The rate of adoption for smart sensor technologies (SST) in the constructions industry has increased in recent times. These technologies have transcended as a major energy-saver for the industry. However, smart sensor technologies are only used after the entire process of planning and construction is complete. This deprives engineers from key intelligence that they could gather from SST during architectural planning and execution. Dr. Kaveh Abhari of San Diego University teamed up with architect, Dr. Maryam Abhari to understand architectural SST.
The duo believes that architects are missing out on key assistance by not employing SST in architectural planning. The researchers assert that smart sensors can help engineers and architects in smart planning and energy management. Moreover, data from smart sensor technology can foster improved space planning, safety, and water efficiency.
The team of researchers sought to find out reasons that holdback architects from using SST in planning and design. They also wanted to know of the apprehensions related to the use of SST data.
Lack of Technical Skill in Architects
The researchers interviewed 29 architects on the pretext of knowing their willingness to install SSTs. The findings of the researchers were presented at the Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences. According to their findings, most architects were discouraged by the time required for SST integration in the design process. Furthermore, lack of technical knowledge was also a factor that hampered seamless induction of SST by architects. Other barriers included scepticism about data authenticity, increased costs, and unorganised design processes.
Overlooking the Advantages
The researchers stated that most architects overlooked the advantages served by SSTs. These advantages are enough to overpower the insignificant disadvantages cited by the architects. Costs of redesigning, remodelling, and renovation can be significantly reduced by using SST. Furthermore, data collected from SST nodes can help averting wastage of resources during the construction process.