Brasfield & Gorrie

Brasfield & Gorrie

Documentation Automation

General contractor Brasfield & Gorrie集成了Spot和DroneDeploy,实现自动化和集中化的站点文档.

 

Like many general contractors, Alabama-based Brasfield & Gorrie熟悉收集360°文件以监测工作现场进展的操作挑战. 

Traditionally, 该公司已经将工作外包给第三方文件服务,并发现, while valuable, the imagery could be costly to gather. 当基于云的建筑项目管理应用程序开始支持移动设备的即时文档时, Brasfield & 在许多项目中,Gorrie开始过渡到在内部执行工作,这样他们就可以把它带到自己的合同下. But this inadvertently created another problem: It gave a tedious, time-consuming task to a project manager or engineer with an already full to-do list. 

As Innovation and Operational Technology team manager Hunter Cole explains, “这个人已经有一整周的工作时间来管理贸易承包商,并确保所有事情都按时完成并符合预算. Then you give them this tedious task to do, on top of that workload? When we thought about it, it became clear that the job should be automated.” 

该公司通过与Boston Dynamics和DroneDeploy合作开发的定制机器人平台找到了自动化的365真人app.

 

A ROBOTIC SOLUTION

The Innovation and Operational Technology team at Brasfield & Gorrie领导新技术的试点项目,并制定详细计划,将这些工具应用到现场的日常操作中. 

该团队已经关注机器人很长一段时间了,他们认为使用机器人来实现360°的自动化文档是一个双赢的结果:机器人平台可以解放人们去做更有价值的工作, including high-level thinking, problem-solving, 在工地上和关键决策. Meanwhile, 通过获得更好的覆盖率和更精确、更频繁地捕捉数据,机器人可以比普通工人更好地完成记录工作.

To begin the process of developing a robotic solution, the team tested a variety of platforms, 但很快人们就明白,大多数人都无法应对建筑工地的极端挑战. However, the team followed Boston Dynamics’ work over a few years, and saw that the company’s Spot robot could be the perfect solution for their needs. 

“The thing that it really brought to the table,” says innovation specialist Jake Lovelace, “is locomotion and the ability to get around a jobsite. 如果你以前去过建筑工地,你就会知道那里的地形有多困难. It’s difficult for a human to cross, let alone a robot. 它必须沿着堤岸,坡道上上下下,还要绕过各种各样的障碍. With Spot, it was clear Boston Dynamics had solved that problem.”

 

PARTNERING WITH DRONEDEPLOY

When Boston Dynamics announced an early-adopter program for Spot, Cole applied on behalf of Brasfield & Gorrie. Then he learned that longtime partner DroneDeploy was interested in Spot as well, and the two companies decided to collaborate on validating a new end-to-end solution. 

Brasfield & Gorrie focused on developing the capture side of the workflow, building out the Spot platform using their own custom hardware and software. DroneDeploy handled the after-capture portion, building out a solution for uploading, hosting, processing, and analyzing the data from any 360 camera.

“如果你以前去过建筑工地,你就会知道那里的地形有多困难. It’s difficult for a human to cross, let alone a robot. 它必须沿着堤岸,坡道上上下下,还要绕过各种各样的障碍. With Spot, it was clear Boston Dynamics had solved that problem.” 

- Jake Lovelace, Innovation Specialist, Brasfield & Gorrie

CUSTOMIZING SPOT FOR AUTONOMOUS DOCUMENTATION

The Brasfield & Gorrie team got to work immediately developing a hardware payload for Spot. They mounted 360° cameras, 可以测量颗粒物水平和温度等数据的环境传感器, as well as a custom power supply board. 他们还增加了一台小型但功能强大的计算机,使用Spot软件开发工具包(SDK)来指导机器人的运动.

Meanwhile, Lovelace开发了一系列应用程序,使作业者能够计划和执行自动捕获任务. First, the operator begins by opening a central web app for mission planning. Then they upload a floor plan and place a series of pre-programmed actions. These actions will tell the robot where to go and when to take photos.

Once the mission is planned, 用户可以连接到另一个由机器人自带的WiFi网络驱动的网络应用程序,下载任务文件. When they execute the mission, this app uses Spot’s SDK to direct the robot. It starts the robot remotely, moves it around the construction environment, and gathers 360° documentation. Spot handles the mobility and obstacle avoidance without any human guidance.

When the mission is complete and the robot connects to the network, it uploads the documentation data back to the central web app. 该应用程序将数据自动发送到DroneDeploy的360 Walkthrough365真人app,同时也在本地执行基本数据分析, such as attaching the 360° images onto a drawing sheet for quick reference. 

Lovelace补充说,这个中央网络应用程序可以在中央工作流之外提供广泛的功能. If the robot has a persistent data connection like WiFi or LTE, for instance, it can send real-time updates on battery level, data from the environmental sensors, fleet updates on how many Spots are out on missions and their current poses, and even a robot’s internal logs for debugging. He says he is already working to add remote operation of Spot robots.

 

UTILIZING SPOT'S SDK

Lovelace在项目过程中花了大量时间与SDK合作,并对其非常了解. 他指出,该工具包“使开发变得非常容易”,特别强调了它的灵活性. “It helps quite a bit that the platform is software agnostic. 因为Spot SDK的gRPC框架没有被锁定在特定的语言或环境中, I ended up using a lot of different languages. I wrote in Python and C# and Javascript—whatever language I needed. 它使我避免了使用sdk时的一个常见挑战,即需要您适应它们的环境.”

他也对保护机器人和附近工作人员的安全设施印象深刻. “当软件崩溃时,一个强大的SDK可以防止物理崩溃. I’m impressed with how well the SDK handles errors, and all the safety mechanisms that are built in to prevent failures. 这些不同的协议为您从SDK获得的能力和自主权提供了一系列的检查和平衡.”

Lovelace补充说,他从Boston Dynamics365真实网址不断增长的用户社区中获得了很多价值. “让开发者们提出问题,回答问题,互相帮助, that was very big for us.”

 

FIELD PILOTS

现在他们有了一个可以用来执行抓捕任务的平台,布拉斯菲尔德号 & Gorrie team went to the jobsite for some real-world pilot projects.

“We have already seen success,” says Lovelace. “We’ve run it on a few different projects and had the 360° video upload in real time. 但365真人app最关注的事情之一是让人们接触到这个独特的平台. It’s similar to where drones were a few years ago. When they were new, there were a lot of eyes on them on the jobsite, but now they’re pretty commonplace. So we’re taking the robot around different jobsites, touring it around, having it run missions just to show people its autonomous capabilities.”

Cole表示,试点项目已经迅速验证了团队的自动化Spot365真人app的施工准备. “We wanted to know, is this equipment up to the challenges of the construction environment, which is ever-changing, extremely abusive, and very rigorous? Based on our testing across several real jobsites, Spot is a rugged, mobile robot that can reliably navigate a construction site.”

“To be honest,” he adds, “we were a little surprised with how robust Spot’s mobility is, and how good the obstacle avoidance is. Sure, we’ve experienced a hiccup here or there, but Spot has proven to be a very durable piece of equipment.”

According to Cole, the customized Spot solution has also been unexpectedly consistent. “We wanted to know, can we successfully repeat this site capture process, with Jake sending Spot on a mission to collect photos in the right rooms, and return to where it started? And that is also a yes.”

“When we discuss our options for digital documentation at project startup, we now have an automated solution we can consider as well. 当项目团队需要大型工作站点的定期文档时,可以使用自动化的365真人app来解放人员去做只有人类才能做好的更高级别的任务, that’s a pretty obvious decision.” 

- Hunter Cole, Innovation and Operational Technology Manager, Brasfield & Gorrie

NEXT STEPS

With proof that the Spot platform performs well on real jobsites, the Brasfield & Gorrie团队正在朝着他们在组织中实现技术的长期目标努力.

The next step for Brasfield & Gorrie is to deploy Spot long-term on a few select jobsites with tech-savvy teams. These Spots could run daily or weekly site documentation over a long period of time, enabling remote teams to observe the results, get more real world feedback, and possibly even test other applications for the robot like laser scanning, environmental monitoring, and materials delivery.

Lovelace希望利用这些长期的部署来发现在完全自治方面的差距,并使该平台完全自给自足. “The long-term vision is for the whole process to be as easy as a Roomba. You set it up, the robot comes off its dock, does the mission, comes right back, and gives you an internet report every night.”

 

CLEAR ROI

当承包商测试任何尖端技术时,证明其有效只是成功的一半. They also need to show that the tool can offer a return on investment. Cole说,一旦你计算出一个人完成相同任务所需的时间,这对Spot来说并不太难. After some quick napkin math, 他认为他的团队定制的Spot365真人app只需两年就能收回成本.

但他指出,即使在它获得回报之前,它也会在招聘网站上提供大量的质量价值. “When we discuss our options for digital documentation at project startup, we now have an automated solution we can consider as well. 当项目团队需要大型工作站点的定期文档时,可以使用自动化的365真人app来解放人员去做只有人类才能做好的更高级别的任务, that would be a pretty obvious decision.”
 

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