The Automated Construction Site
According to Construction Dive, Boston Dynamics is predicting that 1,000 of its all-electric SpotMini robot dogs will be produced per year by the end of 2019. That means that these 3-ft. tall robots with 3D vision and 17 articulated joints will be doing far more complex tasks on a 90-minute charge than just fetching a hammer.
Japan is facing a manual labor shortage crisis, and the HRP-5P humanoid robot by Japan’s Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST) Institute can install drywall independently. Although not nearly as flexible as a human, it compensates by having numerous joints, correcting for falls and slips, and having a field of view beyond that of a person’s. It’s expected that when AIST technology becomes privatized, that many more exciting breakthroughs will occur. Technology appears to be alleviating current labor shortages. A recent survey from the Associated General Contractors of America and Autodesk indicated that virtual construction, offsite prefabrication, Building Information Modeling (BIM), drones, GPS, laser-guided equipment, and 3D printing is being introduced to help ease labor shortages.
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