Balfour Beatty has claimed that by 2050, ‘automated builders’, robotic cranes and diggers will be doing the work of today’s hardworking tradesmen. And in turn, construction sites will become a ‘human free’ zone.
According to the construction firm, the only humans that will be seen on site will be those controlling the machinery. Instead, many of the buildings and structures will be produced in factories and simply ‘moved into position.’
Alternatively, any other humans on site would be likely to be wearing exoskeletons. Controlling robots via the movement of their arms and legs.
At this point, it can be questioned as to how a site could function human free. Balfour Beatty has even admitted themselves that the theory was “far-fetched”. However, they added: “consider the complex tasks performed by robots in a modern factory and it is not so hard to imagine such a future for the construction site.”
The introduction of robots would greatly help tackle the skills shortage in the industry at the moment though and make sites safer too. However, it would also come at a great loss to workers with major job losses throughout the industry. Not only that, but the technology would also have to be protected against cyber threats as well.
Balfour Beatty stated: “increasing use of robots and automation will mean that the industry becomes more productive, creating new roles for skilled workers in cutting-edge areas, while reducing the need for those undertaking repetitive, manual tasks, such as bricklaying.”
The group chief executive of Balfour Beatty added: “we are experiencing a digital revolution, redefining how we as an industry operate; becoming faster, better and more agile.”
Take a look at some of these bricklaying robots in action here.
Bricklayers aren’t the only ones to have their jobs threatened by robots either! Take a look at this insulating robot here.
So what do you think of this? Could robots do your job? Let us know in the comments below.