Digitizing construction sites with Scaled Robotics

TechCrunch | August 02, 2019

Approximately 20% of construction costs are wrapped up in fixing errors. Barcelona-based Scaled Robotics wants to minimize the rework by automating progress monitoring with autonomous mobile robots. Leveraging lidar and autonomous vehicle technology similar to what’s used by Google cars to map the world, Scaled Robotics built a WALL-E doppelganger to navigate and build maps of construction sites by fusing images, video and data captured by its robots. The company was born out of frustration, of not having the tools to build what we designed in the office, says co-founder Stuart Maggs, whose background is in construction and architecture. You spend a lot of time in the office, creating this vision of what you wanted, that you thought was right, but ultimately, it came down to a guy in the field with just a tape measure and a piece of chalk that will put things pretty much however he felt on that day.

Spotlight

The field of requirements engineering is one of the most critical disciplines in the solution development lifecycle and has a documented impact on the success of projects. This comprises all the activities and tasks associated with discovering, evaluating, recording, documenting and validating the requirements for a particular project.

Spotlight

The field of requirements engineering is one of the most critical disciplines in the solution development lifecycle and has a documented impact on the success of projects. This comprises all the activities and tasks associated with discovering, evaluating, recording, documenting and validating the requirements for a particular project.

Related News

CONSTRUCTION

Construction Software Company Ecobot Becomes a Silver Partner in the Esri Partner Network

Ecobot | July 01, 2022

Ecobot, the premier digital solution for pre-construction environmental permitting, has been named a Silver partner within the worldwide Esri Partner Network after successfully graduating from the Esri Startup Program. Esri is the global leader in location intelligence. The Ecobot platform leverages and integrates with Esri's ArcGIS software to facilitate efficient, accurate environmental data collection for mandatory permits ahead of large-scale infrastructure projects. The Esri Startup Program is a program that supports innovative early-stage startups integrating location intelligence and mapping within their own product offerings. Esri startup partners are companies who offer innovative technological solutions with GIS capabilities. As a member of the program, Ecobot had access to a robust set of resources to jumpstart product development. Ecobot's key Esri integrations include: Embedded mapping system powered by Esri for defining project areas and adding wetland polygons or polylines Compatibility with select external GNSS devices from Esri partners Trimble, Eos GNSS, Juniper Systems, and SXBlue Generation of GeoJSON shapefiles for seamless export into the Esri ArcGIS system Ecobot is a platform that includes a mobile field application that is fully functional offline coupled with an Amazon AWS cloud-based dashboard with automated quality assurance, project management, and team collaboration features. To date, Ecobot customers have generated some 65,000 environmental regulatory reports for over 7,000 projects using the platform. "The partnership with Esri, and Ecobot's integration with Esri ArcGIS products, has been invaluable as we've built out our platform, We are thrilled by how far Ecobot has come since joining the Esri Startup Program, and we're excited to continue evolving as a Silver partner." -Lee Lancecofounder and CEO Ecobot. "As a company that was once a startup partner, we understand the early years for any business are hard, said Martin Copping, Esri Partner Executive. We are impressed with how the Ecobot team executed on the opportunities provided by the program, bringing the value of geospatial to a broader audience using the Esri ArcGIS system. We congratulate and look forward to continuing to work with them as a Silver partner. Since closing a $2.8M round in late 2021, the Ecobot platform continues to expand to include additional project management capabilities and a wider range of environmental permits. Ecobot makes data available for engineers to leverage into a digital twin to improve the resilience of the built environment. Connect with Ecobot at the Esri User Conference or read the ArcNews article: "Startup Makes Preconstruction Data Collection Faster, More Accurate". About Esri: Esri, the global market leader in geographic information system (GIS) software, location intelligence, and mapping, helps customers unlock the full potential of data to improve operational and business results. Founded in 1969 in Redlands, California, USA, Esri software is deployed in more than 350,000 organizations globally and in over 200,000 institutions in the Americas, Asia and the Pacific, Europe, Africa, and the Middle East, including Fortune 500 companies, government agencies, nonprofits, and universities. Esri has regional offices, international distributors, and partners providing local support in over 100 countries on six continents. With its pioneering commitment to geospatial information technology, Esri engineers the most innovative solutions for digital transformation, the Internet of Things (IoT), and advanced analytics. Visit us at esri.com. About Ecobot: Ecobot builds revolutionary software that improves how we interact with the environment. Ecobot is the future of environmental monitoring, reporting, and data forecasting, providing efficiency across all sectors of the environmental services industry. The first version of Ecobot provides a swifter way to input wetland field data, provides contextual vegetation and soil data lookups, and automatically generates USACE wetland delineation reports.

Read More

MATERIALS,CONSTRUCTION

Owens Corning Completes Acquisition of Natural Polymers

Owens Corning | August 02, 2022

Owens Corning (NYSE: OC) announced it has completed the acquisition of Natural Polymers, LLC, a manufacturer of spray polyurethane foam insulation for building and construction applications, based in Cortland, Illinois. “We are excited to welcome the Natural Polymers team and start working together on innovative product development, Natural Polymers’ proven technology advances our strategy to provide long-term, sustainable solutions and offer our customers a diversified insulation product portfolio.” -Todd Fister, President Insulation. Owens Corning expects to significantly grow this business in the coming years. Natural Polymers’ track record of above-market growth is anticipated to contribute to Owens Corning’s strategy to strengthen core building and construction products and expand the company’s addressable markets into higher-growth segments. Natural Polymers is dedicated to the development of high-quality spray polyurethane foam products and systems, offering some of the lowest-volatile organic compound products available in the spray foam industry today. About Owens Corning: Owens Corning is a global building and construction materials leader committed to building a sustainable future through material innovation. Our three integrated businesses – Composites, Insulation, and Roofing – provide durable, sustainable, energy-efficient solutions that leverage our unique material science, manufacturing, and market knowledge to help our customers win and grow. We are global in scope, human in scale with approximately 20,000 employees in 33 countries dedicated to generating value for our customers and shareholders, and making a difference in the communities where we work and live. Founded in 1938 and based in Toledo, Ohio, USA, Owens Corning posted 2021 sales of $8.5 billion.

Read More

CONSTRUCTION

Oracle Enhances Smart Construction Platform with New Analytics Capabilities

Oracle | July 20, 2022

Engineering and construction organizations struggle to unlock data across applications to effectively diagnose problems, predict risks, and inform future actions. To address this challenge, Oracle today announced Oracle Construction Intelligence Cloud Analytics. The new solution combines data from Oracle Smart Construction Platform applications to give owners and contractors a comprehensive understanding of performance throughout their operations. With this insight, organizations can quickly spot and correct issues and target ways to drive continuous improvement across project planning, construction, and asset operation. "You can't manage what you can't measure, The new Oracle Construction Intelligence Cloud Analytics offering combined with the Smart Construction Platform's predictive intelligence engine and common data environment, gives our customers a deeper, holistic understanding of their performance. Now they can build unique data strategies that drive competitive differentiation. This is how the construction industry will get to six sigma precision like its industrial and manufacturing counterparts." -Roz Buick, senior vice president of product, strategy, and marketing for Oracle Construction and Engineering. The Smart Construction Platform unites capabilities from Oracle engineering and construction applications and third-party solutions with a common data environment and user experience. With the platform, owners and contractors can more easily work together to improve decision-making at every level of their organizations. The new analytics solution and other platform enhancements were unveiled today at the Oracle Industry Lab in Deerfield, Illinois. We are increasingly focused on finding new and better ways to leverage our data to gain further insights into project performance and risk, said Brian Neal, project manager, Rudolph Libbe Inc. Connecting and blending data for analysis will provide the broadest and deepest view into our operations, helping us to understand trends across our business and identify ways to keep improving how we deliver projects for our customers. Smart Construction Platform: Unifying people, processes, and data: The Smart Construction Platform brings together the core applications, processes, and data that owners and contractors need to work together across project and asset lifecycles. These include portfolio planning, bid/tender processes, contracts, schedules, project documents and building information model (BIM) collaboration, field tasks, costs, and payments. With the new unified experience, common data environment, and cross-application interoperability, users can easily move between applications and data sets while working within a single project. By synchronizing activities, resources, and data as each project and asset progresses, the platform helps ensure teams across disciplines are always working toward the same goal, with the same information. For instance, the platform's scheduling and project management capabilities synchronize planning and worksite teams around a master plan, giving both visibility into a unified schedule and the task data needed to do the right work in the right place at the right time. So, if an HVAC installation should change because of a supply chain issue, the project manager will automatically receive the updated schedule information and can coordinate any needed adjustments across all impacted teams. Likewise, the platform gives capital planners accurate, timely data on project forecasts so they can align with managers on budget requirements and adjust as strategic priorities change. For example, inflation doubles the costs of a required set of materials on a project. The project manager can push those new actuals and forecast up to the planner who can perform just-in-time changes to the portfolio, possibly pulling funds from a less important project, or putting a project on hold. And as the platform continually learns and gets smarter using machine learning technologies, it will take these past actions into consideration to flag potential risks and guide more informed decision making in the future. These are just a few of the many connected experiences the platform can deliver by: Providing up-to-date schedule data to project managers so they can keep teams aligned to planned delivery dates and other schedule requirements Uniting planning (CPM schedule) with worksite teams (task schedule) to minimize wasted time and resources Letting capital planning and project execution teams exchange budget and actual cost data, enabling both teams to confidently adjust as work progresses Automatically storing completed bid/tender packages as well as approved invoices and other payment materials in organizations' document registers Giving all stakeholders visibility to collectively track progress, identify and mitigate risks, and efficiently manage change across the entire supply chain "Oracle has helped us improve coordination, visibility, and control during project development, The ability to further connect our teams, processes, and data across applications and all project phases will increase efficiency while providing our people with the information needed to readily manage change as we work to deliver critical energy assets." -Weronika Nowak, document control and IT manager for Mayflower Wind. About Oracle Construction and Engineering: Asset owners and project delivery teams rely on Oracle Construction and Engineering solutions for the visibility and control, connected supply chain, and data security needed to drive performance and mitigate risk across their processes, projects, and organization. Our scalable cloud construction management software solutions enable digital transformation for teams that plan, build, and operate critical assets, improving efficiency, collaboration, and change control across the project lifecycle. www.oracle.com/construction-and-engineering.

Read More