Construction industry heavyweights hold first robotics workshop

Construction industry heavyweights hold first robotics workshop
First meeting of the Australian Construction Robotics Forum, a new industry working group. (Image: Eric Robledo Fuentes)

On 20 March 2024, some of Australia’s leading construction companies convened for the inaugural Australian Construction Robotics Forum, held in North Sydney.

Hosted by Laing O’Rourke in partnership with Robotics Australia Group, the event aimed to delve into the potential and value of robotics within the construction sector.

Sue Keay, chair of the Robotics Australia Group, expressed enthusiasm for the initiative, stating, “It is fantastic to see this initiative of construction companies discussing their ideas and experience with robotics.”

“It is also encouraging to learn that there is interest in engaging and working with local robotics providers and tackling the current challenges of adoption as a collective.”

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Greg Peters, Laing O’Rourke’s robotics and automation lead, said, “This was the first time the Australian construction industry has come together to discuss robotics, and we are glad to see participants are interested in having ongoing discussions.”

“Over the next few weeks, we’ll focus on formulating our collective viewpoints from our initial session, set a date for our next workshop and formalise our working group.”

Participants included Multiplex, John Holland, Acciona, CPB Contractors, CIMIC Group, DT Infrastructure, Ghella, Clough, Fulton Hogan, Seymour Whyte and Laing O’Rourke, alongside representatives from the Robotics Australia Group – all invited via the Australian Constructors Association.

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