Automation has revolutionized factory work. Now researchers have their sights set on construction – The open dome looks like a foam igloo rising from the asphalt. It’s a design that would have been tough for construction workers to build quickly using traditional methods. But it’s not a problem for the DCP — a Digital Construction Platform built by researchers at MIT. Think of it as a souped-up self-driving 3D printer on wheels. It built the scaffolding of this unfinished structure in just 13.5 hours, and all it’s waiting for now is concrete to be poured. While robotics and automation have revolutionized the way factories build cars and computers — helping companies build new types of products with speed and efficiency not possible or practical with humans alone — industry experts admit that technological advancements in the construction industry have been relatively slow.