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‘Encouraging’: Robotics in Australian construction sector discussed

The largest construction companies in Australia have discussed the potential impact and value of robotics in the sector. 

Companies gathered at the debut of the Australian Construction Robotics Forum in North Sydney in March.  

The event, held in partnership with Laing O’Rourke and Robotics Australia Group, saw Multiplex, John Holland, Acciona, CPB Contractors, CIMIC Group, DT Infrastructure, Ghella, Clough, Fulton Hogan, Seymour Whyte confer thoughts on the subject. 

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

“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.”  

Participants were invited via the Australian Constructors Association. Laing O’Rourke’s robotics and automation lead, Greg Peters, outlined the group’s next steps. 

“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,” he said.  

“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.” 

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