The Construction Robots Market – Growth, Trends, and Forecasts report, released in December 2020, shows that the construction robot market is forecast to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of approximately 13.56% during from 2020 to 2025.
As reported by BusinessWire, reducing the waste of materials during construction is one of the big driving factors for construction robot adoption.
“Autodesk identifies that while it is difficult to get exact figures of the waste produced on a typical construction site, several construction organizations have thought that nearly 30% of the total weight of building materials transported to a building site is wasted,” states the report press release.
With robots doing the heavy lifting, like Australia’s Hadrian X – an automated bricklaying machine, the amount of waste is reduced. Construction robotics can complete their tasks with perfect accuracy, meaning no need to replace materials and no risk of under- or over-ordering.
Hadrian X, for example, “is capable of building walls of a house by calculating the necessary materials required and movements without any supervision,” reports BusinessWire. “[And] detect changes caused due to external factors such as wind and vibrations and create the design accordingly.”
While it is expected that COVID-19 will negatively impact the market forecasts due to delays in construction projects, there is a possibility that robot usage will increase due to social distancing requirements.
Of the potential construction robot market, demolition is expected to hold a significant portion of the share, and for good reason. Demolition is both time consuming and dangerous work, and can be difficult when only portions of a structure are to be removed.
“According to the Robotic Industries Association, demolition robots occupy approximately 90% of the total market share for construction robots,” says BusinessWire.
Robotic use in construction is also growing in North America. While many robots are coming out of countries like Australia and Spain, the demand for usage is high in the US, largely due to low general unemployment rates and lack of available skilled labor.
The construction industry still ranks low on the list of sectors that use automated technology, which means there are a number of opportunities for both those interested in the development of construction robots and the adoption of robotics into the construction industry.
Capitol Tech supports both of these perspectives by offering degrees in construction management that include coursework in unmanned and autonomous systems and by offering majors in Mechatronics and Robotics Engineering Technology and Unmanned and Autonomous Systems.
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