CIBT to fund ‘Robots for Roofing’

The CIBT will fund a programme which uses drones to reduce health and safety risks in roofing. July 26, 2016 / Isla MacFarlane
CIBT to fund ‘Robots for Roofing’

Lacy Roofing won a £15,000 investment from the CIBT’s project funding programme, Flexible and Structured Funds. The Liverpool-based company will use the funds to train five members of staff to fly drones to the Civil Aviation Authority standard.

Robots for Roofing is the first project of its kind to receive CITB funding and has the potential to drastically reduce the risks to workers’ health and safety on site.

Roofers will be trained to use drones to carry out surveys and find faults, rather than getting up on the roof itself to carry out these tasks. If the pilot project is successful, it could be rolled out across the industry.

Robots for Roofing was one of 15 industry-led projects that won funding from CIBT’s latest round of Flexible and Structured Funds, representing a total investment of just under £5 million from CITB.

Other successful bids included training to kick-start the careers of under-represented groups and upskilling middle managers to boost infrastructure development.

Geeta Nathan, Head of Economic Analysis at CITB, said, “I am excited to announce the latest round of industry-led projects that will receive support from CITB. These high-calibre applicants have the potential to transform the industry and change the lives of many individuals, and we are pleased to be supporting them with industry investment.

“It’s inspiring to think of the impact these projects may have not only in the near future but also in years to come.”

PHOTO CREDIT: Halftermeyer

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