Building Enthusiasm for Construction Robotics

Vicki Speed for Inside Unmanned Systems:  It would seem that robotic systems could provide an extra measure of safety, as well as a higher level of efficiency and machine-consistent quality. Yet, to date, the use of robotic systems on construction jobsites has been minimal.  The building industry, however, is looking with fresh eyes at robots—including at least three new systems expected to be available this year—with a focus on near-term efficiencies that make investment in the systems make sense. Demolition Days Among the first fully-realized applications of robots in the construction environment are those used to support work that comes at the end of a structure’s life, namely demolition. In fact, remotely operated demolition robots have been around for more than a decade. Robotic Building Blocks The short answer is, ‘Yes.’ There are robotic systems in development around the world that can lay bricks, set tile or finish concrete floors. Bionic Builders? While not autonomous systems, robotic exoskeletons, those high-tech wearable suits seen in futuristic movies that help mere mortals defend Earth against other beings, could be a very real part of tomorrow’s jobsite and a possible precursor to autonomous robots in the field.

Puck in Hand, Velodyne LiDAR to Return to sUSB Expo at Fort Mason

Juchmann to Present at Small Unmanned Systems Business Exposition, 'The Silicon Valley Drone Show,' on April 30

UNMANNED SYSTEMS 2015: Largest International Conference and Trade Show for the Drone and Unmanned Technology Industry

May 4-7 in Atlanta www.auvsishow.org

TURCK Introduces New Industrial Ethernet Solution to Support Smaller Connectivity Needs

M8 Industrial Ethernet connectivity solution, the smallest available to date.

a2z Presents ChirpE Mobile App to the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International for its Annual Conference & Tradeshow

a2z, Inc presents ChirpE mobile solution to Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) for their annual event Unmanned Systems 2015 - the largest global event of commercial and defense leaders in intelligent robotics, drones and unmanned systems. This event will take place May 4-7, 2015 in Atlanta, GA.

Ascent Solar Begins the Supply of Lightweight Flexible Solar Panels for the Commercially-Produced Silent Falcon Unmanned Aircraft

Silent Falcon represents the dawn of commercially produced, economically viable solar-electric aircraft systems.

NextGen Command and Control of Unmanned Vehicles (UxV's)

Groundbreaking solution for fixed and portable air, ground, or surface control stations.

FAA Awards Draganfly Innovations Inc. Section 333 Exemption for Commercial Operations in the United States

A long standing leader in developing small unmanned aircraft systems, Draganfly Innovations expands to provide an array of aerial services throughout North America.

NAB SHOW EXAMINES CREATIVE OPPORTUNITIES OF UNMANNED AERIAL VEHICLES

NAB Show, held April 11-16, 2015 in Las Vegas, is the world's largest electronic media show covering the creation, management and delivery of content across all platforms.

Undersea Mission Enabling Technologies from Battelle and Bluefin Robotics Featured at Navy League's Sea-Air-Space Expo

The industry is seeking ways to make submersibles stay underwater longer and travel farther. Battelle is helping enable those missions.

AMA partners with Fly Robotics to provide sUAS education online

The Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA) is proud to announce its latest addition to the AMA Flight School online learning center: small Unmanned Aircraft System (sUAS) education with partner Fly Robotics!

Bechtel Among First Companies to Use Unmanned Aircraft System Technology in Construction

Company teams with Skycatch to advance processes in the construction industry

UAV Turbines, Inc. Launches Next-Generation Gas Turbine Engine Technology for Unmanned Aircraft Systems

These engines will increase reliability, flight duration, payloads, and operational ceilings, while greatly reducing noise.

Sinclair College Launches First Academic UAS Journal

The Journal of Unmanned Aerial Systems, the first academic publication to focus on UAS, is hosted online at www.uasjournal.org. The Journal publishes peer-reviewed articles along with technical industry papers, making a blended publication that serves as a public forum for sharing new concepts, identifying solutions, and recognizing key strategic thinkers that are addressing the difficult issues facing the UAS industry today as well as in the future.

COMMERCIAL UAV COMMUNITY TO MEET IN LONDON 24TH APRIL 2015

Industry leaders from across the commercial UAV sector to gather in London on 24th April.

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