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Developed by New York-based company Construction Robotics, SAM100 (Semi-Automated Mason) a bricklaying robot SAM is ready and willing to lay 3,000 bricks per day, while a human lays in average around 500 bricks per day. It’s made up of a conveyor-belt, mortar pump and robotic arm... read more


Construction known as an ‘arch ring’, made of truncated wedge-shaped voussoirs that by mutual pressure stay in place, set out in a curved form to span an opening and carry a superimposed load. The Gothic Arch can be formed from a lancet, drop or equilateral arch. The lancet is a sharply pointed two-centered or acute type with the radii greater than the span... read more


The arch has long been used in masonry structures. In fact, a brick masonry arch found in the ruins of Ur in Mesopotamia dates back to 1400 B.C. Today, the brick arch is used in construction to span over wall openings and add aesthetics, as the arch is the consummate definition of form and function. This Brick Brief addresses design considerations for brick arches in veneer construction... read more