Robots have become more and more of a basic staple in a wide variety of industries for some time now. From robots that clean your floors to robots that assemble your cars to robots that help law enforcement detect and dismantle bombs more safely. Robots have become particularly invaluable in industries that require repetitive routine tasks or where safety is a consistent issue. The next industry that may see a vast influx of robotic assistance is the construction industry. Here are three construction tasks that robotic assistants are poised to take over in the very near future.

 

Bricklaying

Laying bricks is not only a time-consuming and challenging task, but it is also one that requires great precision. Robots are not only capable of laying bricks faster, but also more precise. Any small inconsistency in a bottom layer in bricks generally results in a greater and greater inconsistency that can result in a significant imbalance in the top layers. If the foundational bricks are not laid precisely, entire walls may need to be torn down or they will be severely compromised. Robots are capable of laying bricks swiftly and so precisely that humans can’t even compete. In addition to laying the bricks, robots can also help humans accomplish more challenging tasks like lifting and moving heavy materials.

 

Building 3D Printed structures

As technology advances in other areas, robots become a natural fit in the construction industry. Robots can be fitted with special nozzles that allow them to spray concrete and other additives that allow them to construct an entire freestanding structure in as little as 48 hours. While this is not likely to be the way subdivisions are constructed any time soon, they can be invaluable in creating temporary shelters or housing for disaster relief or refugees or construction in high-risk environments.

 

Heavy equipment operation

Robotic heavy equipment may one day be operated remotely the same way drone pilots currently operate drones halfway across the world. Instead of a heavy equipment operator sitting in a sweltering cabin shoveling dirt, lifting girders or grading pavement, they may soon sit in an air-conditioned office and drive a forklift or other heavy machinery from afar. This also means that a single operator can work on several sites at once as needed.