Boston Dynamics, a maker of canine and humanoid robots, and Zepth, a construction industry solution supplier, have agreed to a new relationship.
The project management platform now has seamless connectivity with Boston Dynamics’ mobile robot Spot as part of an early adopter program, allowing project teams to automate regular inspection jobs and record data safely and with improved precision.
Spot’s data gathering capabilities are combined with Zepth’s cutting-edge intelligent technology, allowing customers to derive significant insights from gathered data to improve efficiency, productivity, and collaboration at any stage of the project lifecycle.
“I founded Zepth to address the numerous inefficiencies and communication lapses across the construction sector that eventually lead to project delays and financial losses,” explains Prasoon Shrivastava, founder, and CEO of Zepth.
Conventional visual progress reporting
Despite being one of the most important businesses on the planet, the construction industry is plagued with antiquated, inefficient, and disconnected technology. Human employees must manually acquire data with cameras in traditional site progress reporting, resulting in discrepancies in angles and light variations.
The worker then manually organizes and uploads the material to a computer or a cloud server before sending it to team members by email or a shared folder.
To detect and analyze issues, generate Snag lists, assign tasks to team members, and track their resolution, separate tools are required.
To catalog, communicate, and analyze information, the lengthy procedure can necessitate up to eight or more independent tools and systems, resulting in jumbled interactions, lack of transparency, and delays.
Spot’s self-contained, terrain-agnostic features support a construction site’s dynamic character while also enabling a uniform, exact data collection approach.
Spot’s capacity to travel rugged terrain and adapt to changing weather conditions allows it to safely capture as-built conditions on the site, even in dangerous and hard-to-reach regions, and the project team can create a clear route for it to capture consistent data on a regular and constant basis.
Spot can identify and avoid obstacles while remaining on its predetermined path, and it may be controlled remotely.
After Spot has acquired all of the necessary project data in a safe and efficient manner, the question becomes, “How do we analyze this data?”
According to FMI Corporation, over 95 percent of data in the construction business is never used. It’s at this point that Zepth’s sophisticated project management features come in handy.
Zepth allows project teams to turn that data into deeper project insights and make data-driven decisions in real-time, illustrating how data can drive performance.
Zepth360, Zepth’s visual progress reporting module, uses 360-degree photos and high-resolution 2D images acquired by Spot to track progress over time.
The “Planview feature” in Zepth360 allows users to save photos to specific spots on the floor plan. Team members can access several 360-degree and 2D photographs for reference with a single click.
The “compare” feature allows users to compare progress between two images taken at various times of the same location.
The “timeline” feature allows the entire project team to track the visual progress and examine all changes that have occurred since the project began.
Zepth360 can create a visual progress tracking report for investors or stakeholders at any moment, rather than requiring the manual compilation of a separate report.
All users can utilize the built-in markup and annotation features to identify and highlight issues in a shot, as well as add notes or details. Any markup tracked in an image on Zepth360 will be carried straight into the project workflow using the Snag List module.
Each Snag is associated with a photo that offers additional information. Anyone on the project team may view all photographs, comments, and details from the office or on-site because the Zepth modules share a similar data environment.
Users can identify issues, assign them to team members, and track their progress without ever leaving the Zepth project ecosystem.
Making a digital twin
Spot also allows for the fabrication of a “digital twin,” or reconstruction of the building’s as-built state, utilizing 3D laser scanning. The project team can uncover inconsistencies early on by comparing the as-built reality with the as-planned execution in BIM and taking appropriate remedial actions.
Early detection of differences allows for a thorough examination of past modeling data and adds another layer of knowledge to aid in decision-making.
Automatic resource allocation monitoring and waste tracking are also provided by digital twin technology, allowing for a predictive and lean approach to resource management.
Construction management’s future
Construction crews will be able to operate remotely from anywhere in the world because of the unique partnership between Spot and Boston Dynamics.
Teams may establish a living digital record of the project using Zepth’s cutting-edge artificial intelligence mixed with Spot’s powerful data collection capabilities, resulting in improved quality and accuracy control.
Project teams can collect actionable data and track progress without disrupting normal operations, allowing them to make better decisions.
Spot’s integration into the whole suite of Zepth products improves efficiency throughout all phases of a construction project, resulting in increased production, quality, and safety.