Japan aims to ramp up construction productivity with drones, AI

Japan using drones for construction

[Editor’s Note: Drones will be used to survey tunnels, bridges and dams.]

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At an inaugural meeting of officials and private-sector experts tasked with formulating new growth strategy policies, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe vowed yesterday to wipe out the image of construction as dangerous and dirty, and to “drastically” change the work environment.

Drones could carry out surveying on public projects such as tunnels, bridges and dams, while artificial intelligence should be deployed to cut the time required to carry out land surveys.

“We will shed light on impediments to employing the remarkable technological innovations of recent years in people’s lives and society, and push forward with reforms,” Abe said at the meeting, reports The Japan Times.

The government plans to compile a new growth strategy by around the middle of next year.

With Japan’s population shrinking and getting older, proposals to employ artificial intelligence are also likely to involve replacing construction machinery with machines that can be operated automatically.

The plan may involve rolling out tax breaks and financial support to aid regional public works projects and small and medium-size construction firms in adopting information and communication technologies.

At a separate meeting Monday, Abe vowed to make Japan the world leader in business innovation and make public services more convenient by streamlining bureaucratic procedures using so-called information and communications technology.

Image: Drones in flight (Halftermeyer/Wikimedia Commons)

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