Brief

Sensors and GPS are among reasons robotic heavy equipment is being used more widely in construction, mining and agriculture. Bricklaying, bulldozing, loading and painting are among tasks robots can do, ABI Research analyst Rian Whitton says.

 

Insight

Development and use of robots are increasing in heavy equipment markets. The often smaller, autonomously operated machines can help improve safety and productivity on jobsites as they are able to maneuver over a variety of terrain and obstacles that might otherwise be difficult for larger machines or people.

In November 2019, Trimble and Hilti announced they would integrate their construction management software solutions, GNSS technology and reality capture devices with Boston Dynamics’ Spot Robot platform. According to the companies, doing so provides consistent output, delivers improved efficiency on repeatable tasks and enables up to date as-built data analysis.

“Utilizing robots for routine tasks in hazardous environments to improve safety, efficiency and data capture consistency is part of our digital transformation vision,” noted Aviad Almagor, senior director for Mixed Reality and Brain-Computer Interface (BCI) at Trimble, when the integration was announced.

“We are excited for this latest collaboration and looking forward to the potential integration of our hardware and software solutions with the Boston Dynamics Spot Robot to enhance field-oriented workflows, reduce [the] amount of rework and facilitate on-site tasks.

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