The construction industry should be investing in robotics, according to Skanska’s director of innovation and business improvement.
Speaking to New Civil Engineer ahead of this year’s Future Tech Forum – taking place next week – Sam Stacey discussed the opportunities created by robotics.
“I’m very excited about the application of robotics and automation in the construction industry,” he said.
“Robotics will reduce cost, improve safety and achieve greater accuracy than we experience today.”
He stressed that a mix of factors has brought the widespread use of robotics a step closer to reality.
“We are reaching a tipping point where robotics are becoming a feasible business proposition. This is because of the BIM [building information modelling] foundations that have been laid by organisations, much more efficient robot programming techniques, falling hardware costs, and saturation of traditional robot markets leading the robot makers to seek new outlets.
“Seed capital in this area will pay great dividends.”
Stacey will be speaking at the New Civil Engineer Future Tech Forum next week.
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