Preparing for the future
How Automation Can Help Save the Construction Industry
Automated and semi-automated technologies are making inroads on the construction industry, thanks in part to BIM. BIM’s digitised workflows, such as Hilti BIM-to-field solutions that layout drilling points and cast-in components like anchor channels, create a mine of construction data that robots can access and utilise. By simply following the BIM process, you’re already creating a robot-friendly jobsite.
Automated and semi-automated machines are most useful when carrying out mundane, repetitive, or dangerous tasks that require accuracy or speed or that exceed reasonable human limitations. Using robots to dig, drill, cut, weld, move heavy loads and pour concrete can help make jobsites more efficient, more precise and safer.
Automated and semi-automated robots can:
- Allow humans to reallocate their time to more satisfying, high-value tasks
- Perform strenuous or dangerous tasks that would otherwise threaten the health and safety of humans
- Perform tasks in harsh conditions unsafe for humans
- Reduce insurance costs by mitigating human risk
- Work overnight to slash timelines
- Help avoid rework due to human error
- Boston Dynamics Spot, a mobile robot that easily navigates jobsite terrain to perform inspection tasks and collect data.
- Dusty Robotics Field Printer, which uses BIM data to print full-size floorplans straight onto the building deck.
- Canvas, an automated drywall finishing machine that has been used at San Francisco International Airport and Chase Arena.
- Hilti Jaibot, a semi-automated cordless drilling machine for MEP and interior finishing installation work, especially overhead tasks, that can work for eight hours on a single battery charge.
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