Technology

Bricklaying robot’s ‘quantum leap’ for construction

18 November 2018 | By BIM+ staff

A bricklaying robot named Hadrian was described in 2015 by Australian firm Fastbrick Robotics as capable of building the brick shell of a house in a matter of days, and it has now managed to complete the task.

The 180 sq m, three-bedroom, two-bathroom structure was completed in under three days by Hadrian X, a new version of the robot.

After completion, Fastbrick Robotics said the structure met verified building standards set by a civil and structural engineering consultancy group.

Mike Pivac, Fastbrick Robotics chief executive, said: “We now have the world’s only fully automated, end-to-end bricklaying solution, with a massive market waiting for it.

“We will now take everything we’ve learned to date in the Hadrian X programme and make some refinements ahead of bringing both Hadrian X robots back to our High Wycombe facility for demonstration to key commercial stakeholders. 

“We now begin the next exciting phase for the Company, as we execute our global commercialisation strategy to capitalise on the significant demand for our technology. 

“What we have achieved here is a quantum leap for the construction industry.”

Fastbrick Robotics’ house building follows Factory Acceptance Testing (FAT) at the firm’s test facility, where Hadrian X managed to complete:

  • A two-course structure with a full combination of brick sizes, cuts and laying configurations;
  • An 11-course pillar structure to demonstrate the Hadrian X’s ability to build from slab to cap height;
  • A two-room structure demonstrating the Hadrian X’s ability to build a larger structure on a slab from a 3D CAD model with the required accuracy.

Images of Hadrian X: Fastbrick Robotics