PERI is helping companies future-proof their business and actively counteract the shortage of skilled workers in the construction industry. It is creating better working conditions with more safety and higher ergonomics with automated work processes. This offers new opportunities for retaining skilled personnel in the long term.
In addition to innovations from the formwork and scaffolding sector, PERI offers a variety of digital planning tools, innovations in PERI InSite Construction sensor technology, the new myPERI Customer Portal, and 3D Construction Printing solutions.
Première of MESH technology
PERI’s nnovative MESH technology represents an excellent example of how sustainability and digitalisation go hand in hand. MESH is a digital production method for reinforced concrete structures that makes it possible to produce complex or curved reinforcement cages, which were previously manufactured with elaborate manual work, through an automated prefabrication process. The 3D grid structure created in this way then serves as formwork and reinforcement at the same time and is filled with a specific concrete mix. This makes conventional formwork unnecessary, meaning complex shapes and structures can be creating cost-effectively without formwork. The technology is used in customised concrete components for the production of sophisticated moulds for building construction and civil engineering. Conventional concrete structures are produced with less material input than usual and without formwork waste.
The robot-assisted technology was developed at ETH Zurich and has been used in an industrial construction process in partnership with PERI and Sika since 2018. The next step followed this year with the founding of MESH AG, an ETH spin-off based in Zurich with the participation of PERI and Sika. The result is impressive: MESH is one of the finalists in the digitalisation category of the bauma Innovation Award.
New hub for PERI InSite Construction
Digital support during the concreting process is provided by the flexible sensor portfolio of PERI InSite Construction, which helps site personnel to make informed decisions about the concreting process.
The new ISC Hub will make data collection even easier. The simple and handy control unit makes it possible to take several measurements and measurement types at once. While the SONO WZ Water-Content Analyser displays the measurement results directly on the hand-held device, the three sensors for monitoring concrete strength, concrete pressure and concrete detection are connected by cable to a reusable transmitter unit, the ISC Node, which communicates with the ISC Hub. The Hub in turn transmits the collected data to a cloud solution, where the user can retrieve it in real time. For optimised data collection during the entire concreting process, several nodes can be connected to the ISC Hub at the same time.
Digital project management with new myPERI Customer Portal
The successful myPERI Customer Portal is taking another step into the future with a new platform and innovative features that offers even more transparency and interactivity.
The myPERI Customer Portal enables access to PERI construction projects with comprehensive information on used and required materials, costs as well as product and article information. Reports and visual representations facilitate work processes in all phases of construction site management. Important project data is also stored in a digitalised and centralised manner and can be used by all participants at the same time, which ensures transparent and simplified communication.
The revised user interface with responsive design for all end devices and the new search function ensure even more intuitive operation. This allows users to manage their construction projects digitally and track progress while on the move. PERI is constantly refining the portal together with its customers. More functions are in the planning phase, e.g. for reporting. The new myPERI has been available in Germany since September – other countries will be added on a gradual basis.
Live demonstration of 3D construction printing
With 3D Construction Printing, PERI has another innovation in its portfolio - the COBOD BOD2. In printing technology, PERI relies on the COBOD BOD2 gantry printer from the Danish manufacturer and market leader COBOD, in which PERI has held a stake since 2018. Development of the technology has been ongoing and the design and technical options of 3D printing have been optimised.
As an automated and additive manufacturing process, 3D Construction Printing represents an alternative way of building houses. By means of a 3D printer, concrete structures can be quickly and inexpensively created without any formwork and with a high degree of design freedom. This makes the process perfectly suited for use in residential construction and in the creation of individual prefabricated parts.
Plan formwork and scaffolding projects efficiently and digitally
PERI software and digital planning tools simplify preparation of formwork and scaffolding projects, provide a realistic visualisation of project planning and are designed to benefit the user.
Along with QuickSolve, MultiCAD and PERI CAD, the PERI portfolio includes various solutions for different applications and degrees of complexity. QuickSolve is a planning application that is tailored to non-complex projects and is particularly self-explanatory. The web application simplifies everyday construction site work and allows for simple ground plans with formwork and/or scaffolding solutions to be generated automatically on the basis of material availability on the construction site. The free tool is available around the clock, and no installation is necessary.
The PERI MultiCAD portfolio (presented for the first time) offers professional an intelligent formwork planning in Autodesk Revit and many other CAD systems. Together with CADENAS, the existing range of PERI planning objects at bimcatalogs.net was multiplied from 150 to over 700 components for planning in over 150 CAD formats. In addition, PERI has developed intelligent planning functions for PERI systems in the BIM² plugin BIM²form for Autodesk Revit together with BIM² GmbH.
Digitally identify and manage PERI material
With the PERI MATERIAL SCAN App, the digital tool provides user with an overview of all important product information, such as approval status, formwork type or test certificates. Depending on the PERI system, product identification is carried out using different technologies; for instance, using RFID in the case of SKYMAX Panel Slab Formwork. The bulk detection of the formwork panels also makes it easy to count the material and the risk of material confusion is minimised.
Also new is PERI Asset Tracking, which enables intelligent material management. Through an active tracking process, customers can follow the location of their material – from the warehouse to the construction site and back again – in real time. Live data and tracking services can clearly locate the material and minimise theft. This leads to improved workflows with optimised deployment planning and therefore higher cost transparency.