A Perth-based robot has completed construction on its first two-storey, townhouse-like structure aimed at tapping developing markets overseas.
Robotic company FastBrick (FBR) built its first two-storey structure using its Hadrian X construction robot.
The move comes after the company partnered with one of Mexico’s biggest homebuilders, construction firm GP Vivienda—a subsidiary of Grupo GP—in mid-2018.
FBR said the latest build, which took place on its own premises, was completed in a building style commonly found around the world in key developing markets for FBR such as Mexico, the Middle East, North Africa, Gulf Cooperation Council region and areas throughout Asia.
FBR chief executive Mike Pivac said the two-storey build demonstrated to the company's international customers that the Hadrian X could meet relevant engineering requirements in overseas markets.
“In many parts of the world, our customers want to be able to build two-storey structures safely, quickly and efficiently.”
In large greenfield developments, FBR said it is likely the robot would continue to construct the first storey of adjacent buildings, before returning to build the second storey of each structure in a given development.
“This would really streamline their production and bring housing to millions of people,” Pivac said.
“We have also taken this opportunity to demonstrate our ability to work a range of design elements like steel reinforced concrete columns, which may be required in certain locations due to factors such as seismic activity, or weather patterns.”
In August, FBR built four Mexican-style house structures for GP Vivienda, as part of its building pilot program agreement.
The company has said it sees the Hadrian X technology as part of the solution to Mexico’s acute shortage of well-constructed, affordable homes—a deficit of around 8.3 million.
Pivac said the latest building process included starter bars that were inserted into the concrete slab, with couplers used to install rebar through the cores of the blocks and concrete manually poured into the cores.
Steel cages were inserted into the block columns built by the robot, with a concrete pump used to fill the columns.
Following the announcement, FBR’s share price remained the same, closing Tuesday’s session at $0.05 cents.