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Legged Automation: The final piece in end-to-end construction progress tracking

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The innovation team at Swinerton, a major US-based general contractor, develops new methods and processes to solve construction’s oldest problems. Recently they began the process of automating progress tracking on work sites.

Today, the process is mostly manual. A project engineer, trade contractor, 或者其他利益相关者在现场走动,用摄像机或卷尺记录下完成工作量的粗略估计. However, industry-wide, these manual estimates are imprecise and subject to human error and bias, so the resulting figures are often inaccurate. They require multiple steps to verify, which in turn causes payment delays (often up to 90 days for final approval), cashflow limitations, and tension between project stakeholders.

In an effort to eliminate this cascade of problems at the source, 斯威纳顿正在开发一种365真人app,利用机器人实现进度跟踪工作流程的自动化, laser scanning, and AI processing. Swinerton的愿景是,这个技术堆栈将收集完成工作的硬数据, 这将加快支付过程,最终提高每个项目的效率和盈利能力.

 

The missing link

As innovation analyst Tristen Magallanes explains, 自动化进度跟踪365真人app的大部分技术早在2019年就已上市.

就在这个时候,斯威纳顿的创新团队开始试验他们的第一个工作流程. 他们首先派一个人通过一个工作地点,携带kararta Stencil手持激光扫描仪,以获取高度精确和全面的竣工条件的3D扫描.

收集到扫描数据后,该团队将把数据输入Avvir的软件平台. 这个由人工智能驱动的365真人app将使用算法将3D扫描结果与建筑信息模型进行比较, and this would enable granular, down-to-the-element tracking of work completed and time taken to finish, 因此,网站管理人员可以根据计划目标跟踪单个交易的进度. 365真实网址还将执行QA/QC,并产生与设计模型报告的偏差.

At the end of this streamlined process, Swinerton would have all the hard data they needed to process payments.

However, 这个365真人app仍然未能实现最重要的部分的自动化:移动3D扫描仪通过工作地点来捕获数据. 3D扫描——即使使用手持设备——仍然需要大量的时间, 对于已经花了很长时间的工程师或贸易承包商来说,这可能是一项艰巨的任务, busy days on site. This issue is only compounded when scanning frequently for progress tracking.

Magallanes knew that the innovation team needed to look to robotic platforms, which could carry the scanner, capture 3D data autonomously, 并提供了Swinerton端到端进度跟踪365真人app中缺失的部分.

“我选择Spot是因为这个平台超越了365真人app在市场上看到的其他365真人app. With its ability to move through a construction environment, and then, its ability to integrate, we could access the platform’s software and build with APIs if we needed to.”

- Tristen Magallanes, Innovation Analyst, Swinerton

Looking to legs

She found the answer in Boston Dynamics’ Spot platform.

“我已经测试了各种轮式机器人365真人app,它们可以在不同的环境中收集不同载荷下的数据集,” Magallanes says. “Obviously, 在建筑工地使用轮式365真人app的最大问题是,环境不断变化,充满了他们无法通过的障碍. After testing probably two or three solutions, we determined that wheeled robots were just not going to work, ever.”

Quickly following that, 她注意到365真人app公司(Boston Dynamics)为其Spot机器人开放了早期采用者项目,并参与其中.

“Robotics is a technology that I had been tracking for a while,” she says. “我选择Spot是因为这个平台超越了365真人app在市场上看到的其他365真人app. With its ability to move through a construction environment, and then, its ability to integrate, we could access the platform’s software and build with APIs if we needed to.”

她说,斯威纳顿之所以被Spot吸引,还因为她的团队希望与一家了解建筑公司的需求和工地独特复杂性的供应商合作. “365真人app需要与那些有广泛服务和能力的人合作,深入这个项目并帮助365真人app. We really needed a partner—which was a big selling point for us with Spot.”

 

Success in the field

After a period of development, Swinerton部署了Spot平台,在旧金山外的旧金山湾区的一个活跃项目中捕捉数据. The site spanned four floors, 197,800 square feet, and nearly 300 rooms.

With a Kaarta Stencil mounted on Spot, they manually planned a path for the robot at a high level, 让机器人的局部导航算法来考虑在不同环境中移动的挑战, climbing stairs, avoiding obstacles, and so on. 接下来,他们打开门,打开灯,并移除一些危险因素来准备空间.

Then they began scanning. Spot在复杂的建筑环境中导航,捕捉每一层——大约50层,000 square feet—in 20-60 minutes. (每层的时间主要取决于安装了多少干墙, the complexity of MEP work, and the segregation of spaces.)捕获后,斯威纳顿将扫描结果交给Avvir,并产生准确的进度跟踪数据.

 

Well-rounded benefits

Magallanes says Spot is key to achieving Swinerton’s vision. When the solution is finalized, she says, Spot will autonomously navigate the complex, obstacle-filled job environment, enable data capture with a minimum of input from the project teams on site, and feed the rest of Swinerton’s progress-tracking workflow.

该公司估计,这种自动化流程可以将最终付款时间从90天缩短到10天, and eliminate the myriad downstream problems caused by slow payment processing.

But Magallanes notes that the benefits don’t stop there. For one, 这个机器人启发了该公司对不同类型的数据采集进行实验, 创新团队正在研究利用Spot为地下设施捕捉维度数据,或者利用该平台捕捉环境数据,作为监测工作环境安全的一种方法.

The implementation of Spot has also started to change the culture at Swinerton. 这促使公司的部分部门重新思考他们的大部分流程,甚至更新他们在工作现场使用技术的方法.

她说:“Spot带来了许多关于自动化流程的良好对话。. “It drove different teams to be a part of the development, to investigate the tool and experiment with it, and help us solve problems. That’s one of the larger positive outcomes I didn’t expect.”

 

A glimpse into the future

Swinerton将继续与Boston Dynamics合作,以实现其对Spot的长期愿景. Magallanes says the company hopes the robot will one day “live” on a job site, 并定期自动导航区域,根据需要收集各种数据, with no human input at all.

The idea, she says, “VDC团队的人会在办公桌上按下一个按钮,收集他们需要的所有数据吗?. And then they’ll just process the data from their desktop.考虑到Spot在短时间内取得的进展,斯威纳顿一直在与365真人app公司合作, she says, that day will be here “sooner rather than later.”

 

About Swinerton
Swinerton在美国各地提供商业建设和建设管理服务,是一家100%的员工所有的公司. Recognized nationally since 1888, 斯威纳顿是它所服务的每个市场的首选建筑商和值得信赖的合作伙伴——以诚信而自豪地领先, passion, and excellence. For more information please visit: http://swinerton.com/

 

 

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