Robots on the Construction Site in London
September 12, 2021
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Some of the more hazardous activities carried out on the construction site are set to be handled by a sort of R2D2 character! A robot has been developed funded by the government, for use on construction sites. The prototype robotic platform has demonstrated an ability to move around building sites and carry out specific tasks. Potentially dangerous or particularly repetitive activities, such as drilling at height, are perfect for this robot.
The initial trial project consisted of a drilling and anchor insertion application within a live construction site at Skanska’s Featherstone Building project in London. An innovative UK project called ‘The Collaborative On-Site Construction Robot (COSCR) project, brings together factory automation and robotics expertise from HAL Robotics, ABB and InnoTecUK. Project management expertise is provided by the Building Research Establishment, site access and product experience from Skyjack and construction industry insight from Skanska.
The COSCR platform includes a mobile base, site sensing technology and BIM-linked software systems, enabling the robot to navigate around a construction site. It can be operated manually or autonomously by either a cable controller or using onboard sensors and data informed maps. The weight and size of the robot have been designed to maximise accessibility. The platform is tracked, which enhances manoeuvrability, and a telescopic mast is fitted with a robotic arm, meaning heights of up to 4.2 metres may be reached.
Head of innovation at Skanska UK, Vaibhav Tyagi said: “Advancing the use of robotics in construction has the potential to deliver huge benefits, both in terms of safety and productivity. By automating tasks that are repetitive or present some degree of risk, such as working at height, we can protect our people, while improving the accuracy, speed and quality of the task.”
We doubt we will see a day where robots need a well earned break in one of our mobile welfare units, then again, who knows?