The partnership will explore how current and emerging robotic technologies can help address core challenges facing the construction sector, including productivity, labour shortages, and safety.
Georgina North, head of technology and innovation at Laing O’Rourke, said the partnership will help identify opportunities for the integration of robotics-related technologies into the business, as a catalyst for adoption by the wider construction sector.
“We want to be at the forefront of designing, testing and integrating robotics and adjacent technologies into our projects,” she added.
Robotics Australia Group was established to facilitate the growth of a sustainable and internationally competitive national robotics industry.
Laing O’Rourke initially supported the Group through the development of both the 2018 and 2022 Robotics Roadmaps for Australia. This new partnership is an extension of that commitment.
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Dr Sue Keay, Robotics Australia Group chair, said: “Australian robotics is at the precipice of exponential growth, in line with global trends in robotics. It is imperative that leading global corporations like Laing O’Rourke play an active role in testing and scaling robotics and related technologies.
“Representing the interests of companies developing new technology, Robotics Australia Group is ideally positioned to support the implementation of Laing O’Rourke’s vision to lead the adoption of innovative technology solutions across the construction sector.”
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