Trimble, Boston Dynamics Alliance Aims to Boost Robot Usage in Construction
Jeffrey Heimgartner posted on November 18, 2020 |
The alliance aims to boost the use of robots in the construction industry.
While robots taking over construction jobs is an unlikely scenario anytime soon, Trimble and Boston Dynamics aim to make them an essential on-site data collection tool. The two companies recently announced a strategic alliance to incorporate Boston Dynamic’s Spot robot platform with Trimble’s field control software and data collection sensors.
“Robots will play a crucial role in automated construction workflows and can augment the human workforce by handling dirty, dull and dangerous tasks,” said Martin Holmgren, Trimble Building Field Solutions general manager. “Our experience with early adopters like Mortenson gave us visibility into the transformative potential of an integrated solution that seamlessly marries a world-class robot with construction-specific sensors and workflows. We’re excited about this alliance and the potential to bring unprecedented improvements in safety, quality and productivity to our construction customers.”
Mortenson, a Minneapolis-based builder, developer and engineering services provider, is one of the first construction companies to test the integrated technologies. Focused on reducing jobsite waste and enhancing efficiency, it has been using a Spot robot outfitted with Trimble’s SPS986 GNSS solutions to…