The Future is Here
We started the day with a rousing keynote from ENR 400 construction company, Brasfield & Gorrie. They detailed how they use Boston Dynamics’ Spot robot on their job sites to conduct daily progress walkthroughs, identify issues, record interiors, and share their projects. The development of mobile robots in complex work environments is an innovative first step to reaping drone technology benefits, without conducting aerial missions. When projecting his vision for the future, Innovation & Operations Tech, Jake Lovelace, stated, “Modular design is going to play a huge role in robotics, specifically in construction. The future development of payloads and the software that goes along with it is going to go a long way in helping us tackle all the various challenges that come along with a job site.”
Creating a more mobile job site was a central theme throughout day two of the conference, with multiple sessions dedicated to expanding on this topic. During the “What Future Construction Job Sites Will Look Like” panel, Ben Stocker, Construction Technologist at Skender, described how the Chicago-based general contractor uses laser scanning technology to determine a building’s existing conditions for exact as-builds and MEP coordination. The speakers listed smart contracts, 360 cameras, increased automation, and merged data sets as the wave of the future, along with advancements in drone software.
Our own Co-Founder and CCO, Jono Millin, agrees. “For us, a drone is much more than something that flies; it can walk around, swim, whatever it may be. Collaborative robotics on construction sites is an awesome place to kick this technology off.”