Final Report, Robotics in Construction

Report No: 85-R38

Published in 1985

About the report:

The use of programmable robots for various kinds of repetitive and hazardous jobs in manufacturing industries is well established. However, their use for other tasks, as in construction, is still in a developmental stage, but is growing rapidly. Described in this report are current developments in robotics related to construction, both in this country and abroad. Also described are twenty types of highway construction activities where future robotic uses appear to be feasible. Basically, these are field inspection, component manufacturing, field construction, repair and maintenance, and general service support. Although most robots for use in construction still need considerable development, they appear to be technically possible, and could result in great efficiencies, saving of manpower, reduction in injuries, and minimization of the loss of life.

Disclaimer Statement:The contents of this report reflect the views of the author(s), who is responsible for the facts and the accuracy of the data presented herein. The contents do not necessarily reflect the official views or policies of the Virginia Department of Transportation, the Commonwealth Transportation Board, or the Federal Highway Administration. This report does not constitute a standard, specification, or regulation. Any inclusion of manufacturer names, trade names, or trademarks is for identification purposes only and is not to be considered an endorsement.


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William Zuk

Last updated: January 16, 2024

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