PERTH ENGINEER INVENTS FIRST ROBOT BRICKLAYER

Perth inventor Mark Pivac, an aeronautic and mechanical engineer, first thought of the invention in Perth’s bricklaying crisis of 2005.

“We’re at a technological nexus where a few different technologies have got to the level where it’s now possible to do it, and that’s what we’ve done,” Mr Pivac told PerthNow.

World, meet Hadrian

The robot is named Hadrian after the Roman Emperor, who constructed the Temple of Venus and Roma, rebuilt the Pantheon and built Hadrian’s Wall, the defensive structure also known as the ‘Wall of Antiquity’, that separated Roman Britain and Scotland.

Hadrian will be commercialised first in Western Australia. It will then be a new addition to heavy equipment in Australia, before taking a global position in heavy earth machinery parts.

The robot comes with some benefits over its human counterparts. To begin with, it lays 1,000 bricks per hour, and can work both day and night, regardless of weather conditions. This means that Hadrian has the potential to build 150 homes per year.

The construction industry will never be the same again.

“We have absolutely nothing against bricklayers,” Mr Pivac said.

“The problem is the average age of bricklayers is going up and it’s difficult to attract new, young people to the trade.”

Society has been laying bricks for over 6,000 years. Ever since the Industrial Revolution, we’ve thought about how we could automate the process, with no clear answer. Now, thanks to 3D CAD (computer-aided design) mapping, Hadrian provides an answer to an ancient problem.

Hadrian’s net worth

Mr Pivac and his cousin report that more than $7m has been spent on developing Hadrian, with significant support from the construction industry and federal government. DMY Capital Limited has conditionally acquired the company set up by the Pivacs, Fastbrick Robotics.

DMY chairman Gabriel Chiappini said: “We were immediately excited by the opportunity and see an enormous potential both domestically and later globally.”

 

 

Hadrian, meet world

Housing affordability is at the centre of economic and political debate in Australia and around the world. The price of heavy equipment in Australia makes up a large part of the cost of construction, and labour accounts for even more. Hadrian makes building industry supply less expensive and has the potential to decrease prices.

More about the construction industry

Here at Resolute Equipment, we stay abreast of all construction, mining and building industries issues. We are a national supplier of heavy equipment and parts to the mining and construction industries.

We stock major brands including CAT, Komatsu and Hitachi, as well as OEM and branded products. The equipment available includes engines, parts, new and reconditioned parts and machinery.

With a catalogue of over 5,000 hard-to-get, unique and everyday parts, Resolute Equipment customers are sure to find their much-needed part to keep their machinery on the job for longer. If Hadrian were available, we’d have it ready for you.