Housing Department uses automation and robots to tackle the labor shortage

To address the shortage of construction workers, the Housing Department is actively digitizing engineering processes and introducing automated painting robots.

Through a “one-person, multiple machines” mechanism, technical workers can operate several machines at once, completing medium-sized painting projects within 30 minutes. This approach not only saves time and costs, but also alleviates the predicament of manpower shortages.

Senior structural engineer Yao Xunxiong pointed out that, the government has adopted innovative technologies such as the use of Building Information Modeling (BIM) to support engineering efforts.

Moreover, the new robot painting technology is programmed using a tablet computer and multiple robots can be controlled simultaneously, with a cost of only HKD40 per square meter compared to the traditional worker cost of HKD58.

The Housing Department expects that digitized painting robots will become widely used in various public housing projects in the future, mitigating the impact of labor shortages on engineering.

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