Around 20% of construction expenses are enveloped with fixing mistakes. Barcelona-based Scaled Robotics wants to limit the rework via automating advancement observing with autonomous mobile robots.
Leveraging lidar and autonomous vehicle technology (like what’s utilized by Google cars to map the world), Scaled Robotics manufactured a WALL-E doppelgänger to navigate and build maps of construction sites by fusing pictures, video, and information captured by its robots.
The organization was born out of frustration, “of not having the tools to build what we designed in the office,” says co-founder Stuart Maggs, whose background is in construction and architecture. “You spend a lot of time in the office, creating this vision of what you wanted, that you thought was right, but ultimately, it came down to a guy in the field with just a tape measure and a piece of chalk that will put things pretty much however he felt on that day.”
Their robots have been deployed in different construction sites around the globe, incorporating Dura Vermeer in the Netherlands and Kier in the U.K. Maggs says he discovered it shockingly simple to convince the construction industry of the robot’s value — contending there’s a genuine requirement for what it delivers: High-resolution comparison of the digital model to the on-the-ground build site that helps build managers keep close track of progress and spot issues before they can scale into costly expenses. A bot is a multifaceted tool for productivity, he includes.
In the beginning, laborers on-site were somewhat reluctant, however, after various jokes and picture-taking, Maggs, said in shutting, “they just accept it as another tool on the construction site.”