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Study of policies and systems to revitalize smart construction technology: Phase 1 (2020-2021)

Author Seungkook Park, Baul Lee Pages - page
Date 2022-04-01 Series number -

Research Title : Study of policies and systems to revitalize smart construction technology: Phase 1 (2020-2021)


▣ Author : Seungkook Park, Baul Lee


Research Background and Purpose

• Since the 4th Industrial Revolution emerged as a major issue at the Davos Forum in 2016, countries around the world have been developing various policies, and Korea's construction industry is also preparing countermeasures by announcing a roadmap for smart construction technology. However, smart construction technology differs greatly from traditional construction technology, and this aspect is the cause of hindering the use of technology in various aspects of the construction industry.

• The purpose of this study is to diagnose the industrial competitiveness of smart construction technology in the Korea construction industry to spread and promote smart construction technology, present regulatory improvement (proposal), and identify on-site risks of smart construction technology and derive directions.


▣ Research Methodology & Period

• (1st Year) Diagnosis of the competitiveness of the construction industry in the smart construction technology.

- Applying the theory of industrial competitiveness to analyze the industrial competitiveness of Korea smart construction technology.

• (1st Year) Policy Demand Survey

- Analysis of construction industry policies related to the 4th Industrial Revolution in major countries around the world through literature research.

- Discovering legal regulations that occur when using smart technology of Korea construction companies.

• (2nd Year) Regulatory sandbox operation plan

- Derivation of regulatory sandbox operation plans to revitalize smart construction technology based on the demand survey for the first year.

• (2nd Year) Direction for identifying and improving construction site risks

- Identify risks through case studies and derive risk priorities through quantitative investigation and analysis.

- Presenting directions for improvement of risks derived through FGI.

• Research Period: 2020.06.01. ~ 2021.12.31.


Research Findings

• Diagnosis of competitiveness of smart construction technology in the construction industry.

- Demand conditions and government factors were analyzed to have the highest importance, and in the case of competitiveness, demand conditions and related industrial factors were analyzed to have the highest importance.

- “Improvement of the ordering system”, “volume of orders for projects including smart construction technology”, “relaxation of regulations”, “comprehensive support”, and “policy preparation to improve smart construction technology experts” are suggested as key points.

• Policy Demand Survey

- Major countries such as the United States, China, and Germany have established and promoted digital industrial innovation policies, including the construction industry, to innovate economic structure, create jobs, and enhance industrial competitiveness.

- Representative regulations on smart construction technology in Korea are drones, construction automation, construction safety, and construction robots fields.

• Regulatory sandbox operation plan

- “In the Construction Technology Promotion Act”, new regulations related to "Smart Construction Technology Definition," "Smart Construction Project Definition," "Quick Confirmation," "Special Regulation," and "Temporary Permission" for regulatory sandbox operation are presented.

• The direction of risk identification and improvement of construction sites.

- The final 19 risk factors are derived through case studies and factor analysis at the site using smart construction technology nationwide.

- As a risk response strategy, a total of 11 core points and 6 concepts were presented, and a high proportion of each core concept is procurement, system, education promotion, technology development, government policy, and corporate management in order.



• Identify the level of competitiveness of smart construction technology.

- It can be a reference material for policy makers to revitalize the competitiveness of smart construction technology in the construction industry.

• Smart Construction Technology Regulatory Sandbox and Response Plan

- It is believed that the smart technology regulations can be rapidly improved through the sandbox operation framework specialized in smart construction technology.

- Proposal of amendments to laws to increase the utilization of smart construction safety equipment contributes to the expansion of the base of the relevant industries.

• Countermeasures against risks of utilizing smart technology

- Provide data that can preemptively respond through the priority of smart construction technology risks.


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