ELECTRI International recently announced the release of two completed research initiatives, “The Future of Line Contracting: A Workforce Transformation” and “Robots in Construction and Maintenance: Current use in Power System Work and Inside Construction”. In addition, ELECTRI has released a short video to accompany each study.
This study seeks to help guide contractors towards a future strategy by answering three questions:
- What trends and market forces are driving the future of line construction projects?
- How do you retain the knowledge accumulated by linemen and workers who are nearing retirement?
- What process and systems will you introduce to transform the workplace and fill those worker gaps more quickly?
According to the 2020 report by Phillips, as many as 2.7 million (49%) of all construction positions could be replaced with machines by 2057. Specifically, this report found there is automation potential of about 42% for electricians, 50% for plumbers, 50% for carpenters, and 88% for operating engineers. Several of today’s robot manufacturers and other industry partners offer advice on factors to consider when evaluating estimated payback times and ROI expectations. Eight different templates are referenced and three different examples are included.