Researchers in Japan are taking a common-sense approach to integrating 3D printing into their construction industry.

Most companies that focus on 3D printed civil engineering structures do one of two things: they either build a giant 3D printer in a warehouse that fabricates parts that have to be shipped and assembled on-site or they develop a mobile 3D printer that can print the structures in place.

The engineering team at Gifu University decided to design some upgrades that allow existing ICT construction equipment to be used for concrete 3D printing.ICT stands for Information and Communications Technology in the construction world.

It’s a catch-all term that refers to the use of software, sensors, and communication systems to plan, execute, and track construction projects.