Saturday 17 November 2018

Sisk to lay foundations for robot brickies

Sisk’s Stephen Bowcott
Sisk’s Stephen Bowcott
John Mulligan

John Mulligan

Ireland's construction sites could become home to a new kind of worker - robot bricklayers.

The boss of one of the country's biggest construction firms, John Sisk & Son, said the company will look at deploying robot brickies in the future, but insisted that there'll still be a big role for their human counterparts.

Robot bricklayers already exist and some models are up to six times as fast as humans. The work is back-breaking for humans, who could be laying as many as 500 bricks a day depending on weather conditions and the type of project.

Stephen Bowcott, the boss of Sisk, said that the company would consider using the technology in the future.

"That will leave brickies free to concentrate on areas such as pointing of brickwork," he said.

Irish Independent

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