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Partnering With the Robotics World to Improve Construction

January 19, 2018

Via: ENR

In 2015, Stephen Muck was sitting in a Carnegie Mellon University seminar on robotics, and he could not stop thinking about how the technology might benefit the construction industry, which suffers from a labor shortage, especially for backbreaking work like tying rebar. Within two years, he had recruited several CMU staff, launched Tybot LLC and saw the eponymous machine tie rebar on more than 5,000 sq ft of new bridge deck for Muck’s firm, Brayman Construction.

A former investment banker, Muck bought Brayman 25 years ago and learned construction “through the school of hard knocks,” he says. Since then, the contractor has completed a number of unique projects, including the Ironton-Russell Bridge, the first in the U.S. to use a precast stay-anchor system, and the Hulton Bridge, which featured the first use in Pennsylvania of a strand-jack system to erect a 284-ft-long, 1,200-ton steel bridge section.

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