Construction Industry Undergoing Its Own Disruptive Technology Revolution

The construction industry can be late adopters when it comes to disruptive technology, but with the aid of GPS and telematics, the sector is undergoing its own revolution that can help accomplish more tasks efficiently. A recent For Construction Pros article featured Trimble senior director Aviad Almagor, who gave his birds-eye view on where the industry is and where it’s heading in terms of disruptive tech usage. Almagor emphasized the importance of safety in the construction sector where workplace hazards are abundant. First and foremost, robotics are about improving safety, Almagor stressed. Considering the fact that about 20% of work-related injuries in the U.S. occur on construction sites, there’s a huge potential here. This can be alleviated with the help of autonomous robots that can take the place of humans, especially in dangerous tasks. Field robotics is quite a wide field, but I think that there are three groups of technologies involved. It’s about perception, guidance and bio-inspired technologies, said Almagor. A critical capability for a robotic system is the ability to move around and find its way from point A to point B.

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