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Robots and AI speed up homebuilding

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The AI-powered system is available on a service basis for projects of all sizes


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Spotted: A global housing shortage is keeping millions of people out of affordable homes. In Canada, more than 3.5 million new housing units are required by 2030, and that is in addition to those already in development. Labour shortages are a further challenge affecting most industries, including construction. 

Artificial intelligence (AI) could help builders keep up with demand, and Toronto-based Promise Robotics uses off-the-shelf industrial robots to power its proprietary homebuilding production system. A cloud-connected software platform oversees every stage of construction, from initial building designs to scheduling factory operations and on-site logistics. 

The system is offered as a service to homebuilding professionals seeking ways to run their businesses more efficiently. No robotics knowledge is required, and construction partners can use the platform to oversee operations for multiple building locations and projects.  

The AI optimises designs and factory operations for everything from single-family units to multi-story, mixed-use structures. Businesses can then deploy their staff to the most efficient roles. By increasing efficiency across the entire homebuilding process, Promise Robotics believes that up to 560 megatonnes of carbon emissions could be prevented annually.  

The company is currently completing construction on its pilot factory in Alberta, and following a series A funding round that raised CA$20.8 million (around €13.9 million), has plans to expand across North America.

From regenerative farming to cleaning the hulls of boats, Springwise’s database features a number of innovations making effective use of versatile robotics technology.

Written By: Keely Khoury



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