The built environment makes a positive contribution to many areas of our social lives with employment, education and health contributing to our general well being. It also forms a vital part of a healthy economy by giving us the logistical infrastructure for us to maintain a well defined and structured social and economic community.
There are however, many consequences from our desire to create within this built environment, many of which are currently unavoidable with no solution currently in sight. The very nature by which we produce concrete for example, a fundamental ingredient to the built environment infrastructure, results in huge quantities of CO2 emissions. Steel manufacture requires immense energy reserves to maintain production. Hydroelectricity makes unprecedented demands on the natural flora and fauna we all aspire to.
The figures speak for themselves. According to the International Energy Agency, the construction industry is responsible for 36% of worldwide energy usage and 40% of CO2 emissions.
So if we cannot, for the foreseeable future, resolve the environmental consequences of construction, is there a way to mitigate these effects and limit the downside of moulding the environment to our bidding?
Most large construction companies realise they cannot carry on as before and are endeavouring to moderate their environmental influence. The majority now publish Sustainability Policies on their websites and prospectuses. According to G4 Sustainability Reporting Guidelines, these policies must commit to the following standards:
Without an alternative to current practices, the best to which we can aspire is assuaging the damage created by current practices, reducing their impact on the natural world, industrial economic viability and the eventual impact on the community.
A new and groundbreaking technology-rich consultancy from MINOTRO has launched a revolution in the lean project control of enterprise construction. Minotro helps enterprise construction companies go further, mitigating construction impact in three key areas:
It's patently clear that the construction industry has no real chance of digital alignment. It's way to fluid compared to something like manufacturing, and is at the mercy of Mother Earth, and her frequent mood swings. So every project is quite specific, and there are a multitude of disciplines for different project types. Oil, gas, mining, infrastructure, retail, transport, housing et al. Scheduling and resource planning is one thing, although not one project has ever matched the plan in the history of construction. But knowing what you need to do NOW makes a huge difference.
This is where Minotro connects the dots between the field, the project control, financial control, and the project owner. Transparency, accuracy, prediction, etc, and it takes five minutes to understand how to understand it and how to use it.'