While prefabrication and building information modelling occupy a large part of the limelight when it comes to innovation in building and construction throughout Australia, one area which is less discussed is that of robotics and especially robots which can move about and operate in an uncontrolled environment on site.

Traditionally limited to controlled environments, a new generation of robots are coming into commercial use which can move, learn and interact with people and other machines and have dexterity and flexibility. In the hospitality sector, robotic staff at Tokyo’s new Hen-na Hotel man the front desk, carry luggage, clean rooms…