The introduction of robotics and automation has significantly impacted the construction industry, providing a faster and more accurate way to complete tasks. The demand for tools and technology that support these efforts is on the rise and is expected to continue growing, particularly in the coming year.
Most notably, the use of non-contact laser sensors has revolutionized the way that measurements are taken on construction sites. This robot from Rugged Robotics was used to build a 10-story building in Cambridge, Massachusetts. It was equipped with Dimetix laser distance sensors, which allowed it to measure each floor of the building with precision.
This information was then used to create a layout for each floor, which was used as a reference for the construction workers. The layout Roomba robot was able to work efficiently and quickly, reducing the time, effort, and manual labor needed to complete the task.
Closing the Gender Gap in Construction
Additionally, there are other benefits that come with automating the construction process including reducing gender bias. Women currently account for 10% of the construction industry but with more tools and efforts to make the field inclusive, this number could grow exponentially.
Yuqing Hu, assistant professor of architectural engineering at Penn State, is currently researching how teleoperation (using artificial intelligence and robots to conduct work remotely) could increase safety, performance, and inclusivity in construction.
Her team will create:
- A teleoperation system for construction workers
- A blockchain platform with AI to fairly assess workers’ skills and performance
- A framework for analyzing the effect of teleoperation on gender diversity and equity
- A VR-based training system for construction worker career development
Research like this could also help the industry find ways to reduce the need for manual labor, which has historically been performed by men. By removing physical barriers like these, the industry could become more accessible for women as a whole.
By eliminating the need for manual measurements and other labor-intensive processes, the construction industry is not only faster but also more accurate. Additionally, by automating repetitive and time-consuming tasks, workers are freed up to focus on other aspects of the construction process, increasing productivity and efficiency.
Automation not only makes the work faster and more accurate but also has the potential to tackle gender bias. Currently, women are underrepresented in the construction industry, accounting for only 10%. However, by introducing tools that reduce the demand for manual labor and make the field more inclusive, this figure could significantly increase.
We’ve already begun experiencing the impacts of this increased demand internally at Laser-View Technologies. Construction clients of ours are frequently requesting test sensors to explore how they can enhance their current projects, boost efficiency, and increase productivity. If you’re interested in learning more about Dimetix laser sensors, our team is here to help. Contact Laser-View Technologies today for more information.