30 June 2021

Hadrian X® builds walls of first childcare centre (Video)

FBR has successfully and safely constructed the external and internal walls of its first childcare centre in the northern suburbs of Perth using its revolutionary construction robot Hadrian X®.

Watch as Hadrian X® constructs the largest and most complex structural build it has ever undertaken, completed on time in just 16 build days.

You can stay up to date with FBR on social media: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Linkedin and YouTube.

19 October 2021

FBR wins 2021 IFAP CGU SafeWay Award for "WHS Leadership"

FBR is pleased to have been announced as WINNER in the 2021 IFAP CGU  SafeWay Awards in the category for “WHS Leadership”.

The SafeWay Awards are Western Australia’s premier industry work health and safety awards, recognising outstanding innovation, management, strategies, solutions and contribution of both individuals and organisations in work health and safety.

The award winners were revealed at a gala dinner evening held at Crown Towers , in celebration and recognition of the safety successes of Western Australian Safety Professionals and Organisations. Congratulations to the other award winners and category nominees - Department of Communities WA  and Downer  Mining.

More information can be found at: www.safewayawards.com.au

You can stay up to date with FBR on social media: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Linkedin and YouTube.

12 August 2021

One Team (Recruitment Video)

Humans have been laying bricks in the same way for the past 6,000 years. Until now.

Based in Western Australia, FBR is a robotic technology company developing and commercialising digital construction solutions to address global needs.

FBR's first application is Hadrian X®, a revolutionary robotic blocklaying machine and system, capable of building the walls of a house in as little as one day.

The construction industry is already calling upon Hadrian X® to provide an automated solution to a widening void in the middle of a housing boom.

FBR is at the forefront to digitalise the construction sector. Are you ready to build the future?

Visit our Careers Page for current vacancies.

You can stay up to date with FBR on social media: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Linkedin and YouTube.

16 August 2021

Latest House Build by Hadrian X® (Video)

Chief Technical Officer Mark Pivac provides an update on FBR operations as Hadrian X® builds the first of several houses in the southern suburbs of Western Australia.

You can stay up to date with FBR on social media: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Linkedin and YouTube.

15 October 2021

Hadrian X® builds second house in Wellard (Video)

Hadrian X® has completed construction on the second of five house structures in Wellard, a southern suburb of Perth, Western Australia.

FBR also announced last week that it has entered into its first multi-home Wall as a Service™ contract with a residential property developer using the Hadrian X® construction robot.

You can stay up to date with FBR on social media: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Linkedin and YouTube.

27 July 2021

FBR wins Leadership & Culture Award (SME) at 2021 Australian Workplace Health & Safety Awards

FBR is proud to be the WINNER 'Leadership & Culture Award (SME)' at the 2021 Australian Workplace Health & Safety Awards .

Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, Mike Pivac said "We are very pleased that the contributions to health and safety made by the entire FBR team has been recognized by the industry, as we continue to develop robotic solutions in the construction sector to address global needs.

Congratulations to the category finalists Global Safety Index  and Interchange , and to all the other award recipients – Guardian Gantry Hire, DEMEX, Ergon Energy and Energex, Ventia Pty Ltd and Goodstart Early Learning .

You can stay up to date with FBR on social media: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Linkedin and YouTube.

17 August 2021

FBR finalist for 2021 Work Health and Safety Excellence Awards ( DMIRS)

FBR is pleased to have been announced as one of four finalists in the Work Health and Safety Excellence Awards 2021, in the category for “Leadership Excellence”.

The Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety, Western Australia (DMIRS) recognizes outstanding solutions and innovations to specific workplace health and safety problems, and the “Leadership Excellence Award” acknowledges an organizations’ excellence in leadership to improve health and safety in the workplace.

Other finalists include: Breight Group, Chandler Macleod and Clough . Winners will be announced at an awards ceremony on 22 October 2021 at Optus Stadium. More information can be found at DMIRS website.

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You can stay up to date with FBR on social media: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Linkedin and YouTube.

27 August 2021

2021 Wear It Purple Day

Today, the FBR  Team proudly embraced Wear it Purple  day!

Founded in 2010, 'Wear It Purple Day' fosters supportive, safe, empowering, and inclusive environments for the youth of the LGBTQIA+ community.

At FBR, we recognize our differences and value our experiences, working collaboratively to push boundaries and achieve the impossible!

We are One Team .

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You can stay up to date with FBR on social media: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Linkedin and YouTube.

9 September 2021

2021 R U OK? Day

Suicide prevention is an enormously complex and sensitive challenge, but there is power in the simplest of questions "Are you okay?".

R U OK? Day is a national day of action dedicated to reminding everyone that every day is the day to ask, "Are you okay?" and support those struggling with life's ups and downs.

Today, the FBR team came together to reconnect and have a meaningful conversation about life.

Learn how to ask at www.ruok.org.au/how-to-ask

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You can stay up to date with FBR on social media: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Linkedin and YouTube.

5 October 2021

FBR signs multi-home Wall as a Service™ contract

FBR has entered into its first multi-home Wall as a Service™ contract to supply Wall as a Service™ to a third-party residential property developer using the Hadrian X® construction robot.

The contract pertains to a development site in St James, Western Australia, under which FBR will construct the slab, footings, structural walls, second storey slab and roof trusses for eight two-storey townhouses.

Work on the $5 million project will start as soon as practicable after all necessary approvals have been granted, and will be completed at commercial rates with the Wall as a Service™ contract value in excess of $0.5 million.

"We are pleased to be adding this large project to our pipeline of work, having spent the past 12 months introducing the Hadrian X® into the real-world building environment to validate our game-changing technology with some prominent Western Australian builders. Now that we have demonstrated all the benefits the Hadrian X® provides, we are now going to ramp up the utilisation of our technology, while continuing the development work at our R&D facility."

Mike Pivac, FBR's Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer

FBR will also complete the walls of the second of five house structures in Wellard shortly.

You can read the ASX announcement here.

You can stay up to date with FBR on social media: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Linkedin and YouTube.

10 May 2021

Display Home Open (Video)

FBR welcomed the general public to our very first Display Home last weekend, showcasing the work of Hadrian X® - the world’s first mobile robotic blocklaying machine and system.

Watch as Chief Executive Officer Mike Pivac and Construction & Product Development Manager Dan Mckrill reflect on how Hadrian X® has integrated into the construction process and the positive feedback we have received from the building community and homebuyers as a result.

You can stay up to date with FBR on social media: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Linkedin and YouTube.

20 April 2021

Display Home Open

FBR is pleased to announce that our first display home is currently for sale and will be open for inspection this Saturday 24th April 2021 - 1PM to 3PM.

In partnership with Archistruct Builders and Designers, Hadrian X® laid the structural walls for the home back in July 2020.

Hadrian X® is the world's first mobile robotic blocklaying machine and system, capable of safely working outdoors in uncontrolled environments with speed and accuracy.

  • Date: Saturday 24th April 2021
  • Time: 1:00pm to 3:00pm
  • Address: 31 Elderberry Drive, Dayton WA 6055

Please be aware there is limited parking.

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1 June 2021

Let's talk robotics with Mark Pivac | Exaptec Podcast

Mark Pivac joined Nicci Rossouw on the Exaptec podcast to chat about his background as an aeronautical and mechanical engineer, Hadrian X® and the future of the robotic construction landscape. 

Listen in at the link below:

https://www.exaptec.com.au/podcast/2021/6/1/lets-talk-robotics-with-mark-pivac

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About Exaptec: "As robotics specialists we take great pride in our professional customer service, consultative approach and service robotics automation solution design capabilities. We also seek and source specialised robots as well as develop custom robotic platforms and robot application software to satisfy niche needs and requirements."

You can stay up to date with FBR on social media: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Linkedin and YouTube.

21 April 2021

Mark Pivac on Mornings | ABC Radio Perth

Mark Pivac joined Nadia Mitsopoulos from ‘Mornings’ on ABC Radio PERTH to talk Hadrian X®, FBR’s First Display Home and the future of Construction Industry.

Listen in at the link below from 2:14:00 onwards!

https://www.abc.net.au/radio/perth/programs/mornings/mornings/13303160

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Nadia Mitsopoulos has been a journalist for more than 25 years. She has spent most of that time working in various television newsrooms in Perth and London and has specialised in state politics. She has been working on the Mornings program since she joined ABC Radio Perth in 2012. She is also on the board of Lifeline WA and AWESOME Arts.

You can stay up to date with FBR on social media: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Linkedin and YouTube.

23 April 2021

[POSTPONED] Display Home Open

In light of the 3-day lockdown situation in Perth, our Display Home Open this Saturday 24th April 2021 will be postponed. We will advise on a revised date once it is safe to do so.

Please remember to wear a mask and stay home if you can.

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You can stay up to date with FBR on social media: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Linkedin and YouTube.

29 April 2021

Home Open Update

FBR’s first display home is currently for sale and open for inspection Saturday 1st May 2021 – 10:30AM to 12:00PM.

In partnership with Archistruct Builders and Designers, the house was built using the Hadrian X®, the world’s first mobile robotic blocklaying machine and system.

  • Date: Saturday 1st May 2021
  • Time: 10:30am to 12:00pm
  • Address: 31 Elderberry Drive, Dayton WA 6056

Please be aware that pending revised WA Government COVID-19 restrictions, social distancing and mask wearing must be in place, with capacity limited to 20 individuals per viewing.

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You can stay up to date with FBR on social media: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Linkedin and YouTube.

18 February 2021

First Commercial Building Completed (Video)

Last week, Mike Pivac (Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer) took a trip to Byford in Western Australia to visit the tenants of our first commercial building. Hadrian X® built the structural walls of this commercial and community centre back in September 2020.

Hadrian X®, the world’s first mobile robotic blocklaying system, builds block structures from a 3D CAD model, producing far less waste than traditional construction methods while dramatically improving site safety and efficiency.

Mike talks about how FBR got the gig off the back of our successful Display Home build, and how first-time techniques used by Hadrian X® on this commercial structure have got the building community talking.

You can stay up to date with FBR on social media: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Linkedin and YouTube.

16 February 2021

Display Home Completed (Video)

Last week, FBR was handed the keys to our first display home, the structural walls of which were built by Hadrian X® back in July 2020.

Hadrian X® is the world's first mobile robotic blocklaying machine and system, capable of safely working outdoors in uncontrolled environments with speed and accuracy.

We caught up with Mike Pivac (Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director) as he took a tour of FBR's first completed home and provides an update on what happens next with the Display Home.

You can stay up to date with FBR on social media: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Linkedin and YouTube.

18 December 2020

2020 Rewind (Video)

Despite the global impact COVID-19 had during 2020, FBR was still able to kick some important goals on the path to commercialisation.

From Hadrian X® breaking a new lay speed record in June to completing our First Commercial Build in September, we've enjoyed the opportunity to deliver regular Hadrian X® Updates in the form of our vlog series with Chief Technical Officer, Mark Pivac.

Join us as we look back on 2020 at FBR.

You can stay up to date with FBR on social media: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Linkedin and YouTube.

27 October 2020

FBR completes first two storey structure using Hadrian X® (Video)

FBR has completed construction of its first two storey structure using the Hadrian X® construction robot.

The structure was built on FBR's premises in a building style commonly found around the world in developing markets, including in key FBR markets such as Mexico, the MENA and GCC region and throughout Asia. This is the first time FBR has demonstrated the Hadrian X®'s ability to build two storey structures, as well as working with design elements like steel reinforced concrete columns, suspended concrete slabs and rebar.

You can stay up to date with FBR on social media: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Linkedin and YouTube.

24 September 2020

Display Home Update (Video)

In our latest vlog, Chief Technical Officer Mark Pivac provides a progress update on FBR's First Display Home, which had its structural walls completed by Hadrian X® back in July 2020.

You can stay up to date with FBR on social media: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Linkedin and YouTube.

20 October 2020

Hadrian X® - The Future of Robotic Construction (Video)

In the suburbs of Western Australia, a construction revolution is happening!

Hadrian X® is a world first bricklaying robot capable of building the walls of a house in as little as one day.

You can stay up to date with FBR on social media: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Linkedin and YouTube.

9 September 2020

Hadrian X Completes First Commercial Build (Video)

FBR is pleased to announce that Hadrian X® has completed the structural walls of a commercial and community centre in Byford, Western Australia.

You can stay up to date with FBR on social media: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Linkedin and YouTube.

7 September 2020

Make It Happen (Video)

Construction is underway on our first non-residential structure built by Hadrian X® south east of Perth, Western Australia.

Lead Control Systems Engineer Nayeem Satar explains how FBR's continuous improvement programme ensures Hadrian X® is always ready for new design challenges.

You can stay up to date with FBR on social media: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Linkedin and YouTube.

4 September 2020

First Commercial Build Update (Video)

Construction is well underway on our first non-residential structure built by Hadrian X® south east of Perth, Western Australia.

In our latest operational update, Chief Technical Officer Mark Pivac talks more on the opportunities this commercial building presents to the wider construction industry.

You can stay up to date with FBR on social media: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Linkedin and YouTube.

2 September 2020

Hadrian X® Begins First Commercial Building (Video)

On Tuesday 1st September 2020, Hadrian X® began construction of our first non-residential structure south east of Perth, Western Australia.

Building and Product Development Manager Dan Mckrill explains some of the design features Hadrian X® will be showcasing for the very first time.

You can stay up to date with FBR on social media: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Linkedin and YouTube.

25 August 2020

GP Vivienda: Pilot Building Program (Video)

As part of our Building Pilot Program Agreement with GP Vivienda, FBR has constructed four Mexican-style two-bedroom, one-bathroom house structures using the Hadrian X® at FBR's premises, with each structure taking less than one standard shift on average to complete.

Two of the structures were built indoors at FBR's facility, with the remaining two structures built simultaneously side by side outdoors to emulate the most economical operating process for a Hadrian X® in a residential development in Mexico.

Having completed the Pilot Program stage, FBR and GP Vivienda intend to progress the Block Development stage of the Building Pilot Program Agreement, by building additional Mexican-style structures using the Hadrian X® with blocks produced in Mexico.

You can stay up to date with FBR on social media: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Linkedin and YouTube.

29 July 2020

Hadrian X Update (Video)

In our latest operational update, Chief Technical Officer Mark Pivac lists the benefits of digital construction as seen during our first Display Home build and offers insight into what the future holds for Hadrian X®.

You can stay up to date with FBR on social media: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Linkedin and YouTube.

13 July 2020

A Digital Construction Journey (Video)

FBR is pleased to announce that on Saturday, 11 July 2020, the Hadrian X® finished building the structural walls of its first display home in Dayton, Western Australia.

The Hadrian X® was deployed to the Dayton site on the afternoon of Tuesday, 7 July 2020 in preparation for commencement of building activities the following morning, and completed the structure in three and a half standard shifts.

You can stay up to date with FBR on social media: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Linkedin and YouTube.

13 July 2020

Hadrian X Completes Walls of First Display Home (Video)

After Hadrian X® completed the structural walls to FBR’s first display home in Western Australia, Mike and Mark Pivac reflected on this milestone achievement and look ahead to the next stage in FBR’s digital construction journey.

You can stay up to date with FBR on social media: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Linkedin and YouTube.

13 July 2020

A Digital Construction Journey (Video)

FBR is pleased to announce that on Saturday, 11 July 2020, the Hadrian X® finished building the structural walls of its first display home in Dayton, Western Australia.

The Hadrian X® was deployed to the Dayton site on the afternoon of Tuesday, 7 July 2020 in preparation for commencement of building activities the following morning, and completed the structure in three and a half standard shifts.

You can stay up to date with FBR on social media: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Linkedin and YouTube.

10 July 2020

The Future of the Construction Industry (Video)

Hadrian X® is out on-site for the very first time, constructing a display home in the Northern suburbs of Perth, Western Australia.

Building and Product Development Manager Dan Mckrill offers insight into the slab mapping and quality control processes which ensure Hadrian X® always builds with precision.

You can stay up to date with FBR on social media: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Linkedin and YouTube.

9 July 2020

Hadrian X Arrives On-Site (Video)

Hadrian X® arrived on-site on Tuesday 7th July 2020 to build a display home north of Perth, Western Australia.

Chief Technical Officer Mark Pivac explains the site setup process required before Hadrian X® can lay its first block.  

You can stay up to date with FBR on social media: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Linkedin and YouTube.

9 July 2020

First Out the Gate

The moment we have all been waiting for has finally arrived.

On Tuesday 7th July 2020, Hadrian X® rolled out the gate for the first time. Driven by FBR Founders, Mike and Mark Pivac, H02 began its journey to build a display home in the northern suburbs of Perth, Western Australia.

The future of Robotic Construction is here.

You can stay up to date with FBR on social media: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Linkedin and YouTube.

7 July 2020

Throwback Thursday (with Mark Pivac)

On a journey spanning more than a decade, FBR has been dedicated to delivering the world's most advance construction robot.
 
We sat down with Chief Technical Officer, Mark Pivac, to reflect on the evolution of Hadrian, the successes, the learnings and what made it onto the Hadrian X® that will be rolling out the gate.

You can stay up to date with FBR on social media: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Linkedin and YouTube.

17 June 2020

Hadrian X Builds First 'Curved' Wall

In our latest operational update, Chief Technical Officer Mark Pivac demonstrates the capability of the Hadrian X® to create structures like curved architectural feature walls.

You can stay up to date with FBR on social media: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Linkedin and YouTube.

29 June 2020

Does Brick Size Really Matter?

In our latest update, Chief Technical Officer Mark Pivac showcases what brick and block products are currently available to robotic construction and explains how rapid construction will influence the building materials of the future.

You can stay up to date with FBR on social media: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Linkedin and YouTube.

11 June 2020

Hadrian X Update: Meet the Operator

In our latest operational update, Mark Pivac (Chief Technical Officer) offers a glimpse inside an FBR Controls Van to meet some of our Hadrian X® operators.

Stay up to date at: www.fbr.com.au

You can stay up to date with FBR on social media: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Linkedin and YouTube.

11 June 2020

Hadrian X Update: Meet the Operator

In our latest operational update, Mark Pivac (Chief Technical Officer) offers a glimpse inside an FBR Controls Van to meet some of our Hadrian X® operators.

Stay up to date at: www.fbr.com.au

You can stay up to date with FBR on social media: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Linkedin and YouTube.

9 June 2020

WA Governor Visit

FBR was pleased to welcome the Honourable Kim Beazley AC, Governor of Western Australia to our premises yesterday.

During the visit, the Governor was given a personal tour by Mark Pivac (Chief Technical Officer) and watched Hadrian X building a test structure.

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Of his visit, the Governor said:

"We must highlight our sovereign capability in the aftermath of the pandemic. That includes sustainable agriculture and reinforcing our advantage in robotics. It was great to visit RegenWA and Fastbrick Robotics on Monday. RegenWA works on optimal use of vegetation to underpin agricultural production in a way that helps to ensure a more innovative and sustainable industry for future generations.Fastbrick Robotics features roboticised brick laying and can do the structure of a house safely and in a fraction of the time of traditional building. This world-first is brilliant for a habitation challenged world."

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You can stay up to date with FBR on social media: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Linkedin and YouTube.

2 June 2020

FBR wins Australian Workplace Health and Safety Award

FBR is proud to have been announced as the winner of the 2020 Australian Institute of Health & Safety - Health & Safety Innovation (Small - Medium Enterprise) Award.

You can view FBR's award presentation here:

AWHSA provides national recognition to organisations and individuals who demonstrate excellence and innovation in the field of Workplace Health & Safety.

For more information on the event; visit https://www.aihs.org.au/…/australian-workplace-health-and-s…

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You can stay up to date with FBR on social media: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Linkedin and YouTube.

3 June 2020

Hadrian X Breaks New Lay Speed Record

Mark Pivac (Chief Technical Officer) provides another operational update as Hadrian X® breaks a new lay rate record!

Check out Hadrian X®  at work (in real-time!) in the video below.

You can also read our announcement 'Hadrian X® achieves commercial lay speed' here.

You can stay up to date with FBR on social media: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Linkedin and YouTube.

23 April 2020

Hadrian X Update

Mark Pivac (Chief Technical Officer) explains what is currently happening with the Hadrian programme and offers a real-time glimpse at the current operating speed of Hadrian X.

You can stay up to date with FBR on social media: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Linkedin and YouTube.

05 March 2020

Spotted.

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You can stay up to date with FBR on social media: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Linkedin and YouTube.

28 January 2020

Simon Amos at TEDxPerth

Last year, Simon Amos (Chief Executive Officer - Australia) delivered a TED Talk on the future of the construction industry to an audience of curious individuals at the 2019 TEDxPerth event.

Over the weekend, TEDx uploaded a full recording of Simon's speech for those who could not attend the event.

You can also find recordings of the other amazing Perth speakers, all pushing boundaries to change the world!

14 January 2020

Expo 2020 Dubai

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FBR is honoured to announce we are the Official Australian Pavilion Construction Robotics Partner at Expo 2020 Dubai.

Australia's contribution to Expo 2020 harnesses our nation's spirit of optimism and innovation, celebrating Australia's diversity, harmony, creativity, problem-solving and collaboration. This vision aligns with FBR's values as a company - to unleash human potential through innovation - and we are thrilled to be invited as a representative of Australia's aspirations and achievements.

Expo 2020 Dubai is the first World Expo held in the UAE and takes place over a six-month period, celebrating culture, collaboration and innovation. With 190 participating countries and an expected 25 million visitors, Expo 2020 Dubai aims to leave a meaningful and lasting legacy to future generations across the world.

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"Expo 2020 is a highly valuable opportunity for FBR and our commercialisation journey, with unprecedented access to representatives from 190 participating countries to promote our business, expand our operations and develop new global partnerships. Expo 2020 is dubbed 'the world's greatest show' and FBR is honoured to be representing Australia to the world as the forefront of innovation."

- Mike Pivac, FBR's Chief Executive Officer – Global

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For more information on Expo 2020 Dubai, visit: https://www.expo2020dubai.com

To find out more on what the Expo 2020 Australia Pavilion has to offer, visit: https://www.australiaexpo2020.com

19 December 2019

End of Year Update

Dear all,

As we draw closer to the holiday period, I thought I would give everyone a quick update on a couple of exciting things that have happened this week.

Our second Hadrian X® (H02) completed its first outdoor build this week with pleasing results despite the sweltering conditions, in which the construction industry typically shuts down. It was over 40oC for a good portion of our build time with our local weather instruments showing temperatures up to 46oC, which can present challenges on a number of fronts (things expanding and contracting, machine temp etc), but we are certainly getting better at dealing with those challenges, and in fact we achieved a new Hadrian record for blocks laid in a day outdoors this week. There is a lot of scope to continue improving our technology, and we are making good progress.

At the same time, we've been making some upgrades and optimisations to our first Hadrian X® (H01) inside our testing and development facility, and I'm pleased to say that we also set a new top speed for laying motions per minute yesterday, which, based on the maximum size block the Hadrian X® can handle, would be equivalent to around 1,500 standard brick equivalents per hour.

We are currently building a complicated design with some features that we haven't tried before, and we're really pleased with how the Hadrian X® is performing with the more intricate work.

It is a credit to our team and their focus on our goals that we've set two new records with two machines in two different environments right at the end of the year.

Mark Pivac
Chief Technical Officer 
FBR Limited

19 December 2019

FBR 2019 Rewind

A lot has happened at FBR over the last 12 months. 

From the first outdoor home structure built by Hadrian X back in February and winning a Gold Edison Award for Robotics in April to formation of our joint venture ‘Fastbrick Australia’ to offer Wall as a Service in May and the Stage One completion of our first Building Pilot Program with Archistruct in November, just to name a few highlights.

Join us below as we reflect on our journey through 2019!

12 December 2019

We're Coming Home

Over the past week, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer – Global, Mike Pivac, has been on the road delivering company presentations to shareholders and supporters across the country. On Monday, Mike will be back in FBR’s home state of Western Australia to provide an update on FBR’s progress in the last 12 months and a look ahead toward the next stage in the journey.

PERTH

16 December 2019

12:30PM - 1:30PM

RSM

Level 8 Exchange Tower

2 The Esplanade, Perth, WA, 6000

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11 December 2019

FBR is on the road

A lot is happening at FBR and Mike Pivac (Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer – Global) is delivering company presentations to provide an update on FBR’s progress in the last 12 months and a look ahead at the next stage in the journey.

SYDNEY

13 December 2019

12:30PM - 1:30PM

Four Seasons Hotel Sydney

Room – Gallery 1

199 George Street, Sydney, NSW, 2000

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10 December 2019

The roadshow continues 

Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer – Global, Mike Pivac, is on the road! Delivering company presentations to shareholders and supporters across the country; Mike will provide an update on our progress over the last 12 months and a look ahead towards the events of 2020 and beyond!

MELBOURNE

12 December 2019

12:30PM - 1:30PM

The Westin Melbourne

Room – Executive Room II

205 Collins Street, Melbourne, VIC, 3000

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09 December 2019

FBR is on the road

A lot is happening at FBR and Mike Pivac (Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer – Global) will be delivering a number of presentations over the next week to provide an update on FBR's progress in the last 12 months and a look ahead at the events of 2020 and beyond!

BRISBANE

11 December 2019

12:30PM - 1:30PM

Sofitel Brisbane Central

Room - Concorde Room

249 Turbot Street, Brisbane, QLD, 4000

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FBR CEO Presentations

Company presentations will be held in Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney & Perth as detailed below. The presentations will be delivered by FBR's Managing Director & CEO – Global, Mike Pivac, and will provide an update on FBR's progress in the last 12 months and a look ahead.

BRISBANE MELBOURNE SYDNEY PERTH

11 December 2019

12:30PM - 1:30PM

Sofitel Brisbane Central

Room - Concorde Room

249 Turbot Street, Brisbane, QLD, 4000

12 December 2019

12:30PM - 1:30PM

The Westin Melbourne

Room – Executive Room II

205 Collins Street, Melbourne, VIC, 3000

13 December 2019

12:30PM - 1:30PM

Four Seasons Hotel Sydney

Room – Gallery 1

199 George Street, Sydney, NSW, 2000

16 December 2019

12:30PM - 1:30PM

RSM

Level 8 Exchange Tower

2 The Esplanade, Perth, WA, 6000

03 December 2019

2019 FBR Annual General Meeting

The 2019 FBR Annual General Meeting (or AGM) was held last week at the University of Western Australia.

Richard Grellman (Chairman) and Mike Pivac (Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer – Global) provided attending shareholders and supporters an overview of the last 12 months at FBR, a current business update and a lookahead towards the events of 2020 and beyond.

A copy of the presentation, as well as the Results of the AGM, can be found in the ‘Investor Centre’ on our website.

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27 November 2019

Coming Soon to a construction site near you

Hadrian X was featured in an article inside this month’s issue of Australian Science Illustrated.

‘Robot Tradies’ Construction Revolution’ looks at the computerised future of the construction industry, putting a spotlight on various robots from across the globe and their place within the building process of tomorrow.

Science Illustrated is an upbeat, optimistic and visual gateway to the world of cutting-edge science, discovery and adventure, covering a range of subjects, from the beginning of life to the breathtaking technology of the future.

You can find out more about Science Illustrated at: www.scienceillustrated.com.au, or read the article here.

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22 November 2019

Commercialisation Studies Centre

Mark Pivac (Chief Technical Officer) was invited to participate in a panel session at the inaugural event for the Commercialisation Studies Centre (CSC) last night.

The first public event for CSC - ‘Raising investment for Commercialisation’ - was launched by Minster for Science and Innovation, Dave Kelly MP – who took a tour of FBR earlier in October.

CSC Ltd is a non-for-profit, member-owned company dedicated to advancing knowledge of best practice in commercialisation through mutual exchange of ideas.

You can find out more about CSC here: https://www.csc.org.au/

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14 November 2019

Ministerial Visit

From Madeleine King MP (Shadow Minster for Trade):

"It was fascinating to tour the headquarters of FBR with my federal Labor colleague Matt Keogh today - yes, that's us in bright pink. FBR is a Perth-based robotics company and the creator of the world's first fully automated robotic bricklayer. Advanced manufacturing is a crucial industry for our country's future."

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13 November 2019

World Quality Day 2019

FBR is celebrating World Quality Day 2019, an opportunity to pause and reflect on FBR's achievements in quality and recognise how our team works together to improve performance in day to day operations. We encourage all our employees to share their ideas as part of continual improvement and be the catalyst for true innovation.

World Quality Day (#WQD19) is designed to recognise the contributions of quality professionals across the globe. The Chartered Quality Institute (The CQI) has empowered organisations to succeed, regardless of their sector and across all geographies. The quality profession has made significant contributions to the advancements in healthcare, manufacturing, construction, energy, defence and transportation.

You can find out more about World Quality Day at: http://www.quality.org/article/world-quality-day-2019

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Demonstration Stage of Pilot Program with Archistruct successfully completed; Adhesive-based wall system confirmed as meeting National Construction Code

  • Demonstration Stage of Building Pilot Program with Archistruct successfully completed.
  • Building Permit for robotically built Display Home approved.
  • Prospectus Milestone achieved.

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FBR is pleased to announce that:

  • Fastbrick Australia Pty Ltd, the 50/50 Wall as a Service® ('WaaS®') joint venture established by FBR and Brickworks Building Products Pty Ltd , has now completed the Demonstration Stage of the Building Pilot Program with Archistruct Builders & Designers as announced on 16 September 2019;
  • Local Government approval has been obtained by Archistruct for the construction of a Display Home under the Building Pilot Program; and
  • FBR has achieved a key milestone under the 2015 Prospectus which related to the listing of the FBR business on the ASX.

Close of Demonstration Stage

Under the Demonstration Stage, Fastbrick Australia agreed to supply WaaS® to Archistruct, to construct a minimum of five and a maximum of 12 house structures on FBR premises using a range of designs agreed with Archistruct. Following the completion of the 11th house structure on FBR premises on 17 October 2019 and subsequent certification by independent structural engineers, Archistruct has now determined that the Demonstration Stage has fulfilled its purpose and has been formally brought to a close.

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The Demonstration Stage has confirmed a range of practical benefits to building using the Hadrian X® and utilising WaaS®, including:

(a) the predictable accuracy of structures build by Hadrian X®, which enables the manufacture of finishing materials such as windows and door frames in parallel with (instead of subsequent to) wall construction, using the same digital data inputs used by Hadrian X® to build the wall structures;

(b) potentially significant time reductions in the building process, both in terms of the structural walls and the overall build timeframe; and

(c) the increased ease of installation of plumbing and electrical conduit due to the aligned cores of the Hadrian-optimised blocks supplied by Brickworks as part of the WaaS® offering.

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Building permit for robotically build Display Home approved

The next stage of the Building Pilot Program with Archistruct is the Display Home Stage, which contemplates Archistruct building a display home using WaaS® to construct the structural and partition walls, with the finished home to be owned by FBR.

Once complete, FBR will initially use the finished home to demonstrate to the public and international partners the quality and other benefits of FBR's robotic construction technology. Once the Display Home has served its initial purpose, FBR will have the ability to sell it to a home buyer, thereby generating additional revenue.

In preparation for the commencement of the Display Home Stage, a building contract for the construction of the Display Home was signed by FBR and Archistruct and FBR entered into a contract to purchase the block of land on which the Display Home will be built. In addition, Archistruct applied to the applicable Local Government for a Building Permit (a process which included obtaining confirmation from a structural engineer that the adhesive and block wall system comprising WaaS® complied with the relevant requirements of the National Construction Code), which has now been successfully issued.

Following on from an extensive testing and demonstration pilot program, we are pleased that Archistruct have elected to move to the next phase of the Building Pilot Program Agreement with Fastbrick Australia and FBR. Having now received Archistruct's election to move to the Display Home Stage of the Building Pilot Program Agreement, along with the receipt of formal approval from local government to build an Archistruct-designed residential structure using the Hadrian X® and WaaS®, we will now finalise the preparatory work to take the Hadrian X® out onto a residential building site.

- Simon Amos, Chief Executive Officer - Australia

Update on the other Pilot Programs

On 11 October 2019, FBR announced that Fastbrick Australia has entered into a Building Pilot Program Agreement with Summit Homes Group, one of WA's most well-known builders. Similar to its Archistruct equivalent, the Building Pilot Program with Summit is also a three-stage program, with the Demonstration Stage having already commenced with Summit and progressing well. The first house structure in the Demonstration Stage has now been completed.

FBR also announced on 26 September 2019 that it had entered into a Building Pilot Program Agreement with GP Vivienda, the housing division of Mexican construction giant Grupo GP. This agreement represents the next stage of the Strategic Collaboration Agreement between FBR and GP Vivienda announced to the ASX on 20 June 2018.

The Building Pilot Program Agreement with GP Vivienda is also a three-stage agreement, with the first stage of which is a Pilot Program Stage, in which FBR will construct between one and five house structures on FBR premises utilising the Hadrian X® and CMU blocks, using a range of common Mexican designs supplied by GP Vivienda. In parallel, GP Vivienda and FBR are progressing the Block Testing Stage of the agreement, in which the parties are working together to test the performance of FBR's adhesive with concrete blocks that are commonly used in Mexico. A structural engineer has been engaged to work with the University of Monterrey to complete the Block Testing Stage.

Prospectus Milestone achieved

The independent directors of FBR's Board have determined that the performance condition attached to 166,666,666 Class B Performance Shares issued as part of the deferred consideration for the acquisition of FBR (formerly Fastbrick Robotics) contemplated in the Prospectus has been met. As a result, those Class B Performance Shares will be converted to Ordinary Shares on a one for one basis. The performance condition was triggered by the receipt of the completion payment for the tenth (10th) Full Home Structure constructed under a commercial arm's length contract using FBR's robotic home building technology.

Read the full ASX announcement

05 November 2019

How do you take the precision of indoor robotics outdoors? | Codex

Executive Director & Chief Technical Officer, Mark Pivac, was invited to present at the prestigious World's Top 50 Innovators event hosted by Codex at The Royal Society in London.

Mark delivered his presentation - "How do you take the precision of indoor robotics outdoors?" - alongside a distinguished line up of scientists, engineers, entrepreneurs and visionaries who are moving the world forward with the power of technology and ideas.

Codex's mission is to evoke a spirit of enlightenment by inspiring technology leaders and entrepreneurs to apply their collective imaginations to deliver technologies that will continue to transform our lives.

You can find a recording of Mark's September presentation below:

21 October 2019

NASA Space Apps Perth

Over the weekend, FBR was involved in the 2019 NASA International Space Apps Challenge, hosted by Space Hub Perth and CORE Innovation Hub.The global hackathon was held in 187 cities across the world simultaneously, with over 18,000 participants.

Thank you to those FBR staff members who donated their time as mentors during the event, offering guidance to the teams as they developed their pitches to produce solutions to 25 NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration defined challenges that we currently face here on Earth and in space

A massive congratulations to the winning Perth teams - Scitech and 'Oceanth Generation' – and to all the teams involved. It was a pleasure for our team to meet and interact with such innovative individuals and talented minds from across Perth, and we look forward to future events!

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17 October 2019

Programme Update

Dear all,

It has been a few months since I've written a blog. There are a number of reasons for this. Part of it is that we've all been extremely busy here, as always, and each time we achieve something there's another goal around the corner so we keep pushing on as hard as we can. Another aspect is that we are cautious not to lay out the roadmap for our would-be competitors to follow in terms of achievements and the challenges we have to overcome. FBR also has a number of major commercial partners and collaborators and we need to respect their concerns and obligations to their respective markets and ensure we're protecting both us, our partners and our shared commercial goals. FBR is also a creator of intellectual property and there is a time-frame involved in the development and lodgement of intellectual property protection such as patents before we can discuss our developments, which cannot be short-cut or fixed retrospectively. Lastly, as a public company there are always disclosure and governance matters that also need to be considered. With this in mind, I would like to comment on what I may.

FBR is making good progress in the Hadrian X® program, ticking off a number of significant world first achievements in the last twelve months, such as our first indoor build, first outdoor build and starting work with our Pilot Program customers. We have made significant performance improvements since our first outdoor build completed in February this year and have signed our first commercial contracts with three different builders representing first revenues for the Company, regardless of materiality.

We have established Fastbrick Australia Pty Ltd, our joint venture with Brickworks Limited, to deliver Wall as a Service® (WaaS®) in Australia which has entered into Building Pilot Programs with Archistruct Builders & Designers and Summit Homes Group. Each of these programs consists of three stages:

  • a Demonstration Stage, wherein Fastbrick Australia will erect the walls of full home structures for the customer on FBR premises at commercial rates;
  • a Display Home Stage, where the builder will build a display home for FBR using Fastbrick Australia to erect the walls of the structure; and
  • a Builder's Project Stage, where the builder will engage Fastbrick Australia to erect the walls of a full home structure for a residential homebuyer.

The Building Pilot Program with Archistruct was first flagged to the market in 2016, so it's good to be able to deliver on what we said we would. The Summit relationship is obviously a newer one and we are excited to get to work with them. They're one of WA's most recognisable builders so it's great to have them in our corner. We'll be building display homes with both Summit and Archistruct so that people can inspect a house built by a Hadrian X®.

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Separately to the activities of Fastbrick Australia, FBR has also commenced a Building Pilot Program with GP Vivienda to build Mexican-style structures on FBR premises in a Demonstration Stage, while concurrently engaging in a Block Testing Stage in Mexico with the University of Monterrey to test the performance of FBR's adhesive with concrete blocks that are commonly used in Mexico. Mexico has an acute shortage of affordable housing, so there is a big opportunity there for the Hadrian X® to make an impact in the market. We've got great partners there in GP Vivienda, and they're just as keen as we are to see a Hadrian X® in Mexico as soon as possible.

These Pilot Programs are an important step in our commercialisation pathway for the Hadrian X, as they give FBR the opportunity to introduce the Hadrian X® and Wall as a Service® to local and international builders in a collaborative, low risk environment. The Perth housing market has its challenges, and we are introducing an entirely new technology that no one has seen in the suburbs before. The people we have partnered with are very good operators and have built respected brands over time. We also have the world's first autonomous bricklaying robot. Working behind the gate, so to speak, is a good way to introduce the technology we have to the processes they have, and the collaborative environment has been fantastic from an R&D point of view, as we've been able to take some suggestions on board which we will implement over the coming months, as have they.

A key component of servicing these Building Pilot Programs has been bringing our second Hadrian X® online. Hadrian X #2 is now building house structures along with Hadrian X #1, and in doing so has enhanced our continuous improvement program whilst also delivering commercial outcomes for FBR.

To give some insight into some of the achievements of this continuous improvement program, one of the Hadrian X®'s latest pilot builds of a three-bedroom, two-bathroom full home structure consisted of 2,420 Hadrian-optimised blocks, and the entire build generated only 5.5 blocks or 0.2% worth of waste. This result was achieved through a combination of automated planning with FBR's block optimisation software and the internal offcut storage bays in the Hadrian X®, where blocks that have been cut using the internal saw are stored and used later in the build. This points to one of the sustainability benefits the Hadrian X® brings to the construction industry.

We have also been working on the accuracy and reliability of the Hadrian X® and I am pleased to say we are seeing pleasing improvements when compared to previous builds. In one of our recent builds, the same CAD data that was used by the Hadrian X® to build the structure was used by the external supplier of the window and door frames, with the frames fabricated offsite and installed in the completed structure without needing to wait for a construction site visit to measure the blockwork first, which would be typical for windows fitted after manual wall construction.

The measurements of our latest structures demonstrate a degree of accuracy that enables parallel offsite manufacturing of other home finishing components, that are currently made to measure after manual bricklaying and a site visit. Parallel manufacture will reduce the cost and length of time it typically takes to complete a structure, which will ultimately benefit builders and homebuyers. Demonstration of this capability is part of the reason why we have chosen to work collaboratively with builders in a testing environment first, so that they can be involved in this process and see first-hand how the Hadrian X® impacts their business. Feedback from following trades that have been engaged to work with structures built by the Hadrian X® has been very positive.

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FBR will continue refining the Hadrian X® to maximise its laying rate while completing the Building Pilot Programs. There is a lot of potential to continue to increase the speed of Hadrian X® over time with both software and hardware improvements. FBR views laying speed and wall building rate as key performance indicators and as such we expect that the drive for increased laying speed will never stop. In addition to increasing the speed of the existing and working Hadrian X® robots, our designers and R&D team are already testing the concepts that will lead to an exponential speed increase in the next generation of Hadrian X® machines. Concurrently we are working on new technology that may enable the laying of high quality face brick and lower cost bricks and blocks.

This refinement and improvement process is intended to improve the economics and potential application for Hadrian X® in markets with lower labour and material costs. The faster we can lay, the more compelling the case for the Hadrian X® becomes. We have been focusing largely on the reliability, accuracy, safety and waste aspects, as those are what will get us into the suburbs here in Western Australia and the next focus will be speed to ensure the current model Hadrian X® presents a strong economic proposition in other construction markets. FBR is focused on proving the Hadrian X® on commercial building sites whilst also doing the behind the scenes R&D necessary to maintain a leadership position in construction robotics into the future. Hadrian technology will always get better, faster and cheaper.

Mark Pivac
Chief Technical Officer 
FBR Limited

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13 October 2019

NASA Space Apps Challenge

FBR is proud to be supporting this year's NASA International Space Apps Challenge, hosted by Space Hub Perth and CORE Innovation Hub.

This is a global hackathon held on the weekend of 19-20 October 2019 in 75 countries and 187 cities, with over 18,000 participants.

The event takes a collaborative approach to problem solving where teams aim to produce solutions to NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration defined challenges that we currently face here on Earth and in space.

For more information or to take part in the event, visit; https://2019.spaceappschallenge.org/locations/perth/

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11 October 2019

Fastbrick Australia enters into Building Pilot Program with Summit Homes

  • Three stage Building Pilot Program commenced with Summit Homes Group
  • Display home to be built with Summit to demonstrate capability of the Hadrian X®

 FBR is pleased to advise that Fastbrick Australia has entered into a Building Pilot Program Agreement with Summit Homes Group. Fastbrick Australia is the joint venture company established with Brickworks Building Products Pty Ltd offering Wall as a Service® (WaaS®) to the Australian market.

The Building Pilot Program Agreement with Summit consists of three stages. The first stage is a Demonstration Stage under which Fastbrick Australia will supply WaaS® for three house structures on FBR premises using a range of designs supplied by Summit. Each of these structures will be subject to inspection, assessment and reporting by both Summit and independent consultants to ensure they meet the relevant building standards.

Upon completion of the Demonstration Stage, the next stage of the Building Pilot Program Agreement will commence, which is the Display Home Stage.

In the Display Home Stage, FBR and Summit will enter into a contract under which Summit will build a display home using Fastbrick Australia's blocklaying services, with the display home to be purchased by FBR. If the parties do not enter into this agreement within three months, the remainder of the Building Pilot Program Agreement may be terminated. After completion of the display home, FBR will open the home to the public and to current and potential collaborators, suppliers and customers from international markets to demonstrate and promote the use of the Hadrian X® in residential home construction.

The third stage of the Agreement is the Builder's Project Stage, in which Summit will engage Fastbrick Australia to supply WaaS® for a single storey residential structure under a building contract with a homebuyer. Summit will engage Fastbrick Australia to provide WaaS® for the Builder's Project within six months of issuance of a certificate for the final house structure in the Demonstration Stage.

Fastbrick Australia will be paid for each of the structures built under the Building Pilot Program Agreement at the prevailing market rate for bricklaying services in Western Australia.

The Building Pilot Program Agreement with Summit allows FBR to demonstrate to a customer the speed, accuracy, safety, quality, waste profile and reliability of the Hadrian X® construction robot in a low-risk environment, as well as the performance of the new Hadrian-optimised blocks developed and supplied by Brickworks. Fastbrick Australia intends to enter into similar pilot program arrangements with other WaaS® customers as part of its commercialisation strategy.

The Building Pilot Program with Summit is another important step in Fastbrick Australia's introduction of the Wall as a Service® model to the Australian market. Summit have an exceptional track record as a home builder in Western Australia and we are excited to be collaborating with them to demonstrate the capabilities of the Hadrian X® and the impact of WaaS® on the broader building process. Summit have helped over 40,000 West Australians realise their new home dreams in just over 40 years, and Fastbrick Australia are delighted to be working with them to build on that legacy.

- Simon Amos, FBR's Chief Executive Officer - Australia,

We are looking forward to working with Fastbrick Australia and seeing first-hand what the Hadrian X® is capable of. Using a range of Summit's award-winning home designs in the Building Pilot Program will give us the opportunity to see how WaaS® can streamline our projects and inform some of our building processes. Summit builds for the varied, dynamic and diverse needs of our clients, and to do this, we are constantly creating agile home designs with a focus on innovative construction methods to suit all block types, budgets and lifestyles. Fastbrick Australia's approach to innovation is strongly aligned with ours, and we are pleased to be working with them.

- David Hunt, Summit's Chief Operating Officer

Read the full ASX announcement

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11 July 2019

Ministerial Visit

Simon Amos (Chief Executive Officer - Australia) welcomed Federal Member for Swan, Steve Irons MP, to FBR to tour our new facility and observe Hadrian X in testing.

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26 September 2019

FBR enters Building Pilot Program Agreement with GP Vivienda

  • FBR commences three-stage Mexican Building Pilot Program with GP Vivienda
  • Second Hadrian X ® has commenced building house structures

FBR is pleased to advise the commencement of a Building Pilot Program Agreement with GP Vivienda, the housing division of Mexican construction giant Grupo GP. This Agreement represents the next stage of the Strategic Collaboration Agreement between FBR and GP Vivienda announced to the ASX on 20 June 2018.

The Building Pilot Program Agreement between FBR and GP Vivienda consists of three stages.

The first stage is a Pilot Program stage under which FBR will supply WaaS® for between one and five house structures on FBR premises using a range of designs supplied by GP Vivienda. Each of these structures will be subject to inspection, assessment and reporting by both GP Vivienda and independent consultants to ensure they meet the applicable building standards. Any time between the completion of the first house structure and the fifth house structure, GP Vivienda can determine that the Pilot Program stage has fulfilled its purpose and is complete.

In the Block Testing stage, which occurs in parallel to the Pilot Program stage, GP Vivienda and FBR will work together to test the performance of FBR's adhesive with concrete blocks that are commonly used in Mexico. The Block Testing Stage will continue for at least six months, unless otherwise agreed between the parties.

In the Collaboration stage, which occurs during and for up to three months after the Pilot Program stage (unless otherwise agreed between the parties) GP Vivienda and FBR will consult to collate and assess the learnings from the Pilot Program Stage and the Block Testing Stage and identify, scope and schedule the next steps in the Strategic Collaboration Agreement.

We are very pleased to be advancing our Strategic Collaboration Agreement with FBR through this Building Pilot Program. GP Vivienda and the broader Grupo GP continue to drive innovation in the Mexican construction industry, and we look forward to introducing FBR's disruptive technologies to the Mexican affordable housing sector.

- Andres Garza, GP Vivienda Strategic Manager,

As announced to the ASX last year, FBR sees the Hadrian X as part of the solution to Mexico's acute shortage of well-constructed affordable homes, with a deficit of approximately 8.3 million affordable homes in the country. Our market analysis has indicated a theoretical need for approximately 700-750 Hadrian X robots to replace all bricklaying labour in Mexico, so the commercial opportunity is significant for the Company. FBR and GP Vivienda will work collaboratively to explore market entry strategies in Mexico. I am also pleased to say that our second Hadrian X prototype is now building house structures, giving us the opportunity to work with different design styles and materials by operating two Hadrian X robots at the same time. This will accelerate our testing program and allows us to work with a broader range of builders right now as we introduce the Hadrian X to the world.

- Mike Pivac, FBR's Managing Director & CEO - Global,

Read the full ASX announcement

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18 September 2019

Autonomous Bricklaying by FBR, with Mark Pivac

Shortly before the Hadrian 105 demonstrated the possibilities of automated bricklaying to the world back in 2016, Mark Pivac was interviewed by Robohub Podcast about his small Australian robotics firm's plans to disrupt the local bricklaying market.

A lot has changed for FBR since then, and now, three years on, Mark has reunited with Robohub Podcast to fill in the gaps!

Robohub is a non-profit online communication platform that brings together experts in robotics research, start-ups, business, and education from across the globe.

You can find the full podcast at: https://robohub.org/autonomous-bricklaying-with-fbr/

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16 September 2019

Fastbrick Australia enters into Building Pilot Program Agreement with Archistruct

  • Building Pilot Program commenced with Archistruct Builders & Designers
  • Three stage agreement in place representing first revenue for Fastbrick Australia

FBR is pleased to advise that Fastbrick Australia has entered into a Building Pilot Program Agreement with Western Australia builder Archistruct Builders & Designers. Fastbrick Australia is the joint venture company established with Brickworks Building Products Pty Ltd offering Wall as a Service® (WaaS®) to the Australian market.

The Building Pilot Program Agreement with Archistruct consists of three stages. The first stage is a Demonstration Stage under which Fastbrick Australia will supply WaaS® for between five and 12 house structures on FBR premises using a range of designs supplied by Archistruct. Each of these structures will be subject to inspection, assessment and reporting by both Archistruct and independent consultants to ensure they meet the relevant building standards.

Any time between the completion of the fifth house structure and the twelfth house structure, Archistruct can determine that the Demonstration Stage is complete, and the next stage of the Building Pilot Program Agreement will commence, which is the Display Home Stage.

In the Display Home Stage, FBR and Archistruct will enter into a contract under which Archistruct will build a display home using Fastbrick Australia's blocklaying services, with the display home to be purchased by FBR. If the parties do not enter into this agreement within three months of the completion of the Demonstration Stage, the remainder of the Building Pilot Program Agreement may be terminated. After completion of the display home, FBR will open the home to the public and to the current and potential collaborators, suppliers and customers from international markets to demonstrate and promote the use of the Hadrian X® in residential home construction.

The third stage of the Agreement is the Builder's Project Stage, in which Archistruct will engage Fastbrick Australia to supply WaaS® for a single storey residential structure under a building contract with a homebuyer. This engagement can be entered into as soon as the Demonstration Stage is completed, and up to a maximum elapsed time of 24 months from the completion of the Demonstration Stage.

Fastbrick Australia will be paid for each of the structures built under the Building Pilot Program Agreement at the prevailing market rate for bricklaying services in Western Australia, representing first revenue for Fastbrick Australia.

The Building Pilot Program Agreement with Archistruct allows FBR to demonstrate to a customer the speed, accuracy, safety, quality, waste profile and reliability of the Hadrian X® construction robot in a low-risk environment, as well as the performance of the new Hadrian-optimised blocks developed and supplied by Brickworks. Fastbrick Australia intends to enter into similar pilot program agreements with other WaaS® customers as part of its commercialisation strategy.

The Building Pilot Program with Archistruct is an important first step for the Fastbrick Australia joint venture, generating first revenues under the WaaS® commercial model. An important part of the Building Pilot Program is that it helps to inform Archistruct about how the Hadrian X® and WaaS® impacts and improves the broader building process for residential homes, and enables them to prepare their business model and processes for the new world of robotic construction. We are glad to have them on the journey with us as the first builder to have purchased a series of robotically constructed wall structures of varying designs.

- Simon Amos, Chief Executive Officer - Australia

We are delighted to be the first builder in Australia engaged in a Building Pilot Program for WaaS® using the Hadrian X®. We see robotic construction as a big part of the future of the industry, and we are excited to be working with Fastbrick Australia and are looking forward to delivering the world's first brick homes built using an on-site autonomous bricklaying robot. Being a part of the Building Pilot Program also gives us an opportunity to understand, plan for and maximise the benefits of robotic construction, and to make sure our people have the right information and skills ahead of the industry's transition to more high-tech operations.

- Domenic D'Agnone, Archistruct Director

Read the full ASX announcement

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08 September 2019

TEDxPerth

Over the weekend, Simon Amos (Chief Executive Officer - Australia) delivered his TED Talk on the future of construction to an audience of over a 1000 curious individuals at the 2019 TEDxPerth event.

FBR is honoured to have Simon appear alongside so many amazing Perth speakers, pushing boundaries to change the world!

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27 August 2019

An idea worth spreading

We are thrilled to have our Chief Executive Officer – Australia, Simon Amos, invited to be a speaker at TEDxPerth early next month.

Having operated in the construction industry for over 30 years, Simon is an advocate for leveraging data to become the single source of truth in construction, particularly in trying to bridge the gap between design and site execution.

TEDxPerth, an independently organised TED event, aims to be a beacon for all that is remarkable, challenging and thought-provoking in Perth, to both celebrate and raise the intellectual ambition and culture of Western Australia.

You can find more about the event at: https://www.tedxperth.org/

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26 August 2019

World's Top 50 Innovators 2019

We are honoured to have our Chief Technical Officer, Mark Pivac, invited to speak at the prestigious ‘World’s Top 50 Innovators 2019’ hosted by Codex next month.

Mark will appear at The Royal Society in London alongside a distinguished line up of scientists, engineers, entrepreneurs and visionaries who are moving the world forward with the power of technology and ideas.

Codex’s mission is to evoke a spirit of enlightenment by inspiring technology leaders and entrepreneurs to apply their collective imaginations to deliver technologies that will continue to transform our lives.

You can find more information about the event at: https://www.codex.com/hadrian-x-watch-it-building-a-house/

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09 August 2019

EY's Entrepreneur of the Year

Our founders Mike and Mark Pivac have been named Western Region winners in the prestigious EY Entrepreneur of the Year Awards.

Taking out the Emerging Male category, Mike and Mark were recognised alongside five other Perth-based entrepreneurs at a celebration at Optus Stadium last night.

All regional winners will contest the national finals in Sydney later in the year.

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04 August 2019

WA Premier Visit & 88 Sultana Road Opening

Last Monday we welcomed the Hon. Mark McGowan MLA, Premier of Western Australia, to FBR. The Premier was given a short presentation about our journey so far and took a tour of our new facility before declaring it officially opened in a ribbon cutting ceremony attended by the entire FBR Team.

We are very proud of our West Australian roots and hope to continue to work with the State Government to ensure that our state is recognised globally as a hub for innovation and creativity.

You can see a video of the event at: https://youtu.be/sveCcX7SB2c

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07 July 2019

Ministerial Visit

Last week, we welcomed local MPs Samantha Rowe MLCStephen Price MLA - Member for Forrestfield  and Matt Swinbourn MLC  to FBR where they were given a tour of our new facility by the Global Commercialisation Team – led by Mike Pivac (Chief Executive Officer – Global).

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03 October 2019

Ministerial Visit

Simon Amos (Chief Executive Officer - Australia) welcomed WA Minister of Innovation and ICT, Hon. Dave Kelly MLA to tour our facility and see H02 in action.

WA Department of Science and Innovation supports and facilitates initiatives that diversify the Western Australian economy and create new jobs and industries. 

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05 July 2019

Applied Innovation and Technology - FIRST MOVERS

Simon Amos, FBR Chief Executive Officer - Australia, attended a leadership summit on Applied Innovation and Technology - FIRST MOVERS, hosted by Design Futures Council in Sydney earlier in the week.

The Design Futures Council (or DFC) is a DesignIntelligence gathering, exploring global trends, challenges, and opportunities to advance innovation and shape the future of architecture, engineering, construction and design.

Simon delivered a presentation at this year's summit alongside our joint venture partner Brickworks Building Products General Manager Innovation & Building Systems, Cathy Inglis, with many leaders in development, architecture, design, engineering, construction, product, and technology in attendance.

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03 July 2019

Meet the team at RoboCup 2019

FBR is at RoboCup 2019 and we've sent two of our brightest minds to meet the next generation of #engineers and their #robots!

Anthony joined the FBR team back in 2017 as a Control Systems Engineer, having graduated Murdoch University with a Bachelor of Engineering (Hons. 1st) majoring in Industrial Computer Systems & Instrumentation and Control.

Chris is a graduate from Curtin University with a Bachelor of Engineering (Hons.) majoring in Mechatronics, has worked as a Field Tech for Energy Metals and was a Graduate Engineer at EDMI Gas. Chris also joined our team in 2017 and currently works as a Mechanical Engineer.

If you want to talk all things engineering and robotics with Anthony and Chris, look out for them at the #FBR booth (M04) in the Major Hall!

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02 July 2019

The robots are out in force!

FBR is very excited to be a part of RoboCup 2019, held at the International Convention Centre Sydney - ICC Sydney this week.

RoboCup is an international initiative designed to encourage young people to take an interest in #robotics through hands-on creation, expand their social, intellectual and problem solving skills, and create a forum for those around the world to share their knowledge and experiences to build a better future.

We are looking forward to meeting the next generation of #engineers and #inventors, and see their #robots in action!

Who knows, some of them may be designing a future Hadrian one day… 🤖

https://2019.robocup.org/

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23 June 2019

RoboCup 2019

FBR is thrilled to be supporting RoboCup 2019, an international scientific initiative with a goal to advance the state of the art of intelligent robots. RoboCup is being held at the International Convention Centre Sydney - ICC Sydney and runs from 2-8 July 2019.

Our friends at Curtin University are also a supporter of the event and many WA schools and colleges will be sending their best and brightest over to participate!

FBR will also have a presence in the Major Hall, so we encourage all participants and visitors to stop by and say hello!

HadrianX #RoboCup 🤖 🏆

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19 June 2019

Edison Award Winners

It has taken a while, but our 2019 Edison Award has finally arrived safely at FBR HQ in Western Australia.

Back in April, FBR was awarded a GOLD Edison Award in Robotics for #HadrianX. Held in New York City, the Edison Awards honour excellence in new product and service development, marketing, human-centred design and innovation.

This award now proudly sits in reception at our main office.

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24 May 2019

Work with Us (Recruitment Video)

FBR is an Australian robotics company set to revolutionise the construction industry through automation and digitisation. We’re embarking on a rapid growth curve and are looking to add more of the brightest minds to our team.

If you’re someone who has energy, passion and perseverance, and can solve problems to create the future, then visit our website to see current vacancies!

24 May 2019

Our Story - The Journey to Hadrian X (2018)

'What came first? The technology or the idea?

Filmed as part of the relaunch for the FBR website back in early 2018; watch this candid interview with Mark and Mike Pivac about the origins of the company, how it survived during the Global Financial Crisis and how their partnership led to the exciting future that is - Hadrian X.

Determined to prove the potential of their new technology to the world, Mark and Mike Pivac - together with their team of engineering students - pulled out all the stops to get their technology demonstrator - the Hadrian 105 - building a small structure on camera. What followed was a global reaction that changed their lives - and what is to come will change the construction industry forever!

22 May 2019

Introducing Hadrian X

See the world's first autonomous bricklaying robot in action!

15 May 2019

Fastbrick Australia and our rapid growth curve.

Dear all,

As you would be aware, we recently announced the commencement of a Wall as a Service™ joint venture with Brickworks, Australia's largest supplier of brick and block products. The joint venture company is called Fastbrick Australia Pty Ltd, and is 50/50 owned by FBR and Brickworks.

Fastbrick Australia is our first demonstration of a Wall as a Service™ operating entity in the world, and an important step in the commercialisation plans of FBR and the use of our technology globally, allowing us to test the Hadrian X in our own backyard in partnership with the biggest market incumbent in Australia.

With FBR providing bricklaying services using the Hadrian X, and Brickworks supplying blocks developed specifically for use with the Hadrian X to maximise its output, Fastbrick Australia will offer erected structural wall to builders at a set price and with an accurate delivery time according to the architectural design. In line with FBR's long term vision set many years ago, Fastbrick Australia can truly aim to assist builders to deliver their product faster, safer, and more accurately while reducing waste and, by extension of the parallel benefits this provides, drive down cost to end customers. We will be demonstrating both clay and cement masonry products through the HX over time, depending on the use case and/or the customer needs.

Brickworks and FBR have been collaborating for some time on the future of this joint venture, and have already begun trialling the Hadrian optimised CMU test blocks at our facility, with both parties motivated to get building as soon as we can. The key motivators for developing a machine such as the HX are only expected to grow further over time as we see the shift away from the manual laborious tasks in industries like construction, and see the workers of the future look toward operating intelligent machines, and exercising the digital skills that they have developed during their education in these modern times.

There has been a lot going on behind the scenes this past couple of months, both commercially and from a technical perspective, with significant performance improvements made to the Hadrian X since our last full house build program. We have created a robotics centre of excellence here at FBR, and one that is extremely talented by global standards. Though we sometimes have to close ourselves off a bit to the outside world to focus on some important tasks internally, rest assured that the team are working on some impressive things that you'll get to hear about once we are in a position to communicate them to you.

In the midst of getting the Fastbrick Australia joint venture finalised, I made a quick trip around the world last month to meet with interested commercial parties and government representatives in Europe and the UAE to discuss what the future looks like for FBR in robotic construction in those important and valuable markets. I was also able to visit the Dubai 2020 Expo site where the Australian Government is building a very impressive pavilion to showcase some of Australia's unique technologies and product offerings to the world, with the event next year expected to attract over 30 million visitors.

Following the visit to Dubai, myself and two other members of our team visited key brick manufacturing sites in Europe and held meetings with interested parties to further scope the demand and opportunity that exists there. I arrived back in Perth very excited about the prospects that are present for the HX machines, and also for other key components of FBR's robotic technology that could see the Company participating in very high value and growing markets across other countries in the near future. I will update you further on this when I can.

The interest that FBR has attracted in many countries around the world indicates to me very strongly that we have developed a product and service that will be in demand into the future. The level of building activity I see, the demand in all forms of housing and commercial construction, and the prosperous environments that have a need for productivity and efficiency gains that FBR is striving to provide should see us very well positioned to achieve success.

As has been reported, FBR is expanding and has secured the tenancy on a brand new facility in High Wycombe in very close proximity to our current HQ. This facility will be where FBR continues development of our current machines and technology, as well as the development of other robotic systems for global markets where efficiency improvements are needed in 2-10 storey construction.

FBR is in a pivotal stage of its journey, where advances in our technology and any progress we make in forming high value partnerships with companies globally needs to be very tightly managed, while doing our best to keep everyone updated in accordance with our reporting obligations and boundaries. I can say that at this point in time, the future of the Company looks very bright, and that your support along with our tenacity and persistence are the things that will see FBR achieve the success that it deserves, and allow us to deliver our shareholders long term and sustainable value into the future.

In the coming weeks, I will be in Silicon Valley, Dubai and Europe again to further the prospects of the Company with many very interesting events and meetings planned during that time. Back in Perth, the team at FBR will be conducting further testing on HX 1&2 in preparation for building activities in the weeks and months ahead, and we anticipate that the internal fit out work on our new facility will get well underway.

We are about to enter a very important phase of FBR's growth, with many things still to be learnt and refined as we work the HX machines in real world environments. During this time we will be making continual improvements to our processes and work practices to ensure we slot into the current workflow of the residential construction arena, at a time where building activity in WA is at a 40 year low, and where the environment for builders is very challenging indeed. This will be an interesting time for the FBR Team, and we are looking forward to the challenge.

From all of us at FBR thank you for your support and for being part of the journey with us. Changing the way the world builds structures is not an easy undertaking, but we are heartened by the support you have given us and the technical milestones we continue to achieve.

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I look forward to providing you all with further updates soon.

Mike Pivac
Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer 
FBR Limited

06 May 2019

FBR and Brickworks form joint venture

  • FBR and Brickworks commence incorporated joint venture to supply Wall as a Service™ for the Australian market via 50/50 joint venture company Fastbrick Australia Pty Ltd
  • Fastbrick Australia to begin Pilot Program operations, starting with testing a new block developed jointly by the parties specifically for the Hadrian X
  • First revenues anticipated from the provision of Wall as a Service™ to residential building and construction customers

We are pleased to advise that FBR has commenced its incorporated joint venture with Brickworks, Australia's leading supplier of building products.

FBR and Brickworks have established Fastbrick Australia as a special-purpose joint venture company with 50/50 ownership between the parties, which will provide Wall as a Service™ to the Australian market. Initial Wall as a Service™ operations will commence shortly and will be focused on residential construction.

FBR has already received the first shipment of concrete masonry blocks from Brickworks, which have been developed and optimised for use with the Hadrian X, and has commenced testing of these new blocks at its facility located in High Wycombe, Western Australia. Under the terms of the joint venture, Brickworks will provide valuable block development services to develop blocks suitable for laying with the Hadrian X, and will have the exclusive right to supply those blocks to Fastbrick Australia within Australia. FBR will, in turn, have the exclusive rights to supply laying services to Fastbrick Australia within Australia through the use of the Hadrian X.

The formal Shareholders Agreement and associated documents establishing the incorporated joint venture have been executed by FBR and Brickworks, which supersede and replace the existing Memorandum of Understanding between the companies. The joint venture has an initial term of three years, which can be extended by agreement.

Fastbrick Australia will engage with builders to provide Wall as a Service™ for residential homes in Australia via commercial building contracts, with FBR providing laying services via the Hadrian X construction robot and Brickworks providing masonry blocks optimised for use with the Hadrian X. These Wall as a Service™ activities are anticipated to generate the first operating revenues from the commercialisation of FBR's innovative robotic bricklaying technology.

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We are very pleased to have a joint venture partner in Australia with the reputation and scale of Brickworks to jointly offer Wall as a Service™ to the Australian market. Fastbrick Australia provides FBR with an opportunity in Australia to demonstrate the capabilities of the Hadrian X with the new optimised blocks developed with Brickworks and also to demonstrate and test our business model for the commercialisation of Wall as a Service™, which we intend to scale on a global basis. We are looking forward to commencing our first builds on residential sites with the Hadrian X.

- Mike Pivac, Chief Executive Officer of FBR

Brickworks is pleased to be working with FBR in this joint venture to offer Wall as a Service™ using the Hadrian X to lay Brickworks block in the Australian building market and to test the commercialisation of Wall as a Service™ in this market.

- Lindsay Partridge AM, Managing Director of Brickworks

Read the full ASX announcement

29 March 2019

Expanding our footprint.

Hi all,

I am pleased to say that as one of the steps on FBR's path to global commercialisation, we have leased a new 10,000m2 facility in High Wycombe, in the same street as our head office. This new facility will allow us to expand our operations and will be used to further develop the Hadrian X and test and develop concepts for automated building and DST applications. Our existing High Wycombe facility will continue as a workshop, outdoor testing facility and FBR's head office. Activities at our secret test facility will move to the new High Wycombe site, which will make our activities a bit more efficient and bring the team closer together.

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We intend to continue our growth trajectory and this new facility will ensure our team have the right working environment and resources to succeed and meet the significant demand for Wall as a Service™ around the world. To maximise our first mover advantage, we always have to be thinking a few steps ahead, and this new facility will really help us execute on our global expansion and machine development plans to maximise value for our shareholders.

Right now our team is working with a Western Australian builder on the up front planning and approvals for our first outdoor commercial builds. It is really exciting for me to see this coming together after a lot of hard work. I've also been watching the growth in the European construction market and the associated labour shortage with interest, and it's clear there's a huge opportunity for the Hadrian X around the world, even while Australia (and in particular, Western Australia) is in a cyclical downturn.

We are testing a number of improvements we have made to the Hadrian X since the first outdoor build, mostly on the control software algorithm side, though we've made some small mechanical modifications too. The development work we're currently doing has always been part of the schedule, and without going into too much detail, we're currently working on developing more sophisticated control algorithms using the existing mechanical architecture of Hadrian X. Once completed and thoroughly tested we expect to achieve higher performance through a combination of running the internal robots at increased speed, and optimising their movement for a more efficient brick process path. As always, we'll show you the results of this testing at an appropriate time.

The video embedded below is a short clip of myself, Mike and Simon Amos, our Director Construction Technologies, enjoying the comfort of one of the finished rooms in the Build1 house and having a general discussion on where we've come from and where we're going.

Mark Pivac
Chief Technical Officer 
FBR Limited

29 March 2019

'On the Couch' - a Build1 Retrospective

Following the completion of the #Build1 structure, Mike Pivac (Chief Executive Officer) and Mark Pivac (Chief Technical Officer) sat down with Simon Amos (Director Construction Technologies) to enjoy the comfort of one of the finished rooms and had a general discussion, reflecting on the journey so far and where FBR is headed next!

07 March 2019

Refinements made, outdoor testing to commence again.

Hi all,

Following the completion of the brickwork on our first outdoor build, we then experimented with some interior and exterior finishing items to demonstrate the possible look and feel of a completed structure to some key partners. This included finishing touches like windows, carpet, skirting, render, drywall and brick veneer.

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While this was taking place, we took the Hadrian X indoors to implement some changes that have been developed as a result of our initial outdoor testing efforts. We have focused on improving the speed, accuracy and reliability of the Hadrian X based on our learnings so far, and we've now moved H01 back outside to commence further testing. We've already deconstructed Hadrian's first outdoor home, which was a bittersweet experience. While it would've been nice to keep it as a monument to the achievement, we have an opportunity in front of us to really accelerate our development program by building as much as possible before we take the Hadrian X out on the road.

As most of you will be aware, we recently completed a capital raising of $17 million to accelerate the commercialisation of the Hadrian X and to provide further working capital. This funding will allow us to push ahead with our program and bring on board some additional engineers to increase the team's capacity in getting the machines ready for the market. In my last blog post I talked about how we are building a world class team, and the funding secured in the recent capital raise will allow us to go out and target some really talented people across the globe to add to our already impressive team.

Some of you may have seen I made my FBR television debut on Channel 9 News a couple of weeks ago along with Mark Pivac, our Chief Technical Officer. The story ended up getting picked up nationally which is a good result and has generated a lot of international interest in us.

Embedded below is a vlog I made while we had the tradies in during the final stages of the build. In the vlog I discuss Hadrian's ability to cut blocks, the adhesive we use in our wall system and how the various trades come in to complete the build with standard market finishes.

Mark Sheridan
Chief Operating Officer 
FBR Limited

07 March 2019

Build1 - Mark Sheridan Interview

In our latest vlog, FBR's Chief Operating Officer, Mark Sheridan discusses Hadrian X's ability to cut blocks, the adhesive used in our Fastbrick Wall System and how various trades came together to complete Build1  with standard market finishes.

25 February 2019

Build1 - Sneak Peek | PART THREE

Catch the third and final 'sneak peek' into Build1, FBR's first ever outdoor build of a house using Hadrian X. 

21 February 2019

Build1 - Sneak Peek | PART TWO

The story of FBR's first ever outdoor build of a house using Hadrian X continues below! 

17 February 2019

Robot Brick Layer | 9 News Perth

"The first home ever constructed by a robot has been built right here in Perth but the company behind it insists the technology won't take tradie's jobs. Tonight we can show you an exclusive first look at the house that went up in less than three days."

13 February 2019

First outdoor build complete.

Hi all,

As a lot of you would have read earlier this week, we have completed our first ever outdoor build of a house using the Hadrian X, proving that our technology works in outdoor environments. This is the culmination of a lot of years of hard work, and we're all very proud of the achievement and the team that got us here. This is not the end of the story, but rather just the beginning. We've hit the baseline of the first application of DST, and we'll now focus on really pushing the Hadrian X, implementing some more changes that have been designed as a result of the testing process so far, and ramping up the lay rate.

The outdoor program has been very successful to date, and our team have done an excellent job of making improvements on the fly while ensuring we follow best practice engineering process. Sometimes I think the enormity of the task we undertook is lost on people, but there's a reason why we are the first team in the world to achieve this, and that is because it is not easy to do, and it's why there is such a big commercial opportunity in front of us. I have had the pleasure of welcoming a number of VIPs, Government Officials and Investors to our HQ over the past few weeks, and I can tell you that each and every one of them was blown away by what they saw. When the Hadrian X is in full flight it is a sight to behold.

We can already see improvement in machine performance since the indoor build conducted at our test facility, and we'll continue our outdoor testing program for the next few months to try and capture as much data as possible, particularly as the weather starts to turn. Having a comprehensive data set is extremely important for us, primarily because it gives us the best opportunity to get the Hadrian X battle-hardened before we take it out to residential sites later in the year, but it is also important as we start to look at enhancements like artificial intelligence, where the output quality is a direct result of the input quality. This is part of the reason why night testing was so important to us for this build as well – not only is there a significant market for an automated bricklaying machine that can work at night, but the change in light conditions and ambient temperature and the data we can gather from having the Hadrian X work in all these different conditions is invaluable to us.

The video embedded below is episode one of the story of our first outdoor build. Those with a keen eye will notice that a few of the blocks in the first two courses didn't quite meet the accuracy requirements that we're looking for, but rather than shy away from this, we used it as a learning opportunity. Remember that these were among the first blocks we'd ever laid outside, so all things considered it was actually an impressive result, albeit with room for improvement. After fixing the blockwork where required with a manual QC process, we took the Hadrian X offline for a few days in order to adjust our control systems software to counteract the issue. Every time we were met with a challenge during this outdoor build, we conducted an analysis of why it happened, developed a fix, and recreated the testing conditions in order to demonstrate that our fix was effective. This is a process that will continue for the next few months, and will ultimately result in bringing a faster, better, stronger product to market.

Over the next couple of weeks we'll be bringing you more info on our outdoor testing, both past and present, so please stay tuned to our social media channels and our website for updates.

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Mike Pivac
Chief Executive Officer 
FBR Limited

13 February 2019

Build1 - Sneak Peek | PART ONE

The story of FBR's first ever outdoor build of a house using Hadrian X, proving that our technology works in outdoor environments, begins below!

06 February 2019

Weather conditions: Sunny, max of 36oc, chance of a thunderstorm in the north and east in the afternoon and early evening. Winds south to southeasterly 15 to 20 km/h turning easterly 15 to 25 km/h early in the morning then tending southeast to southwesterly 25 to 35 km/h in the middle of the day.

Outdoor testing progressing well and attracting global interest

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Hi all,

The last couple of weeks have been extremely busy at FBR. For anyone that hasn't seen yesterday's announcement, we have signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Brickworks, Australia's largest brick and block manufacturer. The intention is to sign a further shareholders agreement soon to commence our joint venture operation, Fastbrick Australia, which will be the first Wall as a Service™ operating entity anywhere in the world.

The MOU with Brickworks puts us in a really strong position to accelerate the commercialisation of the Hadrian X. We now have agreements in place with the largest block supplier in Australia and the largest block supplier in the world in Wienerberger, with both organisations already supplying bricks and blocks to very large existing customer bases.

We've welcomed a number of visitors at HQ over the past couple of weeks as well. Darren Bechtel and Curtis Rodgers from San Francisco-based venture capital fund Brick & Mortar Ventures recently visited us to get a first-hand look at the Hadrian X in action. As many of you would know, Curtis also sits on FBR's advisory committee. Brick & Mortar Ventures, which just finished raising a new US$97.2 million venture capital fund to continue its efforts in supporting early stage construction technology startups, shares FBR's interest in fostering the development and commercialisation of construction technology. Darren Bechtel will be presenting a keynote address at the Oracle Construction Technology Summit in Melbourne happening today and tomorrow.

Further, we have had the pleasure of hosting representatives of the Australian Government, as well as some international parties who are very interested in what FBR is doing.

Our outdoor testing program is going well and we have learned a lot so far. We have taken the Hadrian X offline for a few "engineering days" here and there, where we have been able to implement some changes developed as a result of the current testing program. We are already seeing these changes translating to improved performance of the machine, and we will continue testing in a wide range of conditions over the next few months to ensure optimised performance before we take the Hadrian Xs out to residential construction sites. Late last week we commenced night testing as well to see how the Hadrian X performs in low light conditions, and the results so far have been pleasing. The ability to perform at night is important for a number of reasons, not least of which is the significant demand for a robot capable of nightworks in various international markets.

Finally, we've made an effort to document as much of the current outdoor testing program as possible so that we can provide a bit more context around why we do things the way we do. The below video features Mike Pivac and Mark Sheridan explaining the F structure we build in our testing programs, and the way we view the Hadrian X manufacturing possibilities. Unfortunately we didn't capture Mike setting off the Hadrian X's emergency safety stop not once but twice, though at least we can confirm it works as intended.

Mark Pivac
Chief Technical Officer
FBR Limited

07 March 2019

Hadrian X commences outdoor testing | Vlog

Before we began on Build1, Mike Pivac (Chief Executive Officer) and Mark Sheridan (Chief Operating Officer) headed out to explain the purposes of the F structure built during the Hadrian X testing program, and talk about future manufacturing possibilities.

Weather conditions: Late shower, possible morning storm, max of 28oc, winds southeasterly 15 to 20 km/h shifting west to southwesterly 20 to 30 km/h during the afternoon and evening.

First blocks down, product development progress and building a world class team

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Dear all,

As luck would have it, it's my turn to blog and I'm fortunate enough to be able to tell you that last week, for the first time ever, we built a small structure outside on our test slab. The two-course 'F' structure might not look overly impressive to the untrained eye, but to us it's extremely important. The structure comprises every single block configuration and combination required for the build of a full home structure, but takes less than 5% of the time to complete. This allows us to tune and retest multiple times throughout a single day and in different weather conditions rather than over weeks, giving us a great opportunity to learn and optimise the Hadrian X at an accelerated rate. Over the next few weeks the team will be busy moving to larger structures that repeat more of the same operations to those achieved already with the F structure but over larger ranges of movement and area.

Conditions for this particular day of testing were good – ambient temps around 33 and temps at the slab in the mid to high 40s, with a gentle breeze and the occasional gust. Going by the current forecast, this week will offer us a better opportunity to test out DST in higher winds which will again give us some feedback on where we can refine and improve. To run a thorough testing program, we need to push our Hadrians to their limits to understand the boundaries of performance, and that means at times we will break or find faults with our robots. When we do this we root cause the failure, we learn, we fix, then we repeat the test to close the loop. This results in improved performance, and gives us the ability to speed up product maturity and robustness. We need to get both Hadrian Xs battle hardened before we send them out to residential sites to build homes, and we are fortunate enough to have a good testing environment in the yard at our headquarters where we can do exactly that.

Whilst speed, accuracy and waste reduction will provide the desired commercial outcomes to any customer, the safety and reliability of the machines over the course of their service lives will ensure the ongoing viability of FBR and its service across the globe. For context, in the automotive industry many prototype vehicles are assembled and tested before being put into full production to ensure they are suitable for release. While we're taking a slightly different approach in limiting our initial testing to two prototypes before we get the first ones on the road, we are employing a similar methodology and mentality of continuous improvement to make sure once our Hadrian Xs are in the field, they're a strong indication of what FBR is capable of.

Finally I wanted to touch on the growth we've experienced in the FBR team. Over the course of the last 12 months we have not only built and tested machines for the first time, but we have laid the foundations of FBR's next evolution as a business. We have assembled a team of people that are global leaders in their fields and have the expertise to help take FBR to the next stage in its development. In expanding our already outstanding team, we have made appointments in the fields of product design, product manufacture and assembly, intellectual property protection, testing and validation, construction and building technology, software development, architecture and a broad range of corporate capabilities that will allow us to build a globally recognised brand. Our team are all here for the same purpose – to unleash human potential and redefine possibilities through dynamic innovation.

Mark Sheridan
Chief Operating Officer
FBR Limited

Weather conditions: Sunny, max of 31oc, winds east to southeasterly 20 to 30 km/h decreasing to 15 to 20 km/h in the morning then turning south to southwesterly 25 to 35 km/h in the late morning and early afternoon.

Contract bricklaying and the path to commercialisation

Hi all,

I am taking this opportunity on our new blog platform to update you all on our progress to date, and the look ahead for FBR.

There are many exciting things that happen in and around the company on a daily basis, and it is difficult to convey the speed and trajectory of all the things that are going on at any one time. To say it is a very dynamic environment at the moment would be an understatement. As our CTO Mark Pivac revealed last week, we are in the midst of getting the first Hadrian X ready for outdoor testing, meaning it is a very busy time for our entire team.

At a corporate level, we are working to prepare the company to become a key service provider to the construction industry by offering Wall as a Service™, or WaaS™. Through extensive research and analysis conducted with our partners and external advisors, and through discussions with both brick and block manufacturers and large construction companies, it became clear that the fastest path to commercialisation for the Hadrian X technology was through a business model where we maintained control of our construction robots and their operation and maintenance.

The demand for automated bricklaying is immense, but to have construction companies or brick and block manufacturers add entirely new robotics divisions to their existing businesses through machine purchases presented a challenge to driving rapid adoption. Under the WaaS™ model the end customer is not required to train operators, invest significant capital upfront or further complicate their core businesses. Under the WaaS™ model, FBR will be able to retain full control of its intellectual property and protect the value of the opportunity.

Offering contract bricklaying services is the lower risk, higher value option when compared to collecting a small royalty from a single OEM. We can leverage highly specialised contract manufacturers for components and modules, with assembly of the Hadrian X robots in the continents of consumption, which is a model that has been highly successful for other globally recognised brands. This is one of the most significant decisions we have made as a company to date and one that presents a much stronger case for the preservation of FBR's future. We recognise just how valuable the technology we have developed is. The WaaS™ model will enable us to extract the maximum value from our technology over the longer term for our shareholders. In developing our commercial model we have kept a close eye on the payback period for each Hadrian X, and we will update the market on that in due course.

The opportunity to be a manufacturer of Hadrian X machines is very attractive to any global organisation, and we have an extraordinary team of professionals that will guide the company toward suitable production agreements and outcomes. Nothing has changed in terms of the value of the opportunity, or the value of our technology – only our knowledge and understanding of how best to keep it and where the demand and highest revenue streams actually reside.

Late last year, we entered into a partnership with Wienerberger AG, the world's largest producer of clay bricks and blocks, with a well-established footprint across 40 countries. In early December 2018, Wienerberger AG representatives Alexander Lehmden, Head of Product Management Wall Clay Building Materials Europe, and Sebastian van Droogenbroeck, Head of International Product Management Façade, visited FBR for a few days as part of the ongoing collaboration between Weinerberger and FBR which aims to introduce WaaS™ and Hadrian X to European markets.

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The three-day workshop included a review and demonstration of Hadrian X and a detailed review of European market data. Weinerberger's existing block product range was discussed, and we also talked about the design of blocks optimised for the Hadrian X and different geographic regions in Europe. While we're keen to enter the European market with WaaS™, we want to be sure we get it absolutely right. To that end, we will take our time and will ensure we have completed all our testing and commercial trials of Hadrian X in Australia first.

The construction industry has not seen the introduction of anything like the Hadrian X since concrete pumping trucks in the 1970s, and we see many similarities as to how they were adopted, and how pivotal that technology is in building the cities of today. As a young man, I made extra money on the weekends with teams of guys pushing wheelbarrows of concrete onto residential home slabs. Today it is rare for concrete to be moved this way even over very short distances. FBR is on a similar journey, at a time when the appetite for change is high, and the market for our technology is expanding every day.

Before I sign off, I would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge our great team, who for the first time in history, designed, created and demonstrated to the world that we could build a machine that can build complete and complex structures from a computer model, without the need to put people in harm's way. If you look back on the different machines and gadgets that have been designed and patented around the world over the past 120 years in this pursuit, this is an amazing achievement and I am very proud to have been a part of it.

I look forward to using this platform to keep everyone up to speed on our progress and any new and exciting things that sit on our horizon, remembering of course that we are often limited to what we can communicate with all of the materiality issues and market sensitive factors that must be considered before doing so.

Mike Pivac
Chief Executive Officer & Managing Director
FBR Limited

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Weather conditions: Mostly sunny, max of 27oc, southwesterly winds 15 to 20km/h

Hadrian X preparing for Build1

Hi all,

As we embark on Hadrian X's first outdoor build, I thought it would be nice to give everyone an insight into our day to day progress. We'll aim to provide regular updates for the duration of our outdoor test program.

Last week, our first Hadrian X (let's call it H01 for simplicity) returned to High Wycombe ready to commence preparations to work outdoors in an uncontrolled environment for the first time. This build will be in the yard behind our facility and will be carried out during normal working hours.

The process will start by building small structures to make sure we have everything calibrated correctly before moving on to building a three bedroom, two bathroom full home structure. The house design will be a little different this time, with a few more internal walls to construct and a higher level of difficulty, and after completion of the structure we will conduct some finishing work to trial different renders, veneers, wall linings, roof ties and so forth.

Mark Pivac, Chief Technical Officer, FBR Ltd standing in front of the Hadrian X

At the moment we're completing some preparatory work on the test site. We've erected camera poles to make sure we capture everything from this historic build, and we've set up a weather station to assist with our diagnostics. From a safety perspective, we've got some temporary fencing set up and safety sensing that will trigger Hadrian X's emergency stop function if people enter the restricted area. On a typical residential building site there will be no need for fencing, with the safety sensing making sure the Hadrian X is operating safely.

As this is the first time we're building outdoors, we'll be making some engineering refinements as we go to get the Hadrian X as fast, accurate and reliable as possible before we take it out on the road later this year to build homes on residential sites. Rather than aiming to complete the structure in a short timeframe, we're looking to gather as much intel as possible on the performance of each module and further opportunities for improvement. This may involve taking H01 offline from time to time to implement some engineering changes, but we anticipate having the build done in the next month.

H02 is now being prepared for indoor testing at our test facility. The team there is working on the final stages of commissioning and are making progress in line with expectations. Once that is completed, H02 will run through a similar program, building small test structures before building full-size home structures.

I look forward to providing further updates as we commence the first outside build.

Mark Pivac
Chief Technical Officer
FBR Limited