One of the very first articles I wrote over 3 years ago was about SAM, the Semi-Automated Mason, which is a bricklaying robot. Since that time, SAM, which is made by Construction Robotics, has seen several jobsites, according to their portfolio page. Their most recent project at the University of Nevada has put the technology back in the headlines.
If the company’s portfolio page is up-to-date and accurate, the Nevada project will be SAM’s biggest undertaking, by far, with around 60,000 bricks needing to be placed. Most of the robot’s past projects have been 15,000 bricks or less. In total, the project will have 100,000 bricks installed, but the robot can only handle around 60% of them.
Calling the robot Semi-Automated is pretty accurate, because it is currently only able to work on large and uninterrupted walls. According to Building Design + Construction, human masons are still required to perform a variety of tasks, including laying bricks in the first 5 feet of an area, corners, and around windows. Humans are also required to set up the scaffolding system that holds the robot, load the design into the on-board computer, align the row, tool the joints, and load bricks and mortar into the machine.
Despite all of that manual work, the general contractor on the job, Q&D Construction, states that SAM helped them speed up the installation of the brick veneer wall by 50% and that it can perform the work of 5 masons. The building, which will be a new University Arts building at the University, is scheduled to be completed this fall.
Check out the video below to see how SAM works:
One of the key components of BIM is the ability to detect clashes, which are design coordination issues that result in the inability to construct a building as drawn. The use of 3-dimensional drawings allows contractors –and software- to detect if key building components are intersecting before it’s about to be installed in the field. Autodesk BIM 360 has recently updated its clash detection abilities within its Model Coordination module more easily and efficiently within its platform.
Hot off of the acquisition of Honest Buildings, a project management software aimed at owners and developers, Procore has announced they have acquired yet another tech company to help bolster their offerings.
Construction Management software company, Procore, initially launched their annual technology conference, Groundbreak, back in 2015. Originally hosted at their headquarters in California, the event has grown exponentially from that first year and this year may be its biggest yet.
In 2015, Milwaukee announced the release of their digital tool tracking platform: ONE-KEY. The company has since released dozens of ONE-KEY enabled tools to manage them using Bluetooth, an inventory management system, and tool reporting functionality. Yesterday, the company announced several enhancements to the platforms inventory and reporting interfaces.
In what can be expected to be a continuous trend in the construction industry, construction management software company, Procore, has acquired yet another construction tech company to further bolster their software.
3D printing technologies have significantly improved over the past few years and some have even made it to the jobsite. Not to be outdone, NASA, your favorite America space exploration organization, has announced a plan to being building and manufacturing in low-Earth orbit.
Construction Junkie's 5th Annual Best Construction Podcast Competition has officially come to an end and the results have been tallied. It was a very exciting competition this year, with several very strong competitors pulling in tons of votes.
Construction Junkie’s annual Best Construction Podcast Competition is underway for 2019 and the voting booth is officially open. As part of the contest this year, we will be highlighting one of the contest’s nominees each week. This week we highlight Builtcast.
Spot-r, made by Triax Technologies, is a hardware and software solution for employee tracking and safety. It combines a pager-style clip with a proprietary wireless mesh network to communicate hazards, evacuation notices, and locate who is on the site and where. The company recently announced the addition of access control to their Spot-r platform.
Construction Junkie’s annual Best Construction Podcast Competition is underway for 2019 and the voting booth is officially open. As part of the contest this year, we will be highlighting one of the contest’s nominees each week. This week we highlight Contractor Conflicts Podcast.