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Technology

AR-based site progress tracker launched in UK

10 March 2020

A Tel Aviv-based artificial intelligence construction technologies start-up, which has pioneered an onsite construction digitalised management system, has launched its service in the UK.

Buildots, which claims to be the first of its kind in the industry, incorporates artificial intelligence and 3D computer vision technologies to provide onsite project teams with a platform which tracks activity and progress, optimises subcontractor productivity, increases onsite efficiency and reduces time and costs.

The system works by site employees wearing a hard hat-mounted 360-degree camera during weekly or daily site walks, which records data. This data is uploaded, analysed using Buildots’ patent pending algorithms and compared with the project’s planned status. Project dashboards are then updated with latest status reports, 360-degree site images and insights on any design or schedule discrepancies. Notifications of this information are then sent to relevant team members.

The system’s deep integration with BIM creates a dynamic digital twin of the construction site, allowing ongoing synchronisation and high quality as-builts.

The system safeguards data protection as the cameras do not record sound. Personal data from videos featuring people is cleared before they are processed.

Buildots CEO and co-founder, Roy Danon, explains: “We see Buildots as the catalyst for digitalising construction projects and optimising BIM on every construction site in the UK.

“We believe it’s a real game changer compared to any existing approach or solutions. There are multiple reality capture technologies for construction in the market, but none are process centric enough – either due to their approach or technological abilities – to actually affect the productivity of the construction process.”

Danon adds: “The British construction companies have been greeting this technological breakthrough with open arms, creating a busy product deployment roadmap for us in the upcoming months.”

Buildots opened a UK-based office in London earlier this year and appointed Paul Bamforth as UK consultant. He brings with him his extensive experience of strategic partnerships with large construction companies to help expand Buildots’ business.

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