A robot known as Hadrian could become the best friend or biggest foe of the home construction market. Hadrian was named after the ancient Roman emperor with the same name, who had a profound enthusiasm for construction. The company that developed Hadrian, Fastbrick Robotics, claims the robot can lay around 1,000 bricks per hour and complete the entire frame of a standard house in under two days. Yes, you really did read that right!
The robot is still in the prototype stage, but the company aims to release a commercial model to market within the next few years. The company’s chief technical officer, Mark Pivac, developed the technology for the robot based on his aeronautic and mechanical engineer background. The company has spent almost $7 million Canadian in research and development alone.
Hadrian has a pretty extensive list of capabilities. The robot is capable of taking bricks, handling them, processing them and even laying them down, all without any human intervention. The process is possible thanks to a 3D computer aided design file that makes sure the robot cuts, routes and lays the bricks with a high degree of accuracy. Size also does not impact the robot. Hadrian is able to handle most sizes that bricks come in. It can also account for the routing of channels for electrical and plumbing structures that must be laid in the wall, windows and doors.
As evidenced, the technology is pretty remarkable. Should a commercial model become available, Hadrian will be able to dramatically reduce the time it takes to construct a typical house. Currently, an average house takes around 15,000 bricks until completion and the timeline takes roughly five to six weeks with traditional human labor. Hadrian takes this process and completes it in only two days, which provides a tremendous cost saving opportunity for construction companies.
Bricklayers who are worried about their jobs should not panic just yet. The company mentioned that all human labour should not be eliminated. For quality assurance purposes, the company believes there should be a machine operator and a on-site human bricklayer.
Fastbrick Robotics believes this technology will provide a welcomed addition to the bricklaying process, which is seen as a tremendous bottleneck. The hope would be that this technology would enable this process to become much more efficient and updated.
Taking a process that usually requires a month and a half and turning it into two days seems like a pretty good business decision to me. Construction companies should be paying close attention to the development of this technology. This technology is also further proof that robots are taking over and will continue to occupy the future of our economies – all in two days work that is.