There's no denying that the robotics startup world has taken a hit during the ongoing economic downturn. Recent numbers prove what we've all suspected for some time. But two things are true: 1) The lull is temporary; and 2) While robotics isn't recession-proof, construction might as well be. This is certainly a theme of late -- as other categories of robotics have struggled to raise, those operating in construction appear relatively unimpacted. New York-based Toggle this morning announced that it has added another $3 million to its coffers as part of a "Series A Extension."
Still, it's unlikely that construction sites will see humanoid robots walking around job sites hammering nails into pieces of wood, Johnson-Roberson said. Rather, advances in laser range-finding technology, artificial intelligence software, robotic hardware and sensors will probably be put to use in automating big tasks, such as digging, surveying, pouring concrete and moving large items around.
One of the most remarkable things about construction robotics is the sheer breadth of tasks that can potentially be automated. As I've noted before, the entire category is a prime target for robotics startups, given that it fills all of the big Ds of automation -- dull, dirty and (quite often) dangerous. It's also one of those areas that have become increasingly difficult to staff, post-pandemic, even as construction work came roaring back. So, if I'm running a fairly successful company that makes construction robots, I'm certainly thinking of diversification. The quickest way to jump start that is, of course, acquiring another, smaller startup.
Note: 3.0/5 (16 notes) 4,891 students We all know that Artificial intelligence (AI) has made an impact in almost every industrial sector, and civil engineering is now joining the stage as well. According to a report by McKinsey, the civil construction sector has a net worth of more than $15 trillion a year, and while it has one of the largest consumer bases, the industry had been relatively under digitised. This is because civil engineering is one of the few fields in which basic practices of bricklaying and pouring concrete have remained the same over the century leveraging traditional methods. However, the construction sector is set to undergo yet another industrial revolution, one powered by technology, particularly artificial intelligence for that matter. Artificial Intelligence technologies are now being used by practising engineers to solve a whole range of problems. Future advancements in Artificial Neural Network (ANN), fuzzy logic and genetic algorithms will mean that the civil engineering and construction industry will benefit in terms of optimisation which is the foremost factor, speed of processes and cost reduction, while young inexperienced engineers will be replaced by AI robots & technologies.
I get it: On one hand, you want to be a resilient off-grid solarpunk freed from the yoke of your increasingly-unreliable power company. On the other, you'd still like to enjoy creature comforts both at home and when you're on the road. It's a problem EcoFlow understands, and has turned up to CES promising to help. The company is showing off a new Whole Home Backup Solution, which ties in to its existing Delta Pro batteries. But that's less interesting to me than the gizmos which are joining the ecosystem at today's show.
With its ability to learn, solve problems and recognize patterns at a velocity and scale no human will ever match, artificial intelligence is poised to reshape how buildings are designed, built and operated -- and 2023 will be the year it takes hold. "Artificial intelligence will transform our industry in the next 10 years more than any other technology in the past 100 years," said James Barrett, chief innovation officer for Turner Construction, the nation's largest contractor. "It's going to be huge because it has such broad application in so many cases. AI and machine learning, a subset of AI that uses algorithms to learn from data without human programming, have been bubbling under the surface of construction operations for a few years now. But this year, Barrett predicted, "the growth curve is going to turn up really fast." Combining the power of intelligent machines with human ingenuity, AI is the digital brain that makes industry-changing technologies such as robotics, ...
Drones are already shaping the face of our cities – used for building planning, heritage, construction and safety enhancement. But, as studies by the UK's Department of Transport have found, swathes of the public have a limited understanding of how drones might be practically applied. It's crucial that the ways drones are affecting our future are understood by the majority of people. As experts in design futures and mobility, we hope this short overview of five ways drones will affect building design offers some knowledge of how things are likely to change. Infographic showcasing other ways drones will influence future building design.
This article is part of an ongoing series looking at knowledge management (KM) in the building and construction industries. The construction industry is a significant aspect of the global economy, valued at US$7.28 trillion in 20211, and has been increasingly embracing knowledge management (KM). With the construction industry being both data intensive and requiring the human workforce to be able to effectively work and interface with that data, the paper authors advise that AI technologies can accelerate learning and reasoning from large datasets as well as aid in pattern recognition. However, a notable shortcoming of the paper is that the authors don't explore how AI can potentially support KM in relation to building Information Modeling (BIM)3. Considered a'game changer', BIM is being increasingly used worldwide to facilitate the effective management of information across the whole life cycle of a built asset, including in the design, construction, and facility management phases.
HS2 Ltd has launched the fifth round of its successful Innovation Accelerator initiative programme. In a new development for the Innovation Accelerator initiative, the latest cohort of SMEs will be based onsite at the operation hubs of HS2's main civil works contractors. This will acquaint them with construction and help focus development of their technology for the industry. Focused on harnessing technologies new to the construction sector, the Innovation Accelerator initiative will utilise artificial intelligence and advanced sensing technology to drive cost and carbon efficiencies across the HS2 programme. Each start-up brings a potential technological solution to mitigating the effects of a diverse array of challenges faced during HS2's construction, ranging from traffic management to weather forecasting, as well as using A.I. to understand and reduce carbon impact of activities and materials.
René Morkos is the founder of ALICE Technologies and is an adjunct professor at Stanford University's construction engineering Ph.D program. Have no fear: Contrary to the opinions of pop culture and media, the robots aren't coming for your construction job. Although the findings of a 2018 study by the Midwest Economic Policy Institute (MEPI) indicate that nearly 49% of construction tasks could be automated (paving the way for the replacement or displacement of nearly 2.7 million jobs in construction by 2057), these estimates failed to anticipate significant trends affecting the construction workforce. These include, most notably, the "aging out" of skilled labor and a global post-Covid-19 labor shortage. According to data published in 2021 by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 65% of workers are aged 35 and older, with 21% above age 55.