Perfect Linkage Between Digital Models and Actual Building Sites.



A lidar-equipped reality-capture robot from Scaled Robotics can wheel about seemingly chaotic construction sites and map them at record speed, detecting out-of-place fittings with centimeter-specific accuracy, the company says. That ability, according to company founder Stuart Maggs, marks significant progress toward achieving a perfect linkage between digital models and actual building sites.


Construction sites can look chaotic—and sometimes they are. Glance through the fence surrounding a building site, and you’ll see house-size vehicles, half-completed structures, holes in the ground, huge piles of dirt, stacks of piping, and platoons of workers in high-visibility clothing drilling and hammering away.

Tracking progress in this challenging outdoor environment can be difficult—especially when comparing a real building to a digital model. That lack of control increases risk and leads to costly errors in construction, which often needs to be precise to the nearest millimeter. That’s why Scaled Robotics has created tools to make project management more effortless by helping to bridge the real and digital worlds.

Robotics Merge Construction's Digital, Real Worlds

To do this, the firm has created a four-wheeled robot equipped with LIDAR and cameras that can map a construction site 10 times faster than other existing methods. The bot’s reality-capture tech is so precise that it can detect a ceiling corner or door frame even a centimeter off-spec.

All the data the robot captures is uploaded to the cloud, where it is processed automatically and compared to the relevant Building Information Model (BIM) on the project. The data is then displayed in the form of a 3D model replica of the building. Site managers can see and explore the model within a web-based viewer powered by Autodesk Forge.

That’s a considerable uplift in progress-tracking precision. If components aren’t quite fitting and materials don’t act exactly as they should, the site manager will know about it directly from the web-based 3D platform, which will display a simple list of high-risk problems to resolve. With laser-scanning robots roaming around capturing progress in minute detail, that means issues can be caught sooner—before they multiply and complicate later stages of the build.


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