Rugged Robotics completes full-scale pilot of construction mark out robot

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Construction robot manufacturer Rugged Robotics has completed the first full-scale pilot of its autonomous system, which marks out building blueprints on concrete floors.

The robot marked out the initial grid, also known as a field layout, on a Consigli construction site. Using the rover, construction workers can print much more information than typically seen on a manual layout, reduce the time spent reviewing plans, and as a result, conduct faster, more accurate installations.

It also aims to eliminate potential oversights and errors in the manual layout, which can impact multiple trades, and result in incorrect installation, delays, and rework.

The Rugged Robotics rover was put to the test on a multi-trade layout, over six floors, covering more than 240,000 square ft. The automated layout resulted in improved coordination, reduced errors, and significant time savings on the front end, according to Consigli.

Derrick Morse, co-founder and CEO of Rugged Robotics, said: “Consigli truly believes in our solution and together, we are working to improve the construction industry.

“As someone who is passionate about the construction industry, it has been thrilling to be in the field and working alongside the Consigli team.”

Following the pilot, Rugged and Consigli continue to collaborate as Rugged refines, deploys and scales its solution. Future Consigli projects utilising the robots are already in the works.

“At Consigli, our leadership and technology teams are always looking for ways to make construction projects more accurate and efficient, and maximise the allocation of resources on each site,” said Jack Moran, Consigli’s director of VDC and integrated services.

“We see technology as a way to support our workforce and to meet the construction demands of the future. Rugged Robotics proved its value with an automated tool that exceeded our expectations and worked in synergy with our team.”

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