28 Feb Robots Are Coming Online to Change Construction Forever
Commercial Observer September 20, 2018
SAM is the construction worker who never takes a break. SAM never gets sick. SAM can lay approximately 100,000 bricks in a single month. Just don’t ask SAM to do corners.
Earlier this year, SAM—or a “semi-automated mason”—showed up at the construction site of Shenandoah University’s new 80,000-square-foot James R. Wilkins Jr. Athletics & Events Center in Winchester, Va.
“It was interesting,” said Donnie Werdebaugh, a 40-year construction vet of the Virginia-based general contractor Howard Shockey & Sons, who, at first, was dumbfounded when the foreman of his project started telling him about the bricklaying robot which looks like a giant refrigerator with a robotic arm and a conveyor belt.