Robot Technology: Building Bridges on Their Own
Howdy! My name is Brian Wolf and I am a Junior Communications major with a minor in Business at Texas A&M University. I have been a Business Development Intern at JBKnowledge, Inc. since late August and it has been a great experience all around! Over the past month I have been able to gain a much better understanding of how a successful company runs and works together to create a quality experience for the client.
With this being my first time working within the construction and risk management industries, I thought it would be interesting to take a look into a possible future for the industry. Technology is constantly progressing and shaping our future, this is no different in construction. For example, one technology currently making the news comes from researchers at The Swiss Federal Institute of Technology who have created drones that can build a bridge between two scaffolds on their own. The bridge the robots initially created was about 24 feet long and was able to easily support the weight of a human walking across it.
The possibility of working with a team of drones, or other construction robots, showing them a problem and letting them simply fix it is pretty incredible. The amount of construction projects being completed could skyrocket. The drones don’t need to sleep, eat, or take breaks which would also speed up the timeline of most projects.
The drone’s potential to complement man power in the construction space could cause a lot of changes. Many workers with manual jobs, would now be needed in more of a technologically skilled position, possibly as a drone operator or manager. The presence of drones can also create a much safer environment, as they could perform risky construction operations in places that might be dangerous or hard to reach with solely human workers.
Now, if I was in the construction field I wouldn’t quit my day job just yet. The perfection and reliability of these devices are probably still years away, especially in the United States. Other countries around the world may be a little more invested in the research and design of these construction robots, giving them a better chance to see something tangible come from this. Also keep in mind that these drones will need to be able to do much more than carry a spool of rope.
Technology is improving in all aspects of our lives and has the potential to make the world we live in much more advanced. Being a part of the student internship program at JBKnowledge has made me very curious about the new improvements happening everyday in technology. I am very happy to be at a company that advocates for and helps create some of those amazing new changes!