China is eyeing “new infrastructure” to offset the economic impact of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) and boost sustainable growth. “New infrastructure” is a relative concept in infrastructure construction. In the past, infrastructure construction mainly referred to construction projects such as railways, highways, airports, ports, and water conservancy facilities, which played an important role in China’s economic development. Compared with traditional infrastructure, “new infrastructure” focuses more on high quality, which involves 5G, AI (artificial intelligence), data center and other technological innovation areas, and education, medical care and other areas of upgrading of people’s livelihood.
Let’s take the construction industry as an example. The transformation and upgrading of the construction industry’s informatization, achieving energy conservation and emission reduction, and reducing costs and increasing efficiency are imminent. BIM（Building Information Modeling）technology has played a leading role in the innovative application of the entire industrial chain of planning, design, construction, operation and maintenance, and thus promoted the integration and innovation of digital technologies such as BIM technology, big data, cloud computing, the Internet of Things, and mobile Internet with China’s construction industry.
And the perfect combination of BIM technology and prefabricated building will bring unlimited opportunities to the transformation of the construction industry, the remodeling of the construction industry, and the new model of innovative development. The BIM + prefabricated building+ EPC construction model will also lead the construction industry to a higher, faster and better to build a new world, and become a new growth point and create more space for innovative and private enterprises.
From the current development of emerging industries such as big data, cloud computing, Internet of Things, Telematics, VR/AR, etc., it can be clearly found that each item relies on the characteristics of high transmission rate and low latency of 5G technology, so it can be said that manufacturing in the digital economy era is closely related to 5G. As a huge industry with an annual output value of more than 20 trillion, the construction industry can be expected to also have great demand for 5G technology, which is mainly used in the following future scenarios:
Using BIM and cloud computing, big data, Internet of Things, mobile Internet, artificial intelligence and other information technologies to lead the transformation and upgrading of the industry，integrating personnel, processes, data, technology and business systems to achieve the monitoring and management of the entire project construction process.
Smart construction site
In the 5G era, remote automatic control of construction sites will be realized, and remote control of construction machinery and equipment through 5G networks will effectively solve the difficult problems of personnel safety in the field of construction machinery and the high cost of enterprises.
Internet platform for the whole industry chain
Different from the current construction Internet e-commerce platforms, 5G technology applications will open up all aspects of the construction industry, integrating the currently isolated building materials industry, construction machinery, labor dispatch and all aspects of project construction.