Construction Evaluation


An IDC report published in January 2020 forecasts that demand for construction robots will grow about 25 percent annually through 2023. One big opportunity in construction, Schreyer says, is using computer vision and other sensing technologies to track the movement of materials and workers around a work site. Software can automatically flag if a job is falling behind or if something has been installed in the wrong place. “There is so much potential to do something with that using AI,” Schreyer says. “More companies are going to move into that AI space.” Doxel , based in Redwood City, California, makes a mobile robot that scans work sites in 3D so that software can calculate how the project is progressing. A four-legged Boston Dynamics robot called Spot is being tested for the same purpose at a number of sites. Several companies sell drones for automated construction site inspection, including Propeller , vHive , ABJ Drones , and DJI . Buildots , based in Tel Aviv, Israel, sells software that uses cameras fitted to the helmets of site managers, which automatically capture a site and process the images to identify discrepancies between plans and ongoing work. The technology is being used on several large European construction projects. Roy Danon, Buildots’ cofounder and CEO, says the goal is to use the data collected from continue work sites to help companies design buildings and plan construction schedules better.