Mark Pivac is the executive director and chief technology officer at Fastbrick Robotics, an Australian company that is looking to disrupt the construction industry through its innovative bricklaying robot.
In 1994, Mark first had the idea to develop a mobile dynamically stabilised robot. From 2005 to 2008, he filed for the patents to create an automated bricklaying system and designed the first prototypes for what would later became the Hadrian X. In 2015, the Hadrian 105 accomplishes a never-before-seen feat—the creation of a 3D-printed multi-room brick house without any human intervention. By November 2018, the Hadrian X was able to construct a three-bedroom, two-bathroom house in under three days.
Prior to Mark’s innovative technology, environmental factors prohibited most robotic technologies from being able to fully function outdoors. The Dynamic Stabilisation Technology system measures wind, vibration and other environmental factors 2000 times per sound, enabling precise positioning that was previously only possible with indoor robots.
“I invented DST™ to solve the problem of stabilising a robot at the end of a long moving boom, originally for an application that didn’t have enough demand to justify its development cost,” he explained on the company’s website. “A decade later, a building boom converged with a shortage of bricklayers, driving the cost of laying a brick up to $1.25. I knew my idea’s time had come. Once in a lifetime, if you’re lucky, something you invent gets the opportunity to tackle a major global need. So we scaled up, built our own testing facilities and brought together brilliant minds from across the globe to bring this idea to life.”
Prior to Fastbrick Robotics, he was the owner of By Design Group.
He received a bachelor’s in aerospace engineering from RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia.Tags: aerospace engineering, bricklaying, construction, housing, mechanical engineering, robots