Skanska trials onsite robots
Construction giant and ECA Member Skanska has begun trialling onsite ‘high-reach’ robots, designed to carry out potentially dangerous work at height and in hard-to-reach areas of construction sites.
The robot can navigate sites autonomously and uses a 4-metre heavy-duty telescoping arm that has been drilling and fitting high ceiling anchors on a site as part of extensive testing.
Skanska UK’s Head of Innovation, Vaibhav Tyagi said: “Advancing the use of robotics in construction has the potential to deliver huge benefits, both in terms of safety and productivity.
“By automating tasks that are repetitive or present some degree of risk, such as working at height, we can protect our people, while improving the accuracy, speed and quality of the task.”
Sebastian Andraos, director of HAL Robotics, the lead party in the consortium behind the robotic platform, said: “We firmly believe that COSCR platforms, and others like it, have a place on construction sites in the near future and have worked to ensure we understand the standards that must be met to allow that to happen.”