Hilti to send automated robots onto the construction site

Hilti is working with Trimble and Boston Dynamics to explore the potentials of using autonomous robots in construction.

Aiming to improve safety, productivity and quality on-site, the collaboration will be to develop a "proof-of-concept" solution.

Equipped with Trimble's and Hilti's reality capture devices as its payload, and directly communicating with a cloud-based construction management application, the Boston Dynamics Spot Robot will be able to provide consistent output, deliver improved efficiency on repeatable tasks and enable up-to-date as-built data analysis.

That emphasis on repeatable tasks and consistent output plays directly into the zero defect, connected assembly and error-proofing initiatives most typically seen on production lines.

Boston Dynamics' Spot Robot is autonomous and can handle the dynamic terrain of the construction environment, so the robot can bypass obstacles and maintain its defined path for its routine tasks like daily site scans, progress monitoring, asset management and remote support.

The robot communicates with Trimble's and Hilti's payloads and the cloud application supports a continuous flow of information.

"Utilizing robots for routine tasks in hazardous environments to improve safety, efficiency, and data capture consistency is part of our digital transformation vision," said Aviad Almagor, senior director for Mixed Reality and Brain-Computer Interface (BCI) at Trimble. "We are excited for this latest collaboration and looking forward to the potential integration of our hardware and software solutions with the Boston Dynamics' Spot Robot to enhance field-oriented workflows, reduce amount of rework and facilitate on-site tasks."

Michael Perry, VP of Business Development at Boston Dynamics, added: "Trimble's and Hilti's domain knowledge, market leadership and technologies are a great fit for our robotic platform. Deploying an integrated solution in the real-world environment doing dirty and dangerous work, before, during and after the construction stage is a common vision for the three companies, which can help drive the transformation of the construction industry."