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Robots at work

JAPAN AND Sweden have left Britain and the US behind in the development and use of civil engineering robots, according to evidence in a new book published by the International Association for Automation & Robotics in Construction*.

Robots and automated machines in construction is a detailed listing of robots used in civil engineering around the world today, together with technical details and illustrations.

But of the 76 entries, none are from Britain. Japan provides most of the entries with 60, Sweden is next with 10 and Germany has six.

More surprising is the absence of entries from the US. But robotics expert Professor Carl Haas of the University of Texas argued that this did not reflect the many automated construction products in use in the US. 'One of the reasons they are not in the catalogue is

that some North American manufacturers have different marketing strategies to the Japanese.'

The entries cover many applications in civil engineering from navigation- type surveying to tunnelling and integrated building construction.

*Contact tel: (01923) 664715 or www.iaarc.org

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