Boston Dynamics has engineered a small robot dog which may be the solution to construction labor shortages. SpotMini is a little over 66 pounds, agile, flexible, and all-electric. One charge is good for 90 minutes of surveying for a project, handling objects using perception sensors, and mobile navigation and manipulation via its camera and mechanical arm. The company is on track to produce 1,000 SpotMini robots by the end of 2019.
Some industry respondents to a survey from the Associated General Contractors of America and Autodesk this fall indicated they are introducing virtual construction, offsite prefabrication, BIM, drones, GPS, laser-guided equipment and 3D printing to help ease labor shortages.Read More