Skanska UK has received a funding award worth more than £700 000 to develop the use of robots for on-site and off-site construction.
The award came from the UK’s innovation agency, Innovate UK, and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), as part of their collaborative R&D programme.
Skanska is leading a research consortium to create robotic construction units that can be deployed on site, or in ‘flying factories’, to carry out cutting, drilling and fixing.
‘Flying factories’ is a system of near-site manufacture, which allows structures to be built in controlled conditions, removing the potential effects of bad weather and other on-site hazards – speeding up the assembly of the building on site.
The advantage of robotics in construction is that it is safe, green, accurate and fast.
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