Boston Dynamics Cyberdog

Robotics Company Boston Dynamics has recently been trialling their Cyberdog on the construction site to monitor the progress and change of our Foster and Partners O-1 Building over a three month period. This is the first time this technology has been used in the construction industry.

The Cyberdog follows a pre-determined route through the O-1 Building scanning each room that it enters, and this creates a model which can be compared each visit. The Cyberdog is semi-autonomous, will walk around/over obstacles or hazards in its path, and will continue to the set destination. The Cyberdog can also move at fast speeds and open doors by turning handles if required.

Moving forward in the future of the construction industry, this could prove to be a very valuable piece of equipment as there is potential to use the Cyberdog in areas of site which may be unsuitable or unsafe for operatives – for example in areas with suspected hazardous substances including asbestos, in confined spaces and at height, amongst other things.

This would create a safer working environment for our operatives and, where possible, prevent them from entering potentially hazardous situations and will also provide our team with reliable record surveys in model format. The logo in left hand side of picture is used by Cyberdog to orientate itself at start of each visit, ensuring scans are undertaken at same locations.

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