For several years now, SAJO and BuildingPoint Canada (with Trimble products) have been collaborating to create innovative processes and enhance deliverables in the construction industry. In collaboration with Trimble & Boston Dynamics and assisted by BuildingPoint Canada, SAJO is proud to announce that it has performed a first indoor scanning operation on a Construction site with Spot the robot.
SAJO builds retail environments and will utilize the technology in Canada and abroad on future projects.
Spot is a mobile robot with a wide range of automated capabilities and industry applications. It has the built-in capacity to sense and explore space as well as inspect and navigate all kinds of terrain to conduct operations, potentially hazardous to human health and safety. On worksites, Spot accurately captures, collects, and processes 3D data, creates digital twins of the job site as well as documents and manages site progress. It is an indispensable adjunct for worker safety, operational efficiency, stakeholder productivity, and successful project completion.
Implementation of this new technology enables the collection of progressive and accurate data, daily, for purposes of quality control monitoring, clash detection and project documentation, and ultimately for the validation of the as-built conditions and architectural plans.
As a first real case study, Spot was deployed on a SAJO project where it collected millions of data points of existing conditions at the Stewart Biology building at McGill University job site, an 88,000 square foot, seven-floor complex, including cold rooms, environmental rooms, and complex MEP systems.
The automation of the data collection and scan registration processes on site, allows for information to be collected after work hours and analyzed daily, by means of real-time design validation metrics such as point cloud-to-architectural plans and federated 3D models.
Additionally, Spot can self-charge, as needed, by automatically maneuvering its way to a docking station and then proceeding on its mission, as a one-stop job site operation. Once Spot’s mission is completed, the multiple stakeholders have at their disposal, real-time access to the data which can be shared at any time and analyzed according to design validation methods.
Spot’s limitless autonomous functions and potential industry applications have only just begun to unfold.
This new technology works in tandem with multiple other leading-edge initiatives SAJO implements on site, such as Extended Reality and automation of key activities integral to the construction life cycle. SAJO will utilize this technology in various projects including upcoming retail stores in North America.