Market of Digital Transformation (DX) at Construction Sites in Japan: Key Research Findings 2024

At Construction Sites, DX Technologies About to Shift from Demonstration to Implementation Stages

Yano Research Institute (the President, Takashi Mizukoshi) has surveyed the market trends of domestic digital transformation (DX) technologies geared to construction sites, which this survey means to be the hardware directly implemented at construction sites. The research has found out the status, future perspectives, and challenges. Here highlights the market forecast (total five market categories) for DX geared to construction sites.

Market Forecast for Digital Transformation Geared to Construction Sites (Total 5 Areas)
Market Forecast for Digital Transformation Geared to Construction Sites (Total 5 Areas)

Market Overview

This research has defined “Digital transformation (DX) at construction sites” as technologies related to hardware that are to be directly implemented at construction sites and has categorized them into following five by referring to digital strategies, ICT applications, automation & labor-saving technologies at major general contractors: 1) automation, 2) remote control 3) telepresence 4) drone applications, and 5) 3D printers for construction.  

The market forecast for DX geared to construction sites (total of 5 categories, based on sales at businesses) for FY2024 is estimated at 58.6 billion yen. Many of the concerned technologies are in the demonstration phase and full implementation at construction sites is due. The efforts by major general contractors, construction machinery manufacturers, robot manufacturers, system integrators, etc. toward implementation are steadily underway, and those implemented technologies and services are likely to be indispensable for future construction sites.

Noteworthy Topics

DX at Construction Sites Propelled Also by Government Initiatives

In “i-Construction”, a project to encourage ICT deployment and applications at construction sites addressed by the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT), some ideas of creating remote offices or factories at which construction works are remotely executed or automated, extremely different from the current construction sites, are hammered out and are in the technological implementations.
In addition, those analog regulations that mandate human interventions such as visual check, patrolling, person in charge to be stationed, etc. that deter deployment of DX technologies have been in the reviews, abolishment, or introduction of substitutional technologies by the Digital Agency. These initiatives by the government are expected to fuel willingness to employ technologies that enable construction machine automation or remote control and telepresence technology at construction sites.

Future Outlook

The market size of DX at construction sites (total 5 areas) is forecasted at 125.0 billion yen.
In detail, telepresence and drone application technologies have already been implemented at construction sites and are projected to grow stably. On the other hand, the markets of those technologies for automation, remote control and 3D printers for construction are still in the dawning era and not far beyond the demonstration stage, though some implementations are underway.
Despite differences among five areas in growth speed, their steady growth is promising for the future, as they all contribute to solve labor shortage and bring about innovations in construction sites.

Research Outline

1.Research Period: January to March 2024
2.Research Object: General contractors, construction machinery businesses, robot businesses, drone businesses, system integrators, other construction-related businesses
3.Research Methogology: Face-to-face interviews (including online) by expert researchers, survey via telephone & email, and literature research

Digital Transformation (DX) at Construction Sites

This research uniquely positions technologies in terms of hardware that are to be directly implemented at construction sites as “Digital transformation (DX) for construction sites” and has studied the market trends after categorizing the market into following five: 1) Automation technology (automated construction machinery, robots for construction work,) 2) Remote control technology (remotely controlling construction machinery,) 3) Telepresence technology (technology that allows a person to feel as if they were present at a place other than true location by utilizing wearable cameras, etc.,) 4) Drone applications (using drones for indoor construction site progress management, building inspection, material transport, etc.,) 5) 3D printers for construction (3D printers that creates new structures on-site using cement.) 
The market size of DX at construction sites in this research has been calculated based on the sales at businesses considering the revenues from device/equipment sales, rental service, and other peripheral services in the above five areas. Note that the market size only includes technologies that are externally sold through market. As in-house technology at general contractors is not basically sold externally, it is not included in the market size.

<Products and Services in the Market>

Automation of construction machinery, robots for construction work, Remote control technology Telepresence technology Drone application technology, 3D printers for construction

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