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6 December 2020 Comments (0) Architecture, Real Estate, Technology

Luxembourg: construction robots straight out of a science fiction movie

The Luxembourg company Stugalux is one of the first in Europe to be equipped with “Spots”, headless dog robots that have been designed to facilitate work on site.

© Boston Dynamics

© Boston Dynamics

Boston Dynamics is an American firm specialising in mobile robots, combining the principles of dynamic control and balance with sophisticated mechanical designs, advanced electronics and next-generation software. The high-performance robots that come out of their workshops are equipped with devices that allow perception, navigation and intelligence.

These computers on legs are not intended to build houses or buildings, but to help monitor the work in progress and the progress of all technical aspects. With a laser and an onboard camera, they allow to observe, check and measure each site in minute detail.

The life of the construction site in real-time

Stugalux had already adopted BIM (Building Information Modelling): plans are digitised, and everything is planned on a computer (even including the fitting of the smallest tap). Each Spot, worth 75,000 euros, will validate on-site the real-life progress of everything that has been designed on the computer. It is not a question of replacing humans with robots but of allowing professionals to focus on their true added value. Twice a week, the two Stugalux Spots will visit the 200 or so sites of the Luxembourg firm, on which about 400 people work. This robotic feedback will allow the company to react faster, anticipate problems and limit budget overruns related in particular to site delays.

A movie, which is still a little scary because Spot seems to come straight out of science fiction, stages the many possibilities of this new construction robot. Both machines will initially operate under human control before being fully automated.

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