This reminds us of the famous seen from Aliens 2, where Ripley has a confrontation with the Alien in the loading bay, whilst wearing the exoskeleton.
But how far fetch is this from what may happen in the future? I am sure 4 or 5 years ago, we could not realize then what the full benefits, of using drones to undertake details surveys of large sites or high rise buildings?
Off site manufacture is often proposed as the new construction method, but what about 3D printing to manufacture exact building parts, or whole buildings from a linked BIM model? Sci-fi or is it the next evolution?
As always the key drivers in our industry are reduced costs, reduced risk, less mistakes and more efficiency etc, so it will be interesting to see the next big in our industry.
A new report published by the firm: “Innovation 2050: A Digital Future for the Infrastructure industry” paints a picture in stark contrast to today with remotely managed sites using drones and a handful of key workers wearing sci-fi exoskeletons to raise performance. In around 30 years time Balfour believes work will have moved off-site, machinery will be controlled remotely and new materials and techniques will drive cost, safety and efficiency improvements.