone. Do you think once developed, the technology will become popular in the commercial coatings industry?


Researchers at Stanford University recently produced an “anti-solar panel” prototype that collects energy from the night sky through tapping into the temperature difference between Earth and outer space. Do you believe the technology has equal potential for green energy as existing solar panels?


PPG recently announced the launch of PPG Services, a “digitally-enabled service platform” that aims to allow businesses to identify and connect with painters and then manage and schedule general painting maintenance projects. Do you think the platform will prove beneficial to commercial businesses with multiple locations, as intended?


In July, an Italy-based project titled, “Urban Flying Opera,” used drones to paint a large-scale graffiti project with the aim to beautify the city of Torino. With more stories of drones being utilized for this type of coatings work, do you think the technology has the potential to eventually replace commercial painters?


Announced in mid-July, a historic Pennsylvania bridge will be the first in the U.S. to use an electrically isolated tendon system (EIT), which helps to detect corrosion on post-tension tendons with reported minimal changes to construction schedules. Would you consider using this technology?


A team of scientists from the University of Cambridge has developed the smallest pixels ever made with the help of a thin polymer coating. With hopes to one day use the product for displays on the exterior of buildings, how soon do you think we can expect to see this technology?


Late last month, Saudi Arabia firm Elite for Construction & Development Company purchased The Bod 2, a modular gantry-based 3D construction printer. With the ability to produce buildings 12-by-27-by-9 meters, as well as three-story structures of 300 square meters per floor, do you think other commercial-based companies could benefit from having a similar system?


Earlier this month, the world’s longest 3D-printed concrete pedestrian bridge was completed in Shanghai’s Wisdom Bay Industrial Park. Do you think this construction method will become more commonly used in building pedestrian bridges?


The U.S. Navy has been using 3D printing as an option to create ship parts as needed, as well as cutting down on lead times. Do you think this will technology will prove to be a long-term solution to these issues?


Do you expect your company to seriously consider autonomous blasting equipment in the near future in order to cut down on the danger to blasting workers?


A Florida startup is looking to introduce a painting drone for industrial applications by year’s end. Do drones represent the future of painting in the industrial sector?


Which new technology will have the greatest impact on the bridge coating business in the next 25 years?


Has your company considered using robotics technology for paint application?


The Federal Highway Administration is researching augmented reality, an immersive technology that allows a user to see virtual computer-generated images mixed with their actual surroundings in real time, for use on construction sites. Do you think this is a good or bad idea?


How prevalent will autonomous or robotic systems for surface preparation become over the next decade?


How would you describe your email habits?


Drones are seeing more use in infrastructure work. Does your company plan to use them?


Drones are becoming increasingly popular for construction work. Does your company plan to use them?


 
 
   

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