Although many construction practices have remained tried-and-true for generations, many construction firms are wisely adapting their business models to feature innovative technologies that enhance their operations. At Cotney Construction Law, our Birmingham construction lawyers are always studying the latest trends in the industry that can help construction professionals perform their work to the best of their ability. Remember, for any of your project needs, a Birmingham construction lawyer can assist you.
Although robotic technology has been around for over 50 years, robotic systems have recently experienced groundbreaking advancements and the technology is projected to see massive growth over the next decade. With mechanical and electronic engineering capabilities reaching new heights, and computer programming applications seeing several enhancements in their operating systems, robotic technology now has the potential to revolutionize the construction industry.
The Benefits of Robotic Systems
Although there is an endless list of benefits that robotic technology brings to the job site, here are the three primary ways that the application of robotic systems can enhance a project:
- Production: Well-designed robots can perform a greater volume of work at a higher speed with unmatched precision compared to human workers. Robotic systems can also work around the clock until a project is complete. For example, Hadrian X, a massive bricklaying robotic system, can lay over 20,000 bricks in a day with more accuracy than a traditional bricklayer. The outdoor robot can also work in any type of weather condition.
- Safety: Construction sites involve many hazards and safety risks. Utilizing robots to perform the most perilous tasks reduces injuries and eliminates the possibility of accidents transpiring because of fatigue or human error. Robots can also work in tight spaces that present immediate danger to the human worker.
- Cost Effective: Although there is a significant initial investment for a construction firm to purchase a robotic system, once this financing is made, the investment can save a business significantly on the backend with improved productivity and less materials wasted.
Despite the often negative perception of robotic systems “stealing jobs” from human workers, actually, implementing the technology into a job site can create more jobs by transferring opportunities away from high-risk construction areas and into operating and monitoring this technology. In the second section, we will discuss a few specific examples of how this technology is being used in the construction field.
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