Ferrovial adopts new robot for stakeout projects

By Catrin Jones31 August 2023

Ferrovial has introduced a new autonomous robot to their stakeout projects. The company says that it provides highly accurate topographic measurements, which is particularly useful for intricate projects. The objective is to enhance construction efficiency by simplifying stakeout procedures and improving design accuracy. The company aims to increase productivity by ten times using this technology.

Ferrovial’s stakeout robot (Photo: Ferrovial)

The robot can designate thousands of coordinates daily and reproduce intricate details from CAD files, such as lines, markings, and annotations. It can also rectify design errors in real-time. This technology is said to be especially helpful for large construction sites, where it can prevent potential delays.

In addition to saving time, the technology also reduces risks associated with traditional stakeout methods. The robots can operate on uneven terrains and withstand harsh weather conditions, making them an ideal choice for the construction industry.

To operate the robot, it must be connected to a total station theodolite or GPS. A DXF or CAD file containing a list of specific layers for ground marking must be imported. Once configured, the robot will translate the structure onto the ground, providing updates through an online interface. It can also generate comprehensive reports and specialized measurements, serving as a digital assistant on-site.

Some of these robots have already been tested on Ferrovial construction sites, such as the Costa del Sol Hospital in Marbella, the Bensell office building in Manoteras (Madrid), the Montepino warehouse in Illescas, the office block on Mahou Calderón, and a 148-home complex in Badalona.

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