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Ways Robots Are Changing the Construction Industry

Ways Robots Are Changing the Construction Industry

With the onset of technical advances in the construction industry, be it the movers, lifters, or machinery, the construction industry is one of the most automated sectors. 

Construction robots are automated machines that are capable of doing repetitive tasks like bricklaying and masonry. They can be used collaboratively with other workers to assist them in construction. These machines are far more efficient and precise than humans. Using them will reduce the construction time and increase the quality of work. These improvements can help construction companies make huge profits. 

Considering these factors, many companies are making these robots a part of the construction process. Let’s explore the scope of robotics in construction and learn how they are changing the industry. 

Types of Construction Robots and Their Benefits 

Based on their use, construction robots can be classified into three types: 

Industrial Robots 

These are well-known robots used in the automation of the manufacturing industry. They can perform high-value repetitive tasks.  

In the construction industry, these robots are mainly used to assist other workers in tasks like welding. Apart from this, these robots can be used for other automation tasks. For example, manufacturing robot arms in EVS are capable of lifting heavy materials and picking and sorting things. 

Drones 

Drones are remotely controlled aerial robots. They are used in the construction industry for providing real-time updates and visuals of construction sites. They are also capable of analyzing already constructed structures, providing structural insights, or finding errors. Drones are also used for 3D mapping the worksite.  

With these capabilities, drones can improve the quality of construction and help workers remotely monitor and maintain safety on the worksite. 

Self-Driving Vehicles 

Nowadays, there is a lot of buzz about self-driving vehicles. The autopilot feature is being used with AI guidance systems in the construction industry for making the construction equipment autonomous.  

The idea is to reduce human error and help workers remotely control equipment like dozers and cranes. This will ultimately increase safety on construction sites and eliminate the risk of losing worker’s lives while operating heavy machinery. 

Impact of Using Robots in Construction 

After getting insights about the types of robots used and their role in automating the process, let’s discuss the impact of using them. Advancing the industry is all about making it more safe, efficient, and employee-friendly.  

These robots are designed to help workers by making their job easy. Rather than replacing them, these technologies can be deployed along with the humans working on the field. Implementing these solutions will improve their job.  

Here are the ways in which robots are making the industry more efficient. 

Making the Process Budget-Friendly 

Robots are decreasing operating costs by automating tedious tasks. In comparison to manual labor, using robots has a great Return on Investment (ROI). Robots can make the process more cost-effective by finishing the tasks without taking breaks and using less raw material.  

They also cut down the number of people needed for a project. Moreover, they can automate various tasks like planning and design for other employees, this helps them save their time and energy. 

Making Logistics and Management Safe 

Smart robots with the help of Artificial Intelligence software can calculate various parameters and risks within seconds. These robots are used for transportation and lifting heavy materials.  

Improper and careless logistics can make the construction site unsafe. These robots reduce that risk with their high accuracy and efficiency. With the help of these technologies, workers can also control construction equipment remotely. This completely eliminates the risk and provides comfort to them. 

Using Smart Simulations and Imaging Technology 

After finishing the construction, workers need proper analysis and insights of the building to ensure its safety and determine whether the work is done according to the plan.  

Without the use of robots, this work demands a lot of time and labor. During this, there can be human error and carelessness too. This will lead to false results and can affect the safety of occupants in that building.  

Robots use simulation software and imaging techniques to make the finished model run through various real-life situations and test its quality and efficiency. The obtained results are then compared to expected and planned outcomes. These methods are very accurate and can give really useful insights to workers without any effort.  

Making the Process Efficient  

Several robots are used for construction works like painting, structuring, and welding. These tasks would have taken a lot of time and labor if done by humans. Substituting them with robots can make these repetitive and time-consuming processes infinitely more efficient by finishing them way more quickly than humans. Also, the quality and precision of work would be better.  

Workers previously used for these tasks can be utilized somewhere else. 

Upgrading the Job 

In the current scenario, many construction workers are involved in physical labor and have tiring on-site jobs. With the use of robots, their jobs can become a lot easier.  

Robots can save energy by doing the work for employees. They just have to program the robot or software controlling it. In this way, they can learn a new software skill and also streamline their work. For instance, instead of working under the sun, a crane operator can control the crane in an air-conditioned room by learning some software skills.   

Conclusion 

Robots have really changed the way the construction industry functions. They can automate various processes and help the companies earn huge profits. Deploying them on-site will be beneficial for both workers and owners.  


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by Harvey Carr // Harvey Carr is a contributor to Businessing Magazine.

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