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A construction project can be a huge, multi-level endeavor, with multiple people trying to coordinate various aspects of the project, from sourcing materials to painting walls. On a large project, simply tracking building materials—from ordering to on-site delivery—can be challenging, and not knowing the location of those materials can cause project delays, or even worse, duplicate orders, both of which can drive up project costs.
According to Aon, 95 percent of building construction data gets lost when it’s handed off from the first owner. This logistical chaos exists because construction sites and teams lack visibility across a jobsite’s supply chain and activities.
Ynomia, an IoT tech company based in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, is bringing order to the chaos by converting the worksite into a digital warehouse. At the heart of its solution is Bluetooth Low Energy Aware Technology (BLEAT), which was created by the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO), Australia’s national science agency.
In partnership with CSIRO’s Data61 Distributed Sensing Systems Group, Ynomia has developed proprietary algorithms to bring IoT to large-scale infrastructures. The BLEAT-based platform provides construction companies with real-time location monitoring of building materials from the time they enter the work site to their installation location.
Allowing builders to see real-time information about the location of materials, tools, and people on the jobsite reduces frustrating delays that stem from wasted time and inefficiencies on complex builds. In some cases, builders can see all the way through to the supply chain status of the desired materials, which allows for better planning and improved productivity.
“The biggest silver bullet in our traction has actually come from unlocking visibility into the supply chain, in particular for high-value, critical-path materials, which is even more chaotic and prone to risk, delay, and quality issues than the worksite itself,” says Matthew Barbuto, co-founder of Ynomia.
Having transparency reduces the risk for construction companies—especially as prefab and modular structures gain popularity. It allows construction value chains to mimic more advanced manufacturing models such as Design for Manufacture and Assembly (DfMA). The goal is to simplify the design of a product, so it’s easier to manufacture and assemble, in turn, cutting costs and time to completion. Construction contractors are starting to adopt DfMA to manage prefab construction components such as concrete floor slabs, and structural columns and beams.
Smart Supply Chain
Ynomia has put its platform to the test at West Side Place Stage 1, featuring 1,372 apartments and a Ritz-Carlton hotel in the heart of Melbourne, Australia. Due to the size and complexity of the project, construction company Probuild needed a way to manage the equipment and materials onsite. It turned to Ynomia and Briq, a California-based blockchain firm to create a smart supply chain.
Using VV1 bluetooth technology, beacons, gateways, sensor tags, and blockchain technology, Briq and Ynomia created a digital twin of the building that monitors, in real-time, compliance points of manufacture, logistics, and installation of all the façade panels on the structure. Each item is tracked, and the data can be accessed via smartphone.
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Everyone on the project is working with the same updated information, essentially giving building owners and construction teams a living ledger of the building and its progress. In addition, each tracking point can initiate a progress payment that cascades from the financier to the general contractor to the suppliers and installers.
The ability to access detailed information about the location of materials and personnel has the power to transform the way construction companies do business, while saving costs for all involved.
Learn more about the growing role of IoT in construction:
- Ynomia connected jobsite technology
- Probuild future developments and current job sites
- Briq analytics for the construction data cloud.