Is Robotics ready to replace construction workers?by Olivia Watson Printing manager
Technology or more specifically the application of robotics is not a threat to human labor. They are not here to replace us. Instead, the constant problem of labor shortage might be countered with robotics. If this problem will be solved in the near future or not is still debatable. But its application in various sectors is being fast embraced by the industry.
Julian Sutherland, technical director and fellow for sustainable development at Atkins feels, “People are starting to see how we can use robots to do our repetitive tasks on construction sites and make our jobs safer.”While comparing manufacturing with construction, he added, “In construction, machines can’t be static and need to be adaptive. Robots have finally got to that point now in their evolution where they no longer need to be anchored, so it’s becoming a real possibility.”
Robotic bricklayers have been introduced to construction sites that do the work of two to three human workers. SAM (Semi-Automated Mason) is capable to lay 1,200 bricks a day, compared to the 300 to 500 a human can do. Scott Peters, co-founder of Construction Robotics, a company based in Victor, New York, that designed SAM as its debut product feels that SAM’s purpose is to leverage human jobs and not entirely replace them. There is also a robot Hadrian that can build a house with 15,000 bricks in mere 2 days.
Other on-site construction jobs including crane operators and bulldozer drivers are expected to see their positions filled by AI-controlled machines in the next decade. Construction industry has slowly adopted new technology in construction. Powerful hammers have been replaced with sleek and handy nail guns. Right from advancement in Building Information Modeling (BIM) solutions, cloud-based construction project management software to robotics; the industry has adopted these in its own way.
Created on May 24th 2018 05:57. Viewed 459 times.
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