The industry’s drive toward jobsite automation continues apace, with leading contractors test robots and GPS systems to supplement their equipment for greater jobsite efficiency at a time when these companies struggle with labor shortages.
In a recent report, Tractica, a market intelligence firm that focuses on emerging technologies, estimates that global shipments of construction robots would increase to 1,475 units by 2025, from 358 units in 2018.
Earlier this month, the contractor and project management firm Mortenson entered into a strategic partnership with Built Robotics, a developer of autonomous robotic equipment technology.
The two companies will work in tandem to develop Built Robotics’ equipment upgrade kits specifically for heavy civil earthmoving on renewable energy projects that Mortenson is building in North America.
For example, the companies point out that robotic equipment can be useful in the development of wind and solar farms that cover hundreds of acres of land, usually in remote areas distant from workforce centers.
Mortenson has already used Built Robotics’ equipment on three projects and has plans for more in the pipeline, according to Twin Cities Business.
“Our goal is to embrace the change that is happening in our industry to help create safer working environments for our team members, and value for our customers,” said Eric Sellman, Vice President and GM of Mortenson’s Civil Group, in a prepared statement.