Lao construction industry eyes use of smart technology

LAO PDR (Vientiane Times) - Engineering experts in the fields of construction and architecture learnt more about the smart construction industry during a seminar held on Tuesday on the 4th industrial revolution and digital transformation.

Officials and invited guests gather at the start of a talk on the construction industry, held in Vientiane on Tuesday

The event was organised by the Korea Trade Investment Promotion Agency (KOTRA) office in Vientiane and Heerim Architects and Planners from South Korea. It was titled “Smart Construction - 4th Industrial Revolution and Digital Transformation in the Construction Industry”.

The seminar was given as part of a CSR project to boost cooperation between the two countries in the Lao construction industry. It was attended by officials and company representatives in the field of transportation, construction, and related sectors.

Participants shared their knowledge and experience of smart construction, the 4th industrial revolution and digital transformation in the construction industry, especially in relation to

ways that would advance cooperation between the two countries.

“At present, the construction industry in Laos mostly still uses local technology. But smart technology has a great advantage in that it enables construction companies to utilise advanced technologies for smart construction. This enables them to create and design constructions that guarantee more safety, a faster working process, accuracy, and requires fewer workers,” said the Director General of the Vientiane Urban Development Administration Authority, Mr Bounchanh Keosithamma.

“We have to learn from countries that already use and are expert in smart technology. Today is a great chance for us to learn from South Korea and see if this technology can be adapted for use in Laos,” he added.

The 4th industrial revolution and digital transformation plays an important role in the construction industry because it introduces a fundamental change in construction development. Advanced technology offers various opportunities to boost Laos’ development and the use of technology-driven design, construction, architecture, and renovation.

Many technologies have emerged in various areas in which people are now using

in their daily lives and mega construction projects. Project management that uses IT should be enhanced to increase effective communication and data management to avoid project delays, inaccurate databases, unclear communication, and budget issues.

The seminar was the first organised by Heerim Architects and Planners in Laos. The company sees that Laos has challenges in development and that the use of IT in construction can not only benefit construction companies, but also social and economic development in general. Design, construction, and repair are difficult tasks. But smart technologies can bring about smartness in construction, which drives the industry to the next level.