How are new tools promising a world of safer, cleaner and more efficient construction? How is the very cutting edge of modern technological development shaping the way we build the world around us?
We’ll look at major new developments, from exoskeletons to nanotechnology to 3D printed buildings, and the brave new world (and unique set of challenges) they’re ushering in.
|past year||5 year average|
|major injuries per 100,000|
Further technological developments promise to make this work even safe
were lost due to a workplace injury in the construction industry.
Developed by Lockheed Martin
Developed by ActiveLink, a Panasonic subsidiary
this will greatly decrease strain on workers, give them abilities they never before had, and free up their time for more taxing tasks
"This invention aims to provide a simple means whereby brick may be taken up, transported to a wall, and laid in the wall, mortar being deposited on each course, and the mortar being troweled off and smoothed down, to make a good bed for the next succeeding course of brick"
Bricklaying Machine Patent
filed January 18,1928 by Jasper N. Youngblood
SAM robotic system is the world’s first used for on-site masonry. It is not designed to replace humans but work with them to help with the repetitive and strenuous parts of the job.
bricks per day
in job costs
Across Japanese construction sites welding time has dropped dramatically since the use of robotics welding systems.
Successfully developed autonomous robots that cooperate and build structures much larger than themselves without the need for a central command or prescribed roles.
Value of 3D printing market worldwide
of manufacturers are adopting
3D printing in some way
At this moment in time there is a difficult balancing act between print speed and final quality.
we will only see robots full potential in construction when they do not just copy human work, but enhance it
|GPS (Basic)||Very large||10M||Low||Vehicle positioning|
|GPS (Differential)||Large||1M||Moderate||3D machine control, surveying|
|RF/wi-fi||Large||2-5M||Moderate||Asset management, personnel tracking|
|Laser indoor GPS||Moderate||0.2MM||Very High||3D machine control|
Working with machines that are designed to work with little human control and interaction presents a unique challenge
Each machine must work in unity with others acquiring data from sensors that accurately track their position and every measurement. The technologies capable of doing this can be very expensive preventing them from being used on a construction site with a limited budget.
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