What type of robots do they use in the building materials sector?
A varied number of robots are already working in the building materials industry, including automated labourers, painters and vehicles, and as architectural support.
Robots are used for surveying, site mapping and planning, including drones that map out the routes for large motorway projects.
Then there are the robots used for engineering and ground preparation works, including demolition robots from Husqvarna and Brokk, and autonomous/remote controlled diggers from Built Robotics.
And robots used for mining and excavation, including Asirobots. When it comes to surveillance, project management and project upkeep, you have kit available from Doxel, Zoa Robotics and Scaled Robotics.
Bricklaying is carried out by a number of firms, including RobotsAtWork and building materials Robotics.
As for onsite transportation, up steps Volvo’s HX2, the next generation of its electric load carrier concept.
Property maintenance is carried out by such companies such as Hausbots, Q-Bots 2F Floor Clean.
Of particular interest is Spot, a fully-automated, battery-operated moving robot, is being tested by Canadian building materials company Pomerleau on one of its worksites near Montreal.
Back to Spot who is equipped with autonomous tracking systems that enable it to identify and avoid obstacles and people, pick itself up after a fall, move in any direction, and quickly change directions. Just let's hope it doesn’t spot a squirrel.
Makers Boston Dynamics said its tracking systems make it the perfect tool to explore confined, or dangerous areas – a new way to increase safety for workers.
But watch out for Spot in particular, it could be coming to a building materials site near you.