New robot to help with efficiency at construction job sites
Getting a construction job off the ground may never be easier, thanks to a new robot designed to draw the initial layout grid on a job site.
The robot, created by Rugged Robotics, is able to do the tedious job of laying out the blueprint of a project at the construction site, also known as the field layout.
The first pilot program for the field layout robot was conducted by Consigli, a construction company which is in the process of building the new headquarters for Sanofi, one of the largest life science employers in Massachusetts.
“Consigli truly believes in our solution and together, we are working to improve the construction industry,” said Derrick Morse, co-founder and CEO of Rugged Robotics. “As someone who is passionate about the construction industry, it has been thrilling to be in the field and working alongside the Consigli team.”
Without the use of a robot, construction workers must use tape measures, surveying equipment, and chalk-lines to manually mark all the locations where objects – such as walls and mechanical systems – are to be put.
Construction workers will now be able to print more information than if they were doing a manual layout and will be able to save time on having to review plans.
The robot could be a big help for an industry that often struggles with high budgets and having to complete a large number of projects in as fast a time as possible. Being able to streamline the field layout process can save time and money and eliminate human error.
“At Consigli, our leadership and technology teams are always looking for ways to make construction projects more accurate and efficient, and maximize the allocation of resources on each site,” said Jack Moran, Assoc. AIA, LEED AP and Corsiglia’s director of VDC and Integrated Services. “We see technology as a way to support our workforce and to meet the construction demands of the future. Rugged Robotics proved its value with an automated tool that exceeded our expectations and worked in synergy with our team.”
Rugged Robotics and Consigli plan to continue working together, according to Consigli, who said in a news release that future projects are already being done using the new robot technology.