Robotic Roundup

by Mirosław Skibniewski, Asst. Prof.; Purdue University, W. Lafayette, IN,
Dennis Normile, Freelance; Copo Hiyoshi 101 3-30-3 Shimouma Setagaya-ku, Tokyo 154,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1989, Vol. 59, Issue 5, Pg. 76-79

Document Type: Feature article


Robots are finding their way on to the construction site. Years of research and development have yielded unmanned machines that complete tasks as mundane as spotwelding and as dangerous as deep excavation. In Japan, a device that completes the final troweling of concrete floors has already been used at more than 50 construction sites. As these machines become more autonomous, they will eventually do the work only laborers once could, thereby improving safety and increasing productivity.

Subject Headings: Construction sites | Construction equipment | Robotics | Pesticides | Research and development | Excavation | Concrete | Floors | Japan | Asia

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